How Journal Keeping is like a Black Bunny (21 Days of Journaling in January-Week 1 )



Welcome to 21 Days of Journaling in January. So you want to keep a journal, or you are looking for inspiration. Or maybe you just want to find the elusive prompt that will jolt your also elusive muse to get up off it’s butt and offer you a little encouragement. I don’t know all the details of why you have decided to pop in here, but I know you won’t regret it. So let’s start by taking the pressure off.

It’s a new year. I get that. Chances are you are setting the bar high…and I get that. But I want to tell you something from the bottom of my heart, because you might really need to hear it.

Journaling is like a friend that requires nothing of you, but showing up. Journaling is NOT a task master.

Do yourself a favor and don’t make it one.

I have been journaling for many years, have filled many blank books. I’m going to tell you the best piece of journaling advice you will ever get. Don’t fear the blank page. Embrace it.

See, journal keeping is like our black bunny, Buddy. He is the sweetest, gentlest, most entreatable fellow you could ever meet, but the minute you try to DEMAND or CORNER him, he runs. See, he just likes to hang out, outside his cage on the couch happily with whoever is willing to be with him. He is not high maintenance. Journaling is NOT high maintenance. DON”T make it that way or you will squeeze out the beautiful freedom of this liberating activity.

Christmas Eve after everyone was sleeping I took Buddy out for a little couch time. He was so adorable. It was relaxing, and enjoyable. There was no pressure. It was just a little bit of time we had together. But it was enough. It was unscheduled, even spontaneous. There were no expectations, but that I knew I wanted to spend a few minutes with him before heading to bed.

That’s how it can be with your journal Keeping. Relaxed, refreshing, enjoyable. Just show up, with paper and pen. Some days you might have more to say, others not so much. Don’t judge just roll with it.

I hope the prompts that I have written offer you both freedom and flexibility. Structure and simplicity. Opportunity and options. You have permission to write a sentence, paragraph or whatever seems good to you. You might find a prompt leads you in a surprising direction, like when you play that word game where whatever pops into your head you say…it’s OK. Go with it. The only rule in journal keeping is in the showing up and letting the pen lead you wherever it wants to go.

If you are new to journal keeping, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes. You will either be relieved or still writing when the timer goes off. It’s OK either way. Again, go with it.

Keep it simple, have fun and let me know if you have any questions.

I will give you the week’s prompts each Sunday and offer some journaling input.

Each prompt is a separate post which also has a number of alternative directions for you to springboard off with your writing. Yes, you can write more than one prompt a day. We can connect here on the blog to discuss favorite prompts or writing obstacles and strategies next Sunday! Happy Journaling!

Now it’s time to let the black bunny out to play, come what may!

Day 1: Prompt 1- Love is in the Air

Day 2: Prompt 2 – Exploring the Ordinary

Day 3: Prompt 3 – Furry Friends

Day 4: Prompt 4 – I Fancy a Fairy Tale

Day 5: Prompt 5 – Lists, Lists, Lists

Day 6: Prompt 6 – Rewriting Scripture

Day 7: Prompt 7- Feast or Food Show

* Please note: These prompts were originally offered as 21 Days of Journaling in June. I also am planning to do a giveaway for all who participate. Stay tuned.

On your mark, set , JOURNAL!

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is a life enthusiast who loves to juggle words, chug coffee, and journal excessively. You can find her gathering stones on the beach most mornings. She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, daughter and family pets in Narragansett, RI and shares her passion, poetry and prose @Enthusiastically, Dawn.

8 thoughts on “How Journal Keeping is like a Black Bunny (21 Days of Journaling in January-Week 1 )

  1. Thanks for this. I love journaling but have given up so many times because I didn’t think I had anything to say. This post reminds me that there is grace and freedom in journaling. I needed that reminder. I am dusting off my journals and think I will begin with your word prompts. Thank You!

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  2. Thanks for this! I love journaling…and love looking back over the years at themes and prayers and changes. I love you line, “don’t fear the blank page. embrace it.” I think that for a long time that kept me from journaling…wanting to get it right and being afraid to start.

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