Your Invitation to Discover Your Journaling Joy in June


First, let me introduce myself, in case you are new here. I’m Dawn and I go by Enthusiastically, Dawn as well as The Journal Enthusiast. Prior to sharing my passion for journaling and writing, I went by title The Fitness Enthusiast. Back in those days, I coached, tortured , I mean trained and encouraged students of all ages. Ive been a bit more sedentary these days and I prefer to direct my energies towards writing, especially poetry, and encouraging personal growth through the simple exercise of journaling. Technically, journaling counts as exercise! Aren’t you glad you stopped by for that little nugget today? Putting pen to paper does have health benefits, but that’s not why I do it. I consider it the greatest opportunity one has to know themselves and understand others. Better still, journaling brings joy. So if you haven’t yet experienced joy in the act of journaling, stick around. I’ve got you covered!

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Discover Your Journaling Joy in June

For June I’ve decided to devote some time and energy to supporting the journaling journey of those who are looking for some encouragement or inspiration in the realm of the written word- as well as the creative and collaged word. If you are looking for a short enjoyable journaling jaunt to reignite, refresh, reinvigerate or revive your journaling paractice or if you are looking to try something new for the first time, let’s talk! Your journal is the perfect sidekick for everyday explorations of every imaginable excursion!

If you think you would like to jumpstart your journaling practice but have no idea where to begin, this 3-week challenge is for you!

If you have a million ideas for journaling but are completely overwhelmed with which one to choose, start here! This 3-week challenge is for you.

If you already journal regularly, and have a set journaling practice, hold onto your hat (and pen) I’ve got you covered! This 3-week journaling challenge is for you!

If you are a …shhhh…”closet” writer, who never speaks of what is written behind closed doors and would never admit to…”journaling”…oh, yeah-I see you. This 3-week challenge is coming for you!

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The Day She Prayed for a Brother

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Dear reader, if you find yourself new to this place, I welcome you. I am currently revisiting and sharing from the archives of past written blog posts while I work through a season of grief.

I long to share more in the near future, but for now, I am traveling slowly through the peaks and valleys of this uncharted geography.

May the words I share here find their way to the one who will find them helpful. Amen.

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Journaling through Difficult Feelings

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I received a question recently on my Instagram account at thejournalenthusiast. The question is one that I felt deserved more time and space than a quick answer in reply on a social media platform. Additionally, it sparked my mind in forty different directions and that alone warrented taking a step back before hitting reply! Fortunately, I knew I had answers for her, but I wanted time to read between the lines she’d written, seek the Lord in prayer, check on my own best resources and weigh my answer. I am guilty of overthinking often, I know, but I also appreciated this opportunity to redivert my focus to one of my greatest passions…writing through difficult feelings and overwhelming emotions. I do it so frequently, I don’t think about it. I’ve written through enough challenges, difficulties and personal trauma to safely know the positives and negatives from this activity and where some of the boundaries lie. I hope this article offers a helpful answer, and told her I thought she wasn’t alone in asking these questions and let her know I wanted to invite others who may benefit into our conversation. Read on for my response to her questions.

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