Remembering Your First Journal


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How does one begin a journey? By taking the first step. First steps, those earliest beginnings of what will be, could be. First steps are like possibilities unknown. We take them despite fear, anticipating an unseen outcome. We take them with hope and one at a time. First steps are like the first pages of a journal. Open to possibility.


The Journal Keeper’s Journey: Journaling as a Lifestyle (Series)


 “The diary is the only form of writing that encourages total freedom of expression. Because of its very private nature, it has remained immune to any formal rules of content, structure or style. As a result, the diary can come closest to reproducing how consciousness evolves.” ~Tristine Rainer


Today begins a journey for those of you joining me here at Enthusiastically, Dawn.

To avoid confusion and clarify what is coming in the days ahead I want to invite you to check in here with questions, comments, thoughts.

Since I prefer the Diary definition below more than the Journal term described by most resources, you won’t mind indulging me here today for a quick look, will you?


Random Journal Day #49 with Featured Journal Keeper Wendy Roberts


Hello, Friends. Welcome to Random Journal Day on this Easter Weekend. Our link is gathering a little late this Friday but I will be keeping it open until Tuesday at six in the evening. If you are new to Random Journal Day, an extra hearty WELCOME! You can check out the details HERE. Make yourself comfortable, grab a beverage, and get ready to enjoy one of the most wonderful activities a journal keeper can take part in…peeking in other Journal Keepers’ journals!



An Unlimited God (RJD Link)



Well for this month’s Random Journal Day gathering, I am sharing from a journal I loved well! I forget where I found this gem, but it was packaged together with matching stationary and stickers. It was one of those journals I wasn’t sure if I wanted to actually use or keep in the box with the other goodies. However, I am way to practical for that…and journals are meant to be written in, scribbled in, carried with  and loved on! So I did.

As I flipped through this Coffee Shop Journal from 2008, I found myself pulled back in time. Perhaps that’s why I dragged my feet a bit with sharing from this journal. This was a challenging year for our family…and for my faith. It was a season of loss and tearing down of misconceptions in my own mind. Yet even in these trial filled pages I see the hand of God, grace, creativity and longing for Him in the circumstances.


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