Random Journal Day Link Up (September 2013)

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Welcome to Random Journal Day for September!

 This month we are asking ourselves the big question: WHY?
Why do we keep a journal? 

Click to Read:
10 Famous Authors thoughts on Keeping a Journal! 
2 of my faves, C.S. Lewis and Anais Nin are included. 

NOW-Please join in and link up your very own Journal Entry and check out September’s Link Up option!
1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. 
Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. We prefer if you could include a picture of your journal if possible!

***OPTIONAL LINK Prompt: This is for those of you who may not want to dig out your old journals (yet or this round) or if you don’t journal, or if your journal is on your blog or if you are inspired by my deep prompts.


Write about one of these topics on your blog and link up that specific post:


1. Why do you or don’t you journal? 
For those who DO: How often do you journal? What do you include in your journal? What do you exclude from your journal and why?
For those who DON’T: What is your preferred choice for self reflection? When and with whom are you the most “real” or authentic.

2. For those who “Blog Journal”:
How does writing for an audience influence your writing or have you ever considered that journal writing by definition is something that is not initially written with the intention to share?  

Of course you can merge these if you feel prompted

2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- 
so we can visit your entry. 
We don’t have a Badge for this Blog Hop yet, 
but if you just link back to this in your post that will work.  
(Random Journal Day Link Up) 
*You can use Susie’s RDJ Photo (above) if you like!

3. Kindly visit and comment on the
 person before you in the link up.
You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy.

Read more about Random Journal Day and see all posts under the LINKS tab, HERE!

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Why I Journal (RJD Link Up July 2013)

First things first!
Welcome to a peek into my journal. Before I let you peek, I want to make sure you know about our monthly Journal Writers Gathering here in the blogosphere. It’s called Random Journal Day and is hosted by Yours Truly and partner in crime  all things writing, Susie of Recovering Church Lady fame. 
We share a bit from our journals stashed…we reach back and look at those pages, randomly (or not so randomly, ahem.) choose something to share, and link up! If you haven’t joined us, we’d love to have you. It can be just the tiniest bit of your heart from the pages of your journal…or more! The first Friday of the month is when we gather.
But meantime, please feel free to join us. 
We really don’t bite. Actually we are a loving bunch! 
This is why I journal. I pulled this small journal from my shelf, and had no recall of ever writing this passage. But the words and the irony are not lost on me. This little impromptu paragraph was written on July 12, 2005. I was still in the closet with my writing. I did not know about Facebook-did it even exist, yet? I had never heard of Blogging. Seriously. I was HomeSchooling my then  5 year old girl, and we had just moved to a new home in a rural area of Rhode Island. Yes, they exist. 
As always I wrote in my journal, regularly like breathing….
Still do.
The fact is we forget. 
We forget the miracles and mundane. 
The big promises we make to God and ourselves. 
But when we journal…write these things down, they find us and remind us. I have never stopped this habit, since childhood, my life story is found on pages bound, scribbled, set aside and revisited in time again to recall all that matters, that I otherwise forget.

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July 12, 2005

Lord, I’m not sure why this came to my mind
 but I just want to offer up my gift and love
 of and for writing to you-
Lord use it as you will.
I surrender the “rights” to it 
and accept it as a tool and vehicle
 for you to touch lives with- 
for your pleasure 
and in your power, grace, mercy and love-
for Christ’s sake,
In His name- Amen.
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As I read this, just this week, July 2013, I thought to myself, what a powerful reminder.
I need to remember the words I penned in my journal in 2005 – SIX years BEFORE I ever shared my writing through blogging as they apply to my writing life now and in the future! 
Be sure and stop by to see what’s being shared and share from your own journal if you dare! 
Come on, DARE! I double dog DARE you! 
Feel free to use either image along with your post! 
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Random Journal Day Link -Up June 2013 (Hooray for Summer!)

Welcome to Random Journal Day!

I took my journal (s) out for a breakfast date this week.
It was a wonderful time!
When was the last time you and your journal had a writing date?
Where was it?
I would love to hear all about it if you would like to journal a post to share here!

I thought we would try something new for Random Journal Day this month and see how it goes.

Option 1 is the usual. Check out details below.

Option 2 is to write a blog post about one of the following:
a. Write about one or more of your favorite journal writing escapes. Describe where you were and how it enhanced (or hindered) your writing experience.
b. Recall your first journal, if you can. Write a blog post which describes your first journal experiences.  To consider: Did anyone ever read your diary and how did you respond?
Where did you hide your diary?
Can you remember the details of what the journal was like?
c. Oh, hey- those questions in that above paragraph- if that works for you, blog it!

Either way whether you share from your journal or whether you write from the prompt, please include a link in your post then add your post back here so we can come visit.

Would you kindly share Random Journal Day with friends?
Pretty please? 

I know it’s a busy season, that’s why I thought it might be fun to have some fun and whip up some posts about our mutual journal love!

Thanks and Happy RJD DAY! 

OPTION A: Per usual

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. We prefer if you could include a picture of your journal if possible!


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2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up hereLink up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- so we can visit your entry. You can use the picture below or just link back -here. 

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3. Kindly visit and comment on the person before you in the link up.You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy.

Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up as that just would make it nice for all.

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We look forward to peeking in your journals-
I will be around to visit you all!
Read more about Random Journal Day and see all posts under the LINKS tab, HERE!

Please link up and join in our Random Journal Day-
please share with your journal keeping friends!

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Random Journal Day Link Up (May 2013)

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Welcome to RJD Day for May! 

The winner of last month’s ONE YEAR Celebration of Random Journal Day Giveaway drawing was DENISE! Congratulations Denise. Please e-mail me your home address so I can mail you a special journal to use for counting your blessings, writing prayers, or whatever your writing heart desires!

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. We prefer if you could include a picture of your journal if possible!


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2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up hereLink up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- so we can visit your entry. You can use the picture below or just link back -here. 

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3. Kindly visit and comment on the person before you in the link up.You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy.

Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up as that just would make it nice for all.

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We look forward to peeking in your journals-
I will be around to visit you all!
Read more about Random Journal Day and see all posts under the LINKS tab, HERE!

Please link up and join in our Random Journal Day-
please share with your journal keeping friends!
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Celebrating One Year of Random Journal Day (Giveaway)

Can you believe that this past March 31, 2013 was the very first time we officially got together for our Random Journal Day gathering?
On behalf of Susie and myself, I want to say to each and every one of  you
Thank you for joining us on this journey!
May we live long and prosper...oops, I had a Star Trek flashback infringe upon my mind for a moment. 
In all seriousness, blessed to be here with all of you!
Now let the games begin! Or at least the journals be open…
And may the odds be ever in your favor...
oops- more recent flashback!
For those who are feeling nostalgic, here is the first Random Journal Day Link Up:

March 31, 2012

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GIVEAWAY! (just a little one) 

To celebrate this one year anniversary I will give a journal to one lovely recipient.

If you would like to be included in the random drawing, just leave a comment below and I will include your name! One entry per person. 

Do you have a favorite brand or type of journal?


Here we go…

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. 
Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry 

that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. 
We prefer if you could include a picture of your journal if possible!

2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- 
so we can visit your entry. 
We don’t have a Badge for this Blog Hop yet, 
but if you just link back to this in your post that will work.  
(Random Journal Day Link Up) 
*You can use Susie’s RDJ Photo (above) if you like!

3. Kindly visit and comment on the
 person before you in the link up.
You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy.
 Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up

 as that just would make it nice for all.

We look forward to peeking in your journals!


* This is a link for Journals of all kinds.

However, in all fairness to those who are creating posts, 

this is not a link-up for general blog posts.  

There are plenty of places to link up those in the Blogosphere. 
Read more about Random Journal Day and see all posts under the LINKS tab, HERE!


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