If you have read any of my blogs in the past you are aware, that for me, these past three years have been filled with self discovery and plenty of adventure. Initially I started this blog as a way to chronicle my journey, as a way to express my thoughts as more than just a Facebook status or a 140 character tweet. And, if I’m being totally honest, I started this blog in an attempt to feel like I was doing more with my life than doling out Vicodin to professional drug seekers. In the process, I rediscovered a love that I had long forgotten, something that had once been encouraged and praised by teachers in a long ago and far away land… I rediscovered that I love to write! When I actually stop to think about it, I have always been more comfortable with the written word than actually expressing myself verbally. Nine times out of ten, if I really need to express something of an important or emotional nature to someone, I am gonna get a lot more accomplished if I write it down. This is something that has always come naturally to me, but somehow over the years, this love got lost along the way. I have to say that on this road to self discovery, this is probably the thing I am most grateful to have rediscovered about myself. When I have things rattling around in my head it helps to have a place to write it all down and maybe if I’m lucky, someone will read what I have written and say “Hey, you know what? I feel the same way…” And then you know that you’re not alone, and really, I think that’s all that anyone really wants, to know that someone has been there, someone can sympathize, to know that you are not in fact as crazy as you sometimes feel.

So, since one of my favorite things to do is write, I wanted to share something with you all this holiday season that will hopefully bring the joy of writing to my readers. For me it is always fun and insightful (sometimes embarrassing) to read things that I have written in the past and see how my thoughts and opinions have changed or maybe even remained the same. Today’s favorite thing stemmed from interest in an item that was previously listed as a “favorite thing” in “O Magazine”… The item in question was a boxed set of monthly journals from Pottery Barn. My idea was to combine these journals with a concept I found on Pinterest where you use dated index cards to write one line journal entries on the same day of each year for several years. This simplifies the journaling process for those who find it hard to sit and write in depth journal entries each day, like me:) This also allows you to look back on what you were thinking on a specific day as you revisit the journal each year. Of course when I went to purchase these journals I discovered that they were no longer available. In the process of looking I found another journal thats equally interesting. This particular journal follows the same concept but covers specific topics or questions that are revisited each day, of each year, for five years. I think this is a great way to get you thinking and writing about things that you normally wouldn’t think or write about. Most importantly my hope is that it gets you to write, period, no matter what the subject. I promise you’ll look back in years to come and be grateful for the thoughts you have preserved and recorded. Writing is something that I obviously love, it is my therapy and so this holiday season one lucky winner is going to walk away with what I think is a pretty cool journal and hopefully a love of writing for years to come. That lucky winner is Laura Dansby!

Congratulations Laura! I hope you enjoy writing in this awesome journal for the next five years:)

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