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Dawn Herring

JournalWriter Freelance

Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition on Twitter

Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 #JournalChat Live THANK YOU!

The Year 2014 is almost over, so I wanted to take the opportunity to review and give thanks to all those who have had a part in all of the #JournalChat Live Events that occurred this year! It was great fun to connect with new folks I found around the web who created great content to share and discuss as well as staying connected with old friends who have become mainstays in the #JournalChat world!

I cannot express my appreciation fully enough for the time and energy and commitment those who were Special Guests for our #JournalChat Live Events made to share their expertise and encourage others to keep journals.

I also hold great gratitude in my heart for those who attend the #JournalChat Live Events to share their point of view of journaling and how it has benefited them in their lives, whether daily, weekly, randomly or once in a while. Frequency doesn't matter; what works for you is what works! Thanks so much for taking the time and showing the courage to speak your journaling voice so others can share and learn from your journaling experiences.

Journaling is SUCH a Powerful Tool and I will continue to share the content I run into that resonates, educates and inspires as we go through life journaling and sharing our lives together!

Below there is a list of the #JournalChat Live Events I hosted this year as well as the Journaling resources from each one with the Author, their Twitter handle, and our topic each time. It was such a delight to be with each one and to connect in the journaling world!


January
My Journey to Hope by Lisa Arends @stilllearning2b (Special Guest)
Your Journaling: In Transition

February
Ways to Shift Your Energy When You're Stuck Or Overwhelmed by Jill Winski @JillWinski (Special Guest)
Your Journaling: Shift Your Energy!

March
What is Journaling for Creativity? by Andrew Shackcloth @J4Creativity (Special Guest)
Your Journaling: Creative Awareness

April
Journal Yourself Back to Life with These 5 Questions by Kristen Hedges @Kristen_Hedges
Your Journaling: Permission Granted!

May
Collecting Joy by Janet Nestor @JanetNestor (Special Guest)
Your Journaling: The Joy Journey

July
Writing and Talking Back to Your Family Members in Your Day One Journal by Bakari Chavanu
@BakariChavanu (Special Guest)
Your Journaling: All in the Family

September
Journaling for Health and Well Being by Beth Terrence (Special Guest)
Journal Prompt: The Perfect Now by Jen Morris (Special Guest)
Making the Commitment by Sue Ekins (Special Guest)
Your Journaling: Just Say Yes!

October
Knowing Yourself: What Words Inspire You? by Jill Winski @JillWinski (Special Guest)
Your Journaling: The Meaning of Words

As many of you may already know, I have hosted #JournalChat Live on Twitter for 4 1/2 years and opened a new #JournalChat Live Facebook Group back in the spring of this year and have held several events (from this list!) on our group where folks post quality content and share from their journaling experiences. You're welcome to join as a member, especially so you can access the #JournalChat Live Events hosted there in 2015. We'd love to have you!

If you keep a journal or want to, be a part of our #JournalChat community by using #JournalChat in your tweet on Twitter and by joining our Facebook Group for great conversation and information for all things journaling.

Make 2015 Your BEST  YEAR YET by keeping a Journal, which can be such a Powerful Tool of Transformation and Aligning with Who You Are. What you think matters; what you say matters. Use your journal to Honor Who You Are and then come share about your experiences with us in a very supportive, inspiring and encouraging environment.

I wish you the very best in 2015! THANK YOU!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#JournalChat Links Edition for 11.10.14

Monday, December 8, 2014

January 2015 #JournalChat Live Event

I am excited to announce our next #JournalChat Live Event which will take place in January of 2015! This event will be a DOUBLE FEATURE with both a Live Twitter chat as well as a 3 day Live Facebook Event on our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group.

For this #JournalChat Live Event, we will have 3 Special Guests for a Journaling Panel Discussion with our topic, Your Journaling: Life Intentions.

With the New Year just weeks away, I determined that we can show the value of keeping a journaling practice to help us be very deliberate about our life intentions (rather than calling them resolutions). And I found some fabulous journaling resources and their authors that reflect this perfectly.

So, allow me to introduce our Journaling Panel:

First up is Vicki M. Taylor. Her journaling resource is Benefits of Journaling. Journaling can truly be an "inside" business, one that helps us learn more about ourselves and our relationships with others. Vicki shows clearly how deep we can go with our journaling practice so we can grow and be true to ourselves.

Our Discussion Questions:
How can we go deeper in knowing Who We Are through our journaling practice? What Challenges do we sometimes face in the process? How can we stay aligned with Who We Are more easily through journaling?

Vicki will be our featured special guest on Tuesday, January 6th, for our 3 day #JournalChat Live Facebook Event with a focus on Align Yourself, and she will also join us for our #JournalChat Live Twitter Chat on Sunday, January 4th. 

Vicki's BIO:
Vicki M. Taylor is an expressive writing therapy coach, speaker, author, blogger, and writing coach.  She is a business owner who finds it rewarding to help others find ways to heal past life challenges.
Vicki spent fifteen years in the corporate world writing computer user manuals and training others to use computer systems. She left after a life-threatening illness that put her on six-months bed rest that gave her the courage to make a change of her life, write fiction, and begin the path to helping others. 
Helping others is sometimes a thankless job. But Vicki realizes the easier it is to be a servant of God, the easier it is to help other people. Vicki supports people recovering from, or living through a range of tough personal challenges with self-guided workshops. She developed this way to help other let go of past traumas and live more joyful lives. 
Vicki is a frequent speaker on the craft of writing. Speaking to writing groups and writing conferences are her favorite way to help writers become the best they can be.
Vicki is the author of 12 novels and novellas ranging from mystery to romantic suspense to women’s inspirational drama.
Vicki lives in Florida with her husband, American Eskimo dog, and Sun Conure parrot.
Ways to Connect with Vicki:
Social Media Platform
Living Stone Faith
Succeed at Writing / Your Writing Coach
WRITECOVERY Blog
Amazon Author Page
Facebook Author Page
WRITECOVERY Facebook Page
Succeed at Writing Facebook Page
Personal Facebook Page
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest
GoodReads
Shelfari
Google +
Instagram
Author Website
Independent Authors Network
Book Blogs

Indie Writer’s Network

FWA Profile

Authors Database

Skill Pages
Blog Lovin
Google Plus


Our next Journaling Panel Special Guest is Naomi Arnold. Her journaling resource is 7 Journal Writing Prompts for Beginners. When I first saw Naomi's article, even though her focus was for those who need help getting started with journal keeping, I really appreciated this list of Prompts that I see as Intentions, worthy to consider on a regular basis.

Our Discussion Questions:
How can we stay more regular with our journaling practice? How can having intentions for our day make a difference? When we record in our journals how we intend to do our day, does it help us fulfill what we intend more readily?

Naomi and her article will be especially featured on Wednesday, January 7 on our 3 day #JournalChat Live Facebook Event with a focus on Align Your Day, and she will also be a special guest during our live Twitter Chat on Sunday, January 4th.

Naomi's BIO:
Naomi Arnold is a Life+Wellness Coach with a background in psychology, counselling and health.

Naomi works with women who juggle lots of balls and are so busy looking after others - that sometimes looking after themselves doesn't come naturally. They want to be big hearted and generous, but need to balance this with their own needs. Naomi helps them 'tune in' to themselves and their body, and identify their personal resources, so they can build a happy and healthy life. She is passionate about seeing caring women fully realise their potential, beauty and uniqueness, that their needs matter, and that they can be and do anything they want.

Naomi has lots of free information and resources, including a wellness toolkit available on her website: www.projecthealthyhappyme.com.

Ways to Connect with Naomi:
Social media accounts:



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Our next Journaling Panel Special Guest is Rafranz Davis. Her journaling resource is Reflecting For Change, From Journaling to Blogging. What I really loved about Rafranz's article was how she used her journaling practice to impact the relationships she had with her students, making it a groundbreaking experience, which she eventually shared by blogging her experiences. She truly shows how journaling can help you make a powerful impact in your work environment, no matter what your profession. 

Our Discussion Questions:
How can we use our journaling practice to impact our relationships in the work place? Does recording what happens in our work day experience help us develop the kind of relationships we desire in our work place? How can we make a difference in our work place community by sharing what we have learned about ourselves and others with our journaling practice? 

Rafranz and her article will be especially featured on Thursday, January 8on our 3 day #JournalChat Live Facebook Event with a focus on Align Your Work, and she will also be a special guest during our live Twitter Chat on Sunday, January 4th. 

Rafranz's BIO:Rafranz Davis is an instructional technology specialist for a Dallas/Fort Worth area school district. As an advocate for passion-based learning, Rafranz uses her experience as a secondary math educator to help teachers integrate technology using innovative teaching strategies aimed at empowering students to be autonomous learners. As a writer and speaker, Davis frequently draws upon her background as a parent and woman of color to offer ideas and insight into how technology can be used in schools to not only break barriers but to provide opportunities and instruments for diverse learners’ voices. Her first book, The Missing Voices in Edtech: Bringing Diversity into Edtech (Corwin Press, January 2015), challenges schools to not only face inherent challenges of lack of diversity in decision making but also take steps aimed at changing it.
Ways to connect with Rafranz:
Facebook: RafranzDavis
Google+: RafranzDavis


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So there you have it! Do come join us for our First #JournalChat Live Sunday Session of 2015 on Twitter on January 4 at 3 CST with our Journaling Panel of Special Guests, Vicki, Naomi and Rafranz. Remember to use #JournalChat in your tweet to join the conversation; then the transcript will be posted on this blog! 

Then pop on over to our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group (become a member!) for our Three Day Event, on Tuesday, January 6, Wednesday, January 7, and Thursday, January 8; we will start our festivities around 3 CST with discussion questions to get this Journaling Party Started. 

In addition to the voices of our Journaling Panel Special Guests during these Live Events, we want to hear from YOU. Your journaling voice matters. Don't hesitate to share, to ask questions and to enjoy the journaling camaraderie. That's part of what makes #JournalChat the Friendly, Fun and Inspiring environment that it is.  

I'm looking forward to some great discussion on Your Journaling: Life Intensions as we Align with Ourselves, Our Day and Our Work. Have a great journaling day!