Staying on track

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Do you ever feel as though your “stream of consciousness”has flowed into the Mississippi River? I’m not sure if the Mississippi River is appropriate  but I just like writing Mississippi.Anyhow, I recently read an article that detailed 50 Journal writing tools and techniques to trigger ideas. I thought I would start with 2of the different categories and expand on others throughout the year.


Tracking journal process for personality work using left brain tools

  • Dream calendar – put your ideal day, week or year one one page
  • Make up a Hot List -keep handy yout list of most important things to journal about

Create Awareness

  • Complete the sentence
  • Watch how your mind works

Inner Connections

  • Mind Mapping
  • Rhyme time

Heart Connection

  • Gratitude
  • Poertry



Dear Fellow Journalers,

Another perspective piece from G:

Thanks for reading. ~Sallie

Don’t we all have about a kaqillion things to be grateful for every day? I mean just the fact that your heart beats and you can take a breath is cause for thanks. Think for a minute about the special feeling YOU get when you feel appreciated. Isn’t it a warm, “fuzzy” feeling. To know that whatever effort you put forth, great or small, is appreciated. To know that people know that you’ve helped in some way. And when we are the ones who should be grateful for something, and fail to show that gratitude, don’t you feel guilty? And when you do acknowledge the action or effort of another for you, doesn’t that somehow make you feel relieved that even if reciprocation isn’t possible, at least you’ve acknowledged the other persons act?

I begin every day of my life with a simple prayer, an act of gratitude that also may be an act of Faith: “THANK YOU GOD FOR ANOTHER DAY, AND THE OPPORTUNITIES IT BRINGS!” ANOTHER DAY ! Another chance to DO better, to BE better. That’s something to show gratitude for ! THANK YOU for reading this.


A Song to the World – Thinking of you

November’s Thinking of you…

These are the words from the song (from the video) last week…

“All that I am, all that I see, all that I’ve been, and all that I’ll ever be is a blessing, it’s so amazing and I am grateful for it all.”



Attitude of Gratitude

Dear Fellow Journalers,

As promised, MaryBeth as another great article about Gratitude.


Gratitude is the memory of your heart. When we express gratitude, we acknowledge that others have gifted us. We are all one family on a journey. Our paths are different but we are all on the journey of life. We, in America, have just gone through a contentious, bitter and angry election process. While some of us encouraged the rest of us to remain calm, to be willing to compromise and to be true to ourselves others in the guise of unity sought to tear the fabric of our country apart.

gratefulness keeps us in the present moment. All we have to do is anchor ourselves to the family of God. Here are some of the things that help me maintain an Attitude of Gratitude:



I am grateful for my marriage. I am grateful for my friends.

I am thankful for my good and patient teachers who taught me how to appreciate music and .art.

I am thankful for pumpkins!

I am grateful that I live in New England and have such beautiful colored leaves.

I am grateful for my talents.

I am grateful for all of you for sharing your journey with Sallie.

~ MaryBeth


Gratitude Journaling through the years

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Mary Beth shares her Gratitude path  with us…


I’ve been keeping a Gratitude Journal for years. My first one was a composition book covered in wallpaper samples. I was in High School and I remember that my comments were mainly centered on friends, grades, hobbies. Later in college, my habit of writing in the journal waned due to the excitement of new relationships, college courses, experiences. My notes were few and scattered among the many notes on my calendar. I didn’t pick up writing again until I was married and expecting our first child.

My pregnancy journal reminded me of my “Things I am grateful for” journal so I started a new attempt. Over the next few years in between raising our young family, moving, New careers etc. I wrote. Most of my journal notes were written on pocket calendar pages. When I noticed a pattern of my repeating myself “I am grateful for the good weather, TJ’s grades etc.”  I realized that I had to make a change. You see, I wanted to be true to myself and I felt that my writing was forced and oftentimes written just for the sakes of being written.

I began to surround myself with pictures and inspirational music. Solitude was hard to find but the times I did find peace and quiet were the times I was most grateful. Now, repeating phrases (mindfulness practice) , looking at  picturesque landscapes etc. helps me remember who and what I am grateful for. Next time I will share some prompts that worked for me.

Mary Beth

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