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For a Fresh Perspective in all of Life's Dimensions

February 26, 2013

In This Issue
Be Refreshed with Dawn Herring
My Blog Post: What You Did Do
The Artist
#JournalChat Pick of the Days
#JournalChat Pick of the Week
Highlights from #JournalChat Live

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by Dawn Herring
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Refresh Your Kids

It can be helpful to share with your kids your best approach to taking notes, whether it be in a journal or in class on a subject that is currently on their radar. It can be helpful to have a parent show them the ropes so they don't feel intimidated or overwhelmed, especially when it's something new. They will be taking internal notes when they watch you too! 

Refresh Your Self

 Are you paying attention to what you have enjoyed lately? Do you recall an activity that you engaged in that really stuck with you and made you feel happy and inspiredDetail this experience
in your journal and take note of why you enjoyed it so much. Then make plans to engage in that inspiring activity again soon; maybe even today!  
For Your Journal 
Journaling Tip: 

Taking notes in your journal with details on your work day can truly initiate awareness toward positive change. 




Q: Do you find detailing your work tasks and creating a strategic plan for your work day in your journal to be empowering or exhausting?


I use my journal to create a action list each morning so I don't forget important tasks. Then I write a review list of what I did and how I felt about it. That gives me a clear view of how things are going and what needs changing.
You're welcome to join me in a new journaling exercise for your emotional awareness that I published in Outlet E-zine and am actively engaged in in my journaling practice. 
You're welcome to share your discoveries by replying to this issue of Refresh Journal!
You're welcome to reply to the weekly journaling question; I may share it in a future edition of Refresh Journal.
My blog post: 
What You Did Do
 You're welcome to subscribe to my blog Refresh with Dawn Herring so you will always get my latest posts in your email to read at your convenience. 
Do you take notes on things that inspire you in your artistic expression?

I love jotting down what I see or read or engage in that gives me ideas for future creations in my art studio. 

I often find myself gushing on the journaling page when something really catches my eye and I'm incredibly inspired to try it while putting my own spin on it.

Your artistic vision and point of view are vital to your growth as an artist.

Don't forget to take Artistic Note!
 "No matter what else might be happening, there's always a change in any given day that the most unexpected, miraculous thing might yet occur."
~Marianne Williamson
Special Thanks to:
#JournalChat Pick of the Day author, 
for her appreciative words:
"I'm really happy that you enjoyed my post on journaling and have shared it with your own community!!"

Taking Notes. 

Is that something you dread or does it create a organized prepared feeling inside?

Like taking notes in class, whether in high school or college, to prepare for future studying when a test is on the horizon. 

Or maybe taking notes while reading a book so you can discuss it later or even write a book review to publish. 

Perhaps you take notes while doing an interview with someone so you're prepared when you're ready to write an article or blog post. 

Taking notes on your past life experience can help you prepare for the possibilities of writing a memoir to share with the world. 

But what about taking notes from your work life? Does your career or job tasks take center stage in your journal entries? How do you keep track of your progress, your relationships and your job satisfaction?

We touched on this subject during our recent session of #JournalChat Live with our topic, Your Journaling: Work Wisdom. Highlights are below. 

Also included are refreshing tips for your kids and your self. A great song to give you something to hum for the week, one of my favorite parts of Refresh Journal to share with you, is by George Strait titled, "Write This Down."

Take the time to note the things in your work life and any part of your life that is important to you; you'll never regret the time invested in keeping track of your life experience. What you note really matters; your point of view is worthy of the page, every day, for any reason. 

(But you don't have to take a test. I promise.)

Thanks for making Refresh Journal part of your note taking this week!

Be refreshed,
Dawn Herring
Your Refreshment Specialist
JournalWriter Freelance
Host of #JournalChat Live and #JournalChat Links edition

#JournalChat Pick of the Day for week ending 2/22/13:   


Monday's Pick: 10 Journaling Tips to Help You Heal,

 Grow and Thrive by Loran Hills


Tuesday's Pick: Journal to Find Your Core Self by

 Mari McCarthy


**Wednesday'sPick:  Taking Action on What You Know 

by Jill Winski


Thursday's Pick: Your Journaling: Work Wisdom #JournalChat Live Transcript


Friday's Pick: Smash365: Farewell by Rus VanWestervelt


**This link has been chosen for Pick of the Week; please read about this week's #JournalChat Live topic in the box below.   

JournalChat Pick of the Week:  
We all know things, whether based on life experience, gut feelings, or intuition. What we do with what we know is a vitally important life matter. 
Jill shares the importance of recognizing what you know, what she terms as exquisite self knowledge, and acting on it. When we don't pay attention to what we know, over time we become disconnected from our true selves, where that Knowing Comes From. 
We can use our journals to activate our awareness of what we know by staying connected to that knowing source and strategize how we can take ACTION on that knowing with confidence!
For this week's #JournalChat Live, we will discuss how we can stay connected by using our journals to keep track of what we know, no matter what the source is and how we can encourage ourselves right on the page to take action. Our topic will be Your Journaling: Stay Connected.
You're welcome to read this post prior to the Live chat on Thursday, and perhaps write an entry about how you have stay connected with what you know. You're welcome to share any discoveries you've made during our chat. 
So join us on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST) for #JournalChat Live on Twitter. Be sure to use the #JournalChat hashtag in your tweet! 
Highlights from #JournalChat Live
Our topic for #JournalChat Live this past week was Your Journaling: Work Wisdom as we discussed how we can use our journaling practice to keep track of our successes, relationships and satisfaction in our work life. Highlights are below.


Here are insights from Madeline Stilley with her post, The Benefits of Keeping a Work Journal:
Madeline describes this work journal as a "well-being" journal. Are you aware of your work life well being? Do you find yourself thinking about a specific conversation or task that stayed with you after it was over? That is a great place to start! Detail it and describe how it affected your well being; did it enhance or hinder? What progress did I make today and how did it affect my inner work life? What nourishment and catalysts supported me in my work? What one thing can I do to make progress on my important work tomorrow?

 Here's my point of view and insight:

Journaling has always been a great reflection tool; and reflecting on our work day can really activate our awareness. I highlight work related activities with a star that I was especially happy about, with results or communication. If I'm not happy with it, I mark it with an X and describe in one word how I felt about it. This gives me immediate feedback on how my work day went. I like being "In the Know." Journaling can really make a difference in our work perspective. When you see your work progress in print, it can be an encouragement to see what you've accomplished. Journaling where you get stuck is also worthwhile; then you can brainstorm how to get into the work flow.   


From Kathy Pooler:

Work settings hold a lot of potential for conflict as people have their own agendas. Journaling can help sort out your part. Self-awareness is the key and sometimes the hardest part is facing what you need to change. Once you evaluate the positives and negatives from one day, you can set goals for the next day based on that. Reflecting on setbacks from a pro/con angle can sometimes yield surprising results; what may seem initially like a catastrophe may turn out to be a blessing.


From Nathan Ohren:

Journaling is a great tool for a healthy work life. I train new managers to keep a journaling habit. Helps sort through decisions, build confidence, and keep a log of activity. Journaling for balance and clarity helps keep new action focused and professional. 


From Michael Pearlman: 

The beauty of writing things down--you start to see what's really going on and intuitive understanding and action emerge. The soul is always about delight in the journey. 


And to Summarize: 

When you journal about your work tasks, priorities, goals, and relationships, it provides clarity and peace of mind.


Keep a close eye on your work day in your journal and see how it improves all of your work life dimensions.


Check out the transcript for #JournalChat Live on 2/21/13. Special Thanks to Madeline Stilley for her fabulous post, The Benefits of Keeping a Work Journalwhich was our journaling resource for this week's live chat.

Join us on 2/28/13 at 5 EST/2 PST for our next session of JournalChat Live. Topic is in the section for Pick of the Week. 
Love is always worth noting.
George Strait - Write This Down (with lyrics)
George Strait - Write This Down (with lyrics)

As you take notes on your work life this week, encourage a friend to do the same; then compare notes! See how you're progressing, how you're getting along with others and how your satisfaction increases in the process while you make positive change. 
Then celebrate your work life--together!
Be refreshed, 
Dawn Herring
Host of #JournalChat Live and #JournalChat Links Edition on Twitter
Author of The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child
Don't Forget To Refresh Yourself!