Why did you join the IAJW?
I joined in mid-2022 because I finally decided I’m going to journal… really! I wanted to journal for over 30 years, and I hoped joining would generate some catalyst to drive me towards writing.
What do you like best about journaling? How has it enriched your life?
It’s no understatement to say journaling has changed my life. I stand in awe at the transformative power of the neurocognitive process while writing in my journal. I playfully summarize this with my students when I describe “Think to Ink”. In December 2022, I wrote “I am a writer who does tech work for a living”. This reversed the way I had been thinking about my identity throughout my adult career. That simple act of writing transformed brain electricity into ink, which drove me to move two months later. I had zero plans to move. Yet, after a month of dog sitting in Florida, I imagined a life offering memoir writing retreats in a home that I found. I took this knee-jerk action with confidence because I had journaled I am a writer. I knew that truth lived in me and emerged on the page. It’s a powerful force when we birth our thoughts into reality, through the written word.
What is one journal writing tip that you would like to share?
This… journal every day. Find time each day. Journal for as long as it feels right.
What is one of your favorite books on journal writing or creative inspiration?
I stumbled across Julia Cameron‘s book The Artist’s Way based on hearing about it in a podcast episode. After purchasing a thrift-store copy, it sat among my shelves for several months until I started taking part in IAJW writing circles. I realized the book others talked about was the book I bought months earlier. So I opened it up. What I most enjoy about Julia’s work is addressing our inner critic, as well as having a weekly artist date. Besides Julia’s renowned book, I recommend Eric Maisel’s Coaching the Artist Within. He examines the creative process with interesting client examples.
The one thing I would like you to know about me is…
For over 30 years, I worked in the industry with math and analysis. Then I claimed by “inner writer” for myself. I found a creative joy in writing, especially when I help women with a treasure trove of life experience create a first draft of their memoir in 2 months. I’m thrilled to serve in a way that helps women reach their goals.
What do you like most about being a member of the IAJW?
The community and its spirit… the beautiful people I have met and interact with during the monthly events.
I love to entertain. So, I’m inviting IAJW members to my Florida home for free to experience the sun, wine, live music, and (of course) journaling. Gulfport is an artist’s village near Tampa and is pretty funky (in a good way). We say that if you’re too weird for Gulfport, then you’re too weird. Let me know when you want to visit the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast with our white sand beaches.