Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • January 2014
Written by  Sharon Kay Beyer

Just journal about it!

…“and as I read through the pages of my time in France, I was surprised at how many lessons I was undergoing back in 2000: ‘I’m learning huge life lessons,’ I wrote and underlined in an entry dated June 3rd as I sat across from a chapel in a lush green garden admiring the red roses that climbed the walls of a 13th century fortress on a drizzling rainy morning. Just two hours prior to the taxi ride that almost caused me to miss my friend’s wedding, I poured my thoughts onto the page while nearby goats and lambs cried in the distance, and an occasional songbird added its lyrics to the French country melody. I hadn’t picked up my Paris volume in over a year, yet as I read and vividly recalled that morning and my quick walk to the castle, I was surprised that I’d forgotten where I was in that time of my life. I know I was physically in France, but mentally I hadn’t remembered that I was struggling with…”

The excerpt above is from the Travel Log chapter in my soon-to-be-published book that started as a dream ten years ago. Travel logs preserve the moments of your special places, so when opened later, they’re as fresh as last summer’s raspberry jam — you taste and smell and remember everything about it. Journaling is extremely rewarding, and I am so passionate about it that I’ve created “Just Journal About It!, which is a handbook for souls interested in learning how their journals can be tremendously more than mere dumping places for their heavy thoughts or listings of mundane daily tasks.

My daily practice produces entries that become a progressive record of my life; a place I return often for a fascinating read. And yours could, too! Oscar Wilde never traveled without his diary because, he said, “One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” I agree! Your life, too, is a fabulous story that you can write and review in various ways. It’s a new year and a great time to return to your journal. And if you’ve never journaled before, NOW is the perfect time to begin.

At my workshops and retreats, a favorite exercise for my attendees is when I recite a poem and ask them to journal about whatever it means to them. Subtle or profound, everyone discovers some insight about their lives from simply sitting still with paper and pen, and writing down their feelings. I’ve chosen Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” for you this month. Enjoy reading it aloud. And maybe even journal about it!

“Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sounds the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep.

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.” —Robert Frost

Journaling takes you inside of YOU. It’s a great medium through which to glance at who you were, and a vast canvas to dream about anything you wish to be, do, have and/or experience. It’s a space to express our gratitude along the way for who we are today and for the help we’ll receive in the future.

Take advantage of the next 365 days: If there’s something that’s not working in your life, journal about it and watch it change. If you’ve got a dream, journal about it and watch it come true. A new span of time has begun, and I bless the miles of your journey with light and love, and wish you the best-ever new year! See you at a workshop in 2014!

Sharon Kay Beyer has been a distributor of Young Living Essential Oil since 1999. She enjoys sharing all she knows about essential oils and their healing properties, and invites you to take advantage of God’s pharmacy. Sharon is also a journaling workshop facilitator with The Journaling Center and enjoys helping others find their paths through creative exercises. Attendees say her workshops are loads of fun! Please call 920-733-7721 for more information on essential oils, journaling or her book, “Just Journal About It!” Visit and sign up for a FREE newsletter today!

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