Moleskine Passions Wellness Journal: Review and Photos

The Moleskine Passions Wellness Journal is the health-focused edition of the Moleskine Passions line. This particular journal is intended to help you track your diet and exercise.

The Moleksine Passions journals are relatively new and focus on all kinds of stuff that people love to get worked up about (wine, music, taxidermy, etc.). Moleskine is a believer in equal opportunity and offers a specialized Passions journal for a wide variety of hobbies and interests – “Journals for the loves of your life.” Awww.

I’ll take you on a little guided tour of the Wellness Journal and highlight some of the cool features. I’ll also point out how I’d improve this journal, if Moleskine ever gets around to asking my valuable opinion. I am, after all, their target market.

In upcoming posts, I will be covering a few other journals I’ve picked up recently related to health and wellness. Check back soon because those just might be your ticket to eternal youth and vitality. (At the very least they’ll provide a stylish spot to track your dietary transgressions.)

Without further ado, I give you: the Moleskine Wellness journal.

Oooh – it’s so pretty!

Moleskine Wellness Journal Cool Features

You can click on any of the photos to get a closer view.

Pretty Embossed Hardcover

The Wellness Journal is beautifully packaged – it is a Moleskine, after all. Oh, look – it’s healthy people doing yoga, right on the cover! Aren’t you feeling inspired just sitting here?

embossed hardcover
Blank Tabs for Personalization

This section features six blank tabs you can personalize with your own labels (or the labels included).

Moleskine Wellness Journal blank tabs photo
blank tabs for personalization

The included labels are not very useful — who keeps track of Facebook pages on paper or manually writes down web addresses? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, Luddite. There’s just… more elegant solutions.

labels for blank tabs

But labeling the blank tabs with something meaningful to you is a great idea. And it may even help make up for the paltry Food log section since it can be used to supplement your diet tracking.


The back of the journal features a customizable index and a sturdy double expanding pocket. The pocket is pretty awesome and can hold quite a bit of stuff — like gym schedules, photos, or articles.

journal index

I’ve actually used up all these bright green stickers already, even though I have yet to write in my Wellness Journal. They’re fabulous when used totally out of context. Eye-opener?! Let your imagination run wild.

stickers for entries
Ribbon Placekeepers

No skimping, here — THREE ribbons! And they’re all shiny. I may surgically remove these and implant them in my beloved Blueline notebook.

pretty ribbon place keepers
Back Pocket

I heart stuff to put stuff in.

expanding file pockets

Moleskine Wellness Journal Contents

Here’s an outline of the specific sections of the journal.

Introductory Pages

Front of the journal contains:
2 Planning pages – event, date and notes columns – probably good for logging upcoming races, etc.

planning view

Food Calendar for the Northern and Southern hemispheres – showing what’s in season during which months – kind of irrelevant in this global economy but good for those of you following the 100 mile diet.

Food Facts – brief list of foods with calories, carbs, protein, and fat figures. It’s severely limited in the produce department but lots of info on beef, beer, donuts, and potato chips (did somebody say “wellness?”). Also has 2 blank pages for you to fill in your own foods. If you’re eating something other than Vienna sausage and sour cream.

International Sizes – shirt, suit, jeans and shoe size conversions for men and women. Most Moleskine journals contain information like this, which I can’t imagine ever being useful, unless you often find yourself traveling internationally to purchase your jeans. Which you might. I guess. Hey – send me a postcard.

Useful Measures and Conversions – liquid and dry measures, length, weight, temperature and speed. Another section I don’t see the point in with Google at my fingertips 24/7. But perhaps the liquid and dry measures could be useful in your food tracking or something.

Personal Goals Tab

An area to track weekly, monthly and annual goals. Super handy.

Exercise Log

Many pages to track your workouts, what you did, the intensity, the weather. Lots of fun icons to use (and you can apply the stickers included in the back section to make notes about each workout).


This section is confoundingly slim. There’s more room to track the scores of your intramural volleyball games than your new gluten-free diet. I’m not sure why. The irritating part to me is that this section only provides 29 days worth of space to track your food. But the exercise contains over three months worth of pages. And the Personal Goals tab allows you to create goals for up to a year.

diet section detail

Since I bought this notebook mainly for the food tracking section, I’m very disappointed in it. And this section is the deal-breaker for me.

General Health

A place to track your supplement intake and lab test results. Which sounds good in theory but something about writing stuff like that down in a notebook with your name and address on it that could be easily misplaced or stolen just gives me the willies.

Games / Sport

This section allows you to keep track of games you played, who you played against and what the score was. I don’t know anyone who would actually do this. I also don’t know why you’d want to. But hey — here’s a spot if you feel moved. Who am I to judge?


I like the Inspirations section a lot — maybe because it’s most like journaling to me. This section provides mostly blank pages for you to paste images, copy down quotes, or spell out affirmations.

inspiration pages

In Summary…

Overall I had high hopes for this journal. But it really leaves much to be desired. It feels like they created the product just to have something to market and sell, rather than to think about how it would actually be best used.

The quality is of course up there. At least that’s consistent with Moleskine’s other products. The cover is really cool with embossed images of people doing yoga and running. And it has three ribbons to keep track of your various sections.

My recommendations would be to triple the pages in the blank tab sections to allow for personalization, and to extend the diet section by 2 months so it at least matches the workout log in length.

Or even better – to make it an arty mini three-ring binder with refills.

So that’s it in a nutshell. They’re a little pricey, but you can pick one up at Amazon at a considerable discount – and support Journaling Saves in the process!

Do you have thoughts on this Moleskine journal? Speak your mind in the comments below. Also let me know if you’ve tried the other Passions journals and what you thought of them. (Especially the Taxidermy one.)

Negative Inspiration + Silver Linings

While it’s a cliché that the industrious among us make lemonade when handed lemons, clichés exist for a reason: they’re accurate.

So let’s talk about making lemonade.

I won’t patronize you with vapid ramblings about “positive thinking” or tell you to turn your frown upside down. We’re both smarter than that. Musings from Psych 101 are trite and irritating at best. So let’s be honest.

Sometimes life just sucks.

Sometimes bad stuff happens to good people. Sometimes that good people is you.

Promising relationships fail, money evaporates, best friends stab you in the back, jobs disappear. The board of directors turns down your raise the same day you suddenly need a root canal. Roommates turn into knife-brandishing psychos who steal your car and sell your stereo for drug money.

Life isn’t fair.

These unfortunate situations range from inconvenient to downright traumatic. Setbacks hurt. So it’s okay to be angry, to feel slighted, to grieve a loss. To shake your fists at the sky and wail, “Why me?!”

But the beauty of being a resilient, journal-wielding human being is that those emotional outbursts are not the end of your story.

They’re just the beginning.

Venting in the Present Tense

When we’re done nursing a broken heart or a busted ego, there’s almost always a shred of good we can seek in the wreckage as a consolation prize. You know, a few lemons to make some lemonade.

But before you go digging around for that citrus juicer, it’s essential to fully indulge the grieving or venting process. It’s no use to pretend everything is hunky dory straight from the break-up or the lay-off. That’s just denial.

We have to process our feelings in order to heal and move on. Anything less is a cover-up. If you don’t deal with the emotions now, they’ll simply pop up later, at a less convenient time. If you’ve got to grieve, get pissed, or get a root canal, then there’s no time like the present.

Once we’re all cried-out and ready to start moving forward, journaling about the potential benefits of any situation can help us grow at lightning speed, zooming forward and leaving the broken past behind us.

Journaling is the key to turbo-charged healing. Writing is essential through the whole process — the grief or the anger, the acute trauma, the slow healing, and the burst of forward growth that comes surely on the heels of all that pain.

Our journals provide a sounding board that never answers back, never lets us down, and always provides written proof of our growth and resiliency.

Humans aren’t always very good at handling other people’s emotions. Witnessing another’s intense fear or pain often makes us uncomfortable, which means you can’t always get the exact support you need from those around you. People are flawed. But we can always turn to our journals and vent, cry on the page, craft a hit-list, or compile a litany of reasons why we’re justified.

Journaling Your Way Forward

When you’re ready to look forward a little bit, all you need is a tiny shred of willingness to consider getting over yourself. As I talk about in the latest podcast, Inspiration in All the Wrong Places, we humans can be very attached to our pain. We wear it like a badge, so everyone knows What We’ve Been Through.

While this mentality is often warranted and sometimes necessary, it’s also dangerous. Once in victim mode, it’s difficult to let go of that attention, the sympathy, the “story” that gives a reason for us being bitter or stuck. We wallow. We sulk. We throw a pity party and invite everyone we know.

If you can become willing to let go of that story a little, put down the violin long enough to take a deep breath, it’ll get easier to consider positive outcomes. You can start small, and see how that feels.

I’ve lost my job, but I get to sleep in every day. Better yet, I don’t have to wear those damn khakis anymore. Maybe your car died, but now you’ve got an excuse to ride the bicycle that’s been languishing in the garage. (You’ve been meaning to get more exercise, anyway.)

These tiny concessions open the door to greater possibilities. They help you wrench free from the attachment to mourning. They brighten up your world view and open doors you didn’t even know existed.

Next time you find yourself at the bitter end of a thankless situation, get out your journal and start the process of healing. Detail your gripes. When you’re ready, look at a few easy details about what might work out in your benefit. Let those details inspire you to entertain bigger and better possibilities.

My freedom from alarm clocks and khakis soon grows into the excitement that I’m free to change my career path. Liberated from your broken-down car, you meet your future life partner on the bike path. Instant lemonade: just add water.

Who knows what tomorrow might bring. Those silver linings are just starting to shine through.

Journaling Through Change

Humans are creatures of habit. We go about our daily lives, confident tomorrow will be just like today. So when change hits, as it inevitably does, we feel lost and unsure.

Change throws us off our game. It yanks the familiar ground out from beneath us. When we don’t know which end us up, we seek the comfort of the familiar. Of ritual, stability, constancy.

Amid this struggling economy, many of us face uncertainty. We may be dealing with job loss or home relocation; both of these changes top the stress charts. Even a welcomed change of scenery or a positive career switch can be disorienting.

In times of change, journaling makes us resilient. It helps us find steadier footing so we can roll with the punches. When the world around us is uncertain, our journal provides a home base, a constant, and an undeniable sense of stability. Here’s how.

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Journaling Prompts for the Equinox

While it’s folklore that you can balance an egg on its end only during the Equinox, this magical time of the year is perfect for thinking about balance in our lives.

In the Pacific Northwest, balance can be seemingly hard to come by. July sees the sun rising at 4:30 and setting close to 10:00 PM. In contrast, winter bathes us in eternal twilight interrupted only by a few paltry hours of misty, overcast daytime.

It’s taken me a few years to learn how to follow these natural season rythms. I’m used to four seasons of equal length, easily measure and distributed. In this corner of the country, it feels like feast or famine.

But the comforting part is that we don’t have to be balanced all the time. Just like nature, we can swing wildly in different directions as long as we come back to center twice a year or so to regroup.

I’ve begun to tailor my activities to the ebb and flow of daylight. I spend the summers outdoors, going on adventures. I save multimedia projects for the winter, when I don’t feel bad about being inside, in front of my computer. In the winter I sleep more, eat more. In the summer I barely do either. This is, in its own way, balance.

Defining Your Own Balance

As creative people, we must define our own concept of balance. Some folks require balance on a daily basis. When I attempt this, I feel cramped, trapped and uninspired. My vibrant purple is whitewashed to a limp and pale taupe. I am energized by extremes. It’s how I work. When I’m inspired, I submerge myself in a project nonstop, barely pausing to eat or sleep, thrust forward on a limitless wave of energy.

Once the wave subsides, it’s time to recuperate, reassess, refuel my body, take care of the details of life that often go out the window when I’m immersed in a creative project.

If I attempted to force “balance” into my daily life, that wave would not be honored. If I always insisted on 8 hours of sleep, three square meals, and returning my library books on time, this website would not exist. Neither would the books I’ve written, the businesses I’ve built, and the code I’ve crafted. You can’t start and stop a wave at will. You have to get on in the beginning and ride it to the end or pass it up altogether.

It’s essential that we understand our own needs for balance and the timelines on which we operate. It’s vital to follow that wave. But it’s equally important to rest on the beach for awhile afterward. A total lack of balance over the long-term is unsustainable.

Prompts for Your Balancing Act

Journaling helps us honor our own concepts of balance. We can look at our entries over time and identify the patterns. We can begin to trust that we can swing in one direction wholeheartedly, without fear we’ll fling ourselves over the edge; we have written proof that we always return. The tricky part is identifying how long that takes.

Get out your journal and think about the topic of balance in your life. What does “balance” mean to you? Are you balanced right now? Do you find balance hard to come by? Is your definition of balance based on your own intuition and inner workings, or a schedule set forth by your family, your boss, your preconceived notions? What would a healthy balance look like in each area of your life? Are you willing to experiment with extremes, or does that scare you? Why or why not?

A point in time where the Earth is righting herself and returning to center encourages us to do the same. Give it a try right now.

Circle Journey Books

A long time ago, I received two blank Circle Journey kits as a birthday gift. Since then, I’ve been using one of them with an old friend. They’re amazing kits for sharing with someone else and each time I get this journal back in the mail, it’s like Christmas.

Over the past six years, my friend and I have filled this journal with images from the past and present, musings on life, love, and how it’s all turning out. The journal used to travel 3,000 back and forth between New Haven and Seattle, but I finally convinced her to move here. So now it’s mailed to and from the same zip code. I could have walked down the street and put it in her mailbox, but what fun is there in that?

The blank Circle Journey kit

I think we both regularly forget about the Circle Journal, and when we rediscover it, it’s so inspiring we can’t help but create a new entry and send it off in the mail.

It amazes me how long ago my entries feel. A polaroid of my tiny studio apartment the day I moved out and onto the houseboat, the window propped open with a scrap of driftwood. A super-saturated photo of sunlight streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the Aloha Cabana, a view my friend soon claimed as her when she moved into my apartment. It feels like ancient history.

If you have another willing friend or family member, do the Circle Journey with them. It’s so much fun and so rewarding. Each time it returns in the mail, it’s a gift to both of you. The last round arrived in a makeshift packaging with a note saying “There’s so much love, the envelopes have become too small!”

It might be helpful to choose a period of time to send this back and forth. With this particular journal, it seems to be each time one of us moves, which has been at least annually for the past decade. But you could use birthdays or holidays or seasons as a landmark to remember to contribute the journal.

I couldn’t find any place to buy them new online anymore, unfortunately. But you don’t need the kit to do this, of course. You just need a willing friend or family member and a bound journal or notebook of some sort.

Below are a few photos of our circle jounal in progress. (I especially love all the lyrics on the envelopes, including a song from the TV series, “My So-called Life.”) Click on the thumbnails for a larger version of the image.

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Dealing with the Loss of Your Journals

I received an email from a reader this week with a pretty big roadblock. She diligently kept a digital journal for years. And then through a computing error, every single one of her files was accidentally deleted. After suffering this loss, she’s understandably having a hard time returning to journaling.

Here are six steps for working through the loss of your journals. I hope these suggestions can help you return to the practice of journaling, which is itself healing.

1. Honor the Sense of Loss

It may sound melodramatic, but losing your journals is a death in a way. Don’t trivialize this sense of loss. While not everyone will understand your grief, I can assure you that other journalers do understand. Many of us have lost our journals before, or fear losing them, and can identify with your pain.

When I lived on a houseboat, I would sometimes awake in a panic, fearing a leak. If we took on water, 20 years worth of writing would get wet and be lost forever to depths of Lake Union.

Losing a large amount of journaling is akin to losing part of your identity. So don’t try to talk yourself out of feeling the grief. Acknowledge it and honor it. You have experienced a devastating loss and it will affect you profoundly. Let it.

2. Hold a Small Ceremony

For eons, humans have created rituals around loss to help us process the experience. Ceremonies create a sense of closure, which are necessary to complete the cycle of grief and allow us to move on.

Creating a small ceremony for yourself to acknowledge the loss and provide closure may help you move forward. Think of it like a funeral for your journals. Light a candle, say a few words. If you have a trusted friend you’d like present, ask them to participate.

3. Remedy the Fear

There’s nothing wrong with being emotionally attached to your journals; they’re part of you. But before you can start journaling again, you need to eliminate the fear of losing everything all over again. This will remedy the “why bother” syndrome you’re experiencing.

Create an indestructible backup system for your files. Set a reminder on your calendar to back up weekly or monthly to an external hard drive or CD-R. Or use software that backs up your computer automatically. My MacBook, for example, automatically backs up onto the Time Machine every two weeks.

Once you have faith that your journal won’t be lost all over again, you’ll feel safer getting “involved.”

4. Do it differently

Journaling in a totally different way can help break through the paralysis as well. Make the process different enough from how you used to do it that it won’t remind you too much of what has been lost. It’s kind of like avoiding a certain restaurant after ending a relationship. You wouldn’t take your new date to the place where you broke up with your partner. In fact, you might want to do something totally novel with them, like having a picnic.

So try a new angle on your journaling. Perhaps you can buy yourself the gift of a beautiful new journal and try writing by hand for awhile instead of on the computer. (That could also help heal the fear of deleting the files again.) Or perhaps journal in a new location.

Avoiding the circumstances surrounding the original loss can help you move on and establish new journaling rituals.

5. Remember Why you Journal

Journaling is such a gift. Think about why you originally started journaling. It made you feel better. It improved your outlook, deepened your experience, created indelible memories for you. It was a method of self-care. When you’re suffering a loss, self-care is exactly what you need. So the very thing that caused you the original pain can help you heal from it.

Remind yourself how important journaling is to you and how much you benefit from it. Working through the discomfort of starting again will totally be worth it.

6. Try to embrace the new beginning

Perhaps after completing the previous steps, you’ll be able to at least try to see this situation as an opportunity for a new beginning. It can be very challenging to summon this mindset, but if you can do it, the change in perspective will help you immensely to start journaling again.

It will get better.

Time heals all wounds, as the adage goes. The sense of loss is still fresh and you haven’t been able to start up journaling again. But if you can push through the discomfort in the beginning, you’ll begin to heal through the act of journaling. The discomfort will fade, and the grief will subside. But it’s going to be difficult in the beginning. Just acknowledge that and remind yourself how improtant journaling is to you.

As time passes, the loss will become less and less painful. And you’ll have a new treasure trove of journal entries to fill the hole left from the ones you lost.

Moving on is never easy. If you’re suffering the loss of your journals, know that you’re not alone in your grief and that you can heal from this. You will be able to embrace the joy of journaling once again and benefit from its presence in your life.

This post was written in response to a reader question. Have a question you’d like answered? Drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.

Do You Need to Know the Answer?

When I’m going through a rough spot, I journal more. My morning writing sessions stretch out and I often add an evening session. This isn’t because I have so many answers to explore.

It’s because I have so many questions.

So many times, I’ve written a weighty, important question in my journal, and followed it with, I don’t have the answer to this. Please show me the way. And in the spirit of What the #$*! Do We Know!?, I ask the Universe to make the answer super obvious because I’m a little dense.

Asking big questions is an act of bravery. It’s one of the hardest things we can do as humans. Humans like the status quo: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But there’s a big difference between “not broken” and “working sublimely .”

The opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy.

Is it Good Enough?

Several years ago I was struggling in a long-term relationship that was no longer working. It was a difficult situation because everything seemed fine on the surface. We got along, we never fought. There weren’t obvious signs of a problem — no infidelity, no slamming doors. He wasn’t hitting me or wearing sweatpants in public.

But neither was he building me up, supporting me, or even really seeing me.

It wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t good enough.

I felt guilty being unsatisfied. Everything in society tells us we should be lucky to have anyone, and no relationship is perfect — how dare you want something more. So I quietly put those misgivings to rest. Buried them beneath all sorts of industrious activity. Overworking. Overeating. Buying furniture. Trying to fix my environment. Trying to fix myself.

Once in awhile I would journal the questions that crept through in quiet moments.

Am I right to deserve more?

Shouldn’t I be grateful for what I have?

Am I being unrealistic?

What about myself can I change to make this relationship work?

Asking the Right Questions

During this time, I was blessed to have this amazing massage therapist who came to my workplace every other week. Dawn was a wise woman and she acted as my guide during that rough period. We had just met, but I trusted her implicitly. I felt safe with her. Embraced by her supportive energy.

She asked me questions as she worked on my back and neck, putting me into a receptive state of total goo. I told her everything. I told her things I wasn’t saying out loud to anyone, even my closest friends. The combination of her massage and healing energy brought out these truths. I often cried on the table.

A few sessions in, I told her, “I keep asking myself – shouldn’t I be grateful? Am I being unrealistic? Is it about my shortcomings? Do I need to change myself? I just don’t have the answers.” I could feel her smiling behind me, sending rays of healing energy into my body with her fingertips.

After a minute, she said quietly, “Maybe you’re not asking the right questions.”

I left that session on a mission to find a safe place to let loose in my journal. I was a ticking time bomb, walking gingerly, careful not to bump into anyone en route. I couldn’t be stopped or interrupted. I searched for a quiet spot to write like a mama cat seeking a dark corner to have her kittens.

I opened my journal and wrote a new question:

Am I thriving in this relationship?

I didn’t even need to write the answer. I moved out the next day.

Two weeks later, having ended the relationship, I had another session with Dawn. I told her what happened. I told her about writing all the questions all these months, about not having the answers.

She said, “You weren’t ready to ask that question. You just needed time to ask the other questions, time to not have the answers. Asking those questions allowed you to finally ask the last important one.”

Having witnessed that amazing process, feeling so grateful for her guidance, I ask a lot of questions these days in my journal. I see writing them as a complete act. I don’t need to have the answers to benefit from the asking. I’ve learned to trust the process, mysterious as it is.

Many times the answers are revealed later on. Sometimes they are not.

Sometimes you’re given the courage to ask a different question. One you already know the answer to.

#5 Where’d You Hide the Chocolate?

Post #5 in the series Tips for Quitting: Be a Better Quitter in 7 Easy Steps. This series provides journal prompts and writing topics to enable big changes. I used this process to quit smoking, change jobs, start running, and eliminate debt. It works! Start with the first post in the series here.

When you’re trying to make a difficult change, it’s important to understand what motivates you.

Does winning a $20 bet with your co-worker keep you from eating that second helping? Do you move forward with starting a new business because you blogged about your intention? Do you run another mile because you love seeing the gold star on your chart?

When you know what really lights a fire under your behind, you can seek out the necessary support. Better support means more likely success. And we need all the success we can get.

I Don’t Care What You Think of Me

I see a lot of folks fail because they rely on the wrong motivation.

A good example is the use of accountability. Any time somebody is coaching you toward a goal (weight loss, business goals, creative output) they’ll tell you to publicly declare your intentions. To find a workout partner, join a quit group, or skywrite your progress.

The assumption is that you’ll keep at it so you don’t risk being shamed for failing. This works for some people.

But I couldn’t care less what somebody else thinks of me. Accountability to others doesn’t work for me. I’ll probably just end up pissed off when you try to stop me from doing whatever I’ve set out to do.

If accountability is your chosen form of motivation, be careful whom you ask to hold you accountable. You might turn your home into a warzone by making a partner, family member or roommate responsible for your actions. I speak from experience:

“I know I asked you to hold me accountable, but WHERE DID YOU HIDE THE F%$&#ING CHOCOLATE?!”

My motivation is totally internal. I do stuff (or stop doing stuff) because I like measurable results. I don’t go running because I told my trainer I would. I go running because I want to feel relaxed, energetic, and fit. That works for me.

So think long and hard about what really gets you moving. Picking the right motivation can mean the difference between success and frustration.

Pick Your Poison

Time to brainstorm in your journal. Answer this question:

The last time you were successful at something, what motivated you?

What was the most rewarding part of getting from Point A to Point B? Praise? Cash? Revenge? In terms of your current attempt at change, what reward would make it worth the effort?

Here are some possibilities to get you started, but the sky’s the limit:

  • Visible results
  • Accountability
  • Material reward
  • Checking off a list
  • Measurable progress
  • Verbal feedback from others
  • Financial gain

The Power of Concrete Feedback

My ultimate form of motivation is visible, measurable progress. So when I quite smoking, I installed a tool for my computer called the Quit Meter. You enter your quit date, the number of cigarettes you smoked, and the cost of a pack of cigarettes. It calculates your tally every minute.

I gotta tell you – seeing “1 year, two days and 32 minutes quit. $2,687 not spent, 5,675 cigarettes not smoked,” seriously kept me on that wagon.

Finding your motivation is so key. Don’t skip this step. Make sure you’ve got the right carrot on the end of that stick!

In the next post of this series, we’ll talk about building a team of experts to help you succeed. Be sure to come back or have new posts delivered via email so you don’t miss a thing.

Next post: Who’s on Your Board of Directors?

Tips for Quitting

Be a Better Quitter in 7 Easy Steps

#1 What One Change Do You Need to Make?
#2 Do You Realize What’s at Stake?
#3 You Do It Because it Works
#4 How to Write Plan B
#5 Where’d You Hide the Chocolate?!
#6 Who’s on Your Board of Directors?
#7 Celebrate Your Success

The Power of Seeing It in Writing

This morning I was unloading big-time in my journal, typical Monday style, crabby and discontent. Not enough time, sleep, motivation or sunshine. And I was reminded of one of the most powerful benefits of journaling: seeing it in writing.

My pen furiously scraping the paper, writing so intently that smudges splotched the pages like Rorschach inkblots, I was detailing my present list of misgivings. The situations gone awry in my life. These were Very Important Issues, I assure you. The crease between my eyes even made an appearance – the one that shows up whenever I wail “WHY?!” in defeat.

At the instant of writing, all these problems and mishaps truly felt frustrating, disheartening, confusing. I was angry and self-righteous. My world was coming to an end and I wasn’t about to stand by and let it be snatched out from under me.
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