Welcome my Clan of the Crave Bears! I know your life is incredibly busy, so it means so much that you are spending this time with me.
Today we are going to be talking about Katie Dalebout’s new book, Let It Out – A Journal Through Journaling. One of the things we have talked so much about is a gratitude practice. Having a gratitude practice is a strength and it allows you to open up your mind to hope, positive thoughts, and learning.
Although I believe in a gratitude practice and I even have a gratitude jar in my kitchen, I know that there can be a downside to gratitude. Negativity bias is something we will talk about and how it can actually benefit us in some ways, but it can also rule us. A gratitude practice can counteract your negativity bias.
Gratitude is not a panacea – it’s not a cure all. We don’t want to overdose on gratitude. Writing down 10 gratitudes a day might make you feel like you failed if you can’t come up with 10. There is no such thing as “more is better” in the gratitude department. So, set realistic goals for your gratitude.
You may not realize that you can also fail to recognize your own role in your success. Thanking everyone else, while downplaying your own contribution isn’t great for your self-esteem. So pick one day and time each week that you will journal your gratitude. Write down 3 things you are grateful for, AND write down YOUR contribution to that success. It isn’t luck, and it isn’t being in the right place at the right time. Recognize your own awesomeness!
Katie Dalebout is an author, coach and podcaster and she has a lot of insight into self-acceptance and journaling. I’m so excited to have her on the show today. I had to reach out to her when my family was having some difficult times these last few weeks with Bob’s back surgery, and she gave me some journaling advice. I have to say that it has helped!
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- How Katie began journaling
- Journaling can help you sort out your own messages from societies messages
- The self-awareness that Katie found through journaling
- How journaling can help with your meditation practice
- How you can heal your thoughts by facing your thoughts
- How expressive writing can be useful to us
- Why we have so much resistance to facing our feelings
- How you can write to the higher part of yourself, your intuition
- Ways to learn from your journaling
- Journaling helps the things you are ready to let go of
- How to buy a journal – what kind, what brand, etc.
- can see emotion when you write our something on paper
- You may only want to write pretty things in a pretty journal
- A yellow legal pad will give you the ability to be as raw and real as you need to be
- Should you keep your old journals?
Katie’s Book – Let It Out: A Journal Through Journeying