writing a journal

Journal Writing – a gateway to self-care and well-being

Leona Dawson Personal Development, Self Care, Solutions

“Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” Mina Murray.

Journal writing regularly is one of the most potent and powerful habits you can take up. You will find yourself showing up better in every area of your life — every area! Without question, journaling has by far been the number one factor to everything I’ve done well in my life. I use it to help me make decisions, to listen within for wise advice, to sort through dilemmas, to come up with ideas, to vent, to express, to find all the aspects of myself that I don’t speak out loud. I use my journal to record my life, dreams, hopes and even my disappointments. My journal is self-therapy, self-development and self-acknowledgement.

A journal can be short bursts of ideas, a deep reflection, a list of words, a recollection an event, a day, a week. Your journal can be mindfulness practice. It can be a way to track your progress towards your gaols.

A journal is whatever you want it to be.

Research has proven that keeping a journal can help people recollect the good in their life, cultivate gratitude, release physical and emotional pain, build a stronger immune system, lower stress, improve creativity, calm inner conflict and emotional upheaval, and cultivate resilience. Journal writing heals. Journal writing can ‘right’ your life.

Journaling is an evidence-based tool for self-care, self-therapy and mindfulness.

Here’s the problem though. Most people imagine journal writing to be more than it is. More time, more effort, more skills than they have. They imagine they will have nothing to say.

But…what if you could create a journal writing practice that is just right for you?

Why not join me, and my fabulous colleague Jade, in this gentle and supportive workshop. You will write, with clear prompts and gentle encouragement. You will learn practical considerations about keeping a journal, tools to get your writing beyond the surface level, and ways to make your journal expressions more creative.

But I’ve tried to keep a journal before and it got boring, I just wrote the same things, I lost the momentum!

This is not an uncommon experience with anything new we take up. We start out with a burst of energy and then it fades away. Sometimes this can be because we are doing the same thing over and over and we get bored or it seems we are not ‘making progress’ or getting the outcomes we hoped for.

We can help! This journal writing series will help you sustain your practice. You can choose to come to any or all of these workshops.

writing a journalWorkshop 1: An Introduction to Journalling

19th May 10am – 4:30pm
You will start or reconnect with your journal writing practice discovering:

~ a journal writing style that is just right for you

~ quick & easy ways to get started & ~ how to add variety to your writing


journal writing

Workshop 2: Deepening your Journal Writing

14th July 10am – 4:30pm. You will learn three new journalling processes to deepen into:

~ Your inner wisdom that comes in your morning pages or journal notes

~ Writing techniques for widening your perspectives on any issue


artWorkshop 3: Journal with Colour & Creativity

29th September 10am-4:30pm  You will learn simple and creative ways to:

~ Use art when words don’t capture your experience.

~ Use collage, colour, crayons, paint and pencils to enhance your practice


One last thing – You’ll spend each day at a beautiful heritage cottage set in a community garden & fresh water wetland. 


receive a beautiful personalised gift pack which includes a journal to get you started

~be nourished by a delicious morning tea including a plate of seasonal fruits

~be able to help yourself to a range of teas & coffee and nibbles throughout the day

~receive personal support in journal writing



White’s Creek Cottage
31 White Street, Lilyfield, NSW 2040

Call me on 0403 125 332 or email me: leona@leonadawson.com.au
if you’d  want to know more…

Yes, you can invite a friend…
Yes, you can bring a family member (16 years old +)…
Yes, you can bring your own journal…

Yes, you can register for any or all of the workshops