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Repost: A lost girl’s diary

Originally posted on CBS.com Alexandra Valoras would look so familiar to so many parents – the sweet little girl singing and dancing her way through her teen years, recognized for achieving outside the home, and thoroughly cherished inside it. “Alexandra, she was such a happy girl, so motivated and so just full of life,” said her mother, Alysia. Just weeks after a family ski vacation, this 17-year-old high school junior,…

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Going Through the Motions…

As I walked into my workspace, I looked around my desk and saw different items I’d left from the previous night.  My Big Happy Planner I use for blogging was filled with a week of postings for both social media and the blog itself.    The classic happy planner I use for my 2019 goals lay open as well.  Complete with the top three priorities I set for my self each…

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Epica Announcement – Field Tester

I am delighted to have been chosen as a field tester Epica journals for their Nappa Collection prototypes. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews and journal ideas for this wonderful product. Subscribe for more information.…

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In Search for the Perfect Pen

If you’ve been journaling for any length of time like I have then you may have come to realize the dilemma of finding the right pen.  The pursuit of a writing instrument that not only writes well in your journal of choice but also fits well in your hand.  I’ve written with multi-colored gel ink, classic blue and now black.  During that time, I’ve experienced the frustration of the ink…

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Reflections…

My very first journal entry was written on September 30, 1995 at 8:40 am in a powder blue ink that I now find very annoying.  Two paragraphs in its entirety it would be approximately eleven months before I’d begin including the day of the week with each entry.  A habit I continue to this day.  I remember buying this abstract hardbound book from Pier1 Imports on clearance and having it…

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Discover the writer within

One of the ways I’ve benefited from journaling is discovering a writing ability I didn’t know I had.  I’ve always been an avid reader and lover of books.  However, the writing was not an ambition I held.  That is not until I began journaling.  Repeatedly friends, family and co-workers would see me writing in my journal and ask, “when is the book coming?”  For a while, I’d laugh it off…

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Making My New Journal My Own

I’ve never been one to plan my journals around the seasons.  Whenever I complete a journal I merely grab a new one from what I have in stock.  I always have a stash of notebooks or blank books on hand.  Whether it’s from a department store, the clearance section of a bookstore or merely taking advantage of a back to school sale.  There’s always at least one or two readily…

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