The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Written by Doreene Clement

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Can better understand and accept yourself and others - Whether you re-read your journal or not, you can gain benefits from writing down your story, and your thoughts. You are writing about how you see and experience life. You can compare and explorerepparttar times of your life - Awareness ofrepparttar 145005 past can teach and support your future.

Creates a good personal reminder - As you journalrepparttar 145006 times of your life, if you are still writing aboutrepparttar 145007 same things over and over, it can help support your idea of what is working in your life and what is not. You are creating a record, and with that record in hand it is easier to see patterns, changes, and shifts. You can always ask yourself, "What do I want to carry with me?"

Provides personal growth and freedom - Journaling can be a wonderful tool to help better understand yourself andrepparttar 145008 world that surrounds you.

Becomes a treasured keepsake, a written scrapbook - A journal is a catalog of your memories. Over time, your memories become an irreplaceable treasure that can be looked at years from now, by you, or, if you wish, by others.

Records and tracks business, personal or financial information - There are many ways to benefit from journaling, because there are many ways to keep a journal. A business journal can track appointments, meetings, finances, or log data. A personal journal can be about dreams, family, health, diets, hobbies, travel, or any other topic you want to record and track.

Journals are great gifts for friends, family or to give yourself - You can giverepparttar 145009 benefits of journaling to a friend, or to yourself. Withrepparttar 145010 benefits of journaling in mind, andrepparttar 145011 insights and power it can give to someone else or to YOU, consider journaling. If you never journaled, consider starting. If you have journaled, but have quit, consider starting a journal again. Remember - write it down, get it out. There is power inrepparttar 145012 expression of writing.

Doreene Clement, a cancer victor and author of The 5 Year Journal, is currently writing a new book, Blessed, about her life and her cancer experience. For more information 480.423.8095 Copyright 2005 OMDC, LLC All Rights Reserved

Feel free to pass this along to your friends. If you want to see my column, About Journaling,

Top Ten List of What to Do and What Not to Do in Relationships

Written by Kim Olver

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1.When you want more quality time with your man, makerepparttar time you do have as positive as possible. 2.Trust and respect him. 3.Stop nagging. 4.Allow your partner time away from you without giving himrepparttar 144938 third degree. 5.Appreciaterepparttar 144939 little things he does for you and tell him so. 6.Make love creatively and often. Don’t be afraid to initiate lovemaking. 7.Honor any agreements you have made with him. 8.Support his goals and direction. 9.Ask for what you want! (Believe it or not, no matter how much he loves you, he really can’t read your mind.) 10.Accept his “No” gracefully, trusting that he would if he could.


1.Go to bed angry with your partner. 2.Insist he always share his feelings with you. Talking about feelings is more what women need. 3.Attempt to converse with your partner during a good movie or sporting event. 4.Continue to “give” in what you perceive is a lopsided relationship when you are at a point of resentment. 5.Criticize him or put him down, especiallyrepparttar 144940 things he does. 6.Scold your partner as if he were a child. 7.Use sex as a prize for good behavior orrepparttar 144941 withholding of sex as punishment for “bad” behavior. 8.Compare him to a fictional character in a book, movie or soap drama and find him lacking. 9.Violate his privacy. 10.Try to change him. Appreciaterepparttar 144942 man he is right now.

There is so much to learn about satisfying relationships that your parents never showed you. Please don’t become one ofrepparttar 144943 statistics of divorce or perhaps worse, stay in a miserable relationship to honor your marriage vows while having so many regrets about your life asrepparttar 144944 time ticks away.

Take charge and take control of your life. Learn some new ways to improverepparttar 144945 relationship you are already in or to prepare yourself for being a better, improved partner forrepparttar 144946 next person in your life. Contact Kim at 708-957-6047 or email at about relationship coaching or take onerepparttar 144947 many Teleclasses scheduled onrepparttar 144948 Events Calendar at Don’t wait until it is too late.

Kim Olver is a licensed professional counselor and a life/relationship coach. She helps people unleash their personal power by living from the inside out, focusing their time and energy on only those things they can control. She also helps people improve the quality of their relationships with the people in their lives. For further information about Kim visit her website at or contact her at (708) 957-6047.

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