Day 21: 31 Days of Journal Writing

Field tripDay 21: Are you coming? It’s field trip time!

 You know what they say about good things coming in small packages? Today’s blog post will be short and sweet.

And it will feel a lot like a gift.

My gift for you is time for yourself and your journal, together, on a quiet journey.

Where do you normally journal? In your room? Your sofa? Desk? Porch?

Any of those places are great for everyday use and you can get some really deep thinking done there.

But, if we’re really honest with ourselves, sometimes our everyday space can be too distracting. (It’s no coincidence that as I write this, I’m sitting in Starbucks.)

Toys on the floor. Dirty dishes from breakfast. (Or the night before.) Trash that needs to be taken out.

None of this junk is good for your journaling juju.

So, today, plan a field trip for yourself.

Notice I’m not suggesting you drop everything and run out the door right now. If that works for you, do it! But most likely you will need to look at your calendar and plan a time to break away.

Time for you and your journal to go someplace new together.

Is the weather beautiful? How about outside under a tree? Or at a park that has benches and trees, not necessarily a playground. Of course if the only way to get to a new scene is to hit the playground and journal while the kids run around, that works too.

Is there a museum you’d like to check out? Take your journal and go walk around, be inspired, and do some writing while you’re there.

What about a special vantage point? In Tallahassee you can go to the top of the Capitol building and take in a gorgeous view. In Boston you could go sit at the bar at the Top of the Hub restaurant and look out over the city. In Burlington, VT you can sit at Battery Park and look out over Lake Champlain. Or better yet, buy a ticket for the ferry and journal while you glide across the lake.

What beautiful setting is close by you that you can access and allow to inspire you as you dive into your journal?

Pen your field trip into your calendar and don’t put it off. The holidays are coming and the time you take for yourself now will help you to manage the buzz of energy that is right around the corner.

I just waved my magic wand and granted you permission to do this for yourself. Bibbidi Bobbiti Boo!

Prompt for today: Plan your field trip, take it, and let me know how it goes in the comments below. Enjoy this time – you deserve it!

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Sara Marchessault is a coach, writer, and mom who helps busy women use journaling to create more space in their life for being productive without feeling overwhelmed. Visit to get your FREE Journal Protection Plan and start using your journal to create more joy in your life.


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