I'm All Write: Journal Writing Workshop

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I would never have thought to do a journal writing workshop so when Carolyn reached out with the idea I was immediately intrigued. I knew it would be a bit of a tough one to sell to people because of how personal journal writing is. I was even hesitant myself because I'm not usually the type to open up and be vulnerable to people, especially with people I don't know.

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I had no idea what to expect but Carolyn did an amazing job setting the vibe for the workshop. She came well prepared with a solid flow of how she wanted things to go and little notebooks and pens for everyone. She slowly eased us into writing with different exercises and she made it clear from the beginning that there was zero pressure for any of us to share if we didn't want to. 

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We all shared. And it got pretty emotional. But in a good way.

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She got us to tap into things we normally wouldn't be comfortable tapping into and although what we wrote in our journals was kept private, sharing the experience of writing about tough things or what we felt during the exercise was enlightening. It's so interesting to see how similar we all are at times and how different we all can be. It's comforting to know that we're not alone but there's comfort in knowing how unique we are as well. 

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I know there's usually a stigma around journal writing or anything holistic and spiritual. I believe that if you open up yourself to things you're not familiar with, you'll be surprised by how much you can take away from it. Carolyn showed us that there are no rules when it comes to journal writing. It is what you make of it. I think that resonated the most with me. Do what feels good for you and fuck expectations. Journal writing is personal in the sense that it is only meant for you so do with it as you please. Whether it's writing, drawing, bullet points or scribbles, the action of putting your pen to paper goes a long way.

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Cristina Tioseco