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Happy Links: From Love to a Giveaway

Portrait - Tammy and Logan

{Every week, I publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy!}

Logan and I are going to Eugene, Oregon this weekend. Logan is attending a conference and I will be exploring Eugene. I can’t wait to take photos, walk, and drink lots of coffee!

We are also celebrating the 11th anniversary of our marriage, on Saturday July 12th. It’s hard to believe I met Logan — in a bar — over 13 years ago and that we’ve been married for 11 years! Time seems to go faster the older I get and I’m incredibly grateful that I get to spent my hours and days with a kind, generous, and understanding man.

In other news, I’ve been spending the hot summer days working on a new e-course. I will be teaching the course in September and will reveal additional details soon. Stay tuned!

In addition, “My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee” is on sale, until July 21st. You can buy the Kindle or PDF version for $2.99.

Now onto this weeks happy links …

A fantastic read, “When I Made Excuses.”

Loved this piece about the Whole30 journey by Natalie.

Get messy art journal looks like a fun challenge.

“The soul and body are not separate.” via Susannah Conway

Michelle’s shop is open again. Take a peek at her new zine. It’s beautiful!

Creativity-inspired productivity.

A giveaway …

Amanda Sandlin, from Danielle LaPorte’s stellar team, sent me a sweet note last week about my post on journaling. I love the Desire Map Daily Planner and the journal, and, you are in luck because Danielle offered to giveaway three journals to RowdyReaders!

To participate in the giveaway …

  • Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post and fill in this sentence: “Journaling makes me happy because …”
  • Leave your first and last name in the comment form, along with your email address. If you win the journal, I need a way to contact you.
  • I will announce the winners next week.

Be well,

Note: The portrait above was taken in the Fall of 2009. At that time, we were living in Sacramento, CA. Photography by Russ Roca.

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  • Margie July 10, 2014, 11:02 am

    Journaling makes me happy because…

    My brain has to slow down to the pace of my pen.

  • Vicki Boyles July 10, 2014, 11:06 am

    …I feel like I’m honoring the people and places in my life by devoting time to them by putting down in words, drawings and poetry how they make me feel.

  • Andrea Zimmerl July 10, 2014, 11:18 am

    Journaling makes me happy because I can contact my inner parts and start a healing conversation.

  • Evie Jones July 10, 2014, 11:40 am

    Can I still enter if I don’t journal but really want to start? I need a place to think.

    • Tammy Strobel July 10, 2014, 1:05 pm


      Of course! 🙂


  • Brittany Fitzer July 10, 2014, 11:47 am

    Journaling makes me happy because my journal just listens. It takes in everything I need to say and leave behind or remember and it doesn’t judge. It jut listens and allows me to write for me and be me. Writing is life.

  • Vanessa Laven July 10, 2014, 11:53 am

    Journaling makes me happy because…
    It lets me be my whole imperfect self with no apologies. I can be who I really am in my journal without having to censor myself. I can dream as big or as little as I want, I can be as passionate or as apathetic as I want to be. I can just be ME!

    • Stephanie July 11, 2014, 6:04 pm

      Well said. Absolutely

  • Sharon Saunders July 10, 2014, 11:55 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it helps me clarify what I truly feel and believe.

  • Abbe Trent July 10, 2014, 12:01 pm

    …it helps me remember my past and see how much I’ve grown into the future!

  • Laura Williams July 10, 2014, 12:09 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it is time that I listen to my inner voice, in silence from the hum of electric devices and the constant chatter of our world wide web – I get ‘stuck’ in it often.

  • Melissa De Roeck July 10, 2014, 12:55 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it empties my head so I can listen to my heart and follow my dreams.

  • Dianne July 10, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because…
    …I adore the very act of putting ink to paper and watching my thoughts become visible.

    • Dianne July 10, 2014, 1:09 pm

      Oops – Dianne Godwin. Sorry I left off the last name. 🙂

  • Amber Marie July 10, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it provides an opportunity to practice writing in a raw and personal way, which has both internal and external benefits.

  • Megan Swartz July 10, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it makes me more critically analyze my life and focus on the things that are truly important to me.

  • helenlehndorf July 10, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because…

    it’s always there for me, even when I feel alone/misunderstood/isolated. It’s like a paper best friend.

    I have been reading/listening to your words about destroying old journals. I have a cupboard full of journals from the last twenty years! They have started to feel like a bit of a burden and we’ve had a couple of deaths in the family recently which has bought to my attention STUFF and what happens to it when you die. I had thought in the past my journals would become some kind of family treasure, but would they really? There are so many and there is so much angst in there (amongst the beauty and blessings) …now I’m thinking now they would be more a burden than treasure. So, I’ve decided to make a visual archive on tumblr of some of the pages I wish to remember and then I am going to BURN the journals….ceremoniously….in a big bonfire in my backyard. (I might let myself keep a couple of favourites from around the time my children were born…but yes, I have to get the pile down, down, down…) Thank you for your inspiration writing about letting go – it’s been very helpful.

    Here is the start of my visual journal archive:


    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂 Helen

  • helenlehndorf July 10, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Whoops, me again, here’s the correct URL for the journal tumblr:


    🙂 Helen

  • Diane July 10, 2014, 2:09 pm

    I hope you love Eugene. I grew up there and it has some amazing features. I especially loved the area near the university; the rhododendron garden; the bike path by the Willamette River (maybe though don’t go walking on it alone, though… I remember it being kind of dangerous for women alone, this might be different now); the parks like Skinner Butte and Alton Baker; and lots and lots more.

  • Ryan Eckert July 10, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it is where I find my peace and tranquility.

  • Sandra Pawula July 10, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it strips away my false self and helps me to connect with the truth and wisdom within.

  • Barry Morris July 10, 2014, 3:57 pm

    Tammy, Congratulations to you and Logan on your 11 years together. You both continue to impact my life in meaningful ways and I’m grateful to have crossed virtual paths with you both. Hugs!

  • Victoria Musgrave July 10, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Journalling makes me happy because it allows me to make sense of my thoughts, connect deeply with myself and restore balance. It is also a form of mindfulness meditation for me.

  • Kyenne Williams July 10, 2014, 5:01 pm

    journaling makes me happy because it is the best portal I know to me. completely unexpected and absolutely necessary. and thank you Tammy because part of this journey is you, and rowdy kittens

  • Carrie Jesse July 10, 2014, 5:03 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because …
    It’s so simple. The simpler the act, the less chance I have for procrastinating. I can write freely and not worry about complicated thoughts. Complex ideas. Thinking too much. Instead, whatever comes out is what I write. Simple as that.

    (Happy Anniversary!)

  • Linda July 10, 2014, 5:14 pm

    Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary!

  • Fanny Priest July 10, 2014, 6:07 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it keeps me sane, grounded, clear, and it’s my favorite thing to do.

  • Joan July 10, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Eugene is amazing, I moved there recently and Spencer’s Butte and Hendrick’s Park (Rhododendron Garden and Forest trails) are amazing and easily accessible hiking. Spencer’s is a steep climb. Townshend’s Tea House is a great place to people watch, internet and sip amazing tea. Just walking around some of the neighborhoods is wonderful with all the beautiful gardens (South Hills and Whiteaker and nearby downtown have character). Plus there is Saturday Market. These kind of experiences are wonderful because you get to appreciate your backyard easily without spending your time otherwise shut up into a house all the time.

  • Joan Stanford July 10, 2014, 7:14 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it is my time alone with God. It is when I remember to be grateful for His love and His amazing grace.

  • E Keranen July 10, 2014, 7:22 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because… spilling my thoughts on paper gets them out of my head. Once they’re gone, I have room for other thoughts, plans, and goals.

  • joanna July 10, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it opens my mind and opens my heart. Journaling gives me the space that i need.

  • Sheryl Satorre July 10, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because….

    It allows me to connect to my inner self.

  • Linda July 10, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because I can never predict where I will end up. It is always someplace very different from the place I started

  • Minna Korhonen July 10, 2014, 8:37 pm

    Journalling makes me happy because my journal does not care if I misspell
    or mess up or use the wrong word.

  • Alandis Johnson July 10, 2014, 9:28 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it provides me with space and time to just relax and reflect upon all that is good in my life. It adds some positivity and gratitude!

  • Christa from Australia July 10, 2014, 9:42 pm

    “Journaling makes me happy because I can write down and so remember all the good things that happened to me during the day”.

    Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for all the Happy Links over the years.

  • Sara Grafton July 10, 2014, 10:30 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because … I can get out of my own head. It can be freeing to unleash my thoughts on paper instead of having them floating around in my head.

    Happy Anniversary & Enjoy your trip!

  • Elizabeth Milligan July 11, 2014, 2:56 am

    Journaling makes me happy because of the constant surprise I get when I later read on paper my true and innermost thoughts, reasoning and wisdom.

  • dutchdragonfly July 11, 2014, 4:19 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it makes my heart peaceful and light and full of love and gratitude!

  • Meghan Ewald July 11, 2014, 6:30 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it frees my mind from the constant rattle of thoughts. Thoughts collect like marbles in a glass jar. If there’s only one or two, I can capture the thoughts easily and silence their noise. Journaling is a way to capture and silence many marbles at once, leaving me able to deal with my thoughts one at a time.

  • Shannon McMillan July 11, 2014, 8:36 am

    Journaling makes me happy because I can release everything that has been pent up inside of me, take a deep breath, and move on with my day.

  • Justine White July 11, 2014, 9:02 am

    Journaling makes me happy because I can gab and gab, vent, praise, question, get angry, dream, be me. It allows me to get my jumbled thoughts out and it never talks back. My journal is there as proof that I am here in this world and have something to say.

  • Kristi Lucero July 11, 2014, 9:21 am

    Journaling makes me happy because, when I feel empty, it reminds me I am still enough!

  • Stacey Dickson July 11, 2014, 9:33 am

    I received my first journal from my Me-maw when I was maybe 6 or 7. I have been journaling ever since. For me, when I am writing in my journal, I feel like I can be my absolute self. There is no one judging me, barriers, critics, or self doubt. I write when I am happy, I write when I am upset or angry. I write little stories or poems for no one, but for my own pleasure. My Me-maw saw something in that spacey child, and put that daydreaming to use. My Me-maw has long since passed, but I always feel a little piece of her with me when I am writing.

  • Vanessa Chase July 11, 2014, 9:53 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it’s the slow, sweet practice that quiets my mind and allows me to process all that goes on in my days. It is what keeps me centred and makes me a happier me.

  • Teri Kojetin July 11, 2014, 9:55 am

    Journaling makes me happy because when I get my thoughts down on paper, they become clearer instead of crowding my mind. Plus I love paper and pen!

  • Cynthia Dunlavy July 11, 2014, 9:56 am

    Happy anniversary!!!

    Journaling makes me happy because…it helps me remember the important moments.

  • Katie July 11, 2014, 9:56 am

    Happy wedding anniversary Tammy and Logan!

    I love journalling because I can empty my mind of all the ideas, thoughts, happenings that are swimming around in there, and express myself on the page. I love the feeling of connecting pen to paper and going into a zen writing trance to get to the depths of what I want to say. I love that it is all there in a physical form. And I love to pretend that I am Harriet The Spy! 🙂

  • Amanda Townsell July 11, 2014, 10:13 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it allows me to process my emotions and thoughts. It gives me space to reflect on things before I act on them. It helps keep me sane.

  • Victoria Elam July 11, 2014, 10:13 am

    Journaling makes me happy because….I can leave all my travels and thoughts down on paper for my daughters, so in the future they can feel like they are traveling right along with me.
    Big Congrats on your up and coming Anniversary!! And Eugene is one of my favorite places to visit in Oregon!

  • Kathy July 11, 2014, 10:18 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it focuses me on the important things that go on in my life and those of my loved ones. It is a type of therapy that makes me realize my situations are not so overwhelming and can calm my spirit and bring me closer to God. Writing has become a way to express my inward feelings and untangle the thoughts and feelings that clog my soul.

  • Keri July 11, 2014, 10:20 am

    Journaling makes me happy because …it gives me time and space to think about my big rocks. With two littles at home, this 15 minutes of time gives me a sanity check.

  • Meredith Shadwill July 11, 2014, 10:25 am

    Journaling makes me happy because… my thoughts are freed from my head, helping me feel lighter.

  • Brandy Hubbard July 11, 2014, 11:18 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it helps me to explore my thoughts and feelings in a safe place.

  • Raven Askew July 11, 2014, 11:35 am

    Journaling makes me happy because …

    I can be my true self without the fear of judgement.

  • Rebecca Jean July 11, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because that is where I first realized that I was a writer. It has also, hands down, been the best way to talk to God since I was a teenager.

  • Gordon Davidescu July 11, 2014, 12:24 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it is a daily ritual that allows me to jot down important and sometimes unimportant things and I can later look back and watch as I went from married with no children to married with two and how they and we have grown up together.

  • molly July 11, 2014, 12:53 pm

    Congrats on your upcoming Anniversary and thanks for this lovely giveaway. 🙂
    Journalling makes me happy because it helps me to have a space where i can let go of everything running through my mind as i go through my healing journey. It lets my creative side out also and lets me be me x

  • Melissa Sayouth July 11, 2014, 2:58 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it is so freeing and enlightening. Everytime I journal, I come to some conclusion about whatever I was just writing.

  • Tiffany West July 11, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it is a way to free the thoughts, ideas, and feelings bouncing around in my brain!

  • Jill Glazier July 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

    …it gives me clarity and once I figure things out on the written page, it gives me freedom.

  • Stephanie July 11, 2014, 6:01 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it is an organized way to examine my life, it allows me to stop and look at all of the beautiful people and events that God has brought into my life and how very much I have to be grateful for, including unfortunately, some of the bad things that allow me to grow into whatever I am ultimately supposed to be.

  • Emmy Smith July 11, 2014, 6:26 pm

    I don’t journal yet, but I think it will make me happy when I do because it will get the clutter out of my head.

  • Juan Lopez July 11, 2014, 7:39 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it allows me to express my true, authentic self.

  • Michelle McDonald-Ross July 11, 2014, 8:15 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because…

    It gives me a tool to not only release and dissolve my fears, frustrations, and sadnesses, but to bring shape to my dreams and to untangle and explore the musings of my head and heart. Such a gift.

  • Anne Burns July 11, 2014, 8:46 pm

    … it is ME!

  • Marianne Ramsay July 11, 2014, 10:05 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it’s like having a direct line into spirit. For me, it’s both a ritual activity and a practical tool that allows me to step out of the day-to-day, and dive into something deeper. I’ve been journaling for nearly 20 years, and of all my many habits it’s the one I don’t think I could ever quit!

    Thanks for sharing this giveaway, and for your words (and those of your commenters!) about journal writing. It’s really inspiring and exciting to see what other people get up to in a quiet moment with paper and pen.

  • Sue Pagano July 12, 2014, 3:07 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it is truly a gift one gives them self. Countless times I have returned to the pages of my journals to be warmed by a memory that had been long forgotten. Times spent with my husband , milestones or comments my children made while growing up, or an afternoon spent with a now deceased relative are once again cherished. As I grow older, I think of my journals as a way to reach out to my unborn grandchildren by recording my thoughts and the events of my days.

  • Susan Desrocher July 12, 2014, 4:36 am

    There are too many great writers here with beautiful things to say. I can only be honest and straightforward.

    Journaling makes me happy because …

    When I feel empty and memoryless, I can go back and see who I was and how I was feeling on any given day. It gives me perspective and helps me see the progress I have made, when I think I’ve made none. It keeps me putting one foot in front of the other toward a better life.

  • Rich Walkden July 12, 2014, 5:35 am

    Congratulations to the both of you. Happy anniversary

    Journaling makes me happy because …

    journaling has unlocked doors I once thought were walls, allowed me to move blocks that I once thought were immovable, and has tapped me into the tenderness of my own heart as well as the stirrings of the universe.

  • Marla Hanlon-Abeita July 12, 2014, 7:34 am

    Journaling makes me happy because … it allows my brain to unload at times, invites my creativity at others, “listens” without interrupting me, is always there, blank page in binding, waiting for my pens…black, blue, red, green, purple, turquoise… … lines of color appearing on the page, tiny smile playing on my lips, delight, diligence, desire, displayed in color, my thoughts before my eyes… my emotions expressed in squiggles & sighs…

  • Lenice Valsecchi July 12, 2014, 10:21 am

    Journaling makes me happy as my thoughts and feelings can run across paper and not out of my mouth. It saves me.

  • Carrie-Belle Hubble July 12, 2014, 10:46 am

    Journaling makes me happy because I get to travel into my dream world, I get to release negativity, celebrate all the positive, log what I want to remember..I love journaling because I get to create my vision of life, because I get to be alone in peace and quiet and open my spirit and allow that inner goddess to pour her self out uncensored and unjudged but unconditionally loved into my “journal”.And when I’m done and I close my book,I always walk away clearer, lighter, refreshed and much more prepared/ready for whatever I need to do next.It’s like therapy without the annoying counselor there to charge you a lot of money…Thanks for listening.

    • Carrie-Belle Hubble July 15, 2014, 8:26 am

      Question: do I have to put my email address in the comments, here, for everyone to see?

      • Tammy Strobel July 15, 2014, 9:49 am

        Your email address is not displayed on the website. I’m the only one who will see it.

  • Erica Robinson July 12, 2014, 1:11 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it gives me a way to process things and gain clarity!

  • Sarah T. July 12, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it slows down my thoughts to the speed of writing, causing me to reflect deeper on the topic at hand, usually resulting in gaining a better understanding of my life, thoughts, and behaviors.

  • Erin July 12, 2014, 5:13 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it clears my head, helps me figure things out, and reminds me of where I’ve been.

  • Allie Fischman July 12, 2014, 9:06 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because I have something to look back on documenting the high times in life as well as the low ones. It gives me a great outlet to be creative and play with markers and pens!

  • Bronwyn Smith July 13, 2014, 1:35 am

    It frees my imagination and my spirit

  • Katherine Dimas July 13, 2014, 7:15 am

    Journaling makes me happy because …
    … it is a pathway to discovery. Lately, I have been adding magazine clippings too – these images inspire me to delve deeper into the thoughts swimming around just below my conscious mind – and write about the feelings or the memories they evoke.

    P.S. Happy anniversary!

  • Gary Kirk July 13, 2014, 8:02 am

    …it is my life and no one else could write it.

  • Katrina Fleming July 13, 2014, 10:52 am

    Journaling makes me happy because I can vent my frustrations without alienating anyone. 🙂 Because we usually have the right answers inside us. Because journaling gives clarity and form to the jumble of constant chatter and thoughts in our little brains. Plus it’s fun.

  • Meg Salter July 13, 2014, 8:14 pm

    Journalling makes me happy because in years to come I can pull out an old journal and be instantly transported back to the time I was writing in it. My journals hold little pieces of myself that would have otherwise been forgotten and left behind, but instead can be cherished and remembered forever.

  • Kathryn July 13, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Journaling takes the jumble of my tangled thoughts and patiently winds them into something more manageable. When you can name a thing, you take away its power over you – by unravelling my tangled mind, I can see my life is neither as awful as I fear it is, nor as wonderful as I dream it is. From that truth comes the strength to Do, to change what I might not like, or to renew my commitment to my goals. It is a powerful tool for healing.

  • Kim Ryan July 13, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because I want to reveal myself and remember the days of my life.

  • Kathryn Reaume July 13, 2014, 9:09 pm

    Isn’t it wonderful to be in love?!

  • Ronnie Tantriady July 14, 2014, 6:01 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it serves as a reminder that I am a alive in this world…

  • Sabina July 14, 2014, 7:12 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it helps me figure things out.

  • Natalie July 14, 2014, 11:59 am

    Journaling makes me happy because I just truly love it and it makes my heart swell! Everything about it; the scratching of pen on paper, the smell of the ink as it dries, the feeling of filling up a blank notebook with my thoughts, interpretations and feelings or frustrations. I’ve been writing since I was a toddler; I have pictures where I’m sitting on the toilet (LOL) with a piece of paper in one hand and a pencil in the other and with a look of pure bliss on my face. My journal is where I come home.

    Natalie De Lara

    PS – Happy Anniversary!!

  • Sharon Titus July 14, 2014, 3:26 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because it’s my therapy. It helps me get through my stuff. It also helps me wade through my thoughts, focus, and discover new things. I love it.

  • Joy Bader July 14, 2014, 10:53 pm

    Journaling makes me happy because I have to still my mind!

  • Amy Henry July 15, 2014, 7:55 am

    Journaling makes me happy because it clears my head and opens me up to be more creative.

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