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Why I’m Giving Away One Seat in My Journaling Course

Write to Flourish

In January, I taught the first session of my online course called Write to Flourish: A Beginner’s Guide to Journaling. I’m excited to teach the second session in October.

To celebrate the arrival of fall, I’m giving away one seat in Write to Flourish. The giveaway winner will also receive a free copy of my new Everyday Adventures 2016 Planner!

Here’s how you can win a spot in my journaling course:

Post a comment below telling me why you want to participate in my journaling course. And that’s it! I will choose the winner, using random.org, in 24 hours, and I will announce the winner’s name at the bottom of this post.

If you’re reading this via email, please visit rowdykittens.com, and leave a comment. Email responses won’t be included in the drawing.

Update: The giveaway is closed. The winner is Helen! Congratulations! I’ll be in touch via email.

With gratitude,
Tammy

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  • Helen September 29, 2015, 5:31 am

    I would love to win a spot in your journalling course because right now I’m lost. A mid-life crisis? I don’t know who I am anymore, where I’m going or how to get there. I’ve been drifting for too long, focusing on trying to please others, doing what I think I should or ought to be doing according to family, friends and society, and I feel like a failure. I know that I need to rescue myself. To go inwards; deep into my soul, fight my way through the crap, open the door and be free to fly.

  • Meredith September 29, 2015, 5:33 am

    I would really like to grow at journaling so that I can continue to grow as a person at this stage in my life as a new mother. Thank you for offering the chance to win!

  • Kelly September 29, 2015, 5:34 am

    Would love to be considered for this! Change is in the air. I can smell it….I feel like I need to get ready for it and my voice isn’t working. I am hoping that writing, some sort of art will allow this change to flow instead of getting stuck within me.
    Blessed Be!
    Thank you so much for all you are doing!! I appreciate your words!
    Kelly

  • Anna Maria Boland September 29, 2015, 5:38 am

    I would love to participate in your journaling course because I’m struggling with journaling itself and I feel that I need it very much at this moment of my life.
    And now I’ll go and seat in the corner keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

  • Dana Portwood September 29, 2015, 5:47 am

    I’m a lister, blogger and writer, but I’very always been hit or miss on intentional journaling. I’d love some new and creative tools for my writing!

  • Suzi Ragsdale September 29, 2015, 5:49 am

    I have failed at journaling. I have started many times and not kept at it. I would love to make writing and creating a part of my daily life.

  • Amy w. September 29, 2015, 5:49 am

    Oooh, i would love to take your journaling class because i’m stuck. I can’t even decide which journal to use next, or for what. Thamks for the chance!

  • Alandis September 29, 2015, 5:53 am

    Hi Tammy.
    I always enjoy taking courses from you, and I think this course is something that I really need at this moment. I have a lot going on mentally, and it’ll be good to process it all through journaling.
    Alandis 🙂

  • Melissa September 29, 2015, 5:56 am

    Hi my name is Melissa and I would LOVE to be a part of your writing e-course! I have been working very hard to start my own tiny house blog but to be honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve written this much and I feel like some structured education would really improve my articles. I’m planning on building 2 tiny houses on wheels to take on tour across Alaska to share and educate people about the affordable and eco-friendly option that tiny houses can be. But I also want to share and educate people online about tiny houses and my home state of Alaska. I really want to help people, specifically those people who are having a really hard time being able to afford their housing. I also want to help educate people about living more sustainable toxin free lives, though I know change is hard and takes time. I really believe that writing and sharing about these things and putting myself out there like this could really help people who have hit hard times or even people who want to prepare themselves so they aren’t hitting hard times. I want to teach people about how to build and live a better healthier life using a tiny house in one of its many forms. I also like to post reviews on things like this! I love e-courses, I think they are a great resource for anyone willing to put the time in using them. So I try to review them after I’m done so that I can share my good experiences with my readers and anyone else who’s interested. Knowledge is power, and I love learning new things so I’ve been trying my best to learn as much as I can via this new world of e-courses! It’s a beautiful thing!

  • Lisa September 29, 2015, 5:58 am

    Because now is the perfect time to learn something new! The kids are gone, and life is more still. Thank you!

  • Kirsi Hunnakko September 29, 2015, 6:01 am

    I have dabbled in journaling however, despite being a writer, I struggle with making it the daily practice I wish it could be. I also suspect that there’s more I could put into it and get out of it. Some direction and discipline would be very welcome.

  • Rob Wilcox September 29, 2015, 6:06 am

    I would love to be given a place in the course. I struggle with my ‘inner (crazy?) voice’, and would love to get it out on to paper for me to chuckle over (or cry over) in the future.

    Thanks
    Rob

  • domestickate September 29, 2015, 6:20 am

    Woo hoo! A giveaway! Hi, Tammy. I’d love to take your journaling class because while I feel like a writer on the inside, I hardly ever make time to write for me. I’m an English teacher, so I write with my students often, but I’d like to develop a writing practice that’s more about the me I’ve grown into, something mindful but also experimental and exploratory. I also think getting into a journal-writing practice is a good start, as I often feel I don’t have time for much else.

    I used to keep journals in high school and college, in part to help with anxiety and loneliness. It did help, but my writing was mostly just a record of my hormone-fueled adolescence and not something I particularly wanted to keep. I feel like, more than 10 years later, I’m ready to write something I might actually want to keep! Thank you for giving me the chance to win a spot.

    -Kate

  • Alice DeVries September 29, 2015, 6:49 am

    I would love to participate in your journaling course. I’ve always had good starts to journaling but then loose steam after a month or so. I would also love to know how to write my journals more completely, not just listing what I did that day.
    Alice

  • Pippy Tolan September 29, 2015, 6:57 am

    I am new to blogging and trying to make journaling a part of my everyday routine. Journaling helps me get in touch with my feelings and I would love to be more effective at it. Thank you for considering me for the free course!!

  • kim September 29, 2015, 7:09 am

    When I was young(er ;-)), I kept a journal for yeras and it really helped me and made me feel happy.
    Somehow I stop taking time for it and now it’s been on my good intentions list for some time, I think the course can help me to finally make my good intention a daily habit again…

  • patti brehler September 29, 2015, 7:12 am

    I’ve never participated in a course such as this, but I think I need a jump-start on a project that’s been brewing for a while. I’ve journaled on and off through the years, but it was all very superficial. I think a deeper approach will help me now. I’m reeling from the recent hard death of my father; I’m finding difficulties in finishing anything I start writing. I know. I should just sign up for the class. I’m sure I’m not the only one having tight finances these days. But…

  • Laura T September 29, 2015, 7:13 am

    This is great timing. I’ve been thinking about writing a lot lately and am just having a difficult time getting started. I think this would really help.

  • Diane September 29, 2015, 7:13 am

    Honestly, I’m just going through so much right now and I need a way to process it. Thanks for considering me!

  • Kari Jost September 29, 2015, 7:15 am

    I would LOVE to participate in your journaling course! I have been trying get started again.

  • Kelli McClements September 29, 2015, 7:15 am

    I’ve always wanted to try journaling but have felt self-conscious about it. Also, due to medical expenses, I’m unable to afford such a luxury. I’m a faithful reader of your blog and own your book in both hardback and on my Kindle. I look forward to seeing how you grow as an individual and a blogger. thanks so much for all your inspiration, Tammy!

  • Rose September 29, 2015, 7:18 am

    Hi Tammy,

    What a great idea. I’d love to participate. I have been journalling for years (practically all my life) but lately it’s been coming to a halt. Partly because of a lack of inspiration, partly because I feel like I’m stuck in my life at the moment (in between jobs, trying to figure out what I want) and feel like I’m writing the same thing in my journal again and again (“I’m stuck. Don’t know what to do, blabla”)….so what’s the point! I’d love to get some inspiration and maybe to gain some more insight through journalling. I’ve had that experience in the past but now it’s just not happening. Hopefully I’ll get some inspiration from the course!

    All the best,
    Rose

  • Reagan September 29, 2015, 7:19 am

    Hi Tammy-
    I have always wanted to start my own blog, and I am actually in the works of starting one now. I am most scared to actually write thought…I don’t have a lot of writing experience (close to none actually) but it has always been something in the back of my mind I wanted to do. Participating in your online course would be an awesome experience, and would really help my writing as a beginner! On a side note- I love your blog! Never stop posting 🙂

    Reagan

  • Jeanne September 29, 2015, 7:22 am

    I want to learn to do this for my recently adopted SIX children. They really have no past except a bad past and I want to journal their new memories so that when they look back they can see all the new memories that they were given to help eliminate the bad memories! Journaling will help me to learn the wright way to keep this going for them as they become adults! Great opportunity!!

  • Jordon September 29, 2015, 7:23 am

    I would like to participate in this course because I think it is a great opportunity to improve my writing. I have journaled a couple times before, but I always seem to slip out of the habit. I wanted to take the course this summer, but was sad to hear that it was cancelled. I’m grateful that it is open again. Thanks for the chance.

  • Pat Philips September 29, 2015, 7:23 am

    I want to explore who I am in life by reflective journaling. It’s an empty part of my life that I want to explore and develop. Included in this desire is a practice of gratitude that has been trying to come out of me and be a part of my life. I have not been a journal writer before and I have just retired from the work a day world and want to include journaling in my daily practice.

  • Silke Pisalla September 29, 2015, 7:23 am

    Hi!
    I would love to connect with myself again, hoping to find clarity and passion in life!
    Greetings!

  • Joanne September 29, 2015, 7:24 am

    How exciting! I have always been interested in journaling. However, not really sure where to start, how to start, etc…I have had a major turning point in my life – last child went to college in the fall, empty nest and husband and I are divorcing. I would love a happy outlet – something to be proud of.
    Thank you for the consideration.

  • Amanda Doukellis September 29, 2015, 7:26 am

    It’s that time of year again when the Seasonal Affect Disorder starts to take ahold and I start to look for ways to manage it. I’ve tried to journal before, but always feel like something is missing, or I am somehow doing it wrong and walk walk feeling more defeated than uplifted. I would love the chance to learn what you have to teach and see if I can’t change my relationship with myself and maybe a fresh start with a new journal will finally hook me.

  • Alison D. September 29, 2015, 7:26 am

    As a life long journaler I am always looking for inspiration and motivation to breathe life into my practice.
    This class would be great for that.

  • Megan Swartz September 29, 2015, 7:27 am

    I would love to participate in your course because I love journaling, but would like some more focus and purpose to what I write.

  • Amanda Cisco September 29, 2015, 7:28 am

    I would love to take your journaling class because I am an enthusiastic journaler and I’m always looking for new ideas to write about and explore. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Lenice September 29, 2015, 7:29 am

    I have so many things rolling in my head and want to be able to express them on paper.

  • Helen September 29, 2015, 7:30 am

    I would love a place in your class. I got out of the habit of journaling after college-a LONG time ago. My mother journaled daily and her books are a joy to have and read. I have many many journals that I started then abandoned; I would enjoy the discipline of a class to keep me on track until I internalized the habit–all for my benefit I’m certain.

  • Bree September 29, 2015, 7:32 am

    I think journaling would help me center my thoughts and reduce stress. And those two would aid me in being a better mom, wife, employee, etc.

  • Wes Evard September 29, 2015, 7:33 am

    My father passed away on July 8 of this year. It was unexpected and I have had a hard time with it. My mom journals about everything and has suggested I try journaling about my thoughts and how I’m doing each day and the memories I have of dad. She says that she has found that journaling has been very helpful for her. When I saw this post, I thought this is my chance. I’m not a great writer and have trouble expressing my feelings sometimes.

    Wes

  • Paula Bogdaan September 29, 2015, 7:38 am

    What a gift this would be to an incredibly tight budget. Journaling is an old habit that seems to have gone astray lately; I need to get started again. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Andrea September 29, 2015, 7:40 am

    I would love to join your class because I am a big fan of your writing. I love your style and the way you share your thoughst with the world. That is amazing 🙂

  • Sara September 29, 2015, 7:44 am

    Hello Tammy! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in your class. I’ve been admiring your photos and way of life from Instagram for several months now. I’ve been journaling for just a few years (since 2007). I never did it as a kid. I don’t do it too often, but more so in the last couple years since going through some rough patches. It has really helped me sort out my feelings and helped me do discover myself a bit more. I’d love to learn your tips for for getting into the practice of writing every day and working out my thoughts/ideas onto paper. I know it’d benefit me to do this as I know I have lots of change coming into my life in the next year too. Thanks again and I’ve really been enjoying your newsletters too!

  • Leslie September 29, 2015, 7:46 am

    I would love to win a spot in your journaling course to help build consistency in journaling on behalf of my daughter. I would love nothing more than to leave her a legacy in letters & journal entries so she can relive her childhood.

  • W. Norman September 29, 2015, 7:47 am

    I’m looking to be consistent with my journaling. My schedule is so erratic due to lots of business travel, but I really like to record my thoughts of how the day went. I’ve been pretty good at recording events in my adventure log,

  • BB September 29, 2015, 7:47 am

    In the last few years I have experienced overwhelming change and loss. I’ve moved across the country, lost a job, lost my father to cancer and now I’m going through a separation and divorce. I’m feeling like my “self” is lost. I don’t know who I am or what I want and need anymore. I am hoping that establishing a journaling practice can help me reconnect.

  • Maggie G September 29, 2015, 7:52 am

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    I would love to be selected. I enjoy journaling but have problems being consistent and focused. I think attending your course would really help with that!

  • Tina September 29, 2015, 7:52 am

    I’m going through a time of transitions and transformations and would like to improve my journaling habit.

  • Anita J. September 29, 2015, 7:53 am

    Participation in your class would help me to write down my thoughts and hopefully get me on the path to being the philanthropist I am… I sometimes (no most of the time) don’t express what I am trying to say in a way others can understand. In order to move forward in philanthropy, I definitely would like to improve this skill.

    I would be very grateful for a spot.

    Blessings, Anita J.

  • Carly Butler September 29, 2015, 7:54 am

    I would love a spot in the journaling course because, quite frankly, journaling saved me! Being able to write though my thoughts & feelings as outlined in Julia Cameron’s book, I was able to commit to morning pages & see the impact it had on my life. I just love it!

  • Meghan September 29, 2015, 7:56 am

    I’ve been journaling off and on (mostly off) all my life and would like to cultivate a regular practice… And also, I’m a fan. 😉

  • pauline September 29, 2015, 7:57 am

    Hi, I would really like a place on your course. I have done a bit of journaling every know and again but as I reach a special birthday (well it’s not till next summer) I am starting to annualize and look at every single aspect of my life. Asking myself all the big questions and I think journaling would be great for helping me to clear my mind and work on some life goals.

    I feel quite confused and muddled at the moment, I am giving myself whiplash changing my mind about what I do and don’t need to focus on so a place on this course I think couldn’t come at a better time.

    Thank you for the consideration,
    Pauline

  • Dawn McFarland September 29, 2015, 7:58 am

    I am always, always looking for ways to restart or improve my journaling. And right now, I want to restart in the best way possible! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Lisa Freeman September 29, 2015, 7:58 am

    I read everything that you write and I would love to learn from you how to be as open and honest.

  • Katie September 29, 2015, 7:59 am

    I’d love to participate in your journalling course, because I loved it so much the first time I took it, and would love to join in again now that I have more time, and to connect with a different set of journallers. X

  • Erica Seaver Engel September 29, 2015, 8:00 am

    Wahoo! I’d love to be part of your journaling course! I’ve been journaling since I was in 6th grade, have all of those lovely, randomly-sized & decorated journals in various totes … carried across the country several times!

    While I’ve journaled for a “long time,” I think I could learn new ways to get the most out of my journaling experience – I write pretty stream of consciousness, or I’ll jot notes from books I’m reading or a class I’m taking, or details from hikes, & of course all of the emotional baggage that gets unloaded & processed while journaling. What to do with all that stuff? Do I look at it again or let it go? Do I organize it or let it be? I don’t think there’s a “right way” to journal … yet how fun & inspiring to learn “different ways” to journal & bring some added inspiration & soul to my practice! Thanks so much for offering this opportunity!

  • Danielle M. September 29, 2015, 8:01 am

    Hey Tammy,
    Thanks for hosting this! I would love to participate in your journaling course because reflecting on the past and pondering about the future are both important to being fully present in the now. And who doesn’t want that?

  • Marla September 29, 2015, 8:06 am

    You are inspiring. I would be curious as where I would “go” with my writing… ….and I would love to win one of your calendars!

  • Kim September 29, 2015, 8:06 am

    Getting older, getting gray-er, and starting to realize which monkeys in the circus are actually mine. I think journaling would be very helpful, but I always end up with what I ate and what I did sort of entries.

  • Sarah Gerity September 29, 2015, 8:06 am

    Hi! I would like to win a place on your journaling course because countless times, journaling has saved my life, my sanity, my family and my hope-with the development of this skill, who knows what can happen?

  • Lillith Black September 29, 2015, 8:08 am

    Hi Tammy!
    I’m super excited about your class! I’m a big fan of tiny living and been following you for a long time. I’ve seen firsthand from your posts what writing can do for a state of mind, reflection, gratitude, grief, recovery, even business. Journaling has been something I’ve been thinking about for a while, ever since you started offering your course. I would be so excited to be able to take it and honored to learn from you! Thank you!

  • Juan September 29, 2015, 8:09 am

    I would like to participate in the journaling course for multiple reasons; number one on my list would be so that I can break the wall between my thoughts and the act of writing those thoughts/feelings down, so that I can be more intentional in thought and action.

  • Chiqui Pineda September 29, 2015, 8:10 am

    Because!!! First off, a big THANK YOU, Tammy! For all you do and love and represent. I’m joining because I want a chance for a freebie but will still join even if I don’t get so lucky. Cheering you on every step of your amazing ‘rowdy’ journey! Grateful, very grateful, for your presence in my life.

  • Carolina Reese September 29, 2015, 8:13 am

    I am a HORRIBLE journaler but am always being told that I should do it. I’d love to join the class and see if maybe with some guidance I can learn how to. 🙂

  • Leesa R. September 29, 2015, 8:15 am

    I would love to take your course! I won’t offer any of a variety of “reasons” why I should get a free spot other than to say that this would be my first course from you. I hope to win and if I do I look forward to improving my journaling. Thanks for offering a free seat.

  • Nichole Sadowski September 29, 2015, 8:18 am

    I’m interested in your e course because I’m at a point in my life where I am really exploring who I am. I’m forging a different path than what I was raised. Even as a young girl I remember wanting to live differently than my parents/family. There were some detours, but I can say I am doing so. I’m expanding continuously by examining my thought patterns, what I value and my choices. I’ve come to understand that everyone does the best they can, with where they are and what they have. The journey of life is unearthing oneself. Journaling off and on has helped me gain these nuggets of wisdom. I do wish I was more consistent and less critical of what I put to paper.

  • Kelly September 29, 2015, 8:19 am

    I would love to take your course. I have started (and stopped) journaling so many times that it is ridiculous. I think your course would finally put me on track and get me going.

  • Traci S September 29, 2015, 8:21 am

    I would like to participate in this course because I feel you can help me deal with my mothers death. I want to write her story and my story of her. There was so much to be offered by her but towards the end she was depressed and lost (even though she had a great marriage and 2 healthy successful kids and grandchildren). I feel with your guidance and experience I can get my thoughts out onto paper and maybe get a chance to enlighten those who are struggling as well. I am a bit stuck in life myself because my moms death shocks us all. She was awake one day and gone over night. I am not sure which path I need to take professionally and emotionally, mentally and physically but I know this would guide me!

  • Sarah September 29, 2015, 8:24 am

    I would love a spot in your class for multiple reasons… I used to be a big time journaler – I have a bunch of journals from high school and travels that I love to look through. Yet the last few years my journaling has fallen to the wayside. I just can’t seem to motivate myself to resume journaling and I think it may be because I am no longer inspired to simply record the events of my life. I am feeling the need to journal to explore my mind, my thoughts and dreams, and explore how I can improve my life. I am going through a never ending quarter life crisis as my life since graduating has not gone in any way I thought it would. It’s not bad, but I’m having trouble coming to terms with it and I know that journaling would help me process and find the beauty in this different situation. See, even writing out this comment has helped me realize the need for this reflection time. Journaling needs to be moved to the top of my self care list.

  • meg September 29, 2015, 8:26 am

    hi tammy,

    i would love to take your online journaling course because i live in a very rural part of maine
    and sometimes it can be very lonely. I moved here 5 years ago from a town in suburban PA and
    it has been a difficult adjustment at times. a few people have suggested that journaling would be
    helpful. so i hope to be in your course. thanks.

  • Holly Brown September 29, 2015, 8:27 am

    I feel like this course was made for me. I have a lot of changes happening in my life right now and I am turning to my journal…it helps…but I am having a hard time keeping it as a habit and have a real fear of loved ones reading it as I sort through my feelings. I am trying to figure out my money spending habits by taking your advice and reading Your Money or Your Life…its great so far. I can’t afford your lovely course right now, so this would be a great opportunity for me to participate. Thanks for your generosity!

  • Emily Torres September 29, 2015, 8:32 am

    I would love to take this course! I’ve been seeking new ways to show myself love and I believe that taking the time to journal each day would be a beautiful, productive way to do just that. I’m in my 20s in the midst of a lot of changes and creating a journaling habit could help me focus in on the big decisions and let the smaller distractions fall away. Thank you for this opportunity, and looking forward to taking this course someday in the future if I can’t join in this October!

  • Rachel September 29, 2015, 8:32 am

    Tammy, this request is not for me, but for our 14 year old daughter, Emily. Emily is a passionate writer, but has been hesitant to participate in writing classes out of a fear of being deemed “untalented”. She’s kept a journal in the past and has gone back and forth between pen and paper vs electronic. She has generated many, many short stories and always receives fabulous comments from her English teachers, but we have yet to find additional ways to help nurture her interest and her passion and offer her guidance and instruction in supporting her craft. This summer she attended a 3 hour writing workshop hosted by our local Parks & Rec department and very much enjoyed herself, even though she was the only attendee under 20 😉

  • Liz September 29, 2015, 8:43 am

    Thank you for this opportunity to win a spot in your course. I love your blog and photos. Thank you for the ongoing inspiration! This is a challenging time for me – my mother is dying and I’m having some health issues of my own. I feel like journaling is something that could really help me cope. Thanks again Tammy for all you do.

  • Jeanne September 29, 2015, 8:47 am

    Thanks for the chance to win. I would like to start to use journaling as a gratitude practice. Cheers!

  • Heather Lindeen September 29, 2015, 8:47 am

    Good morning, Tammy. I enjoy your postings ever so much.
    I would welcome a gift of the journaling class! It would hold my feet to the fire in sticking with the writing that helps figure out my world, and the mysteries of life in general. I find myself on the page when I write. Being supported in making that action happen would likely make all the difference in continuing a positive habit.
    Thank you for offering up this chance, and thank you for the special light you bring to the world… What a fantastic excuse to let you know that you are appreciated!
    ~heather lindeen

  • Tabs September 29, 2015, 8:49 am

    I have dabbled in journaling for a few years but have found that I am not always sure what to talk about and how to start things off a lot of the time, this course would help me do this.

  • Pam Holmes September 29, 2015, 8:51 am

    I’ve never journaled, so I would love to learn from the expert!

  • Donna Hutchinson September 29, 2015, 8:54 am

    I would love to win a spot, journaling is something that I have always wanted to do. I have started some many times and then just fizzled out. I loose interest within a month or so, it seems like I lead a very boring life and just would love to know how to keep journaling interesting so that it would be something fun to do at the end of the day.

  • Lesley September 29, 2015, 8:55 am

    Tammy, thank you so much for this opportunity! I’m a technical writer who itches to include more creativity in my life. I dabble at journaling but would love to throw myself into the process through your course. And I LOVE FALL!

    Best, Lesley

  • Rachel September 29, 2015, 9:00 am

    I’m so excited about this and either way I need to take this course. I love writing and am trying to develop better habits to write more consistently and this course seems like a great place to start! Thanks for always sharing such positive messages and opportunities Tammy!

  • Kathy September 29, 2015, 9:00 am

    Have spent too much time in nursing homes, funeral homes and hospitals with loved ones this year. Searching for a way to process so much loss but at the same time am curious how to face life in my 60’s and beyond.

  • Paula September 29, 2015, 9:02 am

    Thank you for all that you share! I am a lapsed writer (work e-mail and PowerPoint are not writing…). I am in the process of many small shifts in my life and would love the opportunity to use my rusty writing muscles and explore where to go next.

  • Melissa September 29, 2015, 9:04 am

    I want to get back into a “morning pages” routine that has been so generative for me in the past.

  • Bethany September 29, 2015, 9:13 am

    I’ve always wanted to journal, but never seem to have the follow through. I would love to win so that it might give me some inspiration and accountability.

  • Tracy September 29, 2015, 9:13 am

    I have wanted to start journalling for years and yet every time I buy a new notebook/journal I am intimidated by the blank page and it becomes a place for my to do lists. I need help overcoming my fear of the blank page.

  • Mel September 29, 2015, 9:14 am

    Would love to join your course because you’re the one who got me journaling in the first place 🙂 I feel like I keep writing the same words down every day and want to see how I can get more out of my daily writing sessions. Thanks for this great chance, Tammy!

  • Patty September 29, 2015, 9:26 am

    Hi Tammy,

    I would love to win this free course. I am starting a blog and I want to make it a habit to journal every day. I think journaling is a great source of blog ideas and I would love to learn to do it more effectively. Thank you for doing this.

  • Ro September 29, 2015, 9:33 am

    I would like to participate so I can find my voice and have an outlet to support me in my recovery of codependency.

    I’m glad your break is over! Thanks for this opportunity.

    Blessings!

  • Kate Nolan September 29, 2015, 9:35 am

    I’m totall in this place of “struggle” right now and know that journaling, and the thought process that comes with it, will help me redefine my path and focus!

  • Jen September 29, 2015, 9:36 am

    I’d love to win the spot in the class! Midlife, empty nest, and employment changes have caused me to feel adrift. I’m spending lots of time reading about journaling but not much time doing it. I’d appreciate some direction on getting started and into a regular routine.

  • Georg September 29, 2015, 9:43 am

    I struggle with journaling for some time now and could really profit from your advice. After all, there are so many things I would like to put on paper.

  • Heather September 29, 2015, 9:47 am

    Autumn (even more than Jan) always feels like a time of change, and new beginnings and this year more than many there’s a real desire to add some new good self practices in to my life.

  • Galina September 29, 2015, 9:48 am

    I would like to get inspired and get into habit to journal regularly.

  • Kyla H September 29, 2015, 9:52 am

    I’d like to join your journaling course because writing has always been such an important part of my life…and in recent years I’ve allowed my writing to be moved to the back burner as my life has become busier, more stressful, and much more complicated. I wish to create better writing habits and break through my personal obstacles of perfectionism, discouragement, and fear so that I can once again regularly capture my thoughts, feelings, and ideas on the pages of my journal.

  • Stacey September 29, 2015, 9:52 am

    I want to live a more intentional life, and I’d like journaling to a part of that.

  • Lindsey September 29, 2015, 9:55 am

    I’m always up for learning more ways to improve my journaling experience. And I think having you as a teacher would be an awesome bonus.

  • Lou Ann September 29, 2015, 9:57 am

    I have started journaling many times in my life. I would like to get back to it and have a plan for the days I feel I have nothing to say.

  • Amanda September 29, 2015, 9:58 am

    I would love to win a spot in your journaling course because I want to start journaling on a regular basis and need a little direction to make it a habit that will stick. Also, I’d love to learn what you have to share about journaling and writing. 🙂

  • Corrie G September 29, 2015, 10:00 am

    I would like a seat in your class as while I want to journal, I seem to not be able to get started. I think a journalling course would be great for getting me started, as well as the length would help me build a practice around it as well.

    Best of luck to everyone!

  • Jamie K. September 29, 2015, 10:05 am

    I’ve always been a reader, but recently have really taken an interest in writing. I would love the opportunity explore the craft!

  • Zoey September 29, 2015, 10:12 am

    What Helen, first commenter said, she said it so well and I feel exactly the same way. I need to get it out onto paper, I need to find the deeper me. My hope would be in finding that deeper soul that I would find a calling to share simple life and deeper connection insights. I feel that burning inside of me. I am so amazed at people who write day after day. This opportunity is what I would very much like to receive and thank you for offering it.

  • Katy September 29, 2015, 10:12 am

    I’m 53 and have started so many journals but for some reason just never seem to keep up with them! I would love to participate in this class to find out if I can successfully journal or if it is just something that I can’t do! Thanks for doing this!

  • McKenna September 29, 2015, 10:14 am

    I’d love a spot in the course! I’ve been trying to make journaling a habit for years now, but I can never quite get it to stick. I’m trying to make a lot of other changes in my life (experiencing a bit of a quarter-life crisis, but before this year I would never have admitted that was a real thing) and I think that journalling will help me with other areas of my life.

  • Monika September 29, 2015, 10:18 am

    I would love to win! I’m a stay at home mom and am focusing on simplifying my home and lifestyle. I’ve always kept a journal and would love to explore the process deeper!

  • Meredith Shadwill September 29, 2015, 10:20 am

    I would love to win the spot in your journaling course because I’ve been struggling to find my voice again after a lot of turmoil in my life. I’ve lost the habit of journaling daily.

  • Nikki September 29, 2015, 10:22 am

    I bought a journal years ago and it sits there staring at me begging to be written in. I don’t know where to start. This class would be perfect for helping me start and hopefully start me down a path of regular writing!

  • Dora S. September 29, 2015, 10:27 am

    Hi! I would love to participate in your journaling course. I’ve been wanting to start a journaling practice for a while, but procrastination has gotten in the way. I’m sure this course would motivate and inspire me! 🙂

  • Tracy H. September 29, 2015, 10:29 am

    I’d love a spot in the course because while I’ve journaled in some way, shape, or form for many years, I’ve never been able to establish it as a consistent habit. And, as such, I’ve not been able to establish my voice as a writer. Having a nudge and some guidance will go a long way in getting myself on track!

  • Nancy D. September 29, 2015, 10:32 am

    Fall seems like a good time to start a journaling practice, and your course would be a great way to learn the tips and tools for getting started!

  • Laura September 29, 2015, 10:34 am

    Hi, I need a kick in the butt 🙂
    I have journaled off and on for years but haven’t picked up my pen in a while. I could use some inspiration and a group to get me started again. I love reading your blog!

  • Hilde September 29, 2015, 10:34 am

    I would love to participate in your course. I have always loved to write but since i became a mom i havn’t take the time to write. I buy beautiful journals but they continue empty. I can’t afford the course now, but i hope that your blogg will help me start or winning this course will!

  • Sarah J September 29, 2015, 10:38 am

    I have tried journaling many times in my life and in many forms, but have not been able to maintain a consistent flow. I have read and heard about the benefits of journalling regularly, and would love to make it a permanent part of my life. I believe your course would be an amazing opportunity for this!
    Thank you for offering this chance!

  • Amanda Phillips September 29, 2015, 10:56 am

    I think Writing to Flourish would be a great inspiration. I wanted to write more for a long time but have never gotten around to it. This may be my chance 🙂

  • Haley September 29, 2015, 11:00 am

    I would like to take the course because I love to journal, but I am inconsistent with my journaling practice and I think I could get so much more out of it. And I love reading your blog and book, and am sure I could learn a lot in your course!

  • Chrystal Roll September 29, 2015, 11:01 am

    I sense a change for the good but know that there is action needed on my part…the only thing is I don’t know what the action is or even what the change is! I am seeing the same patterns going on again and again in my life and the only common denominator in all of it is me. So…..I figure learning a new technique with journaling and how it can used further as a tool to live my best life would definitely be beneficial.

  • Barbara Braid September 29, 2015, 11:05 am

    I have tried keeping a journal in the past and then I get bored or busy and my good intentions end. I would love to develop the discipline and can see many benefits. I just need some pointers, direction and a good start.

  • Laura September 29, 2015, 11:17 am

    I would like to win because writing and journaling are essential to who I am and to personal growth. I journal for the last 35 years but could use your expertise. I am coming out of some of the worse years of my life having lost most of my family to cancer and betrayal by friends.,journaling will help me grow beyond that period of time and give me the tools to get my footing back.

  • Julia A. September 29, 2015, 11:25 am

    I have just moved abroad and I would love to register every moment of this journey.

  • Satyan Basnet September 29, 2015, 11:30 am

    I woke up today morning, took my laptop and started searching random thoughts on google. The first search was “how to stop dwelling on the past and move on”. I went through few of them. Again I began to search for “how to stop being envious and jealous about others”. I reached here through an article “A Helpful Guide to Overcoming Envy” in the first link of the search “becomingminimalist”. These kinds of thoughts have always haunted me. I don’t show it very often but I am always envious about others’ success. I compare myself with them and be sad. I remember being like this since my childhood. I sincerely want to change this. I would like to be sincere about my feelings towards others. Rather than being jealous and sarcastic, I would like to be happy and delightful about their achievements and success. But this has not been the case. If I find anything useful, rather than sharing I feel like hiding it so that nobody benefits. When I am benefiting myself from such giveaways, why am I not motivated to do the same for others? That is not to say that I have never helped others in the past. I have always helped people in need, but always with a thought that something good might happen to me in future. I used to jot down my random thoughts in a dairy I have with me from a long time. I have stopped doing so for a long time now. When I go through the pages in the dairy, i see how I had promised to be a good person, how I would help my father and make him happy, how I would work hard and get rid of the debt, how I would continue with my college education. I am still working on those commitments but never being satisfied with what I am doing to accomplish them . I know I have loads of thoughts and feelings within me trying to find a medium to surface out. But I am too shy or too concerned about people judging me on this. I would like to use this opportunity to confidently bring out the real me. I would like to utilize this medium to learn to make myself a better person. A person willing to be confident and happy sharing his thoughts through the medium of writing.

  • Tracie Eastman September 29, 2015, 11:38 am

    I’ve been wanting to take a class from you but haven’t had the money or time. I currently have the time and this would be great to respark my journaling and writing. I’m also a journaling junkie and love planners and journals. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • barbara techel September 29, 2015, 11:38 am

    I’d welcome winning a spot in your journaling course. Over the years journaling has helped me in so many different ways, leading me to different paths in life that have served me well. I’d certainly love to experience journaling through your teaching, Tammy.

    Thanks for the chance!

    -Barbara

  • Kathy Petras September 29, 2015, 11:41 am

    My counselor has suggested journeling as part of grieving/healing process. Don’t really know where to begin or how to get & stay motivated. Thank you for this chance.

  • Valerie September 29, 2015, 11:44 am

    I would like a spot in this journaling course because I am going through a difficult and think that journaling would help guide me through this time.

  • Holly September 29, 2015, 11:47 am

    I would love to win a spot in the journaling class. I love writing and want to learn more about how it can benefit my personal and professional growth.

  • Ginger D. September 29, 2015, 11:55 am

    Thank you for offering this! I would love to participate in your journaling class! I’m gong through a huge transition, moving cross country with hubby and I think starting a journal would be great to deal with it all!

  • Lee Pope September 29, 2015, 11:58 am

    I would love to win a place in your journaling course! I love reading your blog and your writing has had and important impact in my life.

    Love, Lee

  • Jenni K September 29, 2015, 12:00 pm

    I’d love to do the course. It would give me a goal, a purpose in my writing instead of what appears at the moment to be random and erratic scribblings!

  • Melissa S September 29, 2015, 12:02 pm

    Why I want this class…well every time I journal I end up ripping out the pages in my notebook because I think what I’ve written doesn’t look good or doesn’t really need to be written down or…you get the picture. I find an excuse to get rid of what I’ve written. I guess I need some courage to keep what I say and to learn to love my handwriting and probably a million other mental pick-me-up reasons. :–)

  • Cara September 29, 2015, 12:03 pm

    What a gift you’re giving! I’d like to journal the past three years of loss, growth and acceptance. This path began with my mother’s death, transitioned into developing a deeper relationship with my dad, creating space to embrace half-brothers and their families who were estranged and moving to another city with my boyfriend, who developed an autoimmune disorder in May. I’d love to learn ways to express the lessons I’ve learned from these experiences, document my feelings without judgement and lay out plans for a more intentional life.

  • Rachael September 29, 2015, 12:09 pm

    I’d love to learn how to journal. Such a fab giveaway. Looking forward to learning more.

  • leigh September 29, 2015, 12:11 pm

    Would love the opportunity to take the class. Structure helps me follow through. Have been going through some health difficulties and feel journaling might help collect my thoughts. I have had a hard time getting started and continuing a journal practice.
    good luck to every one

  • Barbara September 29, 2015, 12:16 pm

    I’ve tried journaling numerous times and just never quite turn it into a regular practice. Sometimes digging through things can make me not want to come back to it. I see huge value in the practice and really want to make it a regular part of my life.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Michele Pinto September 29, 2015, 12:18 pm

    Such a nice giveaway, thank you for doing this. I would love to take your journaling course because I like to write and journal but just cant seem to keep up the momentum. It gets repetitive and I quit after a while.

  • Erin September 29, 2015, 12:19 pm

    I began to keep a journal at a very young age, not really knowing why at the time except I wanted to secure a place where I could look back and try to feel the feelings of that time some day. I quit for quite some time, but began doing it again when I got pregnant with my first child. I wrote down thoughts and feelings throughout the pregnancy, again to try and capture the moments that at the time seem so memorable but I knew would fade. I kept this up on into my second pregnancy and still to do this day write about my children. My problem is, I am not sure exactly how to pour my feelings out on paper, I merely write what we have been doing and try to put some feeling in there but it is difficult. I would love to be mentored as to how to get more of myself out on paper so some day I am able to look back and really feel what was going on in my life at the time.

  • Nicole September 29, 2015, 12:22 pm

    Hi Tammy! Thank you for giving all of us this exciting opportunity! I have always loved writing. Journaling and my creative writing class in High School (many years ago!) were always my favorite courses and I would be very excited to be able to reignite my passion for writing by taking your course. Thanks again! Best wishes!

  • Marjorie Cooper September 29, 2015, 12:24 pm

    Hello Tammy I would love to be part of your journaling course! I enjoy the way you write and love your photos..
    I would love to learn from you!
    Right now it feels like my life is falling apart and I know that I need to slow down and take time for me! So even this post has reminded me that whether I get to do this course or not I really need to follow my heart with this! Ty for your timely reminder.
    I am so thankful!!

  • Melanie September 29, 2015, 12:30 pm

    I would love to win a spot in your journaling course because I spend my day working in a thankless job that doesn’t involved anything I studied (English), and I just need a bright spot to remind me that it’s not always going to be this way.

  • Denise Colvin September 29, 2015, 12:39 pm

    For the past 24 years, I’ve taught high school and college English classes. A very large portion of my class is writing and of that, journal writing. Although I have taught for many years, I still enjoy learning from others. I would really put to use immediately any of your ideas you have for journaling. My current classes of children’s literature and English IV (seniors) journal daily for 15 minutes. I usually provide a prompt of a quotation or a dilemma; many times I find an inspirational video to show the students. I would directly use any of your ideas to help fill in a void in my teaching and my life. Besides journaling for classes, I write daily a journal myself and contemplate my life’s successes, musings and life lessons within its pages. Please help me help others and teach me a new way to see the same old thing.

  • Pat September 29, 2015, 12:41 pm

    Because I love to write, but I still dont feel comfortable doing it in English, I dont know how to “connect” with a language that it is “not mine”. I love your blog and pictures, they inspire me every day, I am sure that with your help, I will be inspired to write too.
    Crossing my fingers…

  • Melinda September 29, 2015, 12:43 pm

    I’d love to participate in the course as I’ve been a fairly regular journaler for about 8 months but am now hitting some slow spots with the process…what to write, what if I’m afraid of what I probably need to write, etc.

    Thanks!

  • Christine September 29, 2015, 12:44 pm

    I would love to learn to journal. I know it could be so therapeutic for me but I have trouble knowing where to begin, what to write.

  • Julie September 29, 2015, 12:47 pm

    I would love to have a spot in Write to Flourish. Journaling has been my go-to for working through things and there are certainly things I *should* be working though, but I simply don’t have a consistent journal practice right now. Your course sounds like the very thing to get me motivated!

  • Wendy September 29, 2015, 12:47 pm

    Wow, I am late to the party and a little intimidated by all the comments. Here goes: I would like to take your course because I have recently gone through huge life changes and need to find new strategies for connecting with myself. This past year I experienced an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 44. While my daughter has been the best gift ever, I am sorting through all the transitions associated with her birth; my partner, being a mother and an individual, being old, trying to provide structure and stability in her life after living a fairly bohemian, nonconformist lifestyle. There is a lot inside and I need a form for both release and thought organization. A friend told me about your course and the influence on her life, she also forwarded me the link for your giveaway of one spot. Thanks for your consideration.

  • Esme September 29, 2015, 12:48 pm

    I journaled forever-ago. My pen ripped pages. Sketches interspersing prose colored my cheeks fifteen years later as I tore every page to to confetti. Please teach me to journal without guilt.

  • Jill September 29, 2015, 12:51 pm

    I used to write short fiction when creativity struck, and was told I was fairly good at it. I used to journal for fun. I used to write anything in my spare time. I used to have spare time. I used to have a definable “me.”
    Now I only write professionally (contract work for a construction company) and am a mother of a two year old boy and a four week old girl. I’ve lost myself and think this course would be the perfect opportunity to find my voice again–as an individual, not an employee or just a mother.

    PS – (–And I know the winner is chosen at random, so I’m not attempting to sway you.) I always enjoy your FB posts and blog, but have never actually commented. I should do it more often and give you the feedback you deserve. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Lynn Overman September 29, 2015, 12:54 pm

    A spot in your journaling course would help anchor me during a literally and figuratively bumpy period. I am having Achille’s tendon surgery on October 19. I typically assist my disabled mother with some of her activities but I will be on my own for this, with the exception of help from my brother and friends during crucial periods. I am looking forward to having my injury repaired but I know I will be challenged. During this recovery I will be much less active than usual. I want to devote this quiet time to establishing a habit of journaling. I hope to examine some recurrent themes in several areas of my life and determine if they are productive and functional. I also have stories about friends and relatives that I need to put to paper.

  • Jan L. September 29, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Over the past few years, many different people, including a psychic last month who was reading my tea leaves, have suggested that I would make a good writer and to start a blog. I am so very ready to start on this grand new adventure and would love to win a spot in your course!

  • Rachel September 29, 2015, 1:04 pm

    I’d love to make journaling a regular practice. Thanks!

  • Gary K. September 29, 2015, 1:06 pm

    Because a free seat would be better than a kick in the seat to get me writing!

  • Rebecca September 29, 2015, 1:08 pm

    I have a shelf of beautiful BLANK journals; I think now is the time to start using them!

  • Kristen September 29, 2015, 1:11 pm

    I would love to take this course because I find journaling to be a great outlet for my chaotic life and I would love to grow and learn!

  • Alison Brown September 29, 2015, 1:12 pm

    I would like a spot in your journaling course. I am a throat cancer survivor and I feel that in the process of treatment, I lost my voice, not just in the literal sense. I have not been able to write. I want to tell my story from the perspective of how it feels to be in my position. I have lost so much, but I have also gained insights that I would like to be able to express. If I could start to journal regularly, I think that I would get in touch with my feelings and allow them out into the open where I could then deal with them in some way. I think self-expression may be the key to my recovery. Please allow me this chance to learn from you.

  • Kirsten September 29, 2015, 1:13 pm

    I would love to join your journaling course because I’ve watched and read how important journaling is to your writing, planning and pursuit of life. I know a regular practice would be life-giving to me and I would be super excited to learn from you.

  • Liz September 29, 2015, 1:14 pm

    I’ve realized recently that *practice* is how you acquire finesse at anything. I’m actively working on my writing practice, and I’m happy to leave it in the hands of the Universe whether I should be a part of this course.

  • Michelle R. September 29, 2015, 1:18 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and love your photos. When I write in a journal I enjoy the process but seem to need some nudges to start writing on a regular basis. Perhaps this class will be of help to give me that gentle but much needed push. I’m sure there will be lots of helpful tips along the way.

    Thank you!

  • Elizabeth September 29, 2015, 1:23 pm

    I would like a spot in the journaling class because I’m at a point in my life where I need focus and direction and I think journaling could help. I’ve never journaled regularly before, but I would love the opportunity to give it a try and see where it takes me.

  • Ellen Panfil September 29, 2015, 1:27 pm

    I haven’t practiced journaling regularly for years. Perhaps it’s time to start again with “Journaling To Flourish.” It is time for me to fully flourish before any more time–life, that is–passes me by! And so I’d be tickled to land a spot in your class.

  • Crystal September 29, 2015, 1:30 pm

    There are so many reasons a spot in your journaling class would be great for me! In the past year, I’ve gone through the transition to minimalism and simple living, and I’ve loved every second of it. So much so that I’d love to start my own blog! I enjoy writing now but would love the official lessons and guidance to hone the practice a little more and get me doing it every day. I also would like to journal more because I struggle with anxiety and I think keeping track of my thoughts and thinking them out through writing help me stay healthy 🙂

  • Jeanne W September 29, 2015, 1:34 pm

    I would love to win a spot in your journaling class. Like you, I’ve been journaling on and off since I was young. I’m exploring more creative pursuits as my girls get older and would love to use this class to help me get my thoughts down and continue growing in the process. Thank you!

  • Rachelle September 29, 2015, 1:34 pm

    I would like to enjoy writing more, so that I may have a written legacy of my life and where God has helped me grow along the way.

  • Marjan September 29, 2015, 1:41 pm

    I’m a real mess at the moment. It feels like I’m falling apart. I have no job, no goal, no purpose. Just moved to another place to try and clear my mind. To find some rest in my head. But still can not seem to find any peace. There is still a lot going on in my mind. Making right decisions are really hard to make.

    Today my sister send me this link on your website. Her exact words: ‘I think this is what you need!’. Like it was meant to be. I love writing. But at the moment it’s all such a blur. Nothing seems to work. I can not focus. And when I’m writing I start feeling sorry for myself and stop writing after a few lines.

    Dear Tammy I really would like to win a spot on your journaling course. I really think this might help me get my life back on track. I have experienced the magic of writing. And I would like to feel the magic wonder of it again. Like anything is possible.

  • Linda September 29, 2015, 1:43 pm

    I like to write but my efforts are random, unorganized, and sporadic. Some positive directional encouragement would be great.

  • ru September 29, 2015, 1:54 pm

    I would love to win a spot because I am looking to make journaling a more regular part of my life. I was at one time a effusive journaler. I am now, at best, an intermittent one. And just thinking about it and making occasional forays are not really helping me achieve that!

  • Anne Pik September 29, 2015, 1:57 pm

    I haven’t journalled for 40 years due to my fear of family reading it (that’s what happened in the past). I need to get back on for my children’s sake. Your class does sound amazing!

  • Cyndi September 29, 2015, 2:01 pm

    Because after my kids grew up & moved out, l lost my job in a huge layoff & house shortly after that. It’s been 3 years & I still feel lost & confused about where I am going & what I am doing.

  • Melissa September 29, 2015, 2:03 pm

    I’m struggling with finding my writing voice. I believe a daily journal practice would help me find it, and the accountability of a class would help me follow through.

  • Jill T September 29, 2015, 2:08 pm

    I would love to win a spot in your journaling course. I’ve taken your photography course and the insights you provided have really helped me see the world differently. I’m hoping your journaling course will do the same. I’m in a rough place right now. Burned out and uncertain and need a change, a new perspective, a deep dive inward on what I’d really like to do because I have no idea.

  • Amy September 29, 2015, 2:10 pm

    Hi. I have been contemplating journaling for years, and even bought a beautiful leather-covered journal to use, but it has sat unopened on my bedside table for a year. I’d love to take this class, as it may be the final push I need to take up this practice and make it really flow.

  • Yvonne September 29, 2015, 2:17 pm

    I have blogged for years, but it now exhausts me. I still have a the need to document, though, and would love to try journaling. No pictures required, no need to worry about how others will feel when they read the words, and all I need is paper and pen.

  • Sue September 29, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win admission to your course! My many attempts at journaling have been hit and miss, I think the guidance of a course will help me make a habit of it.

  • Vicki September 29, 2015, 2:29 pm

    I desperately need to empty my head. I have tried journaling but never seem to be able to keep it up. I empty whats inside but then it feels like I am ruminating on it and that’s definitely no good for a gal who suffers from depression. I really this is class could steer me in the right direction to process things.

  • Dionne September 29, 2015, 2:34 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity! I would like to take your journaling class as I have often started journaling but for some reason have not been able to sustain it for any great length of time. This class may help me get the habit fully formed as well as give me some more accountability.

  • Anke September 29, 2015, 2:39 pm

    I am really inspired by your photo’s and texts, so following your course would be a dream come through! But then I thought: ‘Why would I deserve such a course? Probaly not…’ and I felt too insignificant to apply for the free course. But maybe that’s just why I would need it, to get more self esteem by analyzing myself with help of a journal and with help of you!
    Greetings from the Netherlands

  • Michelle Y September 29, 2015, 2:46 pm

    I would love to create time for a daily journalling practice to help me get my anxious or creative or funny thoughts out of my head and onto the page. Thanks for the opportunity to study with you Tammy!

  • Gen H. September 29, 2015, 2:51 pm

    My journaling habit has fallen to the wayside, and I’d love to be able to pick it up again. I’m at a point in my life where a lot is changing (in very good ways), but journaling would definitely help me to reflect on these changes, make better sense of them, and to keep moving forward with my goals. Thanks for offering this, Tammy!

  • Estefania September 29, 2015, 3:01 pm

    Hola!
    I have been writing a journal for 20 years of my life now. Still for the past 5 years or so I have hardly written anything. I feel like if I don’t have nothing to say anymore, that it is not worth it, even if deep inside I know it is not so.
    Also when I read again my journals I get a strange feeling of how silly I was, I could have put it in a different way… I know I am not being fear with myself… maybe that is one of the reasons for my incapacity of keeping a journal nowadays.
    So this is a big opportunity to face it and to carry on with my writing. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Julie S September 29, 2015, 3:24 pm

    I have kept a journal on and off since childhood and currently dabble in writing fiction and poetry, but I only write infrequently. I felt best when writing was a daily practice and I think your course would help me maintain more diligent writing routine. Also, my first child was born about a week ago and after months of pregnancy brain (and now sleep deprivation), I need a way to help me process what’s going on in my life. Thank you!

  • Kelsey E. Benedict September 29, 2015, 3:27 pm

    I would love to win this spot because as a child I loved to journal – I’d even write during school! I ended up in a 4 year abusive relationship where I lost myself & a lot of what I loved to do. My counselor has encouraged me several times to journal, & I do, but then it gets painful & I stop again. I would love to be inspired to write about my life again. ☺

  • Linda Orsak September 29, 2015, 3:40 pm

    I would like to be considered for the free place in your journaling course. I just turned 70 and I’m freaked totally out. I haven’t done many things I want to do, plus this birthday seemed to have thrown me into a place where I’m suddenly old and useless. I love to write and I love to talk; so maybe that could fold into journaling somehow.

    I have no real direction and I’m too old to waste any more time.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Lien Nguyen September 29, 2015, 3:51 pm

    I love to communicate. I enjoy meeting new people, having engaging thought sessions with old friends, and working out an agruement with key communication. But one thing I would like to improve, is the way I communicate with myself and understand and improve my thought process.

  • Evelyn September 29, 2015, 3:51 pm

    I’ve always journal led as a young adult but stopped in my mid twenties. I’d love some inspiration to get back into it. It’s always been on my bucket list to write something that gets published one day! Gasp! I said it out loud!

  • Em September 29, 2015, 4:17 pm

    I’d love to win a spot as I know writing is a helpful tool for me but I struggle to find ways of doing it that feel right so I’d love some new ideas and some support in reconnecting with journaling again.
    Thanks!

  • Laura September 29, 2015, 4:29 pm

    I’ve journalled off and on for several years. I find when I take the time to write down my thoughts, it clarifies them and I know what it is I’m REALLY thinking. It helps me move through a ‘fog’ and into clear thinking space. I’ve given bullet journalling a go for the last year or so and find that it’s a good fit for me. I’ve never thought of taking a class on how to journal I always thought you just write down your thoughts. I’m very interested in becoming a better journaller 🙂

  • Dawn September 29, 2015, 4:31 pm

    Hi Tammy.
    I love writing!
    I never do any, but I love it!
    I have pretty books and note pads and journals. And pens and crayons galore.
    Some I carry with me all day, for weeks, until they become dog-eared and unlovable!
    Thoughts spin round and round in my head – reflections on the past; hopes for the future; observations about people and the world about me.
    Even when I’m feeling negative, I know there’s a positive, and I want to write it down and express my gratitude for this wonderful world I live in.
    I’m oozing with stuff to write but……..I don’t!
    Because…..
    What if I write it wrong???
    What if I don’t get my thoughts in the right order?
    What if my journalling looks stupid?????
    Even as I write these words, I know I’M stupid!
    Writing should be as free flowing as thoughts!
    Shouldn’t it?
    You tell me.
    Please.

  • Michael September 29, 2015, 4:33 pm

    Journaling is a way to look back with gratitude.

  • Bette September 29, 2015, 4:43 pm

    I have never kept a journal because I was afraid! Afraid someone would read it, criticize it, tear it up, erase it, laugh, mimic, and broadcast to the world all of my innermost thoughts and fears. I’m ready to conquer this by taking a tiny step forward — I’d love to win a place in your course so I can hold myself accountable.

  • Cheri September 29, 2015, 4:50 pm

    I have written ‘hello, journal, it’s me giving this a go once again’ so many, many times over many years. I have so much locked up inside wanting to be expressed and for some reason I’m afraid to write it down. I thought maybe this seat in your class could be like a guided meditation in journaling. Looking for the key to unlock this door. Maybe this is it? Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Brandi September 29, 2015, 4:59 pm

    I want to be in your journaling class so that I can become a better writer and live more in the moment by reflecting on my day!

    ~Brandi

  • Gwen Lisboa September 29, 2015, 5:17 pm

    The course looks like a fun way toward my intention to journal on a regular basis and to do it in an organized and meaningful way. I hope I win!

  • Charlotte September 29, 2015, 5:19 pm

    Thanks for your generosity Tammy. I’m stuck in a rut, blocked by overwhelming discordant muckiness and I need to break through. I haven’t journaled or coloured in my beautiful books as I feel like too much “stuff” needs to be addressed … Maybe I’ll go and start now x

  • Alice September 29, 2015, 5:29 pm

    I have been needing a push to start writing things down about our farm life and all that goes with it, including what I remember from my parents and grandparents who all farmed and lived on this same farm. This class might be just what I need!

  • Hope September 29, 2015, 5:30 pm

    I’d sooo love a spot in your course:) I have been journaling for years but at this point I feel stale and everything feels forced. Inspiration from your course would be lovely!

  • Flo September 29, 2015, 5:32 pm

    I’d love to win a place on your course because right now I am stuck with my writing. My blog is at a standstill and my book needs editing and more writing. I found journalling a great tool with my other writing and my life in general and I want to get back to journalling regularly. Your courses have helped me in the past and I’m hoping this one would too.

  • Angeline Munoz September 29, 2015, 5:40 pm

    In June of this year my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I’ve been trying to write down my feelings occasionally, but would feel better making daily entries. I would appreciate learning how to make clear and concise entries to journal happenings and my thoughts.

  • Jlynn Frazier September 29, 2015, 5:55 pm

    I would be thrilled to have this opportunity. As a photographer who loves adventure I find that I have so much I want to say but have trouble finding ways to consistently write it down. I think learning from you about ways to approach journaling would be really impactful and help me grow and express my ideas. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Robin Glossner September 29, 2015, 6:07 pm

    I would love to win a seat in your class. I have started and stopped journaling a thousand times for a thousand reasons. I want techniques to help me continue.

  • Emma September 29, 2015, 6:11 pm

    I would love to meet myself again through words.

  • Saliha September 29, 2015, 6:19 pm

    I want to get better at journaling and inspiring others as well.

  • Brenda September 29, 2015, 6:27 pm

    I am a collector of beautiful blank journals! Putting pen/pencil to them is a mystery to me, thus the need for the class.

  • Jolene September 29, 2015, 6:38 pm

    I would love to throw my name in the lotto bucket in hopes to be picked as the winning number. I used to keep a meticulous journal for many years but have gotten away from it in the past two and I fell less connected to my soul. Being part of a class/group might be the impetus I need to get back to the page and my inner heart. Thanks

  • Suzan September 29, 2015, 6:45 pm

    The idea of a journally class excites many of us. Everyone has a story to write and here is mine. I am sure it is far from unusual as I am part of the sandwich generation.

    I am slowly pulling myself out of a long depression and many years of caring for father with Alzheimers disease and my son with mild autism. The journey is far from over but dad is now in a secure unit. My son has learned a trade and can work. I still car for my mother who is frail aged. For the first time in 25 years I have time to be me and like others have lost myself well and truly in the process. I would like to create a positive legacy and not a doom and gloom story. My children deserve to have some stories recorded because the time distorts everything. If I develop the dreadful Al’s hammer, like my father, I will begin the process in about seven years. It is time to write my story because I don’t know how long or short my time will be.

    Thank you for this competition and the chance to feel less alone.

  • Liz McK. September 29, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Tammy, thank you for being so generous in offering this free class. I can see that I’m not alone in wanting to be considered for it. I’d like to take this class because I love writing and journaling, but I still feel I have much more to learn about both. I admire the way you express your thoughts in words and pictures. I’d like to explore new ways of expressing my thoughts, and I think you’d be just the teacher to guide me.

  • Susan Peters September 29, 2015, 6:56 pm

    Little did I realize when I lost my Dad in November 2013 how much my life would change, how much I would learn, how I would look at the world so differently. In these two years, I sold or gave away all my parents life possessions, place my Mom on an Alzheimer’s facility, step down from a position to handle it all and eventually take on 60-70 hours of work to make ends meet. But this year I embark on a new journey as I work a much lighter load (thanks to early social security), have learned the freedom of living with less, start a writing career, which has been in my bucket list forever! And…. Become a Grandma for the first time. An incredible time in my later life at 62 and I want to record it all!!!!! Would be honored to win that seat!!!!

  • Jennifer Chai September 29, 2015, 6:58 pm

    I hope to experience your course on how to journal. It will be an awesome birthday gift (I’m an October baby!) if I am so lucky to be selected.

    Warm regards,
    Jennifer CHAI

  • Heaven Smiling September 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

    I would love this course. I feel a strong desire to journal but just can’t get the motivation to actually sit down and do if. Some outside person to be responsible to would help immensely. Thank you for offering!

  • TammyL September 29, 2015, 7:02 pm

    I know journaling is therapeutic. I have had many ups and downs the past 2 yrs. including getting divorced. I want to use my journal and learn how to journal properly to get through these times. I hope to get a spot in your class. I know it would change my life.

  • Yvonne September 29, 2015, 7:40 pm

    I would love to win a spot in your course as I think it will help me to destress and that writing down my feelings/hopes/disappointments/positives will help me to deal with my husband’s Parkinson’s Disease and his struggles with it. I think it will help me to be more patient and less tense.

  • Carla September 29, 2015, 7:49 pm

    My husband has been diagnosed with a serious and life-threatening disease. I would love the help that journaling would give as well as the memory minder it will be in the years to come. THank you for your consideration.

  • Kristen September 29, 2015, 7:54 pm

    I started and started and started and started but can’t seem to keep up the habit for more than a week. Would just love to see what insight I get from a class

  • Jessie September 29, 2015, 8:15 pm

    I would be honoured to win a spot in your journalling course because I’ve just started journalling a bit in the past month and love the changes I’ve been seeing so far. I hope your course is very successful and that you enjoy imparting your knowledge to others.

  • Ebbiek September 29, 2015, 8:21 pm

    I’m a correction officer who struggles with my daily experiences both on and off the job. I’ve sought professional help and I was advised to start writing as a means to cope. I have no idea what I’m doing or where to start.

  • Glenn September 29, 2015, 8:24 pm

    I need to quiet my mind.

  • Jenn P September 29, 2015, 8:38 pm

    I am realizing that I need external motivation to help me do things that I think would be helpful for me and are frightening. Taking part in a course consistently gives me the necessary push to do things I ultimately find rewarding, likely because of the risk involved.

  • Ashley September 29, 2015, 8:42 pm

    I need a way to express my losses.

  • Laurie Herremans September 29, 2015, 8:48 pm

    I would love to have a spot in your journaling course because though I journal every day, I feel like I’m not getting anywhere. I seem to write the same things day after day. I’m stuck and I need some help in the right direction. Thank you

  • Jackie Purkess September 29, 2015, 9:09 pm

    I have tried many times to journal but always seem lost not knowing which to proceed. I would love a chance to take your course. I am an appreciative reader of your blog. Many insight moments.

  • Lynette September 29, 2015, 9:30 pm

    I’d love to learn how to journal expressively, beyond listing what I did that day or using pages to vent negative feelings. I love words, beautiful paper, and a great pen is delightful.

  • Emilie September 29, 2015, 9:48 pm

    Dear Tammy,
    I have always wanted to journal, but I can’t seem to keep doing it on a regular basis, even though I know that it would help me soooo much.
    I cross my fingers that I will the lucky winner of this draw!

  • nancie September 29, 2015, 9:50 pm

    first off I love pens and paper – I am very selective and I always have been. it’s visceral and it helps me get random things out of my head .

    I started the year with a goal to sell my house of 13 years , eliminate eliminate and the process was incredibly empowering because every little thing required a decision . I didn’t just want to move ” ad hock” – I wanted things organized as I moved thru them – I went thru a tub of old family pictures all the way up thru college and came across all the awards I had won – each day
    I became more interested in the process than my actual job. I am writing this from my rental apartment that I’ve been in for 4 weeks and I really miss opening doors and stepping on the earth . along with
    the
    move I have been following Dave Ramsey / and I am freaked about writing a check to pay off debt . until
    the move it didn’t hit me how little my pay is until I was scanning tax docs- but something is different about me
    – and outta the blue my boss gave me a big bonus on Friday . what does this have to do with journaling – I have been go go go and just today I went to get an eccolo ( my favorite
    notebook ) because I want to write . I
    have so many ideas and thoughts
    going thru my head – everything had been dis- she celeb
    . I know I can make a second job
    either blogging about various topics – I just feel
    I need to get my thoughts out.

  • joy September 29, 2015, 9:54 pm

    Because I’ve never actually stuck with journaling, altho I’ve started many times…

  • angela bewick September 29, 2015, 11:31 pm

    I would love a place on the course because I am currently going through a lot of change in my life & this could help me process/deal with them. I have always wanted to start a regular journalling practice but haven’t known where to start

  • daoine o' September 29, 2015, 11:40 pm

    I am selflessly posting my nomination for my other half. He has previously self-published a book on lulu.com but has since broadened his writing horizons but his humility precludes further self-aggrandizement. He frequently blogs but I think he doubts his own capability as a truly succesful writer. I know this is a random drawing but hope fate smiles on him. He perhaps just needs more gifts to enable him to reach a wider audience. He has real vision, just not the “bigger shove” to enable him to truly expose his works. Thank you, Tammy!

  • Heidi September 30, 2015, 12:25 am

    Because my head is like spaghetti junction and has been for months. I thought that writing would help me untangle, but I don’t know where to start! I don’t want to write: Today I went to work. It was very busy. I want to write about what matters. Life, happy moments, disappointments, the heart stuff basically.

  • Sharon September 30, 2015, 12:29 am

    So many changes happening at the moment. Some deliberate. My choice. Some outside influences beyond my choice. The pathway through life is looking foggy. I feel the need for clearer insights. Declutter the mind! Thank you for providing this opportunity, Tammy.

  • Marlene September 30, 2015, 12:30 am

    10. 10 = number of journals I started over the years. Also the number of half-empty journals in my bookshelf because I never managed to fill them daily/weekly. And then completely forgot about them. Would love to change that!

  • Nick S. September 30, 2015, 1:29 am

    I’ll keep this short since you’re picking someone randomly. I love writing and know I need to do more of it. I have a blog that I’ve been writing since January but haven’t shown anyone (it’s coming soon, though). I’m intrigued by journaling and welcome anything that gets me writing every day.

  • Irene September 30, 2015, 1:30 am

    Journaling is fun, journaling is boring, journaling helps, journaling is hard – I am so ambivalent about it. There are times I do it regularly, and then months pass by leaving pages blank…
    I would love to dedicate some more quality time to it, to connect with Tammy and others to experience, to get to know different views and to dive into journaling refreshed 🙂 Ah yeah, my 40th birthday is coming up – a new start for journaling?

  • Mette September 30, 2015, 1:33 am

    I am a lot of mixed emotion these months. I would love to get tips to help get those down in a journal.

  • Manuela September 30, 2015, 1:35 am

    Dear Tammy,
    when I first read about this course the other day, it felt like a hidden door was opening for me. Writing is my passion but I still don’t know how to use it to support my inner change. This course seems to be an open door for me that I didn’t knew of, a possibility to grow. So that’s why I’d love to participate.

  • Yeli September 30, 2015, 1:51 am

    Because I want to be happier. More constructive. Be more orderly in my daily life. But most importantly because I want to understand myself better so I can provide the best version of me to myself, my family and my business.

  • Sallee September 30, 2015, 2:10 am

    Oh I’d love to win this! I’m trying to do more intentional writing, to open to more clarity of mind and a sense of control somewhere in my life. I’ve done mostly “brain-dumping” types of diary-keeping in the past, but never felt that to be a satisfying method of exploring who and what I and my world are. I’m hoping this might help with that!

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Tracy September 30, 2015, 2:19 am

    I would love a spot in the journaling course because I feel it would help me become consistent with journaling. I believe that a journaling practice would help me grow more spiritually and that would be wonderful.

  • Michelle September 30, 2015, 3:26 am

    I am interested in journaling as I believe it’s beneficial. I’m just terrified someone will pick it up, read it and my thoughts will sound ridiculous!

  • Jan September 30, 2015, 3:35 am

    It is the perfect time to keep learning! We just retired and are living on our sailboat and would love to document this time. Thank you!

  • Gloria C September 30, 2015, 4:17 am

    I feel too much, I need to put it in paper and let it go. I’m trying to figure out what to do with my life after college, I went to law school and I dont know what to do now. I will as everyone else said “Would love to be in your class” But just trying, is enough for me 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  • Delicia September 30, 2015, 4:50 am

    I know your courses are delightful and inspirational. I know writing in a journal is great for my soul. I know I need a supportive reboot. I am sure your course would give me just that. Thank you for always sharing it forward Tammy. X

  • Vicky September 30, 2015, 5:27 am

    I am semi retired and don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I have admired journaling from afar but nonetheless have always fought leaving a paper trail….

  • Claire Pearson September 30, 2015, 5:52 am

    I’d love a spot as in October I am already planning to be fully focused on living a better life for me. I would love to add this in too and make use of an awesome journal. I love how you write and gently encourage, I find it all very inspiring. Wishful thoughts.

  • Beverly September 30, 2015, 7:31 am

    As my husband and I work together to Simplify, clearing our home and lives of clutter and distraction and progressing on our Simplicity/minimalist journey, we find Life too often shows up in unwanted, unexpected ways, cluttering our minds and draining our time and energy. We’re soon-to-be empty-nesters with hearts filled with gratitude for the blessings of our 31+ years together and our years homeschooling and raising our son — but with hearts and minds also open and excited for the present and future. As we work toward Simplicity, I need more mental space to explore and create — art, life, purpose — the present and future I/we want. We’re still in the middle of decluttering/minimizing, various projects, and must-do’s, and a part of me thinks it’s not the perfect time for me to start journaling. But, then I realize — that’s precisely why it is the perfect time. I’d love to be a part of your journaling class. <3 Thank you for sharing from your heart through your writings, photographs, and classes.

  • Robyn September 30, 2015, 8:02 am

    I’ve always had trouble writing it down and think a course may be the answer. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Rae September 30, 2015, 8:04 am

    I have always felt that putting pen to paper can be a very therapeutic and cathartic experience. I would love to be able to turn journaling into a daily practice and really get in touch with my own thoughts.

  • Erin September 30, 2015, 8:06 am

    I would love this because I am an aspiring writer who is trying to find my voice. I’ve heard that journaling is an invaluable tool to get in touch with what’s in the brain and practice bringing it out on paper. Your course looks very interesting and valuable. It’s best to learn from people who are really passionate about what they are teaching and after reading your blog for months now, I think I would enjoy learning from you.

  • Sarah Marie September 30, 2015, 8:19 am

    Dear Tammy,
    I probably have missed the giveaway. I have terrible timing (Can that be a new superpower?). I would like a spot because of what I am going through at the moment. I’m not trying to compete with anyone in your comments section or looking for pity. Just merely stating the facts. For the longest time, I have never felt good about myself. I’ve really hated myself from a young age to be honest. I found journaling in my teens and for while it really helped. It was the one constant that I could guide myself with. But recently, I feel like I am messing every single thing up. And even journaling hasn’t been helping. To answer, a question I am sure you must be thinking, I am seeing a therapist. But I would like a spot in your course to try and get back to myself. And if I can’t do that, I would like to use your course to move forward into being the woman I know I can be.
    – Sarah Marie
    P.S. – I really want to thank you for this site. It has been a great help with a lot of things. You’re a wonderful person! I just recently re-read your book “You Can Buy Happiness”. There has been even more stuff that I was able to take away on my re-read. Which is the sign of a really great book. Thank you! 🙂

  • Jamie September 30, 2015, 8:29 am

    I would be thrilled to win this course. I have collected many journals over the years. Some are very luxurious and beautiful, others plain and ordinary. I find I am too afraid to write something not worthy of the lovely paper in the fancy journals so I purchased a few cheap notebooks. I feel less intimidated when I first open the common journals, but I write a page or two, congratulate myself on finally getting started and then a week later tear out the pages and start over. Help me break this cycle!

  • fernanda September 30, 2015, 9:07 am

    Hi, I would like very much to participate in your journaling course because I have serious trouble in organizing my thoughts and I think this is a god way to clear things up. I know that writing may help, but every time I try, I don’t know were to start.

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