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I’m Tammy Strobel. Welcome to my digital home!

I’m an author, photographer, traveler, and cat lover.

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How I Turn Intentions Into Reality (Plus a Giveaway)


Throughout my life, I've experimented with a variety of journaling styles.  I’ve come to realize there are no journaling rules, only experiments. I know I will continue to experiment with journaling because it helps me turn my intentions into reality. For example, a few of my 2015 intentions include creating a long-term financial plan and redefining my relationship with money.

Setting these intentions has led to dozens of journal entries. During one of my writing sessions, I came up with the idea of having a monthly money meeting with Logan. At the end of each month, Logan and I now examine our income and expenses, and we’ve had engaging conversations about career choices, housing options, mundane daily expenses, and our long-term goals.

Being debt-free is a huge relief and stress reducer. However, I want to manage my money more effectively and let go of my fears. Journaling about these topics pushed me to explore my fears and identify the negative and positive stories I associate with money.

Whether I’m writing gratitude lists or exploring my money issues, I use a few key journaling tools every day. I’ve written about how I use my journals in the past. However, my process has evolved with practice. Today, I’m going to share an updated list of my tools and how I use them.


Midori Travelers Notebook

The Midori is more than a notebook. I use it as a way to organize multiple journals. The system centers around one leather cover and multiple bands that hold several notebooks in place.

In June 2014, I purchased a passport-sized Midori Travelers Notebook and I enjoyed using it for art journaling, gratitude lists, and more. In October 2014, however, I gave my small Midori to Logan and purchased the larger version. I miss the tiny notebook, but I'm happy Logan is using it. (Plus, there is more room to write in the larger version.)

Currently, I have two journals in my Midori. One notebook is for business ideas. I use it for B-School notes and brainstorming. The second notebook is for freestyle writing, gratitude lists, and art journaling.

The Desire Map Day Planner

If you’ve been following my blog regularly, you know how much I love The Desire Map Day Planner and the book. If you are new here, check out my essay “How I Use My Desire Map Day Planner.

When I start my day, I reflect on my yearly and monthly intentions. It doesn’t take long to reflect on my goals, and it’s helpful because reflecting—and planning—give me motivation to take daily action steps.


I use Evernote to capture ideas while I’m walking in town or in the forest. When I’m walking, I open the Evernote app and use the dictation feature on my iPhone to record ideas and brief journal entries.

Be well,


Before you go: an announcement and a giveaway…

Since January, I’ve been working on an e-course called “Write to Flourish: A Beginner’s Guide to Journaling.” I’ve been thinking about the course concept for the past year, and it is rewarding to see the class come to life. I’m excited to share this e-course with you! Registration is officially open!

To celebrate the launch of “Write to Flourish,” I am giving away a journaling package.

The package includes:

  • a spot in “Write to Flourish
  • a signed copy of my bookMy Morning View
  • a signed copy of my bookYou Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap)
  • and a fun surprise!

To participate in the giveaway:

Post a comment below telling me why you want to participate in my journaling course. I will choose the winner, using random.org, on Friday, March 20, 2015.



Friday, March 20, 2015

On Tuesday, I decided to give away a journaling package to celebrate the launch of my new e-course Write to Flourish. Thank you all for participating! I loved reading your comments. They inspired me.

Early this morning, I used random.org to draw the winner. The winner is Kyenne Williams. Congratulations! I’ll be in touch via email.

For those of you who didn’t win, consider registering for Write to Flourish. We begin the class on April 6, 2015 and you can sign-up here.

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