Moxie ConsultationRae Hight, RN, MA, LMHC

Journaling Information | Journaling Instruction
Benefits of Journaling | Journaling Tips | Poetry Information
Sample Journaling Techniques | Quotes & Writing Prompts


The art of journaling has been with us for thousands of years. People have recorded their thoughts and experiences in images and words since the beginning of time.

Although a multitude of terms have been used (i.e. journal writing, journaling, expressive writing, therapeutic writing and diary keeping), they all have one thing in common: self-awareness. At the very core, the purpose of journaling is to assist us in recording the events of our days along with our related thoughts, feelings and images so we may understand, more deeply, who we are. And through this insight, we become empowered to direct the course of our lives.

We use our journals in different ways at different times in our lives for any number for reasons. Sometimes we just want to record the events of the day so we can remember the journey or recognize patterns that have evolved. Other times, we want to write more deeply, as a way to explore painful or conflicted events and relationships. And at other times, we want to document our joys and gratitudes.

We use keyboards, pens and pencils. Art work of all kinds--including drawing, sketching, doodling, painting, and collage--can be considered journaling. We can write through guided workbooks or on scraps of paper. Our journaling can be done in spiral notebooks or lined paper, kept in 3-ring binders. Fancy journals, used and unused, grace our bookshelves and night stands.

(For more information on the basics of journaling, please see: Benefits of Journaling, Sample Journaling Techniques and Journaling Tips)

"I am so grateful for Rae and her vision with her classes. I am awakening to quality time, ability to play and a deep Peace that has come from my continued writing."
Kris B., LMTsea shore