Saturday, February 18, 2006

hip tranquil chick podcast #20: journal writing 101

HTC: February 18, 2006 Shownotes

Welcome to the 20th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a girl’s guide for living a luxe lifestyle on and off the yoga mat. Back in DC at the Pink Palace.

Today’s podcast is on journal writing (one of my fave topics), along with a pose of the podcast, book suggestions, hip tranquil chick chat, and more festive podsafe music! View our shownotes at

Benefits of Journal Writing

Top 10 Journal Writing Tips:
1. Choose the perfect journal and writing tool.
2. Carve out space in your schedule to write. Take journal to a café, family event, park, or your bedroom.
3. Record your experiences. Observe patterns, thoughts, feelings, and fears. Write out when you have that heavy feeling.
4. Use date/time. Write quickly without attention to grammar, punctuation, etc.
5. Ensure privacy

What to write?
“Put yourself right in the present. This was my principle when I wrote the diary—to write the thing I felt most strongly about that day. Start there and that starts the whole unraveling, because that has roots in the past and it has branches into the future . . . I chose the event of the day that I felt most strongly about, the most vivid one, the warmest one, the nearest one, the strongest one.” ~ Anais Nin

6. Birthdays or end of calendar year reflection
7. Unsent letters
8. Lists
9. Visual Writing
10. Explore dreams

Stepping Stones Guided Journal Writing Exercise from Journal to the Self p. 157

Pose of the Podcast: Dragon Pose (Yin Variation of Runner's Lunge)

Book Suggestions:

Voice of Her Own by Marlene Schiwy

Journal to the Self by Kathleen Adams

Journaling for Joy by Joyce Chapman

At a Journal Workshop by Ira Progoff

Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton

Anais Nin Diaries - Vol 1 - Vol 2 - Vol 3 - Vol 4 - Vol 5 - Vol 6

Hip Tranquil Chick Chat:
“Thank you for your email. Yes, I did hear your podcast, "Get Your Yoga On" and I absolutely loved it. I have actually listened to it a few times, but life has been so hectic that I haven't had the chance to thank you yet. And I really mean it that I have been wanting to thank you. I have actually been wanting to comment on several things from your podcasts that have been so enriching to me, but I don't want to come off as some sort of crazed fanatic or anything. Even when I was young, I was never the type of girl to write "fan mail" to anyone. And to this day I just never get real obsessed with anyone that I feel compelled to contact them even once, let alone more than that. It was your recent podcast though where you asked for updates, comments and thoughts that I felt I really needed to write you and let you know how much your podcasts have enriched my life.

In a way, this is an unusual "relationship." I feel I know so many things about you. It must be sort of an odd experience to have some total stranger open up to you in an email because they do feel as if you are, in a way, a friend. And I have to tell you that I have really enjoyed all of your podcasts. That alone seems unusual to me, because I would expect at some point to hear you talk about something that I feel just doesn't interest me at all. But that hasn't happened and I keep enjoying each and every podcast, as well as referring to your website and blog.”

Closing: Share your thoughts, needs, and suggestions from your hip tranquil chick path with me at or in the comments section of Visit for online sources of inspiration.

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Tobago discount to listeners: 10% off.

To close out the show, we’re playing podsafe music that is by new and independent artists who are sharing their music through podcasting from Today’s selection is Godspell by Single 7. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of their music at Single 7's artist page at

Thanks for joining me for the 20th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast. Happy journaling and namaste!

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