5 Things I Like About Myself #handwrittenjournal

A student-made card I received today from a third grader who wants to be in my class next year. I had her sister in my class 4 years ago. I keep these cards and notes in what I call my “Sunshine File.” They come in handy on rainy days 😉 Encouragement from a child is the most refreshing gift on earth.

How I Have Grown as a Writer

Handwritten Journal Challenge #30 December 2015 “How Have You Grown as a Writer?” (Prompt by Journaling-Junkie)


I got up early today, excited to write on this prompt. I’m almost done doing these challenges for 2015. I can’t wait to dive in an do more in 2016. I owe my improvement in handwritten journaling partially to Journaling-Junkie on Tumblr. Her daily prompts and community have been such a motivator to me. I also want to thanks everyone who has liked, reblogged, commented, or favorited my handwritten journal posts. Life is good when the goal is constant improvement. Why not archive your growth online in 2016? It really works!

Journaling Junkie November Journal Challenge #29


One more day left in November. I didn’t participate every day in the challenge but I did a lot more than I had expected from myself. I’m more comfortable with presenting written ideas online. I composed this list with my wife helping me think of ideas. Here’s a tip for bloggers: lists work and people often respond to them more than long prose. Word to the wise. I don’t always do them but they are a good option when your tired or if you have writer’s block. Also, in case you haven’t figured out yet, I paste an embed code from tumblr. You just select the permalink and copy the “embed” from the upper right hand corner button, then paste it into your WordPress or other platform post.