14 Responses to “Simplify Your Life by Writing It Down”


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  1. Kathy

    Your comments are right on. Writing has always been a way to clarify my direction in life. It also brings me insight on how to respond to stressful situations. Writing daily, as you suggested, has always evaded me but now I feel it could be a good way to clear my mind and maintain a focus on what is important. It also will defuse any negativity keeping me from the realization of my full potential. Thanks for this insightful article.

    • Courtney Carver

      It really helped me to keep my daily commitment to writing short and without obligation to write about certain things.

  2. I really enjoyed your words here. I love journaling, blogging and basically any form of writing. Your suggestions here can be so helpful and poignant. Thanks!

  3. Julia

    Thanks Courtney, this post was just the kick I needed! I have a large box of my journals from the last 20 years which I have been debating whether to burn or not. Not sure if I want someone reading them when I’m gone. First of all I’m going to sit down and read them all again because I’m sure that in those moments of getting stuff off my chest and on to paper there may be some useful insights in to where I’m at now in my life. Then I will burn them and in the interests of travelling more lightly in this world I think I shall blog (privately) all those future musings :-) I do know that when I sit down to write I usually know what the answer is already but there have been times when just simply writing it all down has given me the clarity I needed or has helped me expressed gratitude and find something positive in my day.

  4. diana

    Hi, Courtney. I am in a very confusing place and I am happy that your blog came to my email today. We have sold our home in Italy. Well, it is under contract and will close in Dec. Now we will be moving on from this life that we have spent 10 years creating. I am ready to move on – this has been so much upkeep, work, stress and worry for me. Too much overwhelm. But the change is very, very hard. We will be definitely downsizing – into an apartment – and starting a new venture in a new country. At this age (55) I am having a hard time lifting myself into the change. I am happy about the downsizing, as it’s what I have wanted to do for a very long time. But I have totally lost my voice, and losing my voice has given space for fear and anxiety to grasp me. I have stopped writing on my own blog for now, and have cut back on all social media activity. I need to get straight with myself first. These are the first words I have written in weeks, and I think I needed to read your post to sort of “get started” with the process of refinding myself. We have so much to do (eliminating 1/2 of our stuff in about 8 weeks, finding a new place to land, and all of this in the dead of winter).

    I unsubscribed to every blog just to have no noise right now. But I did not unsubscribe to you. I now know why. thank you for giving me this space. xo

    • Courtney Carver

      Hello my friend Diana. You haven’t lost your voice, you just can’t hear it right now. I’d suggest not putting so much pressure on yourself to define or redefine. For now it’s enough just to notice and experience. A daily journal might help, but no matter what … Everything is going to be ok. xo

  5. Mel

    This amused because it reminds me of the emails I send to my friend, they always end in me answering the question but affectionately adding ‘Thanks for all the help’ – its become a running joke now but as a coach, I can attest to the same principal when people just need to talk it out with someone.

    (By the way, this is my first comment after so long of reading so I’m also going to say Hi!)

  6. Teri

    I have lost my voice. The pain, anger, fear, panic, brokenness in my mind/heart is suffocating. I have lost myself. I am battling cancer and have children with special needs. I wish I could quiet my mind and just sit.quietly.peacefully. I can’t seem to remember who I am apart from the emotions. We have purged 75-80% of all of our belongings. That has brought some peace. Visual clutter is distracting and stressful. Journaling is something new to me. I am honestly afraid of the pain that will find itself written on each page.

    • Courtney Carver

      Teri, It sounds like you are dealing with an enormous amount of stress, but I promise you haven’t lost your voice. Give yourself a chance to hear it by writing it down. I have a feeling that through that pain will be some amazing stories and lessons. Wishing you hope and healing.

  7. I write every day, but often it is only work centered. I’ve developed a bad habit of hopping on social media every morning with my iPhone before I even get out of bed. I’m giving myself a three day challenge. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), I’m going write in my journal during those first minutes of my morning. I’m thinking it will provide clarity and a better start to my day. Thank you for this post!

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