Hey, my friend.
I don’t know about you, but I love to hear about how others journal: what journaling methods they use, if they like to write by hand or type, the materials they use, and the rhythms and practices they have put in place.
Because journaling is such a personal thing. What works for one person may not work for another. And really, what works for one person at one point in time may not work for them a few months down the road.
The truth is, journaling goes through seasons of its own, doesn’t it?
Today, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Marla Beech, founder of Hunkeedori, where she works as a self-connection coach and mentor. Marla helps women prioritize what matters the most to them and stay connected with themselves instead of getting lost in all the things they do, especially as they care for those around them.
Marla has been married for 28 years and has four children aged 27 to 18, and is somewhat surprised to find herself entering the season of being empty nester.
Marla started Hunkeedori as a way to organize traveler’s notebooks before she transitioned into her role as coach and mentor.
Now, Marla and I met through our mutual interest in journaling. She uses journaling as a daily practice, and she approaches it in some very intentional ways.
Listen in as we hear what her journaling practice looks like right now, why she started journaling, how depression and grief impacted her journaling, and how the Holy Spirit shows up to lead her and guide her as she journals.
But first, a couple of notes.
First, I will mention that Marla and I were both fighting colds, though I think it showed up more in my voice than in hers. But if my voice sounds a little strange, that’s why.
Also, Marla has a podcast of her own called Overburdened No More, and I was blessed to be a guest on her show this week, where we talked about being an introvert and how that impacts our relationships and interactions with others. If you are listening to this in real time, it releases tomorrow, so be sure to go and check that out.
Okay, so as we move into today’s conversation, I wonder…
- Do you like to journal?
- Do you struggle with knowing what to write?
- Or maybe finding enough time to think deeply?
Let’s see what journaling looks like for Marla. We dive right in as I ask her to describe her journey with journaling and how she got started.
As you listen, I encourage you not to try to mimic everything she does, but listen in to see what might work for you, what piques your interest, and then identify one thing you might do to start—or restart—your journaling practice today.
Marla Beech is founder of Hunkeedori, where she serves as a self-connection coach and mentor. She mentors women who have lost themselves prioritizing others and are ready to reconnect with what they truly want through her Uniquee Connection Method.
CONNECT WITH MARLA:
- Website: Hunkeedori
- Free Resource: Quick Start Journaling Prompts
- Free Resource: Positive Journaling Checklist
- Episode 54: 4 Simple Ways to Start (or Keep) Journaling
- Episode 55: Reflection and Journaling as a Lifelong Practice with Business Strategist Elizabeth McCravy
- Episode 45: Grief Journal Prompts
- Bonus Episode 18: [Journal Prompts] For Seasons of Change and Transition
- Episode 122: Feeling Anxious? Try This 5-Minute Journaling Session
Learn more and register for Journal Gently, an 8-week program designed to help you use writing as a way to process hurt, grief, and trauma with God.