How to journal and ideas – with Journaling for Dummies author Amber Lea Starfire

How to journal and ideas – with Journaling for Dummies author Amber Lea Starfire

by Suswati Basu
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It is the last episode of the season and we’re looking at reflecting at the beginning of the new year through journaling. Journaling is one of the cheapest forms of self-care. It can help you make sense of how you’re feeling about a certain person or situation that is troubling or inspiring you. It can also help you understand your triggers. The process of writing down your thoughts as honestly and with as little judgment as possible allows for self-discovery.

So how do we journal and stick to it?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Amber Lea Starfire is an author, editor, and creative-writing coach with a passion for journaling and helping others tell their life stories. Her previous books on journaling include Journaling Through Relationships, Journaling the Chakras, and Week by Week: A Year’s Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations. She is also the author of Not the Mother I Remember: A Memoir — finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and 2013–2014 Sarton Women’s Literary Awards — and Accidental Jesus Freak: One Woman’s Journey from Fundamentalism to Freedom, as well as co-editor of the award-winning anthology Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s. Find her at She wrote the definitive guide on journaling literally with Journaling For Dummies.

Parenting teenagers expert and psychologist Angela Karanja.

Maysun Hassanaly, engineer, yoga teacher and founder of mindful yoga brand Ladina Yoga.

Consciousness entrepreneur, transformation and success coach, business consultant, TEDx speaker, keynote speaker, women and wellbeing advocate, author Meera Shah.

Hortense Julienne, founder of Miss Nang Treats and charity trustee.

Saša Janković is an award-winning medical journalist. In 2019 she created the Write It Out journaling-for-mental health course to encourage people to develop a regular writing practice, and has since delivered hundreds of sessions to students across the UK.

Matt Young, founder of The Journalling Guy.

Nicole Russin-McFarland who is a film score composer and film director.

Rachael Lemon, who is a life coach with over 30 years experience as a registered healthcare professional and has represented and influenced change in policy at national level for many years She was awarded a honorary membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for her distinguished services to pharmacy and is also a domestic abuse warrior and advocate for change.

Co-founder of The Manifestation Journal Ted Lawlor.

Georgie St Clair who is a Facilitator and the Community Manager at FLOWN. FLOWN facilitates in Take Off journaling sessions that run four times a day. Anyone can try FLOWN for free with their 30 day trial.

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Dr Lucia Capacchione does an introduction to her Creative Journal method 

Books looked at this week:

Amber Lea Starfire: Journaling For Dummies.

Dr Lucia Capacchione: The Creative Journal: The Art of Finding Yourself.

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

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