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Serendipity ... October 2011

WELCOME NEW AND LONG TIME SUBSCRIBERS!

Serendipity is not your traditional style newsletter. It is Angel Logan's unique way of reaching out to her readers and friends – to stay in touch, to give updates on her writing career, and to share a few of the personal and professional pearls of wisdom that she has acquired along her journey. It is great to have you here, and Angel hopes you enjoy reading this month’s Serendipity.

HI EVERYONE!

     Happy Autumn -- I think. I'm still waiting for my favorite warm and windy days from this time of year to replace the rain and mugginess we've had instead. If the weather is nice, it is an ideal time to get pumpkins, go apple picking, and enjoy the foliage of New England.

 

      How many of you write in a journal? A friend of mine recently discovered that being a chronic stuffer of emotions doesn't work well in the long run and asked me how one could balance the need for keeping things "in check" while being healthy with emotions. Good question -- the best thing I could suggest was writing in a journal. I know that is a big shocker coming from a writer, but that is what writers do. We express ourselves with our written words, especially when we are not able to share our feelings verbally.

 

     Now, for those of you who do not consider yourselves writers -- you may be asking how this will help? Believe it or not, writing works for everyone. Having a journal to write in gives you the opportunity to pull things out of yourself that you would otherwise keep locked away. The cool thing about writing in your own journal is that no one will ever see it or judge your thoughts. You can write with freedom and without reason, and you don't have to censor yourself or worry about editing issues like perfect grammar and punctuation. Perfection is not the purpose of a journal at all.

 

     The idea is to write down all of the things you are feeling to get those emotions out and to make them real, while finding a healthy way to deal with the issues behind those emotions. It seems difficult to find solutions to problems when your mind is cluttered with stress, veiling the most viable solutions to life's challenges. Some of you might think that this is silly, but it actually works. I think that if we can clear our minds, we will gain the necessary perspective to approach life with more clarity and focus. I believe that writing can be therapeutic, whether you do it professionally or just in a journal. It is all about taking care of ourselves and let's face it -- we probably don't do that enough on any given day, but sometimes, we need to take a step back and be a little selfish. If we are taking better care of ourselves, then we will be better for the people around us.

 

     Finally, I'm pleased to announce that I am starting a new book project this month with a previous client. This is exciting news for me and I am looking forward to this next book. As usual, I cannot disclose any details until it is done, but as soon as I can, I will be happy to share it with all of you.

 

     As always, thank you everyone for your love, friendship, and  unyielding support during the past six years. I look forward to more years with all of you! Talk to you next month.