There’s thinking about journaling,
and then there’s actually doing it.
No one needs to sell you on the benefits of journaling.
You already know it’s the key to learning more about yourself, lowering your stress, making progress on your goals, and finding a deeper sense of mindfulness. You might even be the one who tells your friends all the reasons they should journal more.
But you also have a secret – journaling is rarely something you actually make the time to do.
(No shame, I’ve been there too!)
Because let’s be honest: you already spend plenty of energy noticing your thoughts and thinking about what they mean… and most of the time, that feels like enough.
Plus, you have a full plate and a busy schedule. Finding the time to stop everything and write for long stretches usually feels like it's more trouble than it's worth.
And then when you DO make the time, half the time you wind up feeling stuck or frustrated.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever:
Stared blankly at your empty notebook page, with no idea what to write about
Been nervous you’ll ruin a perfectly good notebook, because your handwriting is a mess compared to what you see on Pinterest
Gotten frustrated, because nothing you write feels meaningful or interesting
Felt paralyzed from overthinking the process
Hoarded piles of notebooks that stay blank forever, while you wait for an idea that’s “good enough”
Believed nothing you do on a normal day is worth writing down
Felt silly writing about yourself
Gotten stuck just rehashing the same old stuff, without making any progress
Journaling has always been one of those things I’ve loved the idea of doing, and wished I did more.
There’s a long list of reasons I’ve avoided it over the years, and I’ve used ‘em all:
Sometimes I didn’t make time to write because I was just too busy, or because I didn't know what to say (or how to articulate it).
Other times there were big looming questions and scary realizations I wasn’t ready to face yet.
Other times, I just didn’t see the point – I already spent a lot of time thinking about my life and my feelings, why waste the extra time writing it all out?
But for every time I told myself I didn’t need to write – I can look back now and see that it wasn’t until I picked up a pen and unloaded my thoughts onto a page that I had any kind of real breakthrough.
Think of all the things journaling might help you see, realize, or understand if you didn’t wait until you were already feeling lost or desperate to give it a try.
In Ignite, you’ll build a journaling practice that lasts, alongside a cohort of insightful women — one live session at a time.
In this intimate 6-week virtual program, we won’t just talk about journaling — we’ll do it together in real-time. Think of it as equal parts group program, coffee date, and accountability partner.
The best part? There are no expectations here, and no prescribed rules around what journaling should look like.
Because “properly” doesn’t exist here.
Instead, this is about carving out the time and space to do the work, and figure out what works for you. In every session, you’ll:
Learn techniques to help you avoid blank cursor syndrome
Discover new tools to shake up a stale routine
Connect with a small group of likeminded women who are in it with you
Write – actually write! – for at least 20 minutes
Share wins, progress, and questions in a judgment-free zone
Get ready to feel…
In Touch With Yourself
Getting into a writing flow can bring revelations you never saw coming, unblock feelings that were hiding below the surface, and help you feel more connected with yourself.
Your thoughts tend to get jumbled when they’re just bouncing around in your head and bumping into each other — but writing them out helps them feel more organized.
There’s a wave of relief that comes when you can recognize your feelings, without trying to fix them. Writing lets us acknowledge our experiences and make peace with them.
That’s the thing about writing! You never know what dots you’ll connect, what ideas you’ll tap into, or even how much you had to say until you start doing the work.
Ignite could be for you if:
Journaling is something you wish you did more often, and you’re ready to figure out a way to make it stick.
You’re open to getting a little ‘woo’ and trying out some new tools and techniques to find your writing groove.
You’re willing to be curious, honest, and brave.
A small, intimate group of smart, insightful women sounds like just your speed.
Ignite is NOT for you if:
You’re focused on a quantitative goal, like cranking out a book or a bunch of blog posts by the time we’re done.
You’re looking for a magic bullet or a foolproof formula that will make journaling a breeze.
You think introspective writing is some hippie nonsense.
You’re not open to trying new things, getting uncomfortable, or writing honestly.
“Working with Michelle has been a dream. I love how in tune she became with my vision and how supportive she is.“
- Amanda Folk, sunshinechasers.com
“I consider myself an introspective person, but even then, Michelle gave me the push I needed to go beyond *thinking* about things to actually writing them down. It made a HUGE difference for me.”
- Marissa Burdett, ampersand.co
You may be wondering…
How does the program work, exactly?
For each session, we’ll all dial into the same live video call (where we’ll see each other’s faces!) for a 90-minute-ish session. I’ll lead a conversation around a topic that relates to journaling, with some casual group chat interspersed throughout. Then we’ll switch gears, and do some quiet independent journaling before we wrap up.
What do I need for this program?
Just a few basics: a computer or device that’s equipped for video calls, free time on Wednesday evenings between January 9 and February 13, a notebook and a pen, a spirit of adventure, and a willingness to co-create a welcoming, encouraging space.
Wait, does that mean I have to show my face on camera?
Well… yes. But here’s the thing! I don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable. This is meant to help create the warm, welcoming feeling that Ignite is all about. Part of that feeling of intimacy I’m going for here is feeling like we’re in a room together. If you have big-time concerns about this and it’s the only thing holding you back, let’s chat.
What are the dates and times for the sessions?
We’ll meet for 6 weeks in a row, on Wednesday evenings. The dates are: January 9, 16, 23, and 30 and February 6 and 13. They’ll likely begin at 7pm EST. Also, these will be LIVE sessions, so please make sure to hold the dates!
Is this a course?
Nope! This is a live, highly interactive small group program. That means I’ll be much less of a formal instructor, and more of a facilitator. I’ll be offering plenty of suggestions, ideas, guidance, things to try, snippets of my personal experience, and more — but ultimately we’ll all be learning, sharing, experimenting, and growing together.
How much does it cost?
The cost of Ignite is $79.
Is there a community component?
I absolutely plan to check-in periodically with words of encouragement, and to facilitate some reflection and conversation between sessions — but it will be up to the cohort to help me decide what form that takes! (Will they be quick email touch-bases? A small closed Facebook group? A secret Instagram account where we all connect? It’s in your hands.)
What should I do to prepare for the program?
When you sign up, you’ll get a welcome email that will include a 10-page pre-work PDF full of gentle prompts, questions, and food-for-thought. Feel free to work through it at your own pace over the holidays, and take your time. It’s designed to get you primed and in the right headspace for when we get started on January 9!
What is your refund policy?
If you complete the pre-work and attend the entire first session and decide this program is not for you, you can contact me within 24 hours of the first session and I will issue a refund.
Join Ignite for $79
* Quick note! I can’t say for sure if this program will be offered again in 2019, or when that might be. So if you’re on the fence , now would be a good time to jump! And this is the lowest the price will ever be.
Registration closes at midnight on Friday, December 21.
So who’s leading this thing, anyway?
I’m Michelle – spreadsheet maker extraordinaire, collector of pretty notebooks, and un-ironic lover of Hall & Oates. Words like “empath,” “sensitive,” and “intuitive” have rang true for me for as long as I can remember. Eventually it inspired me to build this little corner of the internet, where I create and share introspective resources like this one for fellow smart, sensitive women.
I’d love to have you join us for Ignite! Hope to see you inside the program.