Thank you to many of the generous writers in my class, who are happy to share their work, in the hope that they can help you with your writing. Sharing these insights will inspire you.


Janet S.

Through her writing she realised she was carrying the role of wife and mother on for longer than was necessary. She had always cooked the dinner and done the washing up. However, she had done this doe 30 years. Now her children were older, she was tired of this part of her role. With gentle assertiveness, she and her family came to a new arrangement. If one person cooked, the others had to do the washing up.  She was happy to cook, but she resented the way the family all watched TV and she had to try to clean the kitchen while the advertisements were on. She also had another win with the new regime. She also resented watching murder mysteries every night. The images of horror disturbed her. Now she could enjoy the meal and then sidle off to a warm relaxing bath. And then do her journal writing. What was the lowest point of her day became the highlight of her day. Interestingly, she suffered from asthma, which had been getting worse over time.  However, her asthma started to ease off. She wrote a wonderful piece about how she was convinced that the mind influenced the body.

Susie D.

I had been so unhappy for so long that I thought that this was normal life. I did not realize that I could find happiness. I did have vague idea that I needed to change something but I was not sure what. And I was terrified of change – as everyone else around me seemed more or less happy. I was like a shell – that did not really care about anything much. Changing and caring sounded like hard work. But then I started writing in my journal and using my cards. I was thrilled when I found I did have some emotion. I was not a shell after all. I discovered that I was frustrated and even a little angry – with what I had let myself become. And this is when the change started.  I started to get clear on who I really was and what I wanted – and needed. And I knew then what I needed to do.  I felt like a patient recovering from a long sleep.  I suddenly found I had all this energy, this enthusiasm for life. Anything was possible. That is when I founded my business at aged 65– and have not looked back. Everyday I look forward to getting out of bed and getting on with the day. Thank goodness I took the plunge and allowed the change to happen.  I have a new lease on life and I honestly can’t believe how happy I am now.

Anne S.

I had an argument with my husband about our eldest boy, Alex, who was up to no-good.  My husband wanted to punish Alex severely, and I wanted Alex to talk to a counsellor. So I wrote down all the details in my journal. What Alex had done, what my husband said, what I said, and what Alex said. I also wrote about how I felt about the situation. I let it ‘all hang out’. I did not stop until I had said it all. When I finished writing, I stopped and took a deep breath. Then I reread what I had written. Next I picked a card for the day which said ‘identity’. I read the quotes for ‘identity’. I found one I really liked. So I wrote that down. Then I wrote about the argument – and our problem from that angle. Suddenly, it seemed clear to me what we needed to do with Alex. It was so simple and glaringly obvious. I knew it was the right thing to do. We needed help with this one, and my husband and I needed to talk to someone together first, so we were on the same page. We did not have expertise in this field. It was all new to us. We needed someone who had dealt with this situation before. Amazingly my husband agreed. Thankfully my journal took the brunt of all my emotion, so I could think clearly and carefully about our problem. I am so grateful for my journal – and the cards. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that we have a way forward. Plus my husband actually told the counsellor that he was relieved that I had thought of such a sensible solution.


I could not wait to get out of home. I had a mother who was always the center of attention. No matter what I did, she could do it better. She was a class act, and everyone watched her. She was the show pony and there was no room for me or anyone else. I thought that was how I was supposed to act. Until in high school, the kids there let me know that was not acceptable. My confidence was shattered and I became a recluse. I would spend most lunch time, in the library, reading. I believed that I was thoroughly unlovable and that I was unworthy. Years later, I came across an article on the narcissistic personality – and I was reading about her. That was when a light went on for me. I realized I had some negative beliefs that I wanted to sort out. I took up journal writing. Suddenly, I had a way to understand what had happened to me. Better still, I had a way to fix the problem. If only I had known in my school years what I know now. I tend to write last thing at night. It helps me download my day, so I can sleep at night. I have noticed that I don’t get nearly as many nightmares as I used to.

Margie K.

I actually enjoy being a mother and a wife. I must do because I had four children!  But I used to want to be perfect, the perfect mother, the perfect wife. Through my journal writing, I discovered that I don’t have to be perfect. Actually it was in one of my writing classes that another woman made this insight. Once I heard that I knew that was right for me too. It is amazing how many insights you can get from a writing class like this. So once I knew that was right I started writing about it for me, and I got a whole lot of other insights – one after the other. Funny how you can hear something that rings true for you. That is what happened to me. I just picked up that thread and kept writing. Such a revelation!! Such a relief!

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