The 30 Day Journal Project

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Journey: 30 Day Journal Project
Our theme for the 2017 30 Day Journal Project is the Creative Journey.

What people are saying:

“This is THE BEST on-line journaling I have done! The quotes are great and the prompts are thought (and soul) provoking.”

“I’ve never been big on journaling, but something told me to join this monthlong adventure. Everyday I find that I’m so looking forward to receiving the day’s prompts. What is happening for me with this process, is that I’m really able to find myself in the middle of the words and sentences that I am writing. There really is a “me” that’s been waiting to be discovered, that was buried under the rest of my life. Thank you Lisa Sonora for this powerful offer you have gifted us.
— Suzanne McRae

“I’ve been keeping written journals since I was a child and been on a healing journey of sorts for some time but there is something about working through the prompts and reading about your work and experiences that has unlocked something in me that I didn’t even know needed unlocking.” 

“Last year, my (new) boyfriend and I did the 30 day journal challenge, and loved it. We shared our journals at the end, and read everything the other wrote. It gave us good insight into ourselves and each other.”

What if 10,000 a million people journaled together for 30 Days?

This is the audacious idea that launched the very first 30 Day Journal Project in January, 2014.

Since then, thousands have participated from around the globe.

For many, it was the very first time they dared to face the blank page.

So many people wrote in to say:

“Wow – I never journaled before, and this project inspired me to begin.”

Other participants are experienced writers, coaches, and creatives – many who teach daily writing and creativity themselves!

Blank Pages and Pretty Pencils for 30 Day Journal Project

Why I created the 30 Day Journal Project

Creative journaling is my number one tool as an artist and creative entrepreneur.

I designed this project to help you discover the magic that happens when you journal for 30 days.

30 days of prompts and ideas to inspire, motivate, and en-Courage you, with creative community to support you. That’s my intention.

I’ve done every one of these Journaling Challenges since you started them, and with every one I intend to get one thing out of it and at the end wind up getting something else entirely — I think that’s where the magic is.

The other magic is that I ALWAYS get something out of it, and I often startle myself with some insight or brainstorm or perspective that makes me sit after, pencil in hand, and say “WOW! Where the heck did THAT come from??”

How it works:

The 30 Day Journal Project brings you 30 days of inspiration and journaling prompts for 30 days, delivered right to your email address.

It’s free to participate. Just pop you email in the box at the top of this page, and you’re in!

You may also elect to participate in the paid, online workshop, or purchase the project printables.

However you decide to participate – I’m very happy to guide you!

Learn to Make a 30 Day Visual Journal

Journey Workshop with Lisa Sonora

JOURNEY: 30 Day Journal Online Workshop

Come on in to my studio in Mexico (via Video!) where I’ll show you how to create two different kinds of handmade journals for your JOURNEY: 30 Day Journal Project.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • NO art or writing experience is required
  • Use simple supplies you probably already have on hand
  • Step-by-step video tutorials
  • Learn my Quick & Easy (aka LAZY) journaling methods
  • INCLUDES Journey Printables and more surprises!
  • New content will be added to the workshop  – and you’ll have lifetime access!

Get this workshop now at a huge “new workshop launch” savings for a limited time. Save $50 when you register now.

Use the Coupon Code: HAPPY when you check out.

Buy Now: Journey Online Workshop



Journey Workshop | $77 $27 with coupon code: HAPPY

Happy Journaling!

 30 Day Journal Printables

Journey: 30 Day Journal Project printablesIf you struggle with writing…

When I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.

Get ALL 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs

BUY NOW: Journey Printables




Click the link below to purchase now:

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My goal with this project is to help you discover the power and magic of regular creative journaling.

Whether you are brand new to journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, the following two methods of using these printable prompts will make it fast and easy to get going.

More Printables!

Looking for the printables for the previous 30 Day Journal Project themes?

Make your writing a fun, easy, happy habit! 

Each set of Printables gives you all 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs.

When I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project in 2014, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.


2016 FIRE: Fire: 30 Day Journal Project Printables Badge30 Day Journal Project Printables

Get ALL 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs

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2015 FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project Printables

Get ALL 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs


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ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project Printables

2014 ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project Printables

Get ALL 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs

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My goal with this project is to help you discover the power and magic of regular creative journaling.

Whether you are brand new to journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, the following two methods of using these printable prompts will make it fast and easy to get going.

How To Use Your Printables

Method #1: DIY 3-Ring Binder Journal

  • Use the first set of layouts to create a DIY journal. There is space in between each journaling prompt to do your writing on the page.
  • Print out the first set of layouts.
  • Punch holes in the left side of the page to fit a 3-ring binder.
  • Add pages to a pretty 3-ring binder (with optional 1-31 index tabs).

Method #2: Cut & Paste

  • The second set of layouts uses some decorative fonts that mimic old rubber stamps (for the day numbers) and a script for the quotes. Print, cut, paste into an existing journal.
  • Snip out the journal prompts from the page (they are closer together to save paper)
  • Paste the prompts you want to journal to into an existing journal of your choice.

Printables TIPS

  • Experiment with printing on pretty shades of paper – my favorite looks like brown Kraft paper
  • Experiment with changing the page or paper size when you print for different effects
  • Paste on top of your doodles, drawings, painted pages, collage for easy layers and texture

NEW! I’ve just a set of printables for the ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project – which was never available until now. Enjoy!

Quick Purchase Links

The following links will take you directly to the purchase page for each Printables set of prompts.

2017 – JOURNEY: 30 Day Journal Project Printables

2016 – FIRE: 30 Day Journal Project Printables

2015 – FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project Printables

2014 – ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project Printables

New! The 30 Day Journal Project has a brand new site of its own!Not Your Typical Dear Diary Stuff

Because writing saved my life, I have this passion project: To turn everyone on to the magic and power of regular, private writing.

So yeah, this is journal writing, in the sense that most people think of journals as something you keep private. But I’m not talking about Dear Diary stuff.

Journal Writing as a Spiritual & Psychological Tool

Journal writing is a spiritual and emotional power tool when we learn how to use it as self-inquiry.

I wish someone had showed me how to write and keep a journal this way. Because boy, did I ever have to slog through a lot of boring, seeming pointless writing before I realized how journaling could really help me.

In the 30 Day Journal Project, I’ve gathered up inspiration from 3o different writers, artists, philosophers and poets. Their words inspire my writing, and I create several writing prompts to share with you.

The writing prompts in the 30 Day Journal Project are potent questions you can use to answer any dilemma you are facing.

Radical wonderings. Ways to access your own inner wisdom, guidance and answers. This is why I keep a journal, and it’s as life-giving as it is life-changing.

But it’s better if you just try it for yourself and don’t take my word for it.

Are you in?!


262 Responses to The 30 Day Journal Project

  1. Anne February 11, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    Hi Lisa — I’m in too. Enjoying the surprises that show up on the page.
    By the wya — Any chance your webmaster can put the newest responses/comments first on your webpage? I kept seeing comments from summer of 2014 and didn’t realize you had new ones from current participants in February 2017. Glad to hear from others!

    • Lisa Sonora February 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Anne – Thanks for your suggestion about the comments – DONE! Glad you are enjoying the prompts.

      • jane martin March 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm #

        This is Jane Martin, and I have somehow missed getting day 8 and day 24, could you please send thoses out to me?
        Loved this journal project.

  2. Jeanette February 6, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

    Hello, is it too late to join the online workshop with discount?

    Thank you, Jeanette in Australia

  3. Katerina February 2, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for this labor of love that you share with the world. My intention this year is to connect more consistently to daily practices. I’ve done these before, but tend to fizzle out. I’m feeling happy about the journey theme – looking forward to being more present and to being creative everyday- thanks for the support in this!

    • Lisa Sonora February 3, 2017 at 9:41 am #

      Hi Katerina! What do you suppose tends to create the fizzle out for you? I’d love to hear from others, too on this subject! You know you you are!

  4. Carolyn B February 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Did the prompt go out today?

  5. Kelly January 31, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    This is my first 30 day journaling experience…I’m excited to see if I can commit myself to it..I’ve tried journaling in the past with no success..My fear has always been what happens if I die and someone finds it and reads mom had 20 journals when she passed away..a part of me wanted to read them to know what she fad struggled with all her life and then the other part of me decided I didn’t need to know..I loved her no matter what she faced..So again I’m excited to see if I can stick to this

  6. Carolyn B January 31, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    I’m so excited! I have been on a journey for the past year to pack up 26 years of life and move from Long Island, NY to FL. After becoming a widow, I knew what I wanted/needed to change. Now, a month into my new home, I am starting on a new journey. Deep breath in, slow breath out and GO!!!!

    Thank you Lisa!

  7. Melody Green January 24, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    This is my 3rd 30 Day journal project with you Lisa and i’m so glad we’re looking at journey because I’ve been feeling this desire for journeying is a counterpoint to my year’s word – HOME. can’t wait for 01/02!

    Thank you!

  8. Susann January 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m here & I’m in! ! I’ve done every one of your Journal challenges since you started them, Lisa, and can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time & love you put into each one. Thank you so much. Every one brings its own special challenge — this year I’m housebound, miserable, bad-tempered & in pain after tearing a muscle in my back just before Christmas, so I shall be very interested indeed to see what I’ll be bringing to the table each day, and what daily journaling will be bringing to ME. LOL! Happy 2017, everyone — may the year be filled with wonderful things for all.

    • Lisa Sonora January 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

      Susann, So sorry to hear you are “housebound, miserable, bad-tempered & in pain”…. blah! But I’m so glad you’ll be joining in the next 30 Day Journal Project! JOURNEY will be just the ticket – no pun intended, really – for traveling around without leaving home. Can’t wait to see what you do.

  9. Donna Mckenzie January 3, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Thank you Lisa !!

    I always long to sit down and just write however I let life get in the way so once again I will sign up to take the 30 day journal with you. And thanks for the opportunity, you are right I am a wonderful writer it’s time …. I am loving the different approach I am taking for myself not speaking the short comings that flood in when I make the decision to write…

    Thanks again Lisa for the opportunity 🙂

  10. Lynn January 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    Can’t wait for the new prompts Lisa. Thank you once again for doing this….and a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!

  11. Melody Green January 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Here I am again! Can’t wait for this 30 Day Journal Challenge.

  12. Bicky November 27, 2016 at 12:24 am #

    Is it possible to do the 30 Day Journal Challenge again? If so, will the prompts be differ the second time around? Really enjoying the journaling and want to keep it up!!

    • Lisa Sonora January 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

      Bicky – Please see the brand new JOURNEY: 30 Day Journal Project registration above. It’s NOW open! Welcome! The prompts are different, each year had it’s own theme.

  13. Jodi Thomas November 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    Here is my day 27 mantra… this was a great exercise!!! 🙂 Doubtful feelings… BE GONE!! I am a SURVIVOR – I shall OVERCOME!

  14. Donna Mckenzie September 2, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    So what do I need to do Lisa to make sure I am in on this journalling session? I am very excited about this.

  15. Anab September 2, 2016 at 12:49 am #

    Wow Lisa!!! So we’re more than 10,000????? Woooooooooo!!!!

  16. ola hesham June 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    Hi there,

    I subscribed on the 18th to this challenge and I received only one day prompt,and I checked the spam box, there is nothing from you

    Is there anything I can do to receive the rest? or what should I do?

    Thanks a lot.

    • Lisa Sonora June 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi Ola – sorry you just received the one day! We’re in the process of moving the challenge to a new mailing list service – so will make sure you get notice when it is live. This will take up to a few weeks. Sorry for the inconvenience – but this will make everything work much more smoothly.

      • ola hesham June 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

        okayyy, great, I will wait for it 🙂

        Really excited about it.

  17. Shelley Firth February 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    I started late. My mantra for today is:

    Be persistent in my creation of art and well-being.
    Be lighted I am a healing artist.

  18. Janine February 2, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    Don’t quite know how I found this!!
    It is just what I need, but I see the project ran in January, and it is now February.
    Can I access the resources, I am very eager.
    Will this project be offered again??
    I really hope you are able to respond¡!!
    Thanks so much

  19. Karyn January 31, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    Much gratitude for your Journalling Project. Loved the whole process of being open to whatever arises in the exploration and the connection of a daily email. Creative Fire is always here smouldering and when flames are needed it only takes a few puffs of aliveness and everything turns to ***JOY***
    Wishing you every joy on your creative journey, life!!

  20. Diana BunnyKissd Bukowski January 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    Hi! I am late to the party (just discovered it today!); is there any way to get the prompts I missed?

  21. Loralei January 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    I signed up, but didn’t get an email?? Will try again …

    • Loralei January 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

      Ahhh… I figured it out… looking forward to participating!

    • Lisa Sonora January 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

      Sometimes there is a delay in receiving the email – up to an hour or so depending upon your mail server and whatever Internet traffic jams are going on. 🙂

  22. Laurie January 1, 2016 at 1:22 am #

    Count me in. 🙂

  23. Lydia December 31, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

    Hi Lisa! I am very excited about the 30 day journal project! I love to write yet don’t write enough. The “Fire” sounds like a perfect way for my inner tiger self to welcome 2016! I am looking forward to connecting and sharing also! Thank you so much for this gift to start the new year! 🙂

  24. Jackie December 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    I just found this and joined up straight away, I’ve had many moments of enthusiastically starting to journal or starting “morning pages” and then have, for whatever reason, not been able to keep it up. Maybe it’s because I feel “blocked” and am a little afraid as to what might be underneath?! Also, rather stuck, but this new year, I want to make changes, I just need to find the right support and warmth. Thank you, thank you for encouraging me to try again!! xx

  25. Anna December 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    I am looking forwards to journaling together, mine has for years been what I call “head dumping” often to clear my heart so my head will let me sleep.That said, I am about to get this year’s diary out and do a review so I will have had some focus before we start together in January…when I will move house and start a new job…all muchly exciting! ?

  26. Susann December 30, 2015 at 1:50 am #

    Well, I’ve done FLOW & I’ve done ROOT — twice — and I can hardly wait to dive into FIRE. I don’t have the time (I never do, or so I tell myself) & I know that around Day 12 I’ll start trying to convince myself to just collect the prompts and not worry about doing the journaling part, that life’s in the way, that I can catch up later . . . but you know what? I won’t. One thing I’ve learned from these challenges is that I come up with excuses to quit when I’m on the threshold of getting into some Good Stuff. Hard stuff, usually. But Good. And that if I just ignore the little voice telling me to quit or postpone, *that’s* when it really starts to get interesting. So once again — thanks, Lisa! It’s always a wild ride with lots of unexpected bumps & detours & discoveries — what a great way to start 2016!

    • Lisa Sonora December 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

      Susann – The word that stands out for me here is: threshold.

      So happy to have you joining in again for 2016! Buckle up!

  27. Anab December 29, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    Weeeee!excited!!!! It’s my third year!Thank you Lisa!!!are we 10,000 yet? 🙂

  28. Molly December 29, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    Thanks so much for doing this, Lisa. And…..I so appreciate your human-ness about making a mistake with the first email. We’re ALL bozos on this bus, so let’s rock-on!!!!! Truly, what you offer is a gift. Thank you.

  29. Joy December 29, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m so excited (and a little nervous) to do this again! Stoked about the theme!

  30. Meg October 14, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    are you still doing this project? It is exactly what I’ve been needing for a very, very long time. I have always wanted to become a published writer, but fear stemming from my earliest childhood memories (I grew up in a time when if you went to college, it was for the express purpose of GETTING A JOB, and writing wasn’t seen as something stable!) has kept me from actually starting. Time to wash that s+++ down the drain! looking forward to seeing what unfurls here

    • Lisa Sonora October 21, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      Hi Meg – yes – the project is still happening! We’ll start a brand new 30 Day Journal Project right here on January 1, 2016.

      • Lynn Fisher October 21, 2015 at 10:30 am #

        That’s awesome news! I’ll share it with my journal group. New theme?
        Best. : )


  31. yoli redero August 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    I received welcome email and one post but none since. I don’t see the posts on your website. What am I doing wrong?

  32. Katie Weas July 10, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Lisa. My emails keep coming sporadically. I got Days 1-5 but I never got 6 or 7. When I went in on day 7 to look at my account, it said that I wasn’t subscribed. I checked the box and I did get Day 8 the next day but I have not gotten 9 or 10.

  33. MarySue Foster July 4, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    I signed up again, got an immediate response in my mailbox, clicked on the link and it took me to the blog page, where I saw Sign Up Here for the 30 day journal, which took me back to this page. Am not getting prompts and don’t see where to go to pick them up myself. Help!!

    • Fru July 7, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

      Missed the day 7 prompt again 🙁 i dont have it in my mail 🙁

  34. Sandra July 3, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    I’ve been keeping journals for almost 30 years now and I have dozens of them. However, I sometimes need a bit of a push to re-creativize myself so that I use my journals to their full potential. This is where you come in Lisa (drumroll please!). I draw in my journals quite a bit too, so they also function as sketchbooks. I like them to be visually stimulating, particularly if I’ve had a banal few days and haven’t written anything particularly profound.
    Thanks for this opportunity!

  35. Rufina July 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    I signed up for the free 30 day journaling workshop. I did not get any confirmation nor any worksheets on 1st 2nd or 3rd July. Nothing in my junk folder too. Would appreciate receiving a response. Many thanks

    • Lisa Sonora July 4, 2015 at 6:05 am #

      You might try signing up again – sometimes the email is typed in wrong… also check through the whole Q&A section above for other tips to make sure you get emails from me. Thanks!

  36. MarySue Foster July 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I signed up but have not received a prompt — check my odd folders — no luck. Now what??

  37. Fru July 2, 2015 at 12:00 am #

    Hiya!:). I dont think i’ve gotten my day 1 yet. I have received the confirmation tho. I’m from the Philippines 🙂

    • Lisa Sonora July 4, 2015 at 6:08 am #

      Please check through the whole Q&A section above for tips to make sure you get emails from me. Check your spam and promotions tabs – and if the emails are in there, move to your inbox to receive them. Thanks!

  38. Deborah July 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    Is it too late to formally participate in this journaling opportunity? I am new to your site and am an experienced journaler and could use the structure and support of this community and your prompts. I hope this is something that I can participate in with you.

    • Lisa Sonora July 1, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

      Deborah – go ahead and sign up – you’ll get the day one prompt right away, and one each day thereafter for 30 days. People will be jumping in at different times, so you’re in great company. Welcome!

  39. Christine July 1, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    I received my email confirmation when I registered but I didn’t receive the first email prompt today and I am very excited to get started. How do I find the “Free” prompt/printable so I can get started today? 🙂

    • Lisa Sonora July 1, 2015 at 11:34 am #

      The emails go out in the wee hours Central time… it’s a big list, so it can take around 5 hours for everyone to receive theirs. 🙂

      Each day during the “live” project, right now it’s July 1-30 – you can go to my blog, and see the day’s prompt, they are posted just after midnight Central time.

      Thanks so much for participating!

  40. Barbara June 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Never received my confirmation.

  41. Judith Tetley June 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    Hi Lisa; thankyou for your generous free offer. I’ve been in creative mode all my life and had an Art journal going for awhile but only embarked on a serious ‘Visual Art’ learning journey in October 2014. I have completed Flora Bowleys ‘Bloom True’ on-line course and am in love with creative layering. Am currently participating in Alena Hennessey’s ‘Year of Painting’ on-line class and Tracey Verdugo’s ‘Animalitos Workshop’. In response to requests I have designed my own ‘Freestyle Painting’ Art Class and currently have 18 students in two groups discovering the joy of Art. A components of my class are both painting with ‘Intuition’ and painting with ‘Intention’ but using the initial freestyle layering to get the intentional painting going. I am personally wanting to do more work in journals to have as a resource on where I am at with my life/art and also to practice a variety of ways of writing; letters etc plus collage…whatever! I have a personal development component in my class which calls on the students to open their minds to their “inner self”. I am wanting to offer them pathways to more opportunities to work on their own personal journey of healing the inner self with Art. This opportunity you offer is a perfect example of what I wish to advise them about. However; my class does not end until the 18th July, which is too late to start. So; I will let them know to look out for your next one.

  42. Cody Doll June 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    I love this idea. I think my biggest thing is that since I am working on an updated journal, I always want to go back and catch up but that makes me behind because then I’m not journaling about today. I think I might just predate my pages to help combat that.

  43. maggie ervin June 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    Thank you. I look forward to inspire and be inspired. Create love joy

  44. Cristina Parus (CreativeMAG) June 25, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    That is a wonderful Idea! I has a similar project back in January, when I started 30 portraits in 30 days! It was so nice to have to post every day a new face! Of course, I’ve made my choice with portraits because I’m into drawing faces, and now I am considering to restart my February challenge – 30 days of abstract faces 😉

  45. Fru June 24, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Im totally new to this journaling thing. I love pens i love notebooks. I like throwinn free verses but it’s so incomplete or blank. I hope to discover more about mysefl and journaling!

  46. Karen June 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Thank you for the gift! Just heard your interview in the Painting Guru!

  47. Sandra Wiley June 16, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    I am not sure if I am registering for the 30 Day Journal Workshop by responding here. I would like to register for it, to start July 1 and for FREE!!?? So lovely!!! Thank you, Sandra

    • Lisa Sonora June 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

      Sandra- the way to register for the 30 Day Journal Project workshop is to scroll up and add your email inside the box where it asks you to add your email.

  48. Trish June 16, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    Thank you so much Lisa for this wonderful gift. It will be a new thing for me and I am looking forward to seeing where it takes me.

  49. Catherine June 11, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    I love the thought of flow! My life has been so chaotic lateley, it seems that I’m making decisions from fear and negativity. Time to go with it…the flow…to just be.

    You are calling to me…

  50. Kathleen Theriault June 11, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Please add me to the 30 day journaling challenge.

  51. Susan T June 11, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    Looking forward to the challenge of journaling for the first time!

  52. Melody June 11, 2015 at 5:20 am #

    I did this last year and found it so wonderful to do I books for the Magic Book program – which I am really enjoying.

    So yes please! I’d like to do this again!

    Thanks for creating a doable journal program of deliciousness!


  53. Tammy haman June 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    So this will be my first journaling experience. I have stared at the blank page before but words don’t flow easily. I feel like maybe I keep hitting the same wall which makes it hard to do anything but scratch the surface. I’m hoping this will help me break through the wall and be more aware of those inner thoughts.

  54. m June 10, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Hi Lisa~
    I’m thrilled that you are doing this course again. I love it!
    My current journaling challenge is that I keep saying the same things/making the same lists, and feel like I am getting nowhere. In actuality, I probably am getting somewhere, but the pace feels frustratingly slow. I need new angles and approaches, deeper questions that turn the locks inside like keys. I always seem to get that from these journal courses with you, and I have no doubt that will happen again.
    But, in the meantime, if you (or anyone else) has any suggestions on ways to shake things up and get unstuck from a journaling rut, I would love it.
    Warmly ~M

  55. ellen June 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    can’t wait!! count me in lisa!!!

  56. Kelley Fewer June 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    Well, it seems we’re going to meet on the pages once again! Looking forward to it!

  57. Adriane May 29, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Lisa, you wonderful soul, you! I loved the first 30-Day Journaling project!

    While I didn’t do all of the prompts daily, it did get me back to my visual journaling and I felt creatively renewed.

    My challenge (between working multiple jobs, responsibilities and other creative projects) is to not let it fall by the wayside. I have given myself permission to not be hard on myself when I don’t do it in a regimented manner but also to leave space for it when get to it.

    Thank you for this beautiful offering!

    In gratitude,
    Adriane <3

  58. Katherine Middleton January 22, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    Are you still having technical issues with the FLOW 30 Day journal prompts. I have 14 of them, but don’t know where to access anything after that. Help???

    • Lisa Sonora January 23, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      Katherine – we had tech issues that were resolved after a couple of days. Sorry you didn’t get them all.
      I’m working on an index of all the prompts now – and once we get past day 30, I’ll see if I can cue up a new set of emails for those who want them.

  59. Darlene Rose DeMaria January 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    Lisa, I really wanted to sign up and be part of this journal community for the 30 day project. I got very lost in the sign up process. Is there any chance I can still sign up. I really would love to share. From my heart,
    Darlene Rose DeMaria

  60. Emily Morgan January 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    Hi Lisa! I’m loving the new prompts…so many things to think about. I also didn’t get day four and five in my inbox…is there a way to sign up again? I didn’t see the little sign up box. I thought yesterday was just a fluke…but now I’m desperate! 😉 Hoping to get some more information soon. Happy Monday!

  61. Tracee Vetting Wolf January 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    I’m signed up/subscribed three times (once on one email address and twice on my other) and I also didn’t get anything yesterday or today. The first three came fine.

  62. Nell January 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I received the 1st 3 days in my email, like clockwork, but the 4th, and today, the 5th, I did not receive, and they are not in my spam folder or anywhere else. I would love to still receive them in my email box if possible!
    Thanks for the inspiring work, I have broken out supplies that have sat on the shelf far too long!

    • Suzi Peetros January 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

      Same here Nell. I don’t know if re-registering will help. If I don’t get tomorrow’s prompt that’s what I’ll try. Do check the website as she posts the daily prompt there.

  63. Lynn January 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    I didn’t get today’s either…so odd, they are usually very prompt. Oh well. : )
    It is a full moon!

  64. Miranda January 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    I didn’t get today’s email, I already checked the junk mail folder. Could I have it again please?

    • Lisa Sonora January 5, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      Claudia, Miranda, Lynn – sorry you didn’t see the prompt in your email. They are sent out in batched from the server – so it can take up to five hours for them all to delivered. This is so the emails signed up for are not viewed as spam – something my server does, not me. 🙂

      To get today’s prompt- simply go to the front page of my blog. I’m posting the quotes and prompts on my site this time, b/c of the email snafus – which always happen when sending so many thousands of emails every day.

      • Debra Marrs January 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

        Thank you for pointing us in the right direction, Lisa. I received Days 1-3 also but not Days 4-5 via email. Will check blog homepage. Thank you.

  65. Seth January 4, 2015 at 2:20 am #

    For some reason I did not receive the link to the Facebook group in my email. Could you send it to me please?

  66. Val Thorpe December 31, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    I’m in too….:D very excited

  67. Lorinda December 30, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Hello Lisa!
    Thank you for doing this again! I am sooo excited about journaling with you again this year! A friend and I did it “together” last winter, even though we were on two different continents (she was in Africa and I’m in Europe). Even though I didn’t share my work on the FB page, she and I encouraged each other in our attempts. I am going to get my kids to do this one with me this year. It will be fun to have a daily creative activity that we can discuss and share (if we want to). We home school and have a big table where we work and create, and we just pile all of our arts and craft supplies in the middle of it and go at it. Thanks again, Lisa!

    • Lisa Sonora December 31, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      Lorinda: What a great idea to involve your kids! I hope you share a photo of your big work table at some point – I just love seeing how and where others do their creative work.

  68. Clemencia December 30, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    I am so excited to start, thank you so much for such a generosity 🙂

  69. candy December 12, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    it says I cannot sign up not enough credit for campain????

    • Lisa Sonora December 12, 2014 at 7:23 am #

      Hi Candy – The issue is fixed now, thanks for letting me know. (So many signed up at once – created a jam!)

      If you refresh your browser, you should be able to sign up now. Fingers crossed!

  70. shaz mcneil December 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    so excited to join in as we FLOW into 2015 🙂

  71. Sunny December 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    I want to do this. I have to go back through and figure out how to join. I think this is exactly what I need.

    • Lisa Sonora December 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      sunny – just pop your email address into the sign up box – that’s all you need to do and you’re in!

  72. Victoria December 5, 2014 at 4:16 am #

    This sounds brilliant, looking forward to joining in from 1 Jan!

  73. carmelle Tidd December 4, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you so much for holding another Free 30 Day Journaling session. I really enjoyed the one held last October. Looking forward to the one in January 2015!

  74. Pat December 4, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Thank you for doing this 30 day journal project again. I did it last year and it was awesome. I have not spent as much time in my journal this year as i would like. Thanks for helping me to get off to a good start in 2015.

  75. Miranda November 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    I just found this, and would still like do take part on my own if that’s possible???? I hope!

    • Lisa Sonora November 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Miranda – YES! stay tuned, a new signup is coming very shortly! I can’t wait!

  76. Martha Pedersen September 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    I was traveling a lot in August and archived your emails so I can do the project in October. However, I don’t have the August 26th email. Is there an easy way for me to get it?
    Thank you.

  77. Ronda September 2, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    30 Day Journal for August 2014 accomplished! This journal commitment was fun, interesting and exhausting. I set other things aside just to finish the day’s prompts and page. I used both legible and cryptic handwriting then added collage and paint. Most pages one cannot read my personal comments. Some pages revel themselves more clearly. This journal was a lesson in color, creativity and discipline. I will not burn this altered journal so I may revisit it on occasion.
    Thank you, Lisa

  78. Adrienne Knight August 23, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    In 100% of any honest journalling, I have ripped it up and destroyed it upon re-reading it at a later date. It is always too revealing in a way I never want to see again. I dislike it intensely every single time. Tricky huh?

    • Lisa Sonora August 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      Adrienne – In my experience, the process of doing the writing, or creating is what is important. It really is like taking a journey somewhere. Maybe the most exciting journey is just this: the one we take internally.

      We don’t need to look at the artifacts of the journey again. The experience stays with us.

      If the artifacts make us uncomfortable, by all means shred, burn, discard!

      I have kept very little of my own artifacts, my journals and sketchbooks routinely get turned to ash.

      I believe that part of the creative process — especially when we are doing it as a very regular creative practice — has to be deciding what artifacts we keep or not and to find our own peace with whatever we decide.

      All part of the journey!

      • Adrienne Knight August 25, 2014 at 8:42 am #

        Thank you Lisa. I will shred away then!

  79. Wendy @ the Late Start Studio August 9, 2014 at 4:37 am #

    Ha! I chose the appropriate name when I thought up Late Start Studio . . . it’s the 9th of August and I’m just coming on board!

  80. Olivia August 8, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    Thank you very much for sending me the 7th challenge Ms. Sonora! I really appreciate it! I’m not sure why I couldn’t find it in my inbox yesterday

    • Lisa Sonora August 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      Olivia – I believe there was a blip in the Internet continuum and there was a delay on Day 7. My server is sending out a ton more email than usual with this project, so it raised some spam flags, I believe.

      We’re rolling with it!

  81. marie capizzi August 7, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    I keep trying to sign up on this email address and and getting the error message: “not enough credit”. Can you help?

    • Lisa Sonora August 8, 2014 at 12:56 am #

      Marie – Your email address is in the system, along with one of your gmail addresses – What you need to do next is open your confirmation email and click the link inside. Please check your spam or promotions folders if you don’t see it in your inbox.

      We cannot send emails to unconfirmed addresses. So please confirm. Thanks!

      • Dawn August 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

        Hey Lisa, Hope you are doing okay! Are you going to continue this challenge? I really hope so!!!

        • Lisa Sonora August 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

          Dawn – Oh yes!
          I’m recovering from food poisoning all – who aren’t aware – nasty bout of Salmonella. But I’m getting back to *my* version of normal. Ha ha.

          As for the prompts – they are all cued up ahead of time – although I do go in an add things and sometimes changes stuff.

  82. Lynn Morrissey August 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Yes, I did get Day 7.
    Great series.

    • Jennifer August 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm #


      I’d be so grateful if you would forward it to me.

      jenjenns [at] gmail [dot] com

      • Jean August 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

        If Day 7 gets forwarded, please let me know…..I would be so thankful……:)

  83. Jennifer August 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    I didn’t receive Day 7 either. Did anyone receive it? I didn’t receive Day 1 either, but was so grateful that someone posted the inspirational quote and journal prompts.

    If someone received Day 7, I’d appreciate it if you would share it here with us. I’ve been so appreciating the the 30 Day Journal Project so far and don’t want it to stop because of an email glithc.

  84. Jean August 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    I did not receive Day 7? It is not in spam and all the others have come through just fine? Will it be sent?

    • Lisa Sonora August 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      Subscribers to the project – please check your email today for a special surprise – an index with links to the daily prompts. Yee haw!

  85. Tracee Vetting Wolf August 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Doesn’t look like Day 7 came out …

  86. Cheryl August 7, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    I get an error message not enough credit, am I too late to the dance?

    • Lisa Sonora August 8, 2014 at 12:59 am #

      Cheryl – Your email address is in the system, along with one of your gmail addresses – What you need to do next is open your confirmation email and click the link inside. Please check your spam or promotions folders if you don’t see it in your inbox.

      We cannot send emails to unconfirmed addresses. So please confirm. Thanks!

  87. Deborah August 3, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    Hi, yes, same story for me re: day 1. Nothing in the junk folder so I guess there was a glitch. I hope the prompt can be sent out again. Thanks!

  88. Lynn Morrissey August 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    I didn’t receive Day One, and was sad because I knew it would not be sent again. But now I see that others didn’t receive it either. I’m wondering if there were a glitch?

  89. Kori Vincent August 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    The same thing happened to me. I checked my junk, it wasn’t there either. I got day #2 but, #1 is no where to be found. Maybe you could post it somewhere?

    Love & hugs

    • Debra Marrs August 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Yep, same here. Did not receive a Day 1 email but Day 2 is a-okay. Checked spam and all other filters. Nada. Thanks for looking into this for us, Lisa.

  90. Anab August 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    I did not received my day 1…i’m starting with day 2 instead. but i’d be glad to see day 1. thank you!!!

  91. ann August 2, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Hola! I am registered for the 30 days of Root!! Excited, but haven’t received the prompts, check spam etc and nothing. It is August 2… Thank you!

    • Lisa Sonora August 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

      ann – your email is registered – the stats say it was delivered, and unopened.

  92. kaellyn moss August 1, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    my biggest challenge in journaling is maintaining daily consistency and experiencing what comes out as something with impact….or finding real value beyond my momentary experience in what I am doing….so it comes up as, why bother? who will see it? who will be moved and inspired by it? Does i even really speak to me in a transformative way….and yet I am inextricably drawn to express in images and words. Thank you, Lisa. You continue to be an inspiration to me. xo

    • Lisa Sonora August 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

      Kaellyn – great questions to ask in your journal.

      Another tip: what if you asked these same questions of your spiritual practice(s)? Try that in your journal, too. Would love to hear more about what you find.

      I think of what we are doing here as a spiritual practice – with art supplies.

  93. Julie July 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    My biggest journaling challenge came in the form of my sweet baby, 10 months ago. I journaled daily for years, and I’m a big fan of Lisa. Now I nurse and change diapers. I need this motivation to carve out time to start again!

  94. Laurie Clayton July 31, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Found you just in the nick of time! Excited to get my journaling on!

  95. Dianne July 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    I have the most difficulty keeping a consistent practice (journaling frequently). I am a huge procrastinator so I have a hard time just getting down to the journaling part and faff around a lot with prepping pages and gathering supplies.

  96. Heather July 31, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Looking forward to this, I started out strong last time and then sort of fizzled, but not this time!
    My biggest challenge in journaling is just letting my thoughts out without trying to solve them all the time.. I want to “fix” whatever is going on and I have a difficult time just letting the truth spill out and letting the healing from the revealing unfold!

  97. lena July 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Lisa, I’m so happy to have signed up for Roots, even though I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with not having my stuff, leaving Antigua to spend a few days in Mex. City, traveling back to San Miguel, etc. But I am undaunted, because IF NOT NOW, WHEN????

    • Lisa Sonora August 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

      Lena – I get it! The moving around is a great time to explore rootedness and what that means to you right now.

      I’m also traveling again for several weeks beginning August 26 – before we finish the 30 days, and this has me nervous, as I get so discombobulated when I’m moving around so much and not in my own space. Nervous about how my daily practice will be affected.

      I’m aware of it ahead of time, and have a nice portable journal, plus I want to challenge myself…so…this helps me let go and embrace what is. I’ll likely riff on whatever is happening at the moment, using the prompts as a jumping off place.

  98. Amy Maricle July 31, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Hi Lisa:

    I love your energy and your initiatives. Thanks so much for sponsoring this. I am working on a new project myself online and this inspires and encourages me. Be well and keep on keeping on.



  99. Jen E July 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Hi, Lisa (and creative company!)

    I tend to have the last on my own list syndrome, so I’m signing up to try and get in touch with myself again on deeper levels after decades of taking care of everyone else first. Still dealing with elder care, plus commuting to teach college classes in advertising & graphic design and adult painting classes — which basically means that I’m helping everyone else with life and creativity issues and haven’t had any time or energy left to do my own work/play. Also, since I do get around to sporadic fits of journal writing but have not really tried integrating verbals with visuals, am thinking that will give me more perspective on some life shifts I’m getting ready to make.

  100. Lynn Morrissey July 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Looking forward to it. I tried to participate last time, but the timing wasn’t good. Thanks for offering it again!

    So . . . we are you moving? =]

  101. Carina Karlsson July 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Several people I know are participating, “Wahoo, all aboard, lets rock this month of August!”

  102. Leslie Grollman July 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    I am so in need of ROOT-ing for my creative endeavors! The timing is perfect…….

  103. Tamara Moan July 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I’m excited to be joining this journaling project. I’ve been grinding away at a “regular” job this past year but am on the verge of changing up my schedule in favor of more creative time. My hope and expectation is that the journal will launch me again into all the projects and ideas that have been on hold for too long. Thanks for this opportunity!

  104. Tracee Vetting Wolf July 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    I’m realizing more and more what it is I’m wanting from this experience. This one came to me today: I’m wanting to get better at “lather” — taking an idea, thought, feeling and layering it with substance and meaning — building it up so it’s more graspable. I’d like to practice that more fully and get a better hang of it! I feel like right now I wimp out on that and by wimping out, I’m missing some opportunities and short-changing myself. Life is so exciting and full. To be able to be a better latherer would be … juicy!!!

  105. Indigene Theresa Gaskin July 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Lisa, I’m in and so looking forward to getting to the “root” of several things. I always learn so much about myself through your process! 🙂

    • Lisa Sonora July 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Indigene – wonderful to have you here, and I’m looking forward to what emerges for you.

    • Krystyna Moore July 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Indigene…Feeling blessed to be among like minded souls here. ^_^ xx

  106. Glenda July 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Hey Lisa – I’ve just moved to a new country too – from England to Scotland! We’ve followed a long held dream and now live by the sea. I struggled to keep up with the challenge in January as we were doing a lot of travelling to look at houses, but now I have an amazing studio and want to do this challenge to put down creative roots in this space.

    What is my biggest challenge with journaling? With a project like this, it’s sticking with it after the initial excitement has worn off. I resist routine even though I know it’s good for me!

    Hope you’re move goes smoothly and wishing you fulfilment in your new home.


    • Lisa Sonora July 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

      Glenda!!!! OMG – so great to hear from you! I still have your beautiful business card tucked into my journal from when we workshopped in Amsterdam together. I’ve been planning on sending you a snap and featuring you and your work on my blog.

      What are you working on these days?

      Congrats on your big dream move – never have been to Scotland… perhaps it is time to plan a collaboration!

  107. Tracie Hanson July 30, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    I’m baaaaaack for round 2!! Yay!!

  108. Rainee Carlson July 30, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Been an avid journaled for years and have all of Lisa’s books. I bought her Creative Entrepreneur book and it changed the course of my life – I left corporate America, started a creative business, began working on my art and writing (and never looked back). Journals have saved my life and helped me get clear on what I wanted as well as setting intentions. Thanks, Lisa for the work you do and share with others.


    • Lisa Sonora July 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      Woo hoo Rainee! So wonderful to hear – do you have a link to your work so we can see? Congrats! And welcome!

  109. Jennifer July 30, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I’ve never really kept a journal before. I occasionally wrote stuff down in my late teens, but it was never a regular practice – so this will be a new experience for me. I’m looking forward to taking time to write my thoughts down each day and for the opportunity to dedicate time each day to be reflective.

  110. Scarlit Bloome July 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Lisa, is it ok if we share this link with others and in social media?

    • Lisa Sonora July 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      Scarlit – Absolutely! Please share – the more the merrier! Glad to have you back!

  111. Scarlit Bloome July 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    I’m so excited you are doing this again. Had a blast in January and I’m looking forward in participating again. Yay! 🙂 Thank you for your selfless love xoxoxx

  112. cori July 29, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    I need STRUCTURE! Which is why classes/togethernesses/groups help me focus. And now you’ve got me intrigued…..what if 10,000 people journaled TOGETHER for 30 days….we could be on the way to world peace! Inner peace at the very least.

    • Lisa Sonora July 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

      Cori – Exactly! I truly believe that if everyone tapped into their own creativity regularly (daily journaling is an easy way), then we’d all be so much better off. Happy on the inside directly translates to how we act and what we do in the world.

      My goal in sharing this work is to create just the kind of ripple effect you describe. Inner peace paves the way to world peace. This is not an unreasonable leap to make. I think all of our spiritual leaders say this in their own way. 🙂

      Question: Has an artist ever received the Nobel Peace Prize? I would put the goal of Peace, Love and Kindness (toward ourselves and others) as the reason I do anything, especially making art and creative experiences for people.

  113. Jennifer July 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    I’m looking forward to this project – even though I’ve never really journaled before. Thanks for hosting this, Lisa.

    • Lisa Sonora July 29, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

      Jennifer – can’t wait to hear how it goes for you. Thanks for joining in. That’s brave!

  114. Michelle July 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    I have been journaling on and off since I was in Jr. High, I won’t mention how long ago that was. I have never been involved with journaling as a group and I see this as being a wonderful tool to help me grow as a person and to help me grow my writing as well. My problem area with journaling, is consistency, I would love for journaling to become a part of my daily life because it is so beneficial and I think this may just help me to accomplish this goal. Thank you for offering this opportunity and thank you to my friend Paulissa for sharing on Facebook so I could join.

    Excitedly Yours,
    Michelle W.

    • Lisa Sonora July 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

      Michelle – Yes, this will be a nice boost to get you launched. Keep checking in with the posts each day, and that will help, too.

  115. Tracee July 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    I’m very very very excited for this opportunity!! I did visual journaling earlier this year in brene brown’s online class “gifts of imperfection” and I loved it! But I somehow can’t seem to do it for myself. I most want to get out of this class is 1) to be able to do visual journaling for myself as a regular creative practice and 2) to become more bold, really emerge out of who I am, leaving some insecurity and just plain celebrating me! Thank you for this opportunity – I’m glad I found you and this project!

  116. Juliet July 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    My problem is writing on paper and doing it regularly. I have a ton of journals- but they get used for random things- I just grab one and write something in it. So the next time I pick up that journal- I can’t use this it is for x and not y. Now, I use tools like Evernote all the time, it’s great for work and personal stuff too. But there is something really juicy and connected about putting pen to paper. Am I blocking myself? Probably. But I think I will keep writing when ever and where ever.

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

      Juliet – you have given voice to a common dilemma! So my suggestion for this project, is to get a new journal that’s ONLY for your 30 Day Journal entries.

  117. Kori Vincent July 26, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    I am so in! Sounds like a blast!

  118. Eydie July 26, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    This course looks amazing. I would be honored to be on this journey with you and all of the creative souls joining you.
    I just shared your link on my page. This is going to be fantastic. Thank you for the opportunity.

  119. Jeanette July 26, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    Plenty planned for August. This should really keep me on track! Thank you!

  120. Rose d July 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    simply finding something to write about :/ hoping this month will make it a little easier

  121. Robin Reiss July 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    I was so bummed I missed you while you were in the Bay Area. I was having some health challenges. I’m very excited to join you in this process. I gleaned so much value from Sketchbooks and wasn’t able to do the 30 day challenge in January.

  122. Cathy Schneider July 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    Looking forward to August 1 and I would have to answer A) trying to keep a journal, but giving up out of the simple neglect of “life” getting in the way. You nailed me with that one! And, I fell in love with the Confucius quote “Cultivate the root, the leaves and branches will take care of themselves.” Let’s dig deep! Let’s strengthen our own personal root and let the learning and growing begin!

  123. Melissa T. July 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    My biggest obstacle to journal writing is being able to fully express myself. I always have this feeling someone is going to read what I have written and judge it. Completely baseless, as my husband couldn’t care less and my five year old can’t read yet. 😉 But there is something about putting words on a page that I maybe felt or thought for a minute being documented for all of time. I’m going to push past this fear and join your challenge! I look forward to being inspired by all the other journal writers.

  124. Jenny Reyneke July 25, 2014 at 2:07 am #

    The thing that caught my eye was your question about my greatest challenge in journaling – I find that it takes me deep and at times that makes me feel rather afraid of what I will find. The greatest challenge for me is to give myself the permission to be whatever I need to be through either the sketching or the writing… to let it become, let it breathe and not judge it. This is also the reason I do journal, To force myself to acknowledge those things within that are at times hard to face, or that I put off facing.

  125. Dana St John July 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Hi Lisa, I’m really looking forward to jumping in 🙂
    I battle an old demon when it comes to journaling…a really bad child custody case once upon a time, when my journals were brought into court of all things!
    So, I journal visually, but I stopped using journaling as a way to connect with myself, because of the fear of putting anything in writing.
    I am in a wonderful marriage with safety and security and don’t have those same fears, but I still have been fairly unable to overcome the old block.
    SO…I am really excited to work with a purpose, and reconnect with my soul that way.
    Thank you xoxo

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      Oh, Dana!
      I’m SO sorry that happened to you and your journals. So awful!

      The same thing happened to me, as a child – all of my journals and letters were copied and entered into “evidence” in a trial – without any knowledge on my part. When I found out years later, it had a horrifying affect on my ability to cherish my work and to put it out into the world publicly.

      This is all part of my own “sacred wound” around creativity and why I am now excellent at my job. 🙂 I get it!

      Issues of privacy really do cause a lot of creative shut down – so I’m glad you brought this up. I hear this so often, so…time to write a nice blog post about the topic!

      Thank you and I’m so glad you are here. Keep me posted!

    • Kelly June 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

      Gosh, I couldn’t imagine that! Journals are such private things so the thought of them ending up as “evidence” in court made me gasp a little! But, good on you for continuing to journal in a way that soothes you 🙂

  126. sunny July 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I tried this in January, but quickly fell off the wagon due to several life situations. Can’t wait to try again! Thanks!

  127. Carly Rogers July 24, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I’m in! I’m mostly a painter and use a sketchbook. I’ve never been very good at keeping up with a journaling practice. Should be fun!

  128. Kathy B July 24, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    I am excited for this! I struggle with getting my creativity out of my head and onto the page. When I see a blank page I freeze. I’m hoping that the prompts will allow me to put words and pictures to paper. Thank you for offering this!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

      Kathy B – yes! I call this Page Fright.

      We all get it at some time or another – even those who create a lot. So there are ways of meeting it that don’t have to stop us entirely and forever.

      Because someone in the world needs the work each of us has to share.

  129. Shawn Fernandes July 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Looking forward to beginning this journey!!!

  130. Loralei July 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    I’m in! I love journaling, but have never incorporated art into the process; I try to inspire people to look within themselves, and begin a path of self discovery, & I am excited to see what I can learn about myself with your guidance! <3

  131. Lynn Fisher July 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Thanks for doing this again Lisa! January was wonderful…so this time I invited friends! Lets get started!
    Lynn Fisher

  132. Dawn Herring July 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    My friend Lynn shared a link to your journaling challenge on our #JournalChat Live for all things journaling Facebook Group; so I signed up! I host #JournalChat Live on Twitter and host the Facebook Group as well. You’re welcome to join us.

    I’m looking forward to this journaling challenge; I keep written and art journals, so this should be fun!

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring

  133. Susann July 17, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    I’m in again, Lisa — and thanks so much for hosting it again, especially with all you’ve got going on. I don’t know how to do it, but I’m sure glad you are!

    I wasn’t that successful first time through. I started out fine, then Stuff Happened & my journaling practice was one of the first things that fell to the wayside — when, of course, it’s one of the things I was *least* able to lose. I did keep all the prompts, and did read all the posts, so it wasn’t a complete loss, but I have a habit of signing up for challenges like this, then at the first sign of a “problem”, I bail. And it’s a habit I really want to address.

    So my challenge this time is less about the actual journaling itself (although I **always** find it beneficial) & more about the discipline of maintaining a daily practice *in spite of* distractions & Stuff That Happens. (I may wind up journaling every day on why I can’t journal every day. LOL!) August is going to be a crazy month for me, so it’s not going to be easy. But between now & Aug 1, I’m going to work on getting a routine in place that will make it easier. I can hardly wait!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 20, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

      Susann – you’re describing a dilemma that is SO common for almost everyone who wants to develop any kind of daily positive habit. In my experience, it takes many, many starts and stops to find a rhythm. Self-compassion helps so much. Love yourself, be kind to yourself. That’s what the goal of any beneficial practice is, I think: to come to more inner peace, kindness, understanding, love. Glad you’re here!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

      Susann – I also want to add that I’m hosting this because it’s what I need — to journal with a circle of kindreds. Even with, and especially with, so much going on!

      I have to admit the project is a lot to manage at this point, being a solo artist without a staff — so I just got the idea to see if there are some 30 Journal Ambassadors who might like to help out. I’ll write up a post about what the needs are and see who shows up!

  134. Lisa Cummings July 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    Please count me in! This is a great opportunity to challenge myself and learn! I’ve loved creative writing and have drifted far away from journaling because of being uncertain of where to begin, what to write, etc. Looking forward to the journey!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

      Lisa – well good! Those pesky questions about where to begin and what to write are solved! All you have to do is show up with an open mind, heart, and blank page! And something to write with!

  135. Amy O'Toole July 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    I have been wanting to begin writing again. After being a stay at home Mom for a few years, I’m feeling as if I have a hard time communicating the way I want to! I love words and beautiful writing. I want to take some time to focus on it again, even though it can be challenging to fit it into everyday life!

  136. Sarah adcock July 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    I learn in a visual way and am frustrated I can’t journal in a visual way. So here’s hoping I can crack it with this course

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 16, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

      Sara – I’m curious to know more about why you can’t journal in a visual way. What is difficult for you? Have you taken any courses or read any books about it?

  137. Debra Marrs July 16, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Returning because it was so much fun the first time. Very enlightening on many levels. Uber excited to combine 30 Days with 2 other August writing projects. See you there, Lisa!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 16, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

      Debra – Stacking functions! So nice to hear there are other August writing projects, too!

  138. Clair Rigby July 16, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    I think that the biggest challenge I have always faced in journalling is the feeling that I am writing for someone else, rather than for myself.

  139. Tonia July 16, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    I am excited about the idea of journalism again. My fear is that I won’t complete the 30 days. I don’t think I have ever journaled for 30 consecutive days.

  140. Bernice July 16, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    I love the idea of journaling and actually do art journaling but rarely write much. Sometimes when I am aware of how much has changed in me I wish I had written about how I was feeling/being ‘back then’ so I could record the difference.

  141. Debra July 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Yes. Absolutely yes. My greatest challenge is making the commitment to sit down each day with a pen in my hand and paper in front of me. Recently separated myself from corporate bondage and have time to write and create…only after creating my creative space I hit a wall. This will be a good thing for me. Reminds me of something I read about in The Truth That Tells a Lie. I have a wonderful fiction series that has been waiting to be written for three years…if I don’t break down that wall it will never get written. This is my chance. I’m in!

  142. kay oft July 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    looking forward to having a second go-around … January was good and this one will be even better!

  143. morningdove July 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    when I journal I seem to write a book at times. realizing that a simple notebook is ok to journal in – it doesn’t have to be fancy. just having fun with writing.

  144. Linda Smith July 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Yes, yes, I want to participate again. January was good….but my life was so complicated and I didn’t allow myself to let go of stuff….I have since let go of lots of stuff, physical, emotional and I am so ready to give myself to this process now.

    So glad you are offering this again!

    Blessings and Appreciation!


  145. Lera Martinez July 15, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    I am really excited to journal with everyone again. For me the hardest part about journaling is making time for it. Going through the 30 day journal project last time with a community of people was a great motivator to stay with it and journal everyday.

  146. Lee July 15, 2014 at 3:54 am #

    This sounds a great way to make this a habit. I’m looking forward to it. thanks Lisa

  147. may July 15, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    My biggest challenge is similar to Cindy – I have been writing morning pages for 6 months and love that forming such a strong habit increases my trust in myself every day. But more often than not I am writing about mundane tasks and petty worries. I’m excited about having some prompts to make me delve deeper and add some creativity to my ramblings!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 16, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

      May – this is really different than morning pages. I too, used to do them, but eventually went back to my own way of dailing writing, which includes a lot of the ideas you’ll be exposed to in this project. Julia Cameron was one of my teachers back in Chicago, before she wrote The Artist’s Way. I love her work and what she has done to help so many of us recover our creative selves.

  148. Joyce Francis July 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    I have a notebook full of the prompts from the last Roots journaling event. But, the prompts are about all there are in the notebook! I am intending that perhaps this time around I might actually journal! It will be interesting to me if I write in words or draw/paint which I am more inclined to do. We’ll see!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

      Joyce – that makes me smile! You’ve created a container! Now the challenge is to fill it! Or…start a brand new journal fresh…and see what happens.

      There is tremendous value in doing just what you did – cutting and pasting. You’ll know when the time is right to write!

  149. Amanda July 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Excited this is coming around again! I participated in the January journalling challenge and loved receiving the posts every day. Although i wasn’t great at keeping to the writing every day thing, I still read every post and rolled the prompt around in my mind throughout the day. This time around i am definitely looking forward to actually DOING the writing hehe 🙂 I loved the combination of question, pictures, quotes and your back story – sublime!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 16, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

      Amanda! I’m dreaming up ways to encourage people to do the prompts daily if that’s how they want to challenge themselves. Stay tuned! I’m going to journal everyday, too!

  150. cindy July 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    So in, i started the artists way to unleash my creativity but all i talk about is my previous day… not sure how that is creative.. So looking forward to the prompts as that seems to be my biggest challenge what the heck to I ask myself…. to unleash the goodness that lies within.
    So blessed and excited… Thank you Lisa.

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 17, 2014 at 12:00 am #

      Cindy – yes! See my response to May’s comment. By the time we’re done, I assure you, you will have lots of ways of knowing what to ask yourself!

  151. sharen July 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    I would love to join but am traveling the Australian outbreak during this time and will not have Internet reception most days … Can I still join and catch up when I can? ???

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 17, 2014 at 12:02 am #

      Sharen – Yes! As long as you save those emails, you’ll have all the prompts. Also…I’m releasing a book (print and e-reader versions) that wraps the whole project up into one package. So this will be a great option for anyone who wants the whole shebang all in one place, whether or not they’ve gone through the project in real time.

  152. Lori Sammartino July 14, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    I love to journal but find I let it go by the wayside, as if it’s not as important as the other tasks at hand. Ha! I ought to carve out sacred time to do it more regularly. That’s what a class would hopefully give me the structure to do. Thanks for the beautiful journey, Lisa, we can all walk alongside you in and learn from!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 17, 2014 at 12:03 am #

      Lori – yes! The idea to provide structure and inspiration to get everyone going. The community around the project is like rocket fuel, too! We shall all blast off into new galaxies!

  153. Rendell July 14, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    I’m excited about journaling along with you. My biggest stumbling block is committing to sitting down and writing/drawing and what to write or draw. I am currently working on a visual journal with collage elements but find that I’m afraid of making a “mess”. I think I just need to let go and let it evolve and enjoy the process…but that’s hard for me.

  154. Stacy July 14, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    I am in. This sounds like a great way to start. I have never journaled on a regular basis and I am excited to give it a try.

  155. Lissa July 14, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    This sounds super exciting hopefully it will inspire me!

    • Lissa July 14, 2014 at 6:52 am #

      This sounds super exciting, and hopefully it will inspire me!!

  156. Annabelle July 14, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    I am really looking forward to doing Root. My biggest challenge for me is starting, I haven’t done any journaling before. I need some direction in my life at the moment, I am hoping that it will help me find my path. I hope I will be able to go deep I have been kicking around in the shallow end for to long. I am not sure what I am frightened of but it’s time I faced my fear of writing !

  157. Beverly Kepple July 14, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    I am looking forward to this very much. I love making collages in my journals and using found words and phrases but write my own words? I avoid it so this will be so helpful to get me going.

  158. christine rose July 14, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    I’m so gad this is being offered again. I did the course in January but didn’t continue on journalling afterwards. This round I intend to do it as a means into a steady ongoing practice, to make journalling part of my life. So it will be making roots for a journalling habit.

  159. PJ July 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    My biggest fear of journaling is seeing the same pattern and not moving forward. I hope to finally learn something about myself by journaling everyday and making my dreams come alive by writing them down.

  160. Allison July 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    What a great idea! I absolutely love starting my day with journaling. Everything just seems to flow better the entire day. I’d say the biggest struggle I’ve come across is consistency and making it a priority. Personally, I have a habit of putting other things before time for journaling, especially when there’s a deep topic I’ve got rolling around in my brain and am afraid to confront on paper! I’d love to hear more about what kind of help you’re interested in for collecting stories about this experience.

  161. Lucia July 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Hello Lisa,
    my friend Krystyna recommended your journalling workshop earlier this year when I enquired about her great images on FB. I’m turning 60 on 30 August this year, so when I saw this workshop I thought yes! what a great way to start the next decade of my life. What adventures I expect! Cheers

    • Krystyna Moore July 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

      Happy you are here Lucia. What an auspicious time for you to be journalling. xx

  162. Cheryl July 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    I am excited to do this again. I joined in with the January group and loved it.
    My life has been changed since then. Not by my choice…so many new roads to travel.
    I believe that this August Journal will be what I need. I am keeping so much inside and it needs to come out. I believe this is a blessing.
    Can’t wait to start an new chapter.
    God bless and hugs,

  163. Catherine July 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    I have twice now signed up and nothing no confirmation mail nothing i checked both folders

  164. Anab July 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Hi Lisa!i can’t wait to journal alongside everyone else around the world + you 😀 i discovered this 30 day journal during the first quarter of the year or so and just kept it and planned schedule sometime that 30 days. but i know, this is it!!! so lucky to have you do it again with us all 🙂 i believe many will be inspired! heee! warm tropical hugs from the Philippines <3 <3 <3

  165. Christy July 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    I am returning for the second time and looking forward to digging deep 🙂 Thanks so much for the opportunity to take part in this wonderful project!

  166. Scarlet July 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    30 days will be perfection! Thanks!!!

  167. Monica Freire July 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    I would like to reconnect with the creative side of myself which I feel I have lost after many years of just working too much. I am also intimidated by the blank page and that what I put down needs to be “worthy” of putting down.

  168. Renee July 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Loved it….made it easy to think out of the box and journal about different things I might not have written about otherwise…..looking soooooooooo forward to august 1!!!!!!!!!!

  169. Kathleen July 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    I found myself among people from around the world with whom I connected in deep ways. I complained about it, procrastinated and threw my hands up in surrender several times, but I still go back to that notebook and have been thinking about what i need to do to fill it up. I am a poet, I write, but I also do art. I think the fact that I have come as far as I have this year (pieces in 3 group exhibits this year between March and October), has a great deal to with what I did in the journal, and the connections I made in the world and in my own little area.

    Yeah, I’m in!

  170. aj July 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    I can’t wait to do this. I started the original round in February, but never finished it. Here’s hoping I can kickstart my journaling in August again.

  171. Judy Hudgins July 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    I can’t wait. I need a jump start on my journaling.

  172. Mary July 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    I think it was Ira Progoff who said that journaling is the solitary work we do in the company of others — or something to that effect. This is a perfect opportunity to feel the support of others in this private writing experience. Thank you.

  173. Indigene July 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Lisa, I’m in! I’m working on some scary stuff for me, which includes applying as an on-line instructor for 2015! So I’m hoping to go deep and strong in Root! Thank you for always being where I’m at psychically each step of my journey.

  174. Carina Karlsson July 13, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Recently got word that a proposal submitted for a juried solo exhibition got accepted for the fall of 2015. It will be a new body of work combining my photography of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration in Oaxaca, stencils, spay paint graffiti and art journaling styles sort of like art journal pages taken up to frame-able size. These prompts may just serve to put some additional thoughts and images in my path.

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 13, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      carina- congrats on your exhibit- please keep me posted, would love to see your work! Any plans to return to Oaxaca- or are you here?!

      • Carina Karlsson July 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

        Actually, Lisa my Oxacaca trip was in 2009, but I have loads of photos and a journal from that trip. A visit to San Miguel de Allende in Feb of 2012 provided another jolt of the color palette that to my mind represents Mexico. Mexico is definitely on my agenda for more visits, which city is a great question, but October is a fabulous time to visit. As work gets done I will post. Right now I am following your advice to get ready, going with what is easiest and most enjoyable. At this moment that is some paperclay folkart skeleton figures.

  175. Krystyna Moore July 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    In answer to the questions of what is your biggest challenge with journaling?/ What do you most want to learn or experience next in your own journaling?
    I would have to say for me its synchronizing what goes on in my creative life & translating it into my journal- making real sense of it- coming to an innate understanding of myself & my processes- getting to deeply understand & know my inner landscape & to have no hesitation in always reaching for my journal first….

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Krystyna – I’m curious what you mean by “synchronizing what goes on in my creative life & translating it into my journal “.

      If you feel up for it – I’d love to understand more.

  176. Krystyna Moore July 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Wow! I am excited to be here once again.
    It feels like being among good company- a circle of like minded people…
    I agree with Patricia- Root: 30 Day Journal Project- what a auspicious way to commence the New Year!
    Little did I know when I signed up at the beginning of the year where this journey would take me. All I knew was that I was intrigued & compelled to embark upon it.
    And now with with having done Dreaming on Paper & Creative + Practice to my delight another Root: 30 Day project is coming up.
    With ALL the new tools & techniques I have acquired since the beginning of the year I feel it in my bones that somehow this journey will be richer & deeper…
    AND then there is The 7 Creative Powers coming up! I would love to win a place as this whole journey has been life changing for me.
    The journey continues…. with much gratitude to you Lisa…

  177. Patricia July 9, 2014 at 1:16 am #

    Yay!!! I am thrilled that you are doing this again!! It got my year off to a great start in January! Congrats on your move too!! Xo, Patricia

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 12, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      Thanks, Patricia! I’m excited to regroup with this project in August and share what happened for me since January doing these prompts. Quite a magical experience that I haven’t shared much about yet.

  178. Anne W. July 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    My biggest problem is the white page, filling the page…

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      Anne W. – what specifically is problematic about filling the blank page? Starting… getting ideas… ???

  179. Kelley Fewer June 28, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    I’m in! This sounds like a wonderful way to push my writing, and in the summer, when I’m off, and have time to really delve into the prompts…really looking forward to it. Thanks so very much for offering it!

    Shine on!

    • Kelley Fewer June 28, 2014 at 7:19 am #

      meant to add: my journaling has been superficial, mainly because of my (perceived?) lack of time. I’m planning on making this exercise a priority, and see what happens when I give myself lots of time and space to journal.

      • Lisa Sonora Beam July 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

        Good for you, Kelley. In my experience we need more of a mental space – permission! – that actual physical time and space to journal.

        If that sounds impossible – stay tuned! I’m a “lazy journaler” in the sense that a lot gets done in little time. And I’ve learned some tricks on getting organized so that its quick and easy to begin journalling – which is one of the main stopping blocks to doing anything creative.

        It can be easy to BEGIN.

        We don’t need as much time as we think.

      • Catherine July 30, 2014 at 11:36 am #

        I’m right with you, Kelley! Can’t wait to see what unfolds!

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