At 21, Katie was a mess. She had been struggling with a severe eating disorder throughout college. She entered an outpatient treatment program to find a way out of the craziness.
She connected with a mentor who helped her see what was going on – Katie wasn’t able to feel her feelings, and the disordered eating was her way to avoid her looking at them. Her mentor recommended Katie sit on a meditation cushion and feel her feelings. But Katie just couldn’t do it. She couldn’t sit still. She couldn’t quiet her mind.
She bought a journal on a whim one day and started writing. That did it. Katie was finally able to see and feel her feelings. She was able to get them out and be completely honest with herself for the first time. That let her be honest with other people and show up more authentically with the people around her.
Listen to Katie’s story of how she used journaling to connect with herself on a deep level, why she continues to journal every day, and all the gifts journaling has brought her.
In this interview, Katie shares:
- her favorite Dani Shapiro quote about writing
- how the quality of her thoughts shifted over time
- her favorite analogy to explain what journaling does
- the two biggest blocks to getting the most out of journaling
- the one quality you need to go deeper in your journal
- the details of her morning routines
- how she balances the ease of planning ahead vs. keeping things flexible
- her best advice to start a journaling practice
Resources to Connect with Katie:
- blog post that includes “The only thing that needs to be 100% consistent about your morning routine is that you 100% adore it.”
- Katie’s book – Let it Out: A Journey Through Journaling – to be released in 2016 from Hay House
Other Resources Shared in this Interview:
- Dani Shapiro on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday
- Hay House
- Gabrielle Bernstein
- Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way
- Erin Stutland – Shrink Session
Do you journal? If so, what do you love about it? If not, are you inspired to try after hearing Katie’s story? I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below.