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Trina O'Gorman |NinjaTraveling  Courage + empowerment through personal writing. — WRITE. newsletter, online workshop, coaching, analogue tools. My personal journey at @trinaogorman.

I am so excited to read the essays that were sent in for the giveaway! Thank you for participating. Your chance to win a notebook gives me a wonderful opportunity to read your ideas on keeping one. For that I am grateful. Thank you! 🧡
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I am going to extend the entry time to 9 PM tonight. When we get home from taekwondo, I will print the rest of the entries and spend the evening with tea and your thoughts. 🧡
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If you haven’t already entered and would like to, there’s a bit more time now. The info is in my bio.

I fell in love with Traveler’s Company traveler’s notebooks in 2014, during a particularly challenging period in my life. My first one, the brown one picture here, invited me to explore and process my journey in new and different ways. Because of my exposure in the journaling community, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few Traveler’s Company traveler’s notebook, each one serving as a milepost. -
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An important part of my journey has been encouraging others to write. I would love to share my love of this special notebook company with someone else, for no other reason than the fact that I LOVE them. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with them or with @wakako_baumkuchen, where I got this and where I get most of my TN goodies. Though I love and recommend both. 🧡
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Follow the link in my profile to find details for a giveaway for a brand new brown Traveler’s Company traveler’s notebook. The deadline is tomorrow. Don’t miss out. 🧡

The choices we make in life can have a considerable impact on our health and the health of those around us, those we love. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the US. It greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and sudden and premature death. -
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I quit smoking at the age of 31 because there is a history of heart disease and hypertension in my family. I also made the decision to manage my weight, eat healthily, try to minimize my stress, and exercise consistently, so that I can live my best life. -
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It hasn’t always been easy nor have I always been successful. Being a person is challenging. I often hear people saying that they can’t lose weight, manage their stress, exercise regularly, or quit smoking/some other vice for a million different reasons. My response is “Yes, you can.” -
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Personal writing is my number one tool in life. I don’t know how I would have gotten through the last four or five years without it. It’s one of the best choices I make every day. It helps me process a lot, including the BS, of which there is plenty. It also helps me celebrate the simple triumphs, be more present, and plan a more intentional life. -
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It’s not a magic bullet though. Life is still challenging, but it does help. Write every day. 🧡

I strongly advocate personal writing for self-awareness, self-empowerment, self-preservation, self-love, and sanity. Details about the giveaway and how to enter can be found on my website by following the link in my profile. I ask you to do a little more than follow me and tag a friend. I, of course, want you to write and share your thoughts. The deadline is Wednesday, 8/15.

I wrote a letter to my younger self this morning, and I am always surprised by what I choose to tell her. Unsent Letter need not always be exercises in coping with anger. Sometimes it is powerful to engage with our internalized, former selves, who are present with us always and continue to need our love and attention. 🧡

The illustrated Harry Potter is drawing my little guy in, and for that I am grateful. The books are great. The time we spend together reading them is priceless. And the books are rich with inspiration. I’ll write a letter to my younger self inside this frame of Harry Potter quotes.

I strongly advocate personal writing for self-awareness, self-empowerment, self-preservation, self-love, and sanity. Details about the giveaway and how to enter can be found on my website by following the link in my profile. I ask you to do a little more than follow me and tag a friend. I, of course, want you to write and share your thoughts. The deadline is Wednesday, 8/15.

I was up bright and early this morning, giving me plenty of time to write and plan my day. It wasn’t until I dated my daily action card that I realized that today would have been our 21st wedding anniversary had we not divorced just a year before his death. I took the opportunity to reflect on quite a few things in my writing this morning, and it felt good. I’ll share more about that on my personal feed, I’m sure (@trinaogorman). The message here is that writing can document change and growth, and that is empowering. #teamwrite.

A MindMosaic focusing on four random traits/characteristics has taken me to places I did not expect to go. Writing has a way of doing that. I feel so much stronger today than five years ago, and have a tremendous amount of gratitude for the many blessings we have received. Despite our struggles, challenges, and pain, I watch us love and grow and evolve, still. 🧡

I can write my thoughts with any pen, but since the age of 12, I’ve been drawn to fountain pens. They make me feel elegant in some way. I love the way they feel in my inky fingers. I love the way they lay ink on the page. It turns writing into a more joyful process for me. Look at these Italian beauties. My Aurora Blue Optima and my Montegrappa Blue Blazer. Yum.

I can think of few things more powerful than the words you keep and of keeping your word.

To @leslie__ann__0703 and anyone else who is unfamiliar with the Traveler’s Company traveler’s notebook, it’s a highly customizable system that comes with just the leather cover and one “insert,” which is a blank, unlined notebook. I’ve deconstructed mine, just to show how I constructed it to meet my needs. Even the plastic pockets on the inside of my cover were after-market additions. -
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I hope this helps.

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