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Wherever we are, it's all about relationships. My journals allow me to remember and share.
Wherever we are, it’s all about relationships. My journals allow me to remember and share.

A word from Curt

Journaling.

It’s been one of the richest parts of my life.

The daily, lifelong habit of keeping a written record of my journey.

I’m on Journal #83.

The previous 82 are on a shelf of honor in our home.

These are notes and sketches from my journals.

Enjoy.

Start your own journal written in your own unique voice and style.

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No matter where I'm at, I always remember this.
No matter where I’m at, I always remember this.

A Writer is someone who wrote today.

I write.

It’s who I am.

It’s what I do.

I’ll let you in one a little secret.

I write for therapy.

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I write when I’m discouraged or depressed.  The written prayer above is from a day last week.

When I’m struggling, I write.  It always helps.

This is the Day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the Day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

I also write because it brings me joy.

There’s something about a blank journal page

That makes my heart race.

 My July 2014 Manifesto. Just like the coming month, it is a blank page waiting to be filled in and lived.

My July Manifesto.

Just like the coming month, it is a blank page waiting to be filled in and lived.

I write because it’s when I feel most alive.

And I’m writing today.

Because that’s what writers do.

Each Sunday evening, I review the past week and plan for the upcoming.  My journal for the previous seven days serves as a measuring stick on where I’ve been, what’s on my mind.

Because I took time to write it down, it’s still with me and now I’m sharing it with you.

The faintest pencil is better than the sharpest mind.

Without further ado (0r is it adieu) here are images and notes from the week of 23rd of June.

Many times I write my goals for the week. This past week I was in Jinja, Uganda with DeDe. She taught English at our seminary while I caught up on writing and reports.
Many times I write my goals for the week. This past week I was in Jinja, Uganda with DeDe. She taught English at our seminary while I caught up on writing and reports.

 

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I love this quote.

I love this quote.

I’ve adapted Mary’s quote to:

1.  Be Curious

2.  Be Amazed

3.  Tell a Remarkable Story

 

 

I read about this: The 10/10/10 rule of decision-making: how will this affect me in ten days? ten months? ten years?

I read about this: The 10/10/10 rule of decision-making: how will this affect me in ten days? ten months? ten years?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm reading several books about choices and decisions.
I’m reading several books about choices and decisions.

 

I’d recommend both of these books:

Essentialism  by Greg McKowen

Let Go by Pat Flynn  (Snippet book)

 

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My Six+ Words to live by guide me daily.

As you can see from my recent journal entries, my words are fluid and can change during the week.

 

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One day this week I added “No/Yes/kNOW” I must say a lot of no’s to protect the big YESES in my life.

Privilege is my current Key Word.  I want to view everything that comes my way as a privilege.

Being in Africa is such a privilege.

I didn’t say it’s easy.

But I still view it as a signal honour and privilege.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My current 6 Words to Live By
My current 6 Words to Live By

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 6:33 is my life verse:  Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

J Walk represents my walk with Jesus. It’s the daily priority of my life.

There are two twin I’s in my 6 Words.

Influence and Impact.

Influence is how wide we can touch the lives of others.

Impact is how deep we can connect with individuals.

I hold to another I word.

Integrity.

It’s who you are when no one’s watching and what you’ll stand for even if standing alone.

 

And Encouragement.

I feel strongly called to be an encourager.

 

G! stands for Gratitude.

I want so much to live the Gratitude-filled life.  It goes along with privilege.

My prayer is “Lord, you’ve given me so much.  I ask for one more thing.  A thankful heart.

That’s gratitude.

I’m committed to being a Life Long Learner.

I call it LLL.

 

Finally, legacy is a word that drives me daily.

Legacy is about how (and for what) we’ll be remembered.

You don’t have to be nearly sixty to think about legacy.

I encourage you to think about your legacy.

Today.

Everyday.

 

A journal is a good place to give yourself advice.
A journal is a good place to give yourself advice.

 

What would be your top six words to live by?

What would be your Key Word for now?

Do you have a life verse?

 

 

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 From earlier journals

 

 

At the South Sudan/DRC border, we passed this scene. I was scared to snap a photo.
At the South Sudan/DRC border, we passed this scene. I was scared to snap a photo.

A writer is someone who wrote today.

Long before I had a published book, I kept journals. I believe I’m now in journal #71.

If I never publish another word, I’ll keep writing daily about life.

It’s what I do.

It’s who I am.

I’ve spoken a great deal in schools about writing and always noticed how students

connected with my journals.

So the purpose of this page is sharing about how stories begin.

I’ll be adding sketches and notes from my journals.

Enjoy!

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2 comments

  1. Elizabeth Dickman

    Sharing some of your journal entries is such an encouragement to others who may consider writing but are not sure of how to begin the process. Thank you Curt and DeDe for being a reflection of God’s light/love.
    Liz

    • Thanks Liz. As I sharing my writing and heart, I never wish to come across as a know-it-all who has “captured lightning in a jar.” I’m simply a fellow traveler on this road called Life. My journals are simply footprints on that journey. Thanks again, Curt Iles

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