A Community Caregiving Journal…

To join our community caregiving journal, just start writing.

…that starts with three words.

On Saturday, over my mid-morning snack of peanut butter on toast, I read about National Novel Writing Month. Throughout November, would-be novelists commit to writing 5,000 words in 30 days. In essence, they craft their novel.

That got me thinking.

What if we created a community journal? What if members of the site wrote journal entries each week, inspired by the same prompts? What if, every week, members of the site posted journal entries based on what we do in our Three-Word Journaling class?

So, let’s try it. Let’s create a a Community Caregiving Journal that starts with three words. Through the community journal, you can write out what weighs heavy on your heart while participating in a community event that tells the world about the caregiving experience.

To get started, simply create a blog post by next Wednesday, December 5, and write about these three words:

Shoulder
Expect
Chimney

You can write about each separately in three separate posts. You can write about all three in one post. You can write sentences using all three words.

In essence, you can write about the words in the way that feels right for you.

Then, every Wednesday, beginning December 5, I’ll post three new words for you to write about. Don’t worry about keeping up every week if that seems too difficult. Just write about any of the words whenever you can.

Any member of Caregiving.com can contribute. When you write posts for our Community Caregiving Journey, select “Community Caregiving Journal” as the category. Need help posting to the site? Just send me a private message through the site or send me an email. Not a member of Caregiving.com? Just join here. Worried about the privacy of your family and your caree? Simply create your account with a user name that describes you but isn’t your real name (like ejourneys).

Our journal complements your blog posts about your day. Continue to post updates about your situation, including the challenges and successes, in your own blog. (Want to share your caregiving days by starting a blog? Just send me a private message through the site or send me an email.)

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

3 thoughts on “A Community Caregiving Journal…

  1. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    I’m on it, Denise! :D Love this.

    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for short) asks people to write not 5,000 but 50,000 words during November. The site also has a group for people who are not writing novels but 50,000 words of anything else — poems, short stories, nonfiction, etc. Anyone can participate in NaNo. People who manage to write 50,000 words receive a “Winner” badge.

    There are also organizations that deal with writing and wellness, like http://www.wellnessandwritingconnections.com/

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