The Art of Self Preservation
The Art of Self Preservation: Instruction and Motivation for Making Journaling a Part of Your Life
Taught by Nathalie Hardy
Have you ever felt like this? A lot of people want to document their daily lives, but they don't know where to start. The Art of Self Preservation is designed specifically to encourage and empower you to cultivate a life-long habit of journaling so you can preserve your stories—and also perhaps your sanity.
Journals left behind are such a gift to future generations. Who wouldn't love to find words, in handwritten scrawl, upon the passing of a loved one? And truthfully, the practice of journaling is a gift to the writer as well. In this class, you will be encouraged to develop a habit of journaling to preserve your personal stories because your stories matter. Taking time to record and reflect on them is not only worthwhile but necessary to achieve a strong sense of self.
The Art of Self Preservation is taught by Nathalie Hardy, a nationally award-winning journalist who takes notes and tells stories for a living. Here's what she has to say about why she created this class:
"I feel called to take it a step deeper and teach you to not only tell your stories, but also to value them; and more importantly, to value yourself. I sincerely believe women in our country are suffering from an epidemic of low self-esteem. After spending most of my adult life as a self-help junkie, I finally dove under the jargon to discover the true meaning of self-help. While that doesn't make me a therapist by any means, it does make me qualified to share what I've learned—to lead a conversation where we can learn from each other."
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
~ Aibileen Clark, character in The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Welcome note from Nathalie in the classroom
Supply list with product suggestions
Voice message of journaling prompts, available as streaming audio, downloadable MP3 file and transcript
An instructional handout to get you started journaling...right now, where you're at
A downloadable journaling mini book that will encourage you on your own journaling journey
Printable list of 52 journaling prompts and a handout that will inspire you to use these prompts
Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates
To prepare for Nathalie’s class, please gather the following:
- a basic tool kit
Note: you only need that if you want to decorate your journal, which, of course I highly encourage!
- a journal of your choice (In the classroom you’ll find suggestions)
- your favorite journaling pen
- a desire to live a more authentic, abundant life
This is really is a use-your-stash kind of class. I like to embellish my journal as I am writing in it so it reflects my life at that time. Which means I have plenty of blank composition books that I meant to decorate and didn’t. The process works because of what you write inside the pages so keep it simple or go all out, either way don’t let not having the perfect journal stop you from starting!
A "Self-Paced Workshop" allows you to create and be inspired on your own timetable. Comprised of video or audio files, PDF downloads, supply lists, and more, these eCourses offer a complete learning experience inside a private online classroom. This classroom will be available for access and download in your account until January 31, 2015.
Just follow the instructor's lead, add your own creativity and perspective, and then upload your work to the private classroom gallery.
Self-Paced Workshops do not include a message board to chat with fellow students or live interaction from the instructor. But you can always interact with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!