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Raya Reaves is the Founder and Finance Coach of City Girl Savings, LLC. She teaches women how to create and stick to realistic budget plans to reach their financial goals. Raya resides in Austin, Texas, with her boyfriend and two Yorkie dogs.

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  1. I’ve tried journaling for years, but just can’t seem to get the hang of it. I’ve bought all kinds of journals from the mundane to the ridiculous…lol

    I’m in my late sixties now and would love to leave my family an idea if who I really am. My thoughts, ideas, dreams and aspirations. My mother died when I was nineteen and I knew almost nothing about her.

    So I accept the 30 day journaling challenge!

  2. I love writing. But I too have gotten busy with life. Since July 2023, I have been writing things down more. Well I always take notes. I like to jot down my thoughts. But I am compelled to accept this 30 Day Journaling Challenge. I would also love to look back 10 years from now and celebrate I embraced my story and wrote it out for the world to hear. We all have a story to tell. ❤️💛💚

  3. I “journal” verbally & not daily. I typically have thoughts that go faster than my fingers can write. Additionally, most of those thoughts are in the wee hours of the morning.

    So, in those moments, I pick up my phone and record voice texts to myself. At some point, I would like to transcribe them.

  4. In 1997 after the death of my father, I started journaling. It was part of my healing process but I haven’t journaled in over 10 years. Your story has inspired me and I accept the challenge. I will journal for the next 30 days starting today!

  5. I will accept this challenge. I used to journal years ago and stopped for reasons unknown. Thank you for the reminder of just how much of a pleasure journaling is!

  6. Journaling got me through a very dark, depressing time in my life. That was over 30 years ago. Now at 65, I find myself gravitating back to journaling, because no one has a CLUE what stresses I’m dealing with. Living alone, between relationships, empty nest, workplace drama, it’s all pointing towards a need for release. Journaling provides that for me…

  7. I used to journal. Now with taking care of the grandchildren and my husband…it seems I don’t have time. I accept the 30 day challenge. I need to take more me time and what perfect way to start.

  8. I loved the article. I started seriously journaling July 2022 after my cousin gave me a beautiful journal to help me cope during a difficult season. Although I do not journal daily, I try to do it at least 3 times a week. I too love going back reading old entries and being thankful for change and progress!
    I will try to be more cognizant about writing daily! Maybe even recording like one comment stated!!

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