The Journals for Positive Change series is the creation of Laura Speek, MBA.  Laura has drawn on her experience as a dance fitness instructor, her career in educational publishing, and over twenty years of using journaling as a tool for self-transformation to produce these extremely effective guides for people who want to make positive changes in their lives.

“Originally I journaled simply to record events taking place in my life,” says Laura. “Over time, I developed a system of logging everyday health habits such as diet, exercise, liquid intake, vitamins, meditation, etc.  I also began recording my emotions and reactions to the challenges that life seems to deliver on a regular basis. Journaling became a way to recognize, acknowledge, and process emotions so that I became much more emotionally balanced.”

Believing that optimal health requires a synergy among body, mind and spirit, Laura also began writing about her spiritual beliefs.

“I found that journaling helped me define a concept of Spirit that is comfortable and comforting.  I also use journaling as a mirror for examining my own behavior and deciding how I can positively change my perspective, my attitude and my actions.”

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“There have been times in my life where I had good intentions, but fell short when it came to putting those intentions into action,” she says.  “Bottom line, it’s what we do, not what we say, that counts.  Journaling has helped me bridge the gap between how I see myself and how I actually am. As a result, I feel I am making real progress toward becoming the person who Spirit intends for me to be.”

Realizing that some people have trouble sitting down face to face with a blank page, Laura has created “Guided Journals,” where users respond to pre-formatted prompts.

“Guided journals are perfect for people who don’t see themselves as writers, but who want to receive the many benefits that journaling has to offer.  They have the additional advantage of helping people stay focused on achieving specific goals and behavior changes,” she adds.

Laura lives with her two sons and their Miniature Australian Shepherd in the foothills of Littleton, Colorado.

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