Thursday, January 02, 2014

Start Your Year With Inspiration -- Journal Giveaway

It's 2014, and I'm not even going to talk about 2013, other than to laugh that I wrote in 2012 that 2013 was going to be an epic year.  Well, it certainly was epic, that's for sure!


My goal this year is to set no firm goals.  This year I want to live purely in the moment, and look for things that I may have been overlooking my entire life.


For instance, how random shapes of rocks can make a sturdy wall.... and the arrival of spring flowers.


That's not to say I won't be planning blog hops.  There will soon be sign ups for the Bead Soup Blog Party®, and I'm planning a Pantone bead swap very soon as well as a doing the Bead Hoarder's Blog Hop in the summer since last year was so much fun, and the addition of the Go Big or Go Home Blog Hop, date to be announced, where the focus will be on beads larger than an inch.


Otherwise, I'm going to go with the flow.


To do that, I wanted to go back to actual writing on paper -- journaling.  I don't have the time or the energy to write and paste in menus and tickets and pictures like I did for years, but I DID think it would be interesting to see what, if anything, could change in me in five years.  I turn 45 this year, so when the journal is done, I'll be 50, and I think it would be a marvelous present to myself to have five years of "look at what happened!" to peruse.


Now I want to share this journaling challenge with you.




I'm giving away four Five Year Journals.  These are awesome for those who have no time as all you have to do is a write a sentence or two over the course of five years.  And these particular journals, "Q&A a Day" and "The Happiness Project", also have wonderful prompts and inspirational quotes.


From "Q&A a Day"


From "The Happiness Project"

I'm giving away four copies, one to four people.  To be put in the running, just comment below and be SURE your name links to your blog, if have have one, and that your email is linked on that page. So many people lose out when they have their "About Me" page linked to Google+ or don't have their email filled out in their profile.  I just have no way to track you down.  So if you aren't sure, check your "About Me" page or anything similar and make sure people can reach you.


Not required, but it would be lovely if you would let others know about the giveaway. International IS included.  It just might take a little while because holy smokes, but one of my contest winners from APRIL just NOW got her gift.  Gracious sakes. 




Here's to a wonderful new year!














Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

123 comments:

  1. My next five years will be filled with the joy of a little boy that was never expected!

    Hope your next 5 are wondrous as well, Lori.

    ~Cat

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  2. Lori, what a fabulous giveaway. You are so inspiring to others, and I wish you the best year for 2014: that you keep progressing health wise and that you stay happy, and creative! Don't forget to make time for you!
    leahtees@gmail.com

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  3. Oh, I would love to win one of these journals!

    I've actually been planning on doing more journaling this year as well, and have been searching for the right journal to do so... One of these would be just right!

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to put my name in to win one! (Granted, I never seem to win these anything--but what fun to try!)

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  4. I'm turning 45 this year too! What a great giveaway Lori! Thanks for the opportunity!
    (amybeads.blogspot.com)

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  5. What a great concept for journaling. I love the idea of looking back over 5 years of brief notes and seeing how time has elapsed. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy!

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  6. I'm up for the challenge!!

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  7. What fun Lori! These journals look great and something I might actually do ... in short bursts! After 5 years, I might actually get in the habit! Thanks for the chance!

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  8. I am trying to get myself to journal but committing to writing a page a day is just overwhelming. I picked up an app the other day so that I can just jot a quick line about the day. So this journal sounds wonderful!

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  9. http://gypsyroadbeads.blogspot.ca/ Hi Lori - I'd love the opportunity to win one of these 5 year journals - what a grand idea!

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  10. Yeah here I am :D 9 months of waiting but it was worth it!!!
    Anyway keeping a journal is something I have always loved, and I regret stopping. This is a marvelous project.

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  11. What a wonderful way to start the new year, with A five year journal giveaway.
    I have never kept a journal , I must be one the very few who haven't lol. But what a great way to start.doing so.

    Looking forward to this years bead soup party as well.

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  12. Now that sounds inspiring...this year was "Epic" for me....my parents passed, my husband shattered his ankle and was in the hospital 3 months....and the list goes one...I don't have tons of time but I would love to try and write ONE sentence a day for 5 years....who knows....my blog is veradesigns.blogspot.com. Thanks.

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  13. Anonymous6:17 PM

    Would love to win a journal!!!

    This is the closest thing I have to a blog going on right now. Hope it counts!!

    https://www.facebook.com/forgettingnotforgotten

    Cassi :)

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  14. Sounds like fun. And may 2014 be a great year for you Lori!

    Liz

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  15. What a great idea.....in this age of computers to write down your thoughts ...you have had a tough year and I hope 2014 will be a better year for you....you introduced me to blogs and hops

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  16. Wow, never journalled before, never even kept a diary...but always fancied doing it !
    Time does fly and I find myself thinking now my oldest Son will turn 20 this year, crikey, where did that last few(20) years go...
    would love to be in with a chance to win one....hope you are doing okay too !
    Kate x

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  17. Well, I'm 35 and just went through a divorce after a disastrously short marriage. This kind of project would make looking back at my 40th easy and (hopefully) happy! My baby will be 6 by then!

    Thank you!
    Amy
    labweorc@gmail.com

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  18. This sounds like a fantastic challenge. I'd certainly love to join in on the fun. ♥

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  19. That is a great idea Lori and thank you for the opportunity. I have another idea for you - since this is the first month of your brand new life take pictures of all of these new discoveries (you are so good at photography) and then at the end of year go to Mixbook on line and make a book of your year. Imagine what fun it would be to have one of these "books" for every year as that beautiful young man grows to manhood. Now go and make some beautiful memories.

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  20. Great idea. I was thinking about journaling recently and had wished I had started several years ago because it has been quite a journey. Now at 54, with my health back on track and lots of hope and plans for the future, it would be fun to look back five years down the road. I hope 2014 is a great year for you. Thanks!

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  21. This would be awesome as one of my goals this year is to write more. Thank you so much for the opportunity, Lori. You're always so generous.

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  23. First, I have to say that I look forward to the upcoming hops~yay! The idea of prompts in a journal sounds interesting

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  24. A wonderful Give~away Lori! Your always so generous such an inspiration to others. Yes take each day and smell those roses that you didn't quite see!

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  25. I haven't kept a journal is a while, but like the idea of keeping a running record of the next few years. I'm a big fan of The Happiness Project.

    Mistheword12.wordpress.com

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  26. Great give away.Have always wanted to journal-maybe with this I can really do it for 2014. For you Lori I hope it is a great year.

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  27. This would be great to win since I have always wanted to try to journal. This might get me there. For you Lori I hope 2014 is a Geat year.

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  28. So many things in my life have fallen into place over the last few months. How fun to track everything as it happens.

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  29. I also just turned 45 2 weeks ago! It is going to be an epic run to 50...at least that is what I,m saying now! We will see in 5 years! Would love to win a journal!

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  30. What a wonderful giveaway - thank you!

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  31. What a perfect gift. I think that it is time I start journaling again. Thank you Lori!

    My blog is www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com

    Mary

    mary@govaars.us

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  32. What a wonderful and kind idea but you always seem to come up with some of the greatest ideas anyways. I think it would be interesting to do something like this and whomever is chosen, I do hope that you enjoy it. Lori, I hope that this year is a special year for you in all that you do and especially health wise. Cindy Muse MRITECH813@aol.com

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  33. I've been committing myself to year long PINTEREST projects. Last year was a board called "52 Pins". In which I pinned something I made, baked, cooked, watched, DIY or did on a weekly basis. This year is different but still using PINTEREST. "2014 PIN~Impressions:, in which I will post a pin that impresses me. Then I will recreate the design and put my spin on the design. A 5 year journal would have so many ideas for inspiration in my creative world. http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

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  34. This would be great, I have a couple of serious 5 yr plans that I am starting right now!!! A journal would help me stay focused and inspired!!! My e-mail is willowdragon5782@gmail.com. I think it is on my blog which is willowdragon.blogspot.com Have a Blessed day! I can't wait for the hops to start they are so much fun!!!

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  35. I would certainly love to win one of those journals! Your journey has meant so much to me, Lori. You've been so brave in sharing your life with us. Thank you for everything you do for the beading community!

    http://vanbeads.blogspot.com/

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  36. This sounds interesting! I'm game! In between blogs at the moment, though.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Ann
    annrishell@gmail.com

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  37. Not sure if my last comment went through :/
    In 5 years I'll be 40 so I plan to make the next 5 really count big time! What a great giveaway I'd love to win!

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  38. Not sure if my last comment went through :/
    In 5 years I'll be 40 so I plan to make the next 5 really count big time! What a great giveaway I'd love to win!

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  39. what a great giveaway! you are so thoughtful. I used to journal, but I am sooooooooo looooong winded, my hand hurt, I never had time to get it all down, and I gave it up. though I'd love to give it a go again. something more personal then the facebook chronology of my life or my blog :)

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  40. Fantastic Idea. hmm what will I be doing in five years retiring hopefully I'll be 63 and totally ready for it emotionally but not finacially. Oh well one out of two isn't bad. Please give me a chance to win a journal and we will have to compare our pages over the next five years.
    beadsbyandra@gmail.com

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  41. I've never seen a 5 year journal before- what a great idea. It sounded intimidating but looks very user friendly. Hope 2014 treats you kindly, Lori! Christie

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  42. Happy 45 Lori !! Wish you healthy, fun and creative years ahead :)
    I have read "The Happiness Project" and would love to win a journal to work with !
    Thanks for the opportunity to win these...
    Kaushambi
    kaushambis@gmail.com

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  43. I have a passion for blank books and would love to win. thanks for doing this!!!

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  44. What a beautiful idea! I too will hit 45 this year. Aaaargh!!!

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  45. What a nice giveaway! I am raising my 2 girls over the next 5 years I am sure we will have lots of memories and firsts.

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  46. It's time for me to start journaling again....thanks for this lovely giveaway!!
    ~smiles~

    Sharon

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  47. It's years since I kept a journal (about 20 actually!) and it might be fun to do something like this! Happy New Year Lori!! (and just in case my email is melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  48. It's years since I kept a journal (about 20 actually!) and it might be fun to do something like this! Happy New Year Lori!! (and just in case my email is melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  49. I definitely have a weakness for journals. I LOVE to write but I never end up writing IN them. LOL

    Hopefully if I win one of your gorgeous journals, I'll be able to write in it everyday and actually stick to it :)

    Thank you for such a great giveaway!

    2014 will hopefully be both our year to be happy and, most importantly, healthy!

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  50. What a wonderful challenge and a great giveaway! I'll definitely share on my FB page and on twitter. No blog this week, I've got 3 grandkids here or I would put it out there also. I do love blank pages! I want in!

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  51. Fabulous contest. I shared your post as well because I have some friends I think would like to win this! (:

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  52. I have never seen a five year journal. I think this would be great fun

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  53. I have never seen a five year journal. I think this would be great fun

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  54. I would love to this. I have thought about doing this for yrs, but never have. I was going to make my own journal...but seems like life and beads seems to get int he way!!!

    Happy New Year!!

    Cindi

    Muttilouthomas@gmail.com

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  55. What a great idea to spread the love of writing and journaling - if only I could be as entertaining as you.
    http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

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  56. I haven't kept a journal in years. Maybe its time to start!

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  57. I loved the happiness project and had my book group read it last year, and I love the idea behind each of those journals.
    What a lovely idea to pass these on to others. Thank you, Lori!
    Karen
    spokalulu (at) Gmail (dot) com
    http://http://spokalulu.wordpress.com/

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  58. What a great idea. You are always such an inspiration!

    sterlingsunjewelry at gmail dot com

    http://clay-space.com

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  59. Wow, you're amazing, Lori! you inspire me! Thank you!

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  60. I really like this concept - the Q&A is an awesome book. This year has to be less pressured for me because if I don't take care of me, I can't care for my husband.

    ~cryssT

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  61. This is a wonderful idea! Www.pijworld.com

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  62. This is awesome! I would love one of these! Www.pijworld.com

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  63. This is a wonderful idea! Www.pijworld.com

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  64. This is a wonderful idea! Www.pijworld.com

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  65. I have tried and failed to journal many times. LOL. Maybe a line or two is just what I need to do to make it a success! :)

    zenithjade@yahoo.com is my email. Not sure if it's listed on my google+ profile or not, so here it is to be sure!

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  66. I was just told about the happiness project about a week ago. Have yet to read about it but it is on "my list". I have also just retired so maybe a journal about what it is like to NOT work at a fulltime job would be a kind of cool thing to do. I am 2014 is good to you and that only good thing and positive energy comes you way Lori.

    Debbi

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  67. Wow, I will have a lot of change in my life in 5 years. For sure at least 2 moves and 3 homes. What a great thing to do for four lucky people. okililmummy (at)gmail(dot) com

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  68. What a great idea! Thanks for the opportunity. Sorry if this is a second comment from me. When submitting the first it said try again. lilmummylikes.blogspot.com

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  69. I love your blog hops! I look forward to them, and am very excited you're adding another! Strength and peace to you <3

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  70. oh, what a lovely gift, I didn't know this product :)
    my email: joyblonde at libero.it
    I prefer not to have it in my profile :)

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  71. Happy 2014 to you, Lori! Here's hoping it's a healthy and happy one for you and your family! What a great idea - journaling from now until fifty! It will not only be a wonderful look back for you one day, but it will be a present to Zack that he will dearly appreciate - an intimate look at his mom's thoughts and feelings.

    Barb Solem
    vivi.magoo.presents@gmail.com
    ViviMagooPresents.com

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  72. I love the idea of a one sentence journal. I used to journal daily, but fell out of the habit with 'life' getting in the way as I got older. (I'll be turning 44 this year). I think I would like to use one of them as an inspiration journal - posting ideas, swatches, inspirational quotes, photos and such that inspire me to create or be a better person!!

    As always, thank you for all that you do for US!! ~KM

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  73. I haven't written in a journal since the 70's. If I don't win one of the journals, I might get one myself.

    Blog: lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
    Email: lamplightcrafts@msn.com

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  74. Wow these journals look amazing and a great idea! Thanks for the chance Lori!

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  75. This is such a great idea Lori! I was actually thinking of starting a journal this year myself anyway, so if I'm not lucky enough to win, I will start one anyway! Thanks for sharing these titles with us.

    Happy New Year!

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  76. I think living in the moment is a great idea Lori and I wish the very best for you in 2014. I will be 46 this year and I think it will be interesting to see what the next 5 years brings! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  77. Writing in a daily journal is something I've been meaning to 'get to'. I'd love to win one of those lovely journals to get me motivated.

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  78. Lori, I have decided to do just as you described - live in the moment, one hour, one day at a time. Planning any further ahead causes me more frustration, which leads to more pain, which is why I can't plan ahead. It's a vicious cycle that I'm quite sure you're familiar with! I'd hope over the next 5 years (I, too, will be 45) I'll look back at the entries and there'll be less pain, depression, frustration, hopelessness, sadness, and fatigue, and more happiness, smiling, laughing, doing, energy, joy, and actually looking forward to waking up, getting excited about what the day has to offer, and appreciating every little thing, doing things with my friends and family and Jasper Sterling, and having fun! This is our year, we'll make it so! Peace, Love, & Sunshine (and lots of hugs <3

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  79. I would love to win one because I bought myself a nice one and then my husband said he needed one to do bills in and so I gave my new one to him so it never got started and I didn't get around to buying another one...Even though we have computers we still feel better about writing everything down...I am guilty...lol...So if ya got the time and don't mind could ya throw my name in the hat....ty so much girl and feel better bye for now

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  80. Anonymous8:30 AM

    I have written a journal on and off for years. Currently I write in a journal for my 2 grandkids. When we spend time together I write about it in each of their journals.
    God Bless you!
    Donna
    gamadonna1@gmail.com

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  81. What a fabulous journal! I want one even if I don't win one!

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  82. I used to journal and haven't in a long time so this would be a great way to get back into it!

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  83. Thanks Lori! Carrying through on using the journal for 5 years would be a major accomplishment in itself!

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  84. hey Lori,
    I would love to join in ! I love journals! I use them to put all my art ideas, thoughts, everything! Thank you for the chance to win ! debrasheart.blogspot.com
    dgibson@bak.rr.com

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  85. My word for this year is 'observe' and with lots of firsts such as our son graduating and possibly joining the military, our company expanding, our 20th anniversary and me turning 50 in there somewhere, the next 5 years is going to be interesting. I'd love to write it down and be able to look back at it - great give away Lori. www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com

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  86. Journaling is my goal for 2014, I really feel the need to connect with paper and pen. I might blog the journey, might not. I may keep it for myself to grow and enjoy. This is such a lovely give away!

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  87. Lori,
    I would love to win one of your four journals, I love to journal, I have kept journal for many years
    but, I would love to win one of the "Happiness" journals. Being disabled due to disease, I can't always write a page or two, so to have questions to answer would be great, it would also help me to stay positive. Thank you for the chance, it's a great gift for a giveaway... Sincerely Barbara Hopkins

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  88. Wonderful idea, I have journaled for some time and it is my moment to myself, I would love one of your journals!

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  89. Something I've been meaning to do for a long time now, would love to win one! Thanks Lori :)

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  90. This is a wonderful idea! I've got something in the pipeline along these lines, because this is a big year for me - so many changes!

    Wish you and your family a wonderful 2014!

    -Ammu

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  91. What a great giveaway, I would love to win one of those journals!

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  92. karen s
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  93. Oh, there is definitely much I want to experience in the next 5 years. Three years ago, my husband and me went on a 1 year world trip (www.weltreise.name). My first son was born in June 2013, and this September we are going with him on a short world trip (6 months). And if everything goes right the second child will mean the next journey. Family on the road!
    Live your life instead of reading what others are doing :)

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  94. Sounds like a wonderful idea...especially the five year part. Will be able to take a look back at all that happened!

    Blog: torchfairy.blogspot.com
    email: faywolfendendesigns@yahoo.ca

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  95. Come Rain or shine, good or bad, everyday brings a ton of blessings that are all noteworthy. Happy new year!

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  96. Lori Dear you are going to be truly thankful when you open your 50th birthday journal present. Life goes by so quickly and we forget the little things that mean so much. Journaling them will be a wonderful reminder. I am grateful for you and your blog my friend. How very generous of you to share your journals. Happy New Year Dear...

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  97. I would love to win! While I don't journal myself, my niece loves to have notebooks to write things down in!

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  98. I think these journals are a wonderful idea! My blog may be about quilting, but I also make jewelry and love your blog.

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  99. I haven't bloged sience forever but my News Year resulation is to do the very best that I know how in every situation. I do journal. Every time I see my little 9 mo grand daughter I come home and write what she did and how I feel. she is my first grand child at my advanced age. Be blessed to be a blessing. and HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  100. very nice idea,do really need to do that! lots of things are lost in mind memories!

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  101. sounds like a very interesting challenge!

    cookiesmasher5@yahoo.com

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  102. <3 and anything that gets me journaling on a more regular basis would be wonderful! Thank you for your friendship and continuing to be an amazing inspiration!!!!

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  103. How awesome of you! I would love to win one of those journals! The 2 you mentioned with prompts and quotes sound like lots of fun but winning any of them would be great! Thanks for the chance!

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  104. Great Lori! If I don't win, I might get one for myself anyway. A great way to write everyday.

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  105. I could use some journal reflection. I kept a journal for a long while then stopped. It could be time to start again.

    Xo,

    Heather P.
    Spunkyrealdeal
    hef117(At)gmail(dot)com

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  106. I,ve seen these and they are great, thanks for the contest.

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  107. Wow! Thanks for the fun giveaway! I actually looked at buying this book for myself not too long ago, but ended up getting another kind and gave it to my little cousin for Christmas. Would love to have a copy of this for myself! :) Happy 2014 to you!

    (I tweeted about this giveaway here ~ https://twitter.com/susanaudrey/status/419295058697793536)

    susanfobryant at gmail dot com

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  108. Great giveaway and perfect timing if I win. I just joined in on a Digital Caravan Journal by Tangie Baxter and a blank journal would be awesome to win. Here is my email...christinads at gmail.com
    Thank you!

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  109. Mary L8:10 AM

    I don't expect to win. The purpose of my comment is that I think it is great to see these blogs and hope it really encourages people to journal on their own. I am going to write a child's story for 2014. Thank you.

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  110. Stephanie Price9:39 AM

    Hi Lori!
    What a wonderful giveaway! I don't yet have a blog, but's on my list to do this year. I DO journal tho!

    I wish everyone good luck in the drawing and if I'm lucky enough to be one of the four, I'll be just over the moon :D my e-mail is: elementalx@ymail.com

    Thank you, and take care!
    Steph

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  111. How wonderful of you to do this Lori. I lost my job five years ago and ask myself, what have I done?! Journaling the next five is just what I need to do.
    A thought - it would be fun for you and the winners to periodically read/share your entries for a specific day during the five years.

    Wishing you all the best in 2014...day by day.

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  112. what a glorious & generous giveaway!!!
    please count me in!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  113. I'd love to win a journal

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  114. This is a fun idea. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. My word for this year is joy. How fun to track all the joy in my first year and then see how those seeds grow. Happy New Year, Lori

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  115. These are sure interesting - as usual, a lovely giveaway. Lori, I hope and wish you have a fantastic in-the-moment 2014! May your days be filled with joy!

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  116. Yes please!!! 2013 was the worst year of my life(brain tumor, surgery, radiation, hair gone, people asking if my hair is growing back yet--heck my head hasn't grown back together yet and what's growing out of it looks more like cobwebs then hair!) I am so glad it's over--2014 is going to be amazing--I would love to have a journal to keep track of it!
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

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  117. I think I am too late for the drawing but I want to wish you a happy new. You had a lot of hard ships last year but still acccomplished more than most people do in a life time. I cannot wait to see were you are in 5 years. I hope you will continue to share your wonderful life with us both the ups and the downs. That is life.

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  118. Lori, I just read the comments people left you and I am totally inspired. I am going to keep a journal for the next five years. I will start today. I read the first step in fulfilling your dream and goals are to write them done. Goals and Dreams will be my first entry. Thank you Lori. PS Will be the first time in my life journalling.

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  119. What a wonderful giveaway. I would love to journal about my 'retirement' life. Thanks for the chance to win.

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  120. Great and generous giveaway Lori! Yet again you've inspired all of us. Please add me to the list. even without winning this is something I may consider.
    email is: wirednan13@hotmail.com

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  121. Sounds like a fun challenge!

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  122. Sounds like a fun challenge!

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  123. I missed it but stopped by to say Happy New Year!
    xox jean

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