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Full disclosure: If, at any point in my first 25 years on this planet, you would have told me that I would end up being a writer, I would have burst out laughing—loudly, complete with audible gasps and possibly with an unpleasant snort or two. All this to say, I came to appreciate the benefits of writing later in life. 

Before diving in, if you are interested in focusing on personal journaling, be sure to check out my recent series dedicated to that topic, Crafting Your Path to Journaling with Bold Gratitude

The Many Benefits of Writing

  • Heal the Past: Emotional Release & Reflection
    Imagine writing as a confidante, always there, patiently listening. No judgment, no expectations. Studies suggest that expressive writing, pouring out our deepest feelings and traumas, can lead to significant emotional and psychological healing. When life throws us curveballs, writing provides a sanctuary where our feelings can be processed and understood.
  • Ignite Hope for Tomorrow: Navigating Through the Maze
    Jotting down goals, aspirations, and future plans? That’s not just daydreaming; it’s a scientifically backed method for achieving them. Research shows that those who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Writing provides a tangible roadmap, charting the path to where we aim to be.
  • Enchant the Present: Catalyst for Personal Growth
    Ever caught yourself lost in the mundane routine, feeling disconnected? Enter the power of mindful writing. It’s about being present, noticing the world around us, and translating it onto paper. As Valter Hugo Mãe beautifully articulated, “It is urgent to live enchanted.” Writing can be that spell, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, creating a sense of wonder in the common.

“It is urgent to live enchanted.”

—Valter Hugo Mãe

The Stories We Hold Within

Each one of us holds a mosaic of experiences. Stories of triumph, tales of adversity, moments of laughter, and times of introspection. Writing them down not only shares our narrative but often reveals hidden insights and nuggets of wisdom we might’ve missed otherwise.

Writing as a Tool for Empathy and Understanding Others

Writing transcends personal reflection, becoming a window into others’ lives. By embracing various perspectives in our writing, we engage in an empathetic journey, understanding diverse experiences. This practice not only enhances our comprehension but also fosters a deeper connection with the full human experience.

Tips for Embarking on Your Writing Journey

  • Purpose and Intention
    Start by asking, “Why do I want to write?” Is it to heal, to explore, to share, or maybe even to teach? Understand your ‘why.’ It’ll be the guiding star on your writing voyage.
  • Establish a Ritual
    Think of this as setting a date with your thoughts. Maybe it’s a quiet corner in a café, a morning ritual with your favorite mug, or an evening wind-down with a journal. Find your sweet spot and make it special.
  • Genuine Voice
    Your voice is uniquely yours. Let it shine through your words. Authenticity builds connection, and trust me, readers can feel it.
  • Feedback and Growth
    Writing, like any skill, flourishes with feedback. Consider joining a writer’s group, sharing with friends, or attending workshops. Embrace feedback and wear it as a badge of growth.

The Ongoing Voyage of Discovery

Writing isn’t just a one-time event; it’s an ongoing voyage, a commitment. There will be days of smooth sailing and others with choppy waters. But as Brené Brown wisely pointed out, “At the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of my life, I want to say I contributed more than I criticized.” Let your writings be your contribution.

“At the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of my life, I want to say I contributed more than I criticized.”

—Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Call to Action

Ready to begin your writing journey? Whether you prefer the classic pen and paper or the digital canvas of a keyboard, take that first step. Remember, the world needs your stories, insights, and unique perspective. And if you’re looking for a sign, well, this is it. Start today.

With gratitude, 


  • Lainie Rowell

    Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Educator, TEDx Speaker

    Lainie Rowell is a bestselling author, award-winning educator, and TEDx speaker. She is dedicated to human flourishing focusing on community building, social emotional learning, and honoring what makes each of us unique and dynamic through learner-driven design.

    She earned her degree in psychology and went on to earn postgraduate degrees in education. An international keynote speaker, Lainie has presented in 41 states as well as in dozens of countries across 4 continents. As a consultant, Lainie’s client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Google to school districts and independent schools.

    Lainie is the author of Evolving with Gratitude, the lead author of Evolving Learner, and a contributing-author of Because of a TeacherHer latest, Bold Gratitude: The Journal Designed for You & By You, is an innovative and interactive gratitude journal that empowers individuals of all ages to embrace their unique preferences and express gratitude in their own way. Learn more at