Monthly Archives: July 2014

Creative Writing Journals

In April 2013 I came across a book called Writing Down the Bones. Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg. Intrigued and searching for a book that would help bring my inspiration back, I picked it up. There are a lot of great tips about getting into the habit of writing every day, but one of the suggestions in the book stood out to me the most.

Natalie Goldberg suggested that one journal should be set aside for just creative writing. Growing up I had a lot of journals (I still do, actually). Some were strictly for personal entries—like day-to-day accounts of what had gone on during a daily basis, while others were set aside for whatever creative thoughts for whatever creative thoughts that I wanted to scribble down. However, looking back on those creative journals now, I’ve come to the realization that I was so disorganized in my writing. There are journals that only have a few pages filled while the rest of the pages remained blank because I was stumped at what to write next. When another spurt of inspiration came I’d start another journal, not wanting to ‘mess up’ what I already had written, most of the time these journals sat unfilled.

Goldberg suggested that the creative journal entries should be headed as “Writing Practice”. When I started using this system over a year ago I found that using the “Writing Practice” suggestion helped my not only filly my empty journals, but also help my inspiration and willingness to write more every day. Currently, I’m in the beginning of my third creative writing journal since April of last year. Since I started using this format I have found ways to organize my writings even more.

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Using this highlighting system has really helped me organize my “Writing Practice” entries. I’ve also moved to start the first entry in a new journal back at “Writing Practice #1”. This is something that helps me see how fast I can progress.

As mentioned previously, I do keep my personal and creative writings separate Again, I do this to keep myself organized. I really recommend this book especially if you’re having trouble starting out your creative writing journey. One of the greatest aspects about writing is that there is always something to learn. Finding ways to keep you developing interest in writing is half the fun of being a writer.



Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin Stystems Review



Acne, blemish, pimple; whatever you refer to those annoying spots that sprout on your face and other parts of your body, they are frustrating. I’ve suffered from mild acne for about ten years. I’ve tried so many different face washes over the years: Clean and Clear, Neutrogena, Yes to Tomatoes, and ProActive just to name a few. None seemed to work. Some dried out my skin, others did absolutely nothing. In my freshman year of college, I was talking to one of my friends who also suffered from acne. She recommended Clinique. Even though it was expensive she swore by it. Since I was a mere poor college student, I scoffed at the almost $70 price.

Two years ago my Mom gave me a trial size Clinique acne solutions clear skin systems for Christmas. I was so anxious to try it. After using the solution for three days I started to see a difference in my face. There were a few stubborn pimples that had popped up out of nowhere were already almost completely gone. Thoroughly impressed, I continued to use the kit until it was gone. When I went to purchase the full size version I was disappointed that the price hadn’t changed. Foolishly, I was determined to find a cheaper acne solution. So here I am again, I’ve tried even more drugstore acne solutions that either caused more break outs or simply sat on my face doing nothing. I’ve decided to bite the bullet and order the full size kit because it works. Really works.  

The Clinique acne solutions clear skin systems comes with three treatment steps. Step one is a cleansing foam. The cleansing foam is supposed to help clear and prevent acne. It also removes dirt and excess oils, unclogs pores, calms, soothes and reduces redness. All of this leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and comfortable. Step two is a clarifying lotion. This is a medicated formula that exfoliates to clear dead surface cells and reduces excess oil that can lead to breakouts. Like step one, step two unclogs pores. The clarifying lotion also boasts to soothe irritation and redness without drying. Step three is the all-over cleaning treatment. This benzoyl peroxide lotion helps treat existing acne and help prevent future breakouts.

Clinique recommend using this kit twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. However, my skin is too sensitive to use twice daily. So I use it once a day before I go to bed and still have amazing results.

Hopefully this review will aid some of you into trying Clinique for your acne troubles. Please be aware that all skin is different. What works for me may not work for you.

Take care!