Welcome to Refresh with Dawn Herring!

Welcome to Refresh with Dawn Herring blog. I'm so glad you stopped by to peruse the transcripts from #JournalChat Live and Links Edition.

You're also welcome to join our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group where we share quality journal keeping content for your journaling practice!

Have a fab day and don't forget to refresh yourself!

Be refreshed,

Dawn Herring

Refresh with Dawn Herrng

Host of #JournalChat Live on social media

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#JournalChat Comes to Periscope!

Hello to my fellow journal keepers and #JournalChat Live contributors and readers!

I wanted to let you know that I am actively a part of the Periscope community. Periscope is an app you can download on your Smart Phone and either watch/engage in live broadcasting. I talk to you direct by live video and you can comment on what I discuss. You can follow me @DawnHerring where I talk about Creativity, Building Your Creative Practice, where I talk about Refreshing yourself and Investing in Yourself in 2016, and I am also sharing excerpts from #JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE contributions from those who share on their blogs about their journaling practice, based on the topic I share in the invite.

If you'd like to join me there, just download the app, log in with your Twitter account, and follow me for fab creativity and journaling and art journaling and watercolor discussions! I'm having a blast and would love for this delightful #JournalChat Live community to join me there!

You don't have to do any broadcasting yourself. Not necessary. But you can join me live when I go live and contribute YOUR JOURNALING VOICE to the conversation as well as your 5 Minute Refresh Ideas and Your Creative Practice.

I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and having a #JournalChatJam good time! Won't you join me?

You can also join our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group where we share all kinds of cool links that take you to inspiring content to keep you journaling and art journaling to enhance the quality of your life.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016


I am sooooo excited to announce our very first #JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE for this New Year of 2016!! Yay!

OPEN HOUSE, you say? Yes, Indeed.

I love the approach of offering a juicy journal keeping topic for all you journal keeping enthusiasts so YOU have the opportunity to share YOUR JOURNALING VOICE with our community and around the world on Social Media. Yay!

So, we are already in the month of January as we've kicked off this New Year of 2016. Sooooo, I've decided to hold the OPEN HOUSE for January and February.

And our Terrific Topic is....(drum roll, please!) Your Journaling: The Greatest Investment. Ah yes! You may be asking, what do you mean by the Greatest Investment?

Allow me to explain.

We all have things in our lives that have truly impacted our daily experience for the better. Well, why not share that story, right?

In the #JournalChat context, this is what I'm looking for:
I would love to know if journaling has been one of the Greatest Investments in your life OR if Keeping a Journal has LED YOU to one of the Greatest Investments of your life.

We keep journals to express ourselves, to create positive change, and become more personally empowered, right? So, we may see journaling as one of the Greatest Investments of our lives. AND/OR we may have experienced clarity and clear direction as a RESULT of our journaling practice that has led us to something that truly changed our lives for the better.

Whatever angle you choose to share The Greatest Investment is totally up to you: Whether it's journaling itself or something that journaling helped you discover. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
I thought so!

I also have SUPER FABULOUS NEWS in regards to this #JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE: I am now EXPANDING our venue to not only focus on written journaling but Also VISUAL JOURNALING. This can include Art Journaling, Collage, Doodling, etc. However you do Visual Journaling, you can create a Visual in your art journal and share your Greatest Investment visually with your blog post.

I happen to be a very Visual Artist so I've decided to offer opportunity for those who are primarily Visual in their journaling process. And you can also mix it up and share text and image to express The Greatest Investment in your life.

This Great Investment can be in Any Dimension of your life: Relationships, personal growth, friendships, opportunities both personally and professionally, etc. (Hint: My Greatest Investment enables me in my Creative Life...ssshhh. I'll sharing in my submission, so stay tuned!)

If you are interested in being a part of our January/February #JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE and would like to have your blog post featured, check out the information below.

Here are the Refreshing Guidelines so you know how you can make the most of sharing your GREATEST INVESTMENT STORY:

1. You can write a blog post featuring Your Greatest Investment, either as your journaling/art journaling practice or what that practice led you to. 

2. You can include a NOTE that you are writing about your Greatest Investment as a contribution of being a part of our #JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE. If you include a LINK to www.dawnherring.net , which is my website, I will share a link to your Greatest Investment Post on my website on my #JournalChat Live Favorites Page. 

3. Once your post is published on your blog, you are welcome to send me a link to your post direct to me by email at refreshwithdawnherring@gmail.com; if you send me a link, I will share it personally on social media as a part of our JANUARY/FEBRUARY OPEN HOUSE EVENT. Please include your Twitter handle. 

4. You are welcome to share your post on Twitter; if you use the hashtag #JournalChat and #OPENHOUSE, I will RT it!

5. Once all of the submissions are in for the months of January/February and have been shared on Social Media, I may choose one that resonates the most with me and/or has truly touched my heart in a deep way and share it very specifically (with your permission, of course) on a LIVE PERISCOPE BROADCAST! Yes! I will mention you as author of the post and I will read a portion of it so others can hear your fabulous JOURNALING VOICE.

And that's why I heartily invite you to JOIN ME on Periscope, the new Live Video Broadcast Social Media App that I am engaging in. (I have posted several scopes at my blog, Refresh Daily.) Just connect with me @DawnHerring on Periscope. I will, of course, let you know who has been chosen and when I'll be going live to share this fabulous content.

So, there you have it! Do join us for our #JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE as we kick off this Fabulous New Year of 2016. Let's talk about our Greatest Investment in our Journaling Community. Our Stories are so important and the value of sharing them cannot be overstated.

I look forward to your Greatest Investment stories, whether they be journaling/art journaling based or if your practice led you right to it. Are you ready? Great! I'll be looking for your emails sharing your links to your blog posts...

And remember, YOUR JOURNALING VOICE is what makes #JournalChat Live what it is. And that is very fine indeed!

And if you're not a member of our #JournalChat Live Community on our Facebook Group, do join us! We share lots of inspiring journaling content, such as blog posts, articles, prompts, and encouragement to keep you writing and creating in your journals!

Have a fabulous time telling your Greatest Investment Story, share it with me by email,  and I'll see you around on the #JournalChat Live Social Media Circuit!

Have the BEST NEW YEAR EVER with your journal!

Monday, December 28, 2015

My 2015 #JournalChat Live THANK YOU!

This has been an exciting year for the #JournalChat Live Community on Social Media. :)

I wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to those who have directly contributed to #JournalChat Live in some way, through direct content, direct live discussion, and through sharing journaling resources for those in our #JournalChat Live community.

Plus I thought a look back with the events that were held can give you an idea of what #JournalChat Live is about, especially if you're new to our community!

I was excited to break new ground with #JournalChat Live DOUBLE FEATURE Events, hosted on both Twitter and Facebook, with a full reach to both audiences and journal keepers.

Our first event was held in January  featuring a panel discussion with special guests, Vicki M. Taylor, Naomi Arnold and Rafranz Davis. Our topic was Your Journaling: Life Intentions. 

Our second event was held in April featuring a panel discussion with special guests, Madeline Sharples, Debra DiPietro, and Kelly Epperson. Our topic was Your Journaling: Mind Magic. 

JUNE was a very special time in the #JournalChat Live Community as we celebrated 5 years of #JournalChat Live! And this was the first time the event was held as an OPEN HOUSE which was a totally new approach to our #JournalChat Live Community! And we had a blast sharing THE GREATEST BENEFIT of our Journaling practice. Here is the commemorative post from that event.  Special Thanks to all who contributed to this very special event and celebration!

With Back to School in September, we enjoyed another OPEN HOUSE on Social Media, with folks contributing posts with our topic, Your Journaling: LIFE LESSONS. I shared some special guidelines to give contributors the most visibility for their contribution.  A Special Thanks to all who contributed to this event! You can view all of the contributors and their posts here.

It has truly been an exciting and fun #JournalChat Live adventure as we discussed, shared and benefited from our journaling practice and had such delightful camaraderie on Social Media.

If you keep a journal or want to, our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group is an awesome place to find quality journaling content, including journaling and art journaling prompts, blog posts, resources to sign up for, and answers to your journaling questions.

I also wanted to give all of our #JournalChat Live Community Members a heads up about a new venue I am contributing to that you may have heard about: Periscope! Periscope is a Live Broadcast Video medium where you can join the conversation LIVE! Yes! (You have to download the free app on your iPhone or Android device.) My handle you can follow on Periscope is @DawnHerring, and I have shared about My Creative Practice, including my Journaling, Art Journaling, and my watercolor painting. You are welcome to join me there and be a part of the conversation!! I am looking forward to seeing you on Periscope. You can view two of my Periscopes here and here.

So that's a recap of our #JournalChat Live year of 2015.

I so look forward to more OPEN HOUSES and Fabulous sharing on social media wherever you choose to connect.

Just remember, no matter the approach or venue, in our #JournalChat Live Community, YOUR JOURNALING VOICE MATTERS. We want to hear about how journal keeping has had an impact in your life. So, stay tuned for future #JournalChat Live topics, and join our Facebook Group where you can share your journaling content to help other journal keepers and to celebrate how journal keeping can be an empowering practice to help us all leave our meaningful mark in the world!

I wish for you the VERY BEST YEAR OF JOURNALING you've ever had in 2016!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

#JournalChat Live September OPEN HOUSE!!

Hello to my #Journaling and #JournalChat Live Friends:
I have GOOD NEWS to share with YOU!

We are having an OPEN HOUSE in September...and YOU are invited to not only attend but to contribute! Yes, YOU!

I have in mind LIFE LESSONS as our topic in conjunction with Going Back To School...so what can you contribute?

As a direct result of your journal keeping practice, I'm sure you have learned some Life Lessons along the way...you know, those A-Ha moments that come as you write and you think, oh wow, where did that come from? What have you learned about yourself, your relationships, your work, your identity, your connection with Spirit, or ANY LIFE DIMENSION where you have learned something that has changed you and your perspective for the better?

I'd love to know! Journal Keeping is such a powerful, life enhancing tool, that it's worth sharing about, right?

So, you're welcome to contribute  to our LIFE LESSONS conversation for our September OPEN HOUSE on Social Media.

Here are the Refreshing Guidelines so you know how you can make the most of sharing your LIFE LESSON STORY:

1. You can write a blog post featuring a LIFE LESSON you learned as a direct result of your journal keeping practice.

2. You can include a NOTE that you are writing your Life Lesson post as a contribution of being a part of our #JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE. If you include a LINK to www.dawnherring.net , which is my website, I will share a link to your Life Lesson Post on my website on my #JournalChat Live Favorites Page. 

3. Once your post is published on your blog, you are welcome to send me a link to your post direct to me by email at refreshwithdawnherring@gmail.com; if you send me a link, I will share it personally on social media as a part of our SEPTEMBER OPEN HOUSE EVENT.

4. You are welcome to share your post on Twitter; if you use the hashtag #JournalChat and #OPENHOUSE, I will RT it!

I am sooooo looking forward to reading your LIFE LESSON that you have learned as a direct result of your journal keeping practice. Journaling is an empowering tool...I love to show how empowering it is!

And of course, #JournalChat Live Events are all about giving Journal Keepers a Journaling VOICE so they can share how journal keeping has made a difference in their lives.

Do join us and we welcome your contributions to our September OPEN HOUSE!!

If you aren't already a member of our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group, now is the perfect time to join, so you can be a part of this OPEN HOUSE and even share your Life Lesson Story!!

Thank you all so much for being a part; #JournalChat Live just wouldn't be the same without YOUR JOURNALING VOICE! See you there!

(And don't forget to refresh yourself!)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Refresh Journal is Retiring!

Hello to Subscribers and Readers of Refresh Journal:

I wanted to let you know, after 4 years of Creative and Refreshing content for your inbox, I have decided that it's time to Retire Refresh Journal.

Many hours of energy, creativity, thought and implementation have gone in to Refresh Journal with the goal of giving you a fresh perspective in all of life's dimensions.

I wanted to thank all of those who have personally signed up to receive Refresh Journal in your inbox. I appreciate the interest you have shown in keeping up with #JournalChat Events, getting inspiration and encouragement for your journal keeping practice as well as refreshing activities that lift your spirit.

I also wanted to thank those who have read and left comments about how much you have enjoyed the content.

I decided to Retire Refresh Journal for several reasons one of which is to make more time and have more energy for my artistic pursuits, as many of you know of my intuitive watercolor painting and art journaling practices, which I greatly enjoy and I hold very close to my HEART.

In order to Honor changes and shifts taking place in my artistic and family lives, I will focus on the areas of my work that continue to refresh and uplift me as I share with you my creative perspective.

Here are ways you can stay connected with Refresh with Dawn Herring:

First, you can subscribe to Refresh Daily, my newly artistically-focused blog, where I share my artistic point of view in all of life's dimensions, including my art journal process, art journal and journal prompts, my juxtaposition wardrobe designs, my life insights, and my artistic path in general.

Second, you can join our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group where we post journaling prompts, blog posts and articles to help you with your journaling practice and give you inspiration for your next journal entry!

Third, you can connect with me on social media through Your Refreshment Connection! on my website.

And if you're looking to work with me privately to find creative strategies to activate your creative center, you're welcome to check out Your Life Refreshed! or contact me direct at refreshwithdawnherring@gmail.com to get more information.

I'm so excited with the artistic and authentic path I am creating for myself and I'd love to have you come along with me (If you aren't already!).

Thanks for showing interest in the work that I do; I so appreciate your kind and generous feedback!

Have a fabulous day and don't forget to refresh yourself!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE 5 Year Anniversary Commemorative Post

Welcome to our Commemorative Post featuring our very first OPEN HOUSE where YOUR JOURNALING VOICE TAKES CENTER STAGE, with a focus on our 5 Year Anniversary of #JournalChat Live!!

Below you will find the content shared by our Facebook Group Members, #JournalChat Live Previous Special Guests and #JournalChat Live Contributors all sharing THE GREATEST BENEFIT of their Journal Writing Practice.

I want to say THANK YOU for those who contributed such valuable content, showcasing the best of what you experience keeping a journal. So without further ado....

Here are the posts that were shared by our #JournalChat Live Community:

Poetic Prize by Sarah Herring, Princess Poetry, #JournalChat Live Contributor and FB Member

Happy Fifth Anniversary, #JournalChat Live! by Madeline Sharples, Choices, Previous Special Guest and #JournalChat Live Contributor and FB member

My Journaling: The Greatest Benefit by Rochelle Campbell, The Notebook Blogairy, #JournalChat Live FB Member

Reclaiming Peace, Reclaiming Me by Marianne Ingheim Rossi, Journaling for Your Life, Previous Special Guest and #JournalChat Live Contributor and FB member

Hearing My Voice in a Noisy World by Jill Winski, The Artist's Nest, Repeated Previous Special Guest and #JournalChat Live contributor and FB member

Affirming What I Am: My Greatest Benefit from Journal Writing by Debra DiPietro, Warm Milk Journal, Repeated Previous Special Guest and #JournalChat Live contributor and FB member

Journaling: The Greatest Benefit by Carrie Aulenbacher, #JournalChat Live Contributor and FB Member

Journaling for Self Improvement by Susan Ekins, Women Making Strides, Previous Special Guest, #JournalChat Live Contributor and FB Member

The Greatest Benefit of Journaling by Hannah Joy, The Stressed Out College Student's Destination, #JournalChat Live Contributor and FB Member

My Greatest Benefits of Journal Writing: A Short List by Mari McCarthy, Mari's Journal Writing Power Blog, CreateWriteNow, Previous Special Guest, #JournalChat Live Contributor and FB Member

Journaling Evolves as I Evolve by Kelly Epperson, Previous Special Guest, #JournalChat Live Contributor and FB Member

It was Such a Delight to have so many of you share your journaling benefits, your journaling path, and your journaling and life insight with us! Thanks for making this Very First OPEN HOUSE a success!

If you would like to be a contributor to our next #JournalChat Live OPEN HOUSE, Stay Tuned! You're welcome to sign up for my monthly Refresh Journal where I will share info about our next event as well as other great content to keep you refreshed and empowered!

And if you keep a journal or want to, come and join us on our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group where we share blog posts, articles and journaling prompts for your next journal entry!

Have a fab day and don't forget to refresh yourself! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015



Yes, it has been five years that I've hosted #JournalChat Live on Twitter and Facebook. (I did do a stint of it for about 6 months prior to that June but took a school year off before I started in up again as #JournalChat Live. So I'm counting from that re-start, just for your FYI.)


So guess what? I'm holding our first OPEN HOUSE to all journal keepers on both Twitter and Facebook! What does OPEN HOUSE mean exactly?

Well, YOU are invited to CONTRIBUTE a blog post on YOUR BLOG to help us CELEBRATE! YES! I'm so excited about this...

Here's what we're going to do:
Our topic for this very special time of  CELEBRATING 5 YEARS is Your Journaling: The Greatest Benefit. Yes.

I talk a LOT about the Benefits of journal keeping, don't I? I emphasize what a powerful tool it is!

This is Your Opportunity to share what a powerful tool it is for YOU! 

All you need to do is write a blog post detailing the Greatest Benefit you have received from keeping a journal. You can also include your favorite journaling technique to show HOW you use your journal.

Once your #JournalChat 5 Year Celebration blog post is able to be shared, you can tweet the link, post a status box on our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group, or you can email me direct at refreshwithdawnherring@gmail.com to send me a link. I will share links I receive directly by email in a special #JOURNALCHAT 5 YEAR CELEBRATION COMMEMORATIVE BLOG POST that I will share on social media, on my website and in Refresh Journal. 

When you post your #JournalChat Live celebratory link on Twitter, please use the #JournalChat hashtag and a #5years hashtag in your tweet and I will Retweet it.

My goal with this #JournalChat Live Open House is to celebrate the benefits of journaling as well as the delightful and insightful content that enhances our thriving journaling and #JournalChat communities.

I want this time to be readily open to all journaling voices so we can all learn from each other as we share our journaling benefits that show was a powerful and life changing tool journal keeping really is.

**I will share some links and RTs on Twitter and Facebook beginning May 18th. So have your blog post ready to share. We will be celebrating throughout the month of June!** 

I so appreciate all the fabulous content and the many SPECIAL GUESTS that have joined us Live on Twitter and Facebook who have added their insightful wisdom with journaling and have given us an inside view of their practice so we can learn from them.

I also appreciate others who have shared and contributed their journaling voices. Each journaling voice is highly valued. 

Note: If you haven't already joined our #JournalChat Live Facebook Group, NOW is the TIME so you can join in on the celebration!


Enjoy journaling your greatest benefit and don't forget to refresh yourself!