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The JoClub Community Speaks

JoClub is a community of journalers bold enough to share their thoughts with the world. Our membership is for anyone who wants to make lifelong connections with other people who want to dive into self-improvement, mental clarity, and journaling for life.


Here’s what some of our members have to say:

“Being a part of JoClub has given me more insight into how effective incorporating journaling is. In result, we have evolved into an international community in which I am so grateful to be a part of.”

-Mary Bell

“I’ve been journaling for most of my life –  it’s something that anchors me and always brings me back to my center. 

So, by joining JoClub, I get that same grounding experience, but times 20 (or the number of members at each meeting)! What never ceases to amaze me is the depth to which we go each session, and how our unique inputs enrich each other. 

It’s been the coolest experience to be a part of such a wonderful international community where we grow and evolve together.”

-Rita

“Being a part of JoClub has been so dope. It’s allowed me to journal in a different way. I felt really stuck in my writing. I was less frequent in my journaling but using the prompts and being a part of the group has helped me be more accountable. Which has allowed me to go deeper with myself. I am so happy I found JoClub!”

-Mariah

“When I first joined JoClub, I wanted to build my journaling habit and possibly meet like-minded people. Our Discord group gives us the opportunity to interact on a daily basis and foster these global friendships. The connection among us, particularly as we grow, continuously becomes more and more gratifying. Our dynamic remains unmatchable.”

-Maryse


Don’t forget to grab your copy of
The Global Journal – Issue 2.

JoClub members came together around the world to create a new monthly digital magazine where JoClub members share the insides of their journal entries, insights and passions, leaving you inspired, and connecting you to the community.

PS: By joining JoClub, you don’t only get access to the magazine, but have the opportunity to help create it!


Join JoClub here.

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The Sweetness of Shared Privacy

I have always felt that journaling is a very personal thing, and to be honest, before joining this Journaling Club, the idea of sharing didn’t quite convince me. 

If I had finally found a space where I was beginning to understand my ideas, why expose myself again to feel those barriers that often limit my words?

Yet I did it, and here I am! After several months in which I have read the words of people from all over the world and they have read mine, I only have one thing to say: YES! Breaking into that privacy is totally worth it. 

So, what would I say to that version of me who was hesitant to open up and share? 

I’d say: Just do it! 

In JoClub, you will hear such heartfelt, expressive entries that will, unknowingly, help you subtly and lovingly to see the world with new eyes. 

Yes, I know, saying out loud what you think is scary, but when you realise that more people identify with it and even expand your vision, you feel amazing and less alone. 

You will find people from all over the world that, despite having very different backgrounds, different ages and being in different stages of life, we have something in common: the interest in our personal development and having a better life experience, while we use words as the vehicle for our souls to express themselves. 

So I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the club- thank you for sharing a little piece of yourselves, for your always refreshing, profound and valuable words. Thank you for being you, for having that view of the world and thank you because together we continue to move forward on the path of being better versions of ourselves and having a better life experience from now on. 

Love, Bren.


Brenda is a medical writer and language learning enthusiast. She is madly in love with journaling, and she works on achieving her dream of becoming a polyglot content creator.

Connect with her on Instagram and find her blog here.


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Journaling: A Journey To Self-Confidence


Acknowledging that I struggle with self-esteem was ironically, a hit to my self-esteem.

I’d somehow convinced myself that I was a confident person who didn’t care about what other people thought of me, well, for the most part at least. What I discovered through journaling was that I deeply cared. I was terrified of failure and the rejection that I believed would soon follow. 

The truth is, sometimes I feel like my words aren’t worthy of being written down or said. Like if they’re not eloquent enough then I shouldn’t share them. And so, I listen. And at this point it’s so ingrained in me that sometimes people are surprised I have strong opinions about things. I’m always considered the quiet one, even though the commentary in my mind is anything but. A lot of the time I’m too busy worrying about saying the wrong thing and feeling like I’ve failed somehow. It wasn’t until I forced myself to write every day for a full year that I began to feel comfortable with sharing vulnerable truths not only to myself, but with people on the other side of the world. 

I think journaling gave me the permission I needed that I couldn’t give myself. It provided me with a way to speak without needing to be asked or heard. I was thinking about things I hadn’t considered before, and I was being honest because I had finally allowed myself to be. I got used to listening to myself and became more confident in sharing my thoughts with others in JoClub sessions, as I came to understand their value.

I’d love to say that I’m now this super confident person who doesn’t care about what other people think of her. The truth is, I’m still struggling with it. In theory and on paper I don’t care but in my personal life, it’s been difficult to follow through on the sentiment. It feels hypocritical in a way, valuing authenticity but not being brave enough to live it fully. What I do know though is that I am now committed to this journey of helping myself get to that point, and I know that journaling will have a big part in that.


Noa is a recent uni graduate currently trying to figure out what to do with her life. In her spare time she can be found starting new craft projects instead of finishing the ones she’s already started, watching too much tv or writing.
Connect with Noa here: @writingsbynoa_


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How Joining a Journal Club Changed My Life

Contributed by JoClub Member: MARYSE S. MARIUS


I’m 21 and I love writing with a pen.

I wouldn’t say that I was always a journaler, but I did have my moments. My mom always tried to motivate me to keep a daily account of my life. She did back then, and still does now. She always made sure I had an empty agenda book, or two (pre- headed with the dates), but trust me, I always had the pens. She always said it doesn’t have to be a lot of writing, just write the most important things from each day. She would regularly give me prompts and hints to get started. I did my best but I always met the next year with an almost perfectly unused agenda. I knew that I’d love to have a routine, but it was difficult.

I joined JoClub to build my journaling habit and meet like-minded people. I mean after all these years, I needed a push, right? As an introvert, this was already a big step for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect. When Jo launched the Instagram page, this was pretty cool. Using her words, “This account will take you inside of strangers’ journal entries from around the world.”

Such an adventure! How can you say no?

31 May, 2020. First session. I was completely sold.
18 July, 2020. Membership. I found my community.

JoClub hosts 2 Zoom sessions per month. With each session, we all learn a little bit more about each other through our journal entries and discussions. These moments allow us to be more introspective and to dig deep. We have journal seminars, journal slams, Bring Your Own Prompt events, Plus One events, and even member- co-hosted journaling sessions! These all include live journaling and journal entry readings.

In addition to all this good stuff, we have our Discord group! It gives us the opportunity to interact on a daily basis and foster these global friendships. We have a variety of channels: #thecoffeeshop, #reading-list, #love-to-love, #prompt- suggestions, and more.

To make sure we stay on track with our journaling, say hello to our daily emails with the prompt of the day and food for thought, accompanied by song recommendations.

The connection among us, particularly as we grow, continuously becomes more and more gratifying. Our dynamic remains unmatchable.
With JoClub, when we open up, we can either find our global twins, or sometimes, we find comfort in discovering that we’re not alone.

The JoClub family is love.


Maryse S. Marius is a creative non-fiction writer documenting her life experiences in words. She was born and raised in Saint Lucia 🇱🇨 🏝, and loves learning languages.
Connect with her on Instagram: @MaryseSMarius


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I Joined JoClub at 3AM.

Contributed by JoClub Member: LEA SEEG


JoClub has been on my Instagram feed for quite a while before I decided to take a step further and see what it’s about. I have been following Jo for a while, mainly because of her polyglot content. When I was going through a rough time last year, I felt the need to let go of some thoughts, and writing them down was always something I unconsciously came back to. 

So, one sleepless night at 3 am I saw a post about JoClub, and I thought to myself: “Why is Jo so passionate about journaling? Should I do it more regularly?”

So I clicked and signed up. And it’s one of the best decisions I made in the last year. 

First of all, journaling in general. Are you kidding me? Taking a moment every day to reflect on what is happening around me or inside me did so much for my mental health, and also for the relationship I have with myself. Writing brings closure for me. Closure with thoughts I don’t know where to put or how to deal with usually. Thoughts I don’t want to share with anyone else other than myself. It almost feels like having an insightful and deep conversation with yourself. 

Apart from helping me to find peace in stressful moments, it also helped me find inspiration for creative projects I have been wanting to start. It encouraged me to just keep writing and writing until I started liking the things I put out. 

Second of all, the members. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? It’s such a lovely community of like-minded people from around the globe. In this club, everything I could ask for is coming together. Everyone is so open, lovely, and willing to discover new things. The amount of support I’ve witnessed in both the discord group and the sessions warms my heart and makes me smile just thinking about it.  

I don’t want to miss JoClub, as cheesy as it sounds, but it became a stable part of my routine over the last couple of months.


Lea Seeg is a creative and comedy writer from Germany currently living in the Netherlands. On her Instagram account (@Leansdayaddams) or in her meme/comedy newsletter, she does what she’s most passionate about, entertaining people.
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Or read more of her stuff here: https://leaymary.medium.com/


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