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Book review: Let It Out

A book all about journaling exercises? Yes, please! I have long been a journaling enthusiast. I have even previously written about some of the journaling exercises I use on a regular basis. So when I heard about Katie Dalebout’s new book, Let It Out, I knew I had to check it out.

The book contains 55 different journaling exercises that you can use in various life circumstances. The tools span everything from increasing focus to overcoming key limiting beliefs that are holding you back from accomplishing what you want to in life.

This is definitely a book that is geared towards people who are already committed to doing some serious self discovery. It doesn’t go much into the benefits of or the research behind journaling, so don’t expect some sort of a journaling treatise. Do be prepared to dive right into the practice of journaling. This isn’t a book you will necessarily want to sit down and read cover to cover. Not all of the tools will apply to everyone. You may just want to flip through and see which ones look appealing to you, or jump to a specific section that addresses what you want to work on — whether that’s getting more organized or getting over your fears. Some of them are intended to be used in specific situations — such as if you’re faced with an impending breakup or trying to clarify what you want out of your career — and some can be used at any time or even daily to gain deeper self-awareness.

Dalebout draws from the works of some of the biggest names in metaphysical and spiritual literature, such as Louise Hay and Marianne Williamson. Some of her tools are based on exercises from other works, such as Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and some she developed through her own journey of using journaling to help combat her body-image issues and struggles with anorexia. (Side note: if you are struggling with addiction, eating disorders, or other serious issues, journaling can definitely help you work through the underlying psychological factors, but please seek professional help.) Some of the tools do seem to have a little more thought behind them than others, but ultimately, how you use them and what you get out of them is up to you. As with any tool for self-help or personal growth, the results you experience will depend on the effort you put into it.

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