• Joaynna Cook

The Beginning.

Updated: Dec 22, 2019

Finding the Writer Within.

In past seasons of my life, blogging, journaling, or writing of any kind was always a chore for me. I was diagnosed with dyslexia in high school, and it helped explain a lot of my frustration around the subject. As I have grown, I have noticed it is not only a necessity but also an area I want to grow in.

In the last couple of years, I have struggled with anxiety, and a big thing that always comes up as a coping tool is journaling. I had tried journaling as a part of self-care or to keep track of memories. Without fail, I came up with every excuse in the book not to write. I just kept telling myself, "I'm a bad writer, and I have nothing to say." It was a belief I held for a long time. Therefore, my thoughts stayed swirling in my head until I got so fed up with them I would talk about it. If that didn't happen, I was bogged down for days, and then eventually, they would think themselves away, just swept under the rug.

Over the summer, I spent six weeks in a 200-hour yoga teacher training. As apart of my training, I was required to journal daily, which included thoughts, notes on my practice, and gratitude notes. I dedicated myself very specifically to this task. If I couldn't get all the homework (cough... asana sheets), then at the very least, I would stay dedicated to the journaling process. This incredible process brought up so much feeling that writing it down just became natural.

Since then, I have felt a connection to writing, and it has become part of my routine. Most of my writing up until this point has been personal journalling and not for the world to see. I am pushing myself to extend my writing onto this blog to share thoughts, memories, and experiences of my travels.

Which brings me to the travels...

Why Postmarked Abroad?

I am jet setting on an adventure for three months of travel and only travel (AH! WHAT!). As this crazy dream started to become my reality, I knew that I wanted to document and journal as much as I could as I went along. Then as I began to share this next chapter with almost everyone who would listen, I also realized that everyone asked how they could follow me along this journey from home. With all of that, I wanted to explore my passion for photography to see where it could take me.

The more I planned, the more these three ideas merged. I decided to create and post photos, videos, blogs, e-letters for myself, and anyone who wants to follow along (and the innocent bystanders on my Instagram.)

I found this cute idea of purchasing a postcard for every day of travel. Then, write what you did that day on the back and then putting them together as a neat keepsake and travel journal. This was not my idea, and I found it on Pinterest (judge me all you want).

Together, all this brainstorming birthed the idea of Postmarked Abroad!

My hope- is to get on a regular schedule of writing and sharing my adventure; the good, the bad, and the ugly, for the time I am here.

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