You Want Me To Do What? Journaling For Caregivers by B. Lynn Goodwin

Book Review
Title: You Want Me To Do What? Journaling For Caregivers
Author: B. Lynn Goodwin
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Released: 2009
Pages: 160
ISBN-10: 1606962973
ISBN-13: 978-1606962978
Stars: 4.0

You Want Me To Do What? Journaling For Caregivers is a little book that just might save the sanity of anyone who is a caregiver and can understand the therapeutic benefits of writing and how important it is to manage powerful emotions. You could be looking after an elderly parent, relative or friend with Alzheimer’s, cancer, or any number of diseases, a special needs child, or simply need an outlet for processing your emotions or unleashing your creativity. Journaling’s power to heal is great; it can relieve stress and lift your spirits, heal wounds and enhance mental stability.

B. Lynn Goodwin has compiled a book of inspirational prompts which encourage the journal keeper to write even when they may not be able to think of something to write about. She talks about how writing can save lives, how you can write your story, and how you can get started, and she also writes from the perspective of someone who obviously knows what she’s talking about.

Author B. Lynn Goodwin is a freelance writer, former caregiver and retired drama and English teacher who worked in both high school and college. Her writing has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and e-zines. In addition to teaching workshops on caregiving and writing for other publications, Lynn writes reviews and author interviews for Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.comand is the founder and managing editor of the e-zine, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in October 2007.”

You Want Me To Do What? packs a whole lot of understanding and motivation in a pocket sized book that you can easily carry with you in your purse or book bag, everywhere you go, so that whenever you’re feeling inspired to write (or even when you’re not), you’ll have an outlet. For beginners, this book offers sections broken down into Thoughts About Me, Thoughts About Caregiving, Thoughts About the One I Care For, and Thoughts About Reclaiming Myself, as well as simple but encouraging prompts such as:

• Today I feel…
• The truth is…
• No one knows I worry about…
• When I want to escape…
• If I could change one thing in our routine…

and dozens and dozens of great starters as well as ten terrific writing tips to help you to put your thoughts and feelings down on paper.

“This journal is your personal record of your emotional truth. It is a place to heal and grow. Don’t judge away your negative thoughts. They are only thoughts – not actions. Instead of banishing them, keep writing…Nothing is too petty, too silly, too stupid, or to weird to be included.”

You will probably need to buy your own blank journal to write in because you’ll ultimately need the space, but this companion guide for journal writers is perfect to get you going. It makes a fantastic and inexpensive gift: the kind of gift that will keep on giving.