Concluding our series of posts spotlighting the 2014 featured Expo presenters is this delightful set of responses from Nathan Ohren, host of JournalTalk, a bi-weekly podcast featuring expert advice and inspiration on journal-writing.
Nathan will be speaking on the topic of Journaling for Business and Career Development at the 2014 Journaling Expo.
Where did I spend my childhood, and what were some happy memories growing up?
I grew up in a small suburb of Los Angeles, CA called Simi Valley. On my 3rd Christmas, I must’ve been a really good boy because Santa Claus brought me a set of TWIN SISTERS. The three of us grew up together with very little television, reading “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, and designing our very own board games from pennies and cardboard cereal boxes. I am still very close with my sisters to this day.
When and why did I start journaling?
In my teenage years, I became very troubled about who I was supposed to be and what I was meant do in the world. On many levels, I felt like I didn’t fit in with my peers, and thought a lot about suicide. My parents were divorced and making sense out of their own lives, and I didn’t feel I could turn to them for help. I studied several different religions, searching for the Ultimate Truth. I embraced some of them very fervently, still feeling conflicted. The friend that helped me to hang on to hope was my journal, which I kept very secret, because it was just another clue about how weird I was.
On my bucket list?
I love to travel, meet new people, taste new foods, learn new languages, and see the wonders of the world. I love to take trips, short or long, far or near, to discover new parts of our planet. There are some amazing things in my own backyard I’ve never seen such as the Grand Canyon, and many, many things in other countries which call to me.
Next Thursday we’ll post an important announcement about the Expo. Stay tuned … and Happy Holidays, in the meantime!