Camino Journal: Entry No. 1

Part 1: Preparing


As I begin the Camino de Santiago with journaling in preparation for my pilgrimage this September, I feel compelled to write what I’ve come to know thus far as a wife, mother and human being. Yes, this feels like the place to begin. With who I am now. I look forward to – and am open to – how I will grow on this journey and to witnessing my transformation through my words and experiences, through the trials, triumphs and truths I find along The Way.

Buen Camino, Angela.


This I Know…


I am a creative soul with a huge heart

I am a seeker of truth, beauty and goodness

I am a channel for love and light

And I desire to connect others to their own truth

How will you use your gifts now, sweet soul?


I am flawed, but I am also brave, bold and beautiful

I am skinny, but I am strong in body, mind and spirit

I believe that love is the way – it is what unites us all

I believe that with an open heart anything is possible

How will you let yourself shine even brighter?


I love my husband and my children with all that I am

I need to learn to love myself more than I do

I need to trust and let go more than I do

I need to step out of fear and fly

Note to self for the zillionth time: You are worthy.


I feel the need to leave behind the distractions of this life

I feel the need to take the time to be quiet and to listen

At 50 years old, I am wise, but I have so much to learn – so much

I’m eager to be a better version of me

Open your heart and mind to the lessons of your soul, sister.


And so I begin

Sono luce. (My Italian for “I am light.”)



P.S. Fun fact: This pink leather journal was handmade in Italy and purchased at Homegoods. Much of my DNA is already in this little book!


Copyright 2018 Angela Martin

Guest post by Angela Martin, a truth-seeker, writer and award-winning author who writes on her contemplative journey in the second half of life. Angela is co-leading the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage with Nancy Murray, September 14-23, 2018.