How to start a journaling practice + a glimpse into my journal.
If you’ve been following me for a while or perhaps read my morning and evening routines, you'll know that I’m a big believer in the practice of journaling. Whether a quick five minutes to jot down some scattered thoughts over a cup of coffee or 20 minutes carved out on a Sunday afternoon to reflect on the past week and set an intention for the week ahead, it's something I try to make time for every day.
Journaling allows me to reflect on where I’m at in the bigger picture of my life, helps me stay in touch with my goals and how to achieve them, but also acts as a means to remind myself on how far I've come and to be grateful for how I've gotten to where I am.
You'll come to find that writing out your thoughts will help you to get to know yourself better and navigate you through overwhelming times, by seeing how you managed to do so previously. It’s also a time to just have a general check-in with yourself on how you’re feeling, what you're working on or as a way to set a positive intention for the day ahead.
So, if you're looking to start a journaling practice of your own or just looking for some fresh writing inspiration, I've compiled a list of prompts that I often ask myself, to inspire you.
And keep on reading to see my answers to those questions, random quotes, musings, brain-dumps, and just a general glimpse into some of the things I write down daily.
I hope to remember that I gave my all, always. I hope to look back and say that I remained true to myself in everything I did. Listening to my intuition when it comes to every aspect of my life and removing who- or whatever doesn't serve me.
I hope to remember the laughs and hugs and times I got to play. I hope to remember everyone and everything that brought me a true feeling of happiness and I hope to remember the times I got to return the favor.
I hope I can genuinely say I loved and received love in return. That somehow, in some way I managed to make at least one person’s life better.
I hope to live up to become the person who lights up a room, who laughed louder and hugged harder and ultimately managed to love more and more through every phase of my life.
(21 February 2019)
Written on a tough day: “What am I doing in this world and what do I have to contribute?”
The lowest of lows are often needed to bring on much needed change. This is how you find yourself.
Good things today:
Peanut butter and banana toast.
“You Might Find Yours” by Tom Rosenthal
On creating and moving forward:
My focus is now on where I want to be, how I want to get there and if I’m working towards things that empower me, not what others expect of me.
I often feel like I’m grasping air, with no idea where I’ll end up. But I also know so much is out of my control and all I can truly do is reach out, collaborate and work deeply on getting to know myself, so as to keep creating in a way that feels true to me. There's so much out there, is my work saturated?
Affirmation: “Trust is key” and I am not going to rush anything.
Stop stressing about HOW things will work out and just know that if it feels authentic, it will. I trust that everything that belongs in my life is making it’s way towards me right now.
“SUCCESS IS ABOUT CREATING BENEFIT FOR ALL AND ENJOYING THE PROCESS.”
I’ve come to learn that I will never be one of those people that simply show up for life. I want something more out of all of this.
Affirmation: I was made for great and wonderful things. All I can do is trust that as long as I remain true to myself, the universe will bring those things over my path as soon as I am ready to receive them.
Life is an internal ebb & flow. Remove the beginning and end mentality.
Look at how far you’ve come, be grateful, remind yourself of that. Keep on reminding yourself that you’re doing all of this because it should feel good, and serve you to become the ultimate human being you dream of. If it feels forced, or not in line with who you are- why are you doing it?
(May 2019) Intention for today: be more observant. Notice all the small things and how the world looks after the rain.
I’ve come to realize that I don’t have a competitive bone in my body, and no part of me wants to fight anyone to get to the “top”.