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5 Negativity Releasing, Happiness Inducing Journaling Prompts

Happiness was once something I only dreamed of.
I didn’t know what I wanted to be, do or have.
I just knew I wanted to be happy.
Sometimes I wouldn’t even allow myself to dream of it.

Fear of disappointment.
Fear of success.
Fear of change.
And unbearable doubt plagued my mind.

If you would have told me 10 years ago that by the time I was 26 I’d be happily married, with an amazing son, a career, a beautiful home and that I’d be living a life of joy…

I would have told you to F off.

I never believed I could be happy.
I had so many beliefs around happiness that blocked me from having it.

Beliefs that I’ve learned how to let go of and I want to let you know you can too.

It is always a matter of choice.

Today’s journaling prompts will show you how to begin to identify some of your limiting beliefs so you can begin to open up to more joy in your life.

That is, if you choose.

JOURNAL TIME!

Write down and answer the following:

What do I believe about being happy?
What stops me from being happy?
How will I know when I am truly happy and fulfilled?
Where am I willing to allow more happiness into my life?
How will my life be different if I choose to experience happiness on a more regular basis?

 

Happy journaling! And as always please share your thoughts/feelings/insights in the comments box below.

p.s. As of TODAY, I am officially a certified life coach! If you want to break free from self sabotage and discover YOUR joy and purpose, go here to set up a consultation with me.

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Let’s Talk About Suicide

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Today my husband Alex and I participated in a local walk for suicide prevention. One of my biggest realizations? Not many people want to talk about it. And not many people care about it until it’s too late.

I would like to be part of a movement which changes this. One that says, “Let’s talk about it. Let us understand it so we can do something about it.”

And so…

To all the people who have ever wanted to end their life:

The ones who think they’re a waste of space.
A lost cause.

To those who have given up on the world.
Who have lost hope.

You are not alone.

I was insane.
Maybe I still am.
But I’d rather be insanely honest with myself,
Than a liar.
I’d rather be me.

I’d rather tell you that thoughts of suicide still creep in from time to time.
Because it makes the truth and importance of my words much greater.
My voice is louder than the voices of the past.
My heart is stronger.
My mind is clearer.

There is hope.
There is help.
People might tell you you’re crazy,
But not nearly as often as you tell it to yourself.

Don’t believe the voice that says you don’t matter.
But don’t try to pretend it isn’t there.
Instead say proudly, “I hear you,
But I am not you.”

“You are just a part of me.
And yes you’re really loud.
And yes I know you want my attention.
I love you.”

All this part of you wants is love.
Acknowledgment.
A precious moment of silent sincerity.
In which all that is required is a sigh of relief.

We’ve got to take time to celebrate ourselves.
And each other.
And all the annoying details and differences in between.

I don’t know why people wait to celebrate others lives until they’re dead.

Find a reason to celebrate your life right now.

Journal time. Grab something to write with and on and…

Make a list of at least 20 things you love about your life.

 

Today, reach out to someone who might need some encouragement. Be an uplifter. And allow others to uplift you. When you allow others to help you, you help them feel good too.

It’s not about being perfect.

It’s about being you.

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Drop Everything

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And dance.

Then journal about it if you want to.

Just enjoy being alive.

Because you can.

And you deserve to.

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15 Reasons to Feel ALL of Your Emotions

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As human beings, we have feelings. Lots of them. You know this. But, we forget it’s okay to feel. We’ve been taught to be nice or be good or “STOP CRYING!” It’s ridiculous.

Feelings are meant to be felt. And Expressed. And given a voice. You’re always going to have them, so why not acknowledge them and learn to appreciate them?

You’re not your feelings, you’re just the one experiencing them.

That said, here are 15 (really good) reasons to feel your emotions:

  1. If unexpressed, you’ll never be or truly feel free. Truth is, you are free. And you deserve to know it.
  2. When you don’t go through your feelings, you’re likely to continue handing over your power to your unconscious mind, where unexpressed emotions reside.
  3. If you do this, it will only get worse.
  4. If you do this, your relationships will suffer.
  5. If you do this, YOU will suffer the most.
  6. If you stuff it all down, you’re still going to (unconsciously) attract similar feelings + situations and people who intensify the feeling.
  7. When you express it, you tell your subconscious “I am important. What I feel matters.”
  8. And “I deserve to feel.”
  9. And “I am good enough.”
  10. And “I don’t have to be perfect.”
  11. When you express your (true) feelings, you learn to be honest with yourself. This is painful, but powerful.
  12. By doing this, you increase your capacity to love yourself.
  13. And you increase your self awareness. This allows you to address the feelings before they start to run your life.
  14. Which allows you to create a better relationship with yourself.
  15. And better relationships with others.

And now, it’s JOURNAL TIME! Here are 5 journaling prompts to get you to connect with your emotions. Write down and explore each of the following:

Time to be honest with myself. This is how I really feel about life:
I know it’s okay to be angry. And I now know how important it is to express it. These are the things that piss me off:
This is what I realized and felt after exploring the previous prompt:
This is why it’s okay:
I also know it’s okay to be happy. These are all the things I am excited about:

 

Don’t be afraid to let it all out. Your journal is the best place to do this.

 

How did this post + the prompts impact you? Please share in the comments box below. 🙂

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Inspiring Video from Kate – A Fellow Young Journaler

Kate shares her journaling experience + offers some fun suggestions for how to get started, what to write and how to be easy with yourself when it comes to journaling.

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Being vs. Doing

Let today be less about doing, and more about being.

Let it be more about remembering who you are and why you’re here.

Just let it be.

Stillness births new ideas greater than action. Do take action, but make sure that you are calm, you are cool and that you’re doing it because you want to. And if it is something you don’t want to do, but know you have to, ask yourself this: What do I need to remind myself of in order to feel better about this task? What can I choose to focus on that feels a little bit better than just dreading it?

Patience.

That’s what I need more of.

Patience with myself. With the world. With the way that everything is unfolding.

I’m learning it.

Trust.

Trusting myself. Trusting that all is well. Trusting that I can do this.

I’m growing it.

Reminding.

Reminding myself of what I’ve accomplished. What it took for me to be able to accomplish it. And knowing without a shadow of a doubt that I can do it again.

Yes, I can.

Because I want to. And that wanting and that desire is greater than the stress. It’s greater than the fears that are surfacing. It is greater than my old ways, old beliefs, old…stuff.

I am being.

The absolute best version of myself that I can be.

JOURNAL TIME!

Write down and answer the following questions:

What do I need to do when I’m starting to feel overwhelmed?
What activities most nurture my patience?
How can I accept this situation + learn from it?
How can I accept myself?

 

When you’re done, take some deep breaths and wrap your mind around this:

All is well. <3 <3 <3

Bonus: Make a “to be” list, rather than a “to do” list and share it here! Who do you choose to be today?

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Love Letters and Long Goodbyes (A Journal Time Exercise)

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Adin wanted to announce that today is Journal Time. And he’s pretty cute, so I said okay.

So the title of this is super emo, huh?

Shrug.

Over the past couple weeks, all of these old memories (good and bad) have been surfacing.

I started thinking about all the people I’ve ever crossed paths with and I felt a deep sense of

love and gratitude.

The first I love yous.

Last goodbyes.

I wondered if they were experiencing the same thing.

It was nostalgia galore.

It was as though my body was saying goodbye to each person.

Each memory.

They’ll always be there.

But, I’ve committed to this new me.

The one who doesn’t drink or do drugs.

The one who doesn’t cut herself.

The one who doesn’t need you to accept her.

The one who instead meditates every day.

The one who wrote a book.

The one who is following her dreams.

And refuses to give up.

That’s who I want to be.

My stake is in the ground.

My heart, illuminated.

I’m not afraid to say goodbye to the past.

I love you.

Goodbye.

 

Are you ready to get nostalgic with me? Grab a journal (or a piece of paper or whatever you kids write on these days) and begin by writing down these questions:

If today were my last day on this planet who would I still have something to say to?

What would I say to this person or these people?

 

After answering these questions, write a letter to each person. Tell them exactly how you feel. Tell them thank you. Tell them you’re sorry. Whatever you need to say, say it. The universe will deliver these letters energetically whether you send them or not. The person will feel it. And you’ll know. And they’ll know. That it’s time to move on. It’s time to take back the parts of yourself you’ve given away. And give back the parts you’ve taken. We all deserve to live full lives as whole people.

And that’s exactly what writing these letters will begin to do.

If you’ve feeling extra brave and you feel like you need to send these letters, by all means do it.

Above all, have fun.