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A raw, real morning rant by Carrie Leigh Sandoval
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A Raw, REAL, Unedited Morning Rant + Two Journaling Prompts

A raw, real morning rant by Carrie Leigh Sandoval

This morning (actually yesterday morning), I decided to do some free writing journaling. Or is it free-writing?

And by decided I mean I woke up and the words started pouring out of me.

That hadn’t happened in a while and I was really grateful it did.

I love journaling prompts, but sometimes I just need to write, you know?

Here goes my rant (sloppily hand-written in my journal and lovingly transferred to the blog for your reading pleasure):

I woke up from strange dreams of different planets and things I’d never seen. I woke up with these words in my mind:

“The world around me is in chaos, but I am at peace.”

I’ve been writing “how to” articles and all about the keys to this and that, but those mean nothing if you can’t connect with me.

I don’t want to be another person in your life who talks at you. I don’t want to be someone who you feel less than or better than.

I want us to be equals.

I don’t want to feel like I have to follow all the rules to be accepted.

And I don’t want “being accepted” to be the goal of anything. For anyone.

I don’t want censorship to dictate my way of speaking.

I don’t want to be a robot.

I don’t want to be perfect.

I just want to be me.

The me that knows I’m still in tact when I make mistakes.

The me that doesn’t follow all the rules.

The me that doesn’t strive to fit in.

The goal of life is not to blend in, it’s to stand out.

It’s to become more of who we are, not anyone else.

This is how I feel right now.

This is who I am right now.

This is my truth RIGHT NOW.

And I want to know yours.

I want to hear it.

I want to read it.

And I know there’s a part of you saying, “no you don’t.”

“No one cares about me.”

“I’m not that important.”

But you are important.

You do matter.

Your words, your actions, but most importantly your way of being – matters.

Despite your circumstances, your diagnoses, your past, whatever it may be. Despite whatever voice plays in your mind like a broken record.

I wish I could convey this so you’d never forget it.

You are worthy of ALL the GOOD this world has to offer.

You are worthy of connection to the highest part of you.

You are worthy of connection to other people.

You are enough.

And as I write this, I cry because I feel it too.

I don’t think you need any more “tips” or advice.

I have this feeling all you really need to know is, you’re not alone.

You’re not alone.

 

 

Feel like journaling today? Here are two journaling prompts to get you started.

What do I need to express today?

What do I want to experience more of in my life?

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3 Journaling Prompts to Encourage Self-Discovery

Self-discovery is one of the main goals of journaling. When I first began writing it was because I felt lost and had no idea who I was or who I wanted to be. It helped me connect back to the part of me that was greater, wiser and more confident than my thoughts and circumstances.

There is one constant in your life.

It’s you.

Other people will come and go, but you remain.

Which is why taking time to truly know yourself is one of the best things you can do. When you know how you operate, you’re less affected by what’s going on outside of you. You become more of a deliberate creator and conscious choice-maker.

Some people say journaling and other forms of self-care are selfish. I disagree. When we take care of ourselves and take time to know what makes us smile, laugh and cry we have more to give.

Which reminds me of this quote:

“The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness”
― Esther Hicks

So, do yourself a solid (you deserve it!) and take 30 minutes to journal today. Here are a few prompts to get you started.

Journal Time!

Write down and answer the following questions:

What makes me laugh?

What opens my heart?

What makes me want to be alive?

What did you learn about yourself today? How will you use this information to help others? Please leave your comments below!

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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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Please Welcome Mari McCarthy!

This post is by Mari McCarthy of CreateWriteNow.

Do You Have the Morning Pages Advantage?

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Whether or not you’re a “morning person,” you probably agree that those first few moments after you wake up are a different kind of consciousness. You might feel a little foggy-headed, for instance, half still in dreamland, if you’re the type that operates best in the latter part of the day. If you’re an “A” type of personality, you may feel most sharp in the early morning.

Either way, it’s a special time. Maybe you can find new discoveries in your semi-dreaming awareness; or those of you who wake up raring to go probably benefit from the thoughts and plans that come to you first thing in the morning. So this post is a suggestion to use those early moments for something truly transformative.

I’m talking about journal writing. And not just any journal writing, but Morning Pages journaling. Julia Cameron invented the practice a couple decades ago, describing it in detail in her classic book, The Artist’s Way. The basic idea is to write stream-of-consciousness thoughts, filling up three pages every morning right after you arise.

Morning Pages are like sleep or a great meal or a swim in the ocean in that they refresh our minds so that we can approach the day with positive energy.

At CreateWriteNow, we realize that the hardest thing about journaling may well be the part about getting started. It’s often prohibitively difficult to start a new healthy habit. We generally prefer the status quo and dislike change. Yet if we could just get started, our lives would improve!

So that’s why we recently created the 12 Days of Morning Pages. Available both as a course delivered to your email inbox over the 12 days, as well as in ebook form, the material provides an easy entry to your daily practice.

A healthy lifestyle must include support for various parts of the self. Of course eating nutritious foods and getting enough exercise are important. A peaceful home life and work that fulfills you are also key. Good friends and lots of fresh air help a great deal. But perhaps the most important aspect of a healthy lifestyle is emotional support. If you feel strong emotionally, you think just about anything is possible.

A journal writing practice is a free and always available path to emotional strength. The Morning Pages can open up the wonders of journaling, and our new course will bring the Morning Pages home to you like a long lost lover.

Do you have a Morning Pages habit? We’d love to hear about it. Please share in the comments.

 

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Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Create Write Now (http://createwritenow.com), the Personal Growth Journaling Place. Mari offers counseling and encouragement to journal writers through her many online journaling resources, as well as private consultations. Mari’s teachings and workbooks center around journaling for self-discovery, self-growth, and self-healing. 12 Days of Morning Pages (http://www.createwritenow.com/12-days-of-morning-pages) is her latest emailed course, providing a gentle entrance to a life-changing practice.

 

CHYEAH!
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1 2 3 4 Years Sober (Journal Time!)

CHYEAH!

 

Yep, that’s right.

I’ve been sober for four years.

From EVERYTHING.

Not a drink.

Not a puff of the ganj.

Nada.

Chyeah!

I’m excited (if you can’t tell).

For two reasons.

That being the first.

The second,

I feel better than any drug ever made me feel.

Why?

Because I’m doing what makes me happy.

I feel in total alignment with the highest most

creative and confident part of myself.

 

When you’ve got that, you don’t need much else.

You know who you are.

You know what to do.

You’re ready.

You’re willing.

You trust.

 

And nothing can take that away from you.

It’s that simple.

 

JOURNAL TIME!

First make a list of 10 (or more) things you’ve accomplished throughout your life.
Then, write down and answer the following questions:
What qualities did I need in order to overcome these things?
What can I do today to nurture these qualities?

 

*Bonus: Give yourself (and your journal!) a big ‘ol hug and say,

“THANK YOU!”

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Al Einstein, You Rule.

You know when something totally awesome and unexpected happens and it feels like it’s almost to good to be true?

And then the ol brain kicks in and says it is too good to be true.

And proceeds to do everything in its power to convince you that good things aren’t happening.

Yeah.

Then you also have those moments where you completely take in and allow the good feeling to envelope you.

I prefer that.

But there is a part of me that does not.

I call her fear.

She’s afraid to let that love in.

So, how do we convince fear that everything is just fine?

 

First, pay close attention to how you’re feeling. She (or he) will creep up on you. I’m not saying this to scare you, but to reassure you that you have a choice. Find a way to love yourself anyway.

Second, when you realize what your thoughts are and how they’re making you feel, make a decision. You can decide to continue to have the thought or you can look for one that feels a little better. What will bring you a sense of relief and put you at ease in this moment? What do you really need right now?

Third, do something different.

I believe it was Albert Einstein who said:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Makes sense right?

We got to where we are because of the thoughts we’ve had. Those thoughts became beliefs. A belief is just a thought that we think over and over again.

Which means, we aren’t doomed.

It’s an addiction.

A pattern of thought.

Yet, as we choose and keep choosing who we want to be and how we want to feel, we become stronger. Our brains may take a little while longer to catch up with our dreams.

The only way to help fear out is to love her (or him!) anyway.

 

It is so important to have a plan in place when you become aware that you’re having thoughts that make you feel like punching things. And if you haven’t found the perfect formula, well I don’t think anyone has.

The best formula is knowing that you’re strong enough, good enough, smart enough, capable enough to find a solution. And maybe the only solution is knowing.

 

So your JOURNAL TIME exercise today is to write about what you have done that has worked for you.

What is helping you grow?

What makes you feel good?

What can you do to ensure you are focusing more upon that?

What will you do to make yourself feel better next time you’re aware you’re in a negative thought pattern?

 

For extra credit:

Post in the comment section how you think continuing to focus on what IS working for you will impact you.

 

 

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Invoke Your Journal

iloveyoujournalSo if you’ve been keeping up, you’ve caught on. Friday is and will always (until further notice) be “journal time!” day which is the term I coined in my book.

I will give you creative prompts to make your journaling intentional and fun.

I believe in the power of journaling.

I have seen and continue to find evidence of the amazing things I’ve overcome and the amazing goals I’ve accomplished in my life with the help of my journal.

Journaling

is

the

shit.

In fact in my journal I just completed I wrote down,

“I have decided to unapologetically use the word shit more often.”

So there’s that.

 

The photo is an introduction to my new friend, who I’ve decided will be my most magnificent manifesting journal of all time.

EVER!

 

Today, I’d like to encourage you to explore what you’d like to accomplish with your journal, by writing down and answering the following questions:

What do I wish to create?
What do I wish to heal?
Who will this journal help me become?
By the time I reach the last page of this journal, I will have ___________.

I believe anyone can write their way to anything they can imagine. The more deliberate you are about your journaling, the greater its (and your) power will become.

If you decide that together, you and your journal will be unstoppable,

YOU WILL MAKE IT SO.

 

So it is. So it is. So it is.

Happy Day! Happy Journaling!

 

Love always,

C

 

p.s. If you love these posts, become a fan on facebook. There you can post photos of your own journal! I would love that!