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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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How to Drain Your Brain and Stay Sane

Brain drainIf you tend to overanalyze things, this post is for you.

If you become easily overwhelmed by the amount of thoughts and choices in your noggin, this is also for you.

If you’re ready to let some perfectionism go, this is DEFINITELY for you.

I’m going to share something I (have to) use on a regular basis. My thoughts race so bad sometimes and the more I “try” to make it stop or “try” to organize them into something coherent, the louder they become.

And so I surrender.

Not to the contents of my mind, but to the situation. I understand it’s time to take a break because something else is going on.

And now it has my attention.

Thankfully, this happens less and less. And I think it’s because the thoughts, or rather the part of myself that identifies with these thoughts is just not as needy as she used to be.

Doing a “brain drain” as I call it has become an important part of my self care.

It’s simple. Just write everything out of your brain and onto a piece of paper. If you’re not a fan of using actual paper, I highly recommend you do so at least for this exercise.

It doesn’t have to make sense. It doesn’t have to be nice. It doesn’t have to make you or anyone else happy.

It’s just to get everything out of the way so there will be space for something new to come through.

It could just be:

“This sucks. I don’t want to be doing this. Bananas. Bagels. Wow I haven’t eaten a bagel in a long time. Bagel. Bagel. Bagel. Barf bag. Banana. Bears.”

But decide upon an amount of time beforehand and don’t stop writing until your time’s up. I guarantee you will feel a little better and maybe even laugh at some of the ridiculousness of it all.

That’s it.

It’s easy.

It’s fun.

And if you set your intention beforehand to feel clearer by the time you’re done, it’ll be even better.

Let me know how it goes and feel free to share some random thoughts with me in the comments box below.

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Five Journaling Prompts to Boost Your Self Esteem

Feeling low and like nothing is going your way?

It’s easy to go into “why me?” and “what did I do to deserve this?” and other statements that make us into victims of our circumstances.

But did you know that you are really really REALLY powerful? And the moment you choose to redirect your point of focus, the universe begins to rearrange itself just for you.

I know this is a little hard to wrap your mind around at first, but perhaps you can think of a time when you’ve experienced this.

Maybe there was something you wanted so bad and you focused on it, just knowing it would be yours and then as if by magic, it appeared.

And it was amazing.

But then there are the times it doesn’t appear and you might start doubting yourself. And so the challenge becomes trusting ourselves again even when our outer world is not showing evidence of what we’ve asked for.

They key, however, is to not allow this feeling to overtake us. We can acknowledge and release it, but holding onto it will only delay the creation process even further.

So here are 5 journaling prompts to get you back into a place of trusting yourself and speeding up the manifestation process:

I am worthy and deserving of having ___________ because…
Because of this situation, I have learned how to:
Here is a list of all the things I have created in the past:
I am most proud of myself for:
Here’s why I know what I have asked for is on its way:

 

Notice how you feel as you’re writing this. Your emotions are powerful indicators that let you know whether or not you’re on the right track. The better you feel, the closer you are to having exactly what you want.

Please leave your comments below and share a time you created exactly what you wanted. Was it a situation? An object? An amazing friendship? I’d love to hear about it!

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Write a Haiku

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Remember haikus? I always had a lot of fun writing them in school. How about you?

Today’s “JOURNAL TIME!” is simple.

Write a haiku.

A haiku has 3 lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7 and the third has 5 again.

The one in the photo (in case you’re not able to read my writing) says:

Magic awoke me.
Dreams of possibilities.
Feeling certainty.

I wrote it in my journal the other day. I felt so inspired when I woke up and so much like anything was possible.

Because it is.

This wiki will tell you everything you need to know about haikus.

I would love for you to share some in the comments box below!

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An Opportunity, A Gift (Journal Time!)

This week, all three people I had appointments with were either extremely late or didn’t show up.

This left me with an underlying feeling of WTF?!

According to the Law of Attraction, I created this in my life.

Mkay, great.

So why did I create it?

I’m still not 100% certain, but I have an idea.

I’ve been asking for more alone time, so I took the time I had to meditate and do some networking (WIN!)

It seems that was the most important thing and what I needed.

In the past, I would have thrown a pity party for oh, a few days. I would have either been figuratively or literally banging my head against the wall trying to “figure out” why this was happening.

I know better now (WIN #2)

Gift number two that came from this:

It was an opportunity to love myself anyway.

As of late, I’ve been choosing to know that no matter what happens or what things appear to be, I’m still alright.

I don’t have to know why.

And in fact, it doesn’t make me feel too hot when I think about why.

I panicked briefly and thought it was because something was wrong.

I accepted what was happening.

And that created space for me to see, feel and know that maybe, just maybe, it meant that something was going right.

And things just aren’t what they appear.

Gift number three that came from this:

It created time for me to do my journal time today.

 

That being said, grab your journaling supplies and lets do this.

Write down and answer the following questions:

What can I do to ensure that I am accepting myself and allowing something even better to show up?
What wins and gifts have come from this situation?
What did I learn about myself from this?

 

Let me know how it goes. 🙂

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Love Letters and Long Goodbyes (A Journal Time Exercise)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J74Md_Ipjs

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.

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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!

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Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust (Journal Time!)

I recently asked a coworker how she stayed sane while working so many hours.

“Faith, trust and pixie dust,” she replied.

I hadn’t realized that was from Peter Pan until a few nights ago when me and the fam were laying in bed watching it together.

I thought it was interesting that in order to fly, they simply had to think about something they loved or something they really wanted.

They didn’t have to think about how they’d get in the air, or even about flying at all.

By focusing on something wonderful, they allowed it to happen.

Same goes for us in real land.

Pleasant thoughts raise our vibration.

They make us feel good.

And when we feel good, we are flying.

It reminds me of the old Emerson quote,

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

It’s true.

You won’t accomplish much if you’re not excited about the outcome.

When you are excited and hopeful, the universe will provide the pixie dust.

No questions asked.

(And I’m not talking about the drug)

 

So for today, write a list of 10 words that make you feel good.

When you’re done, read them out loud, taking note of the word that makes you feel your absolute best.

Make it your theme word for the day.

Let’s say your word is spectacular. Find ways to incorporate the word itself into your day. Jump at the opportunity to use it in sentences.

Deliberately do things that will make you feel spectacular.

Or say, “I am spectacular!  Better recognize.”

BE SPECTACULAR.

You already are.

You don’t even have to try.