My question this week is not IF you journal, but HOW do you journal?
After publishing The Four Stages Of Reinvention Journal, I have attracted more journal loving folks into my life. I LOVE sharing the virtues of journaling with kindred spirits and learning all the creative ways to express our inner world on paper.
The point of journaling is to get your thoughts out of your mind and connect to the parts of your soul often ignored or silenced by the demands of life. How you journal is just as personal as your inner thoughts.
My journal practice
I enjoy a quiet morning ritual sitting in my favorite chair with a cup of coffee. It’s my time to catch up on the world and journal. Although, I am spending less time scrolling through the chaos, preferring to understand what I’m thinking first.
My journal practice is eclectic, and sometimes moody. At times I am devoted to the trinity thoughts (A brag, gratitude and a desire), while other times I simply vent my random thoughts in a mind dump.
I have a formula I put my thoughts, feelings, actions and results into. This is the secret sauce to understanding how I want to think or feel about any circumstance.
I wish I was more artistic, but creativity does find me during these morning moments. Ideas flow from a managed mind at peace.
Always open to new journal practices, I was excited to be introduced to a couple new ones.
Future Self journaling
I recently had the opportunity to take part in a master mind session called Meeting My Future Self, where my new friend Miriam guided an amazing meditation to meet the woman I will be in the future.
Miriam invited me to envision a path that opened up to my future home. I envisioned the breath taking castle owned by Darcy in Pride And Prejudice. A confident woman led me through her beautiful home on a picturesque property with a huge pond and winding driveway. We hung out in a room with tall windows overlooking an English garden. I took a peak at her office, a white room with book shelves with no clutter. She gave me a very special gift that signified that I no longer needed to wait for permission to achieve my dreams.
There is no way to to convey the impact this meditation had on me, most of which was symbolic. Since that experience, I have questioned wether my confident future self would spend time worrying about my daily stresses, or would she get to work solving the problems?
Miriam encourages a daily practice focusing on your future self. I couldn’t agree more!!!!
Future self journaling gets you out of the rut of obsessing about the past or worrying about the future. You can’t do anything about the past, but you can create the future. Allow your imagination to guide you!
I could really use a dose of this whimsy! Another new friend, Jillian McGill leads workshops creating cosmic smashbooks. I love the idea of learning to express my inner life through works of art.
The concept is similar to the focus boards I used to create, and has inspired me to add art inside my journals. I will start with pasting magazine images onto the pages, and maybe allow myself to doodle.
Search the hashtag #cosmicsmashbook for ideas to create your own!
Do you do creative journaling?
How do you get started?
Well, like the old Nike commercial encouraged…. JUST DO IT.
Activate your imagination
Set aside a few minutes daily
Create your own practice with the ideas I’ve shared
I can help!
My clients love my journal prompts designed to ask questions that get to the heart of what they’re navigating.
I’d love to talk to you about the benefit of personalized coaching. I invite you to visit my calendar link and pick a date/time that works for you.
My new journal, The Four Stages Of Reinvention offers journal prompts with each stage. This self-paced journal will help you find your future and answer the question, what’s next.
You can purchase The Four Stages Of Reinvention on Amazon, or click the link provided!
P.S. A Cosmic gathering to be announced this week!
This week I will be announcing an awesome collaboration Jillian McGill has organized with expert authors, coaches, artists, teachers and speakers from all over the world (including me).
As I have mentioned, I have been attracting like minded women who want to thrive in the season we know as midlife. I am honored to be in the company of so many extraordinary women.
Stay Tuned for the exciting news!
Here’s to thriving y’all!
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky