Hi there! Thanks for joining me today! Today we’re going to explore how a simple practice most of us know about and some of us did as kids, can help us create that happier healthier worthier wealthier life we’re looking for!
Can anyone relate?
Journalling about your dreams and desires for your life, and then the steps that you’ll take each day, help keep you motivated and remembering and to stay on track, so you can create the life you dream of!
Journalling doesn’t need to take more than 5 to 10 minutes a day for it to work and become a habit, it doesn’t have to be burdensome!
If you’ve joined me before, I have talked about Creating a success journal, where you write down what your goal is, why you want it, and then each morning what the steps are that you will take to get it. Then in the evening, you write down all the steps you took, and celebrate!
You can start with one goal, or you can have a goal for happiness, health, worthiness and wealth! And then choose one step for each to do each day
Often times, one step will work for several areas. For instants, going for a walk with a girlfriend can feel the need for happiness, health, and worthiness.
There are lots of online apps for journaling, but I recommend the old book and pen! You don’t need an expensive journal, unless you want one! I love to write with a special pen, it brings a smile to my heart when I use it!
Of course, there are journals that you just need to fill in the blanks on and there are a fun way to start if you’ve not journalled before.
A great form of journalling was created by Julia Cameron, an amazing woman who wrote the artists way many years ago. What it is is as soon as you get up in the morning, you grab your pen and paper and write! Write whatever comes to mind don’t censor anything. You write for three full pages.
Julia also wrote another book which may be of interest to you. It’s called “it’s never too late to begin again, discovering creativity and meaning at me life and beyond.” And yes, she still advocates journalling every day!
As I said, it doesn’t need to take a long time it can only be five minutes a day just to journal. If you feel like going longer, great!
First, ask yourself why you want to journal is there a part of your life that you want to change? Do you want to see a particular benefit, such as to relieve stress? Or to obtain a goal?
There is no right way to journal, but the only wrong way is to not start!
You don’t want to censor yourself in your writing or get hung up on if the grammar is correct or the words are spelled correctly.
Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps the most famous journalist! Bro thousand pages of his journals still exist today.
LOL, I should have checked that before hitting send! I speak into my phone, and sometimes the phone doesn’t hear exactly what I say
Journalling is a great way to relieve stress. Science has proven that journalling helps release the worries I’m your head to the paper. It’s kind of like venting to a friend, you feel better after right? This way you’re venting to the paper.
It’s also a great way to get more positive, as you can see the answers to some issues and can create affirmations and plans of action, what next! It is proven to reduce overwhelm.
Studies show that hand writing in a journal can improve your memory, making the information stick better than using an online journal.
Digital journalling also is an option. We are slower at writing than typing, which also helps with creativity.
So, at the beginning I said journalling is a great tool to improve our happiness, health, worthiness, and wealth. Of course you can journal about anything you want however if you want to upload all those areas then journal knows!
Lol that was journal on those!
you could journal on your lifestyle, oh you want to live, where you want to live etc. dream big! Let your dream flow from your brain into the journal. Often we discover that it’s not material things that make us happy; it’s the relationships we have and our way of living that makes us joyous.
So then you can journal around what you could do to achieve your ideal lifestyle. What is the step you can do today to move you toward that lifestyle? It doesn’t have to be a big step, little steps work well!!!
Another area of focus could be on money. A money journal can help clear money fears, feel more confident about your finances, stop beating yourself up over past money mistakes etc.
Writing down what year present situation is like can help you define and determine what you want your future to look like.
Too often I hear retirees say it’s too late, I should’ve saved more earlier. I’m worried I won’t have enough money to last as long as I’m going to live.
It’s not too late to change your finances around! You need to get clear on what’s happening now, and what you would like for the future, and perhaps brainstorm ways of generating other income, ways of reducing expenses etc.
All sorts of different types of journals! Regardless of what type of journalling you are going to do, I highly recommend always ending with five things you are grateful for. Gratitude helps us in so so many ways
I love the idea of journaling. I have touted its many benefits for years but have yet to integrate it into my own practice for myself. But you inspired me
Any questions? Or comments
Hi Gillian! Thank you so much for joining me!
This is such a great topic Norma !
Yes, journalling really is life-changing! It’s a practice I haven’t done for several years, and I just started resuming it again and am absolutely loving it!!!
Tell me what you love about it
Sure! What I love about it is sometimes I have an idea of what I’m going to journal about – so yesterday, I journalled about what will I discuss today! And the idea to do a topic on journalling came!
Do you find it provided clarity ?
Other days, I have no idea what I’m going to journal about and I just write. Something positive always materializes
Yes, it does provide clarity!
When I used to journal at night, I would do a brain dump of everything that was in my mind. It was magical - it was like emptying my mind of all of it’s endless thoughts!
Do you notice a difference in your life between when you journal and when you don’t ? Does it change anything for you ?
Some things that seemed so big really came into focus, and I could see how I could do something to change What was happening. Clarity is huge!!!
Yes, I do notice the difference of when I do journal and when I don’t!
Can you speak to what those differences are ?
I am more excited about my life when I’m journaling! It’s funny, I think my life is pretty darn fine most of the time, in fact it’s awesome! I find when I journal, even if it’s just writing down my happiness health worthiness and wealth steps For the day, just flows easier
It reduces stress, and actually helps me to lighten up! As I mentioned earlier, for me it’s the creativity that comes out of writing that juices me up!
That’s inspiring. Good motivation to help me get started. I have a beautiful journal and great pens 🖊. I just haven’t yet done it
LOL, beautiful!!! what are you waiting for?
The time to start is now! Even just five minutes a day, it doesn’t have to take a long time!
Oky. I am going to do it Norma.
Thanks so much for joining me! I hope you start journalling your way to a happier healthier worthier wealthier life!
Thanks for your words of encouragement Norma.
Ciao for now!