30 Journaling Ideas

I love journaling! One of the great things about it is that you can write about anything and make it personal to your experience! This is a list of ideas to get you thinking of what to journal today!

  1. Write your favorite quotes.
  2. Write the lyrics of a song you have been enjoying.
  3. Write out your life story.
  4. Write three things you are grateful for today.
  5. Write out a goal you are working on right now and why it’s important to you.
  6. Write out your favorite childhood memory.
  7. Write a letter to someone you miss.
  8. Write three affirmations.
  9. Write out what you are planning to do this week.
  10. Write about something you are looking forward to.
  11. Write about your favorite movie or tv show.
  12. Rewrite the ending of a story you enjoy.
  13. Write a prayer.
  14. Write a letter to someone you admire.
  15. Write about your favorite season in life.
  16. Write about three things you have accomplished this month.
  17. Write out your favorite scripture.
  18. Write about a way you have grown lately.
  19. Draw a diagram of your family tree.
  20. Write about your favorite family tradition.
  21. Write out your bucket list or lifetime goals.
  22. Write about activities you enjoy doing.
  23. Write about your favorite memory from school.
  24. Write about your favorite team or sport.
  25. Write about a creative project you have done.
  26. Write a letter of encouragement to yourself.
  27. Write out 3 of your strengths.
  28. Write your thoughts and experiences from today.
  29. Write about what you enjoy about your work/job.
  30. Write a letter to a friend.

DIY Moon Craft

I have seen several crafters make moons out of wire wreaths and I was so excited to give it a try! I put a little bit of a different look to it by adding colorful beads and lace!

Supplies Needed

  • 2 Wire Wreaths
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Beads of your Choice
  • Lace
  • Wire Cutters
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Instructions

This is a very simple but fun craft! The first step is to cut a section of each wreath out with your wire cutters. This does take some strength! I had to give it a few tries. Below is a picture of how I cut mine. You will want to be sure that more ends are free from the vertical bar.

Once you have cut the sections out. You can paint the wreaths white. I used chalk paint, but it would be easier to use spray paint. 

Once the wreaths are dry then you can add your beads to the middle of the moon. The wreaths have a natural curvature in them. The goal is to clasp the beads between the curves of both wreaths. So the typical “backs” of the wreaths will be facing each other.

I then cut a piece of lace and wrapped it around the sections holding the beads to secure them.

Then I cut two more strips of lace and folded them in half and wrapped those around the ends to hold the loose ends together. You will want to wrap them ends pretty tight to give it a crescent moon shape. I used hot glue to hold the lace in place.

Then you have your own moon decoration! You can use this as wall decor or as a shelf sitter! I hope you give this a try!

Bucket List Inspirational Story

I recently read this inspirational story, “She found late father’s bucket list, then spent 6 years completing it” by Sydney Page, in the Washington Post. This post is a review of the article and a free downloadable to make your bucket list! Below is a link to the article if you want to see the full story and pictures! Definitely worth checking out!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/01/20/bucket-list-father-laura-carney-daughter/

Inspirational Story

This is a really neat story. Laura Carney’s father passed away unexpectedly after being hit by a car. Laura’s father wrote a bucket list that was found by her brother in 2016, 13 years after his passing. Laura’s father wrote this bucket list of 60 items in 1978 and had completed 6 tasks. Laura committed to completing her father’s bucket list. It took her 5 years and 11 months to complete the list!! What a commitment and such a neat way to honor her father. Laura told author Page that the process of completing the list was also apart of her healing and grieving journey.

Laura completed some pretty incredible tasks including going to the super bowl, driving a corvette, running a marathon, meeting President Carter, and a trip to Europe. Laura shared with author Page that she felt her dad with her and it was a way of keeping his spirit alive. Laura encouraged others to write a bucket list and she worded it in such a beautiful way:

“I really encourage everybody to write down what they want to do,” she said. “It helps you start living more intentionally, and when you’re living intentionally, you feel more of a sense of purpose in your life.”

Laura Carney, written by Sydney Page

What Is On Your Bucket List?

What would be on your bucket list? Below is a downloadable file to get started writing down your lifetime dreams!

Reference

Page, S. (2023). “She found late father’s bucket list, then spent 6 years completing it” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/01/20/bucket-list-father-laura-carney-daughter/

My 7 Must Have Essential Oils

7 Must have Essential Oils

I use essential oils regularly as apart of my wellness and self-care routines. I wanted to share with you my must have list of essential oils. This post does contain referral links.

1. Lavender Essential 0il

Lavender is my number one go to oil, as it is for a lot of people. I am anxiety prone and lavender as such a soothing and comforting scent. I always include Lavender in my melt and pour soaps, face toner, and it also makes a really great room spray!

2. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon is definitely a staple oil for me as well! I often add lemon into my diffuser blends. I also add Lemon essential oil into my washer with my laundry tablet when I wash my clothes.

3. Orange Essential Oil

Orange essential oil is great for many things! I also will add this into my laundry sometimes with lemon. I also include orange essential oil in my roller bottle recipes for energy. Orange is very uplifting and energizing oil.

4. Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit essential oil is great! I am using it now as an alternative to orange essential oil in my laundry. I also always include it in my citrus blends. This is a very refreshing scent.

5. Marjoram Essential Oil

This was one of the first essential oils that I started using regularly in my wellness routines. Marjoram essential oil has properties in it that help me with pain. I make a spray with marjoram oil and fractionated coconut oil and spray it directly on areas that I’m having a lot of pain. I typically will do this before bed and it helps me a lot.

6. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is another great essential oil for stress and anxiety. I love to add this oil to my felt ball diffusers in my car when I’m driving and to my roller bottle recipes for anxiety.

7. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is a great oil with many medicinal properties. I have added it to many different recipes, but I like it most in roller bottle recipes. If I am going through a season with a lot of neurological issues from my chronic illness I will make a daily roller bottle with frankincense to help bring some relief.

6 Budget Journaling Tips

Creating a budget can be so empowering!! Sometimes when we are trying to manage our money and resources it can feel discouraging and overwhelming. But when you find a system that works for you it can be a huge game changer!! I know for me creating a budget allows me to see where I am financially and what I need to do to reach my financial goals! Don’t be afraid to get creative with this process!! In my budget journal there has been a lot of creative problem solving and it has made a world of difference for me!

Starting a Budget Journal

There are many budget journals you can buy! I know I’ve bought many of them! But I always love it when I use a regular journal and customize it to be my budget journal. This way you can have all the features and tools that fits you and your situation! In this post i I’ll share my favorite things to add to your notebook to make it a great budget journal! I keep my budget journal simple, but you could even create this to be like a bullet journal with drawing your layouts each month.

1. Make a Monthly Vision Board

I’ve started making a monthly vision board for what my financial goals are each month. I love this because it keeps me inspired to keep working towards my goals. I get my collage images from Canva, but you could also use magazines, books, cards, or your personal photos.

2. Monthly Financial Overview

This is a simple overview that I do in my journal. You can add different sections based on your financial situation. I always start the monthly overview by writing three financial affirmations. This might seem silly, but the more positive things we tell ourselves about our goals the easier it is for us to continue working towards them and believing that accomplishing them is possible.

I then write out the details in the different sections for income and expenses. For expenses I typical just write the expense and the budgeted amount. You could also write the due dates. In this section.

3. Income Source Spending Plan

This is a skill I actually learned doing a Dave Ramsey course. I find it to be very helpful to make plan for each income source so that I know how my expenses will be paid throughout the month. I make a plan for every dollar in this section whether it’s for bills, groceries, craft supplies, or savings.

4. Spending Tracker

I have tried to use spending trackers before and have had a hard time keeping track of each category, like groceries. In my budget journal I write the date, place, amount spent, and how much money is left in that category for spending during that pay period. It’s all about finding what works for you!

5. Savings Tracker

This is a very simple savings tracker. You could draw one that has a visual of your savings goals.

6. Debt Tracker

The debt tracker is similar to the savings tracker. What you could do to personalize this is if you are doing a snowball or avalanche debt repayment method you could track where you are in the overall debt repayment process.

Why Do We Procrastinate?

I recently read this great article “What causes your brain to procrastinate and how to face it” by Richard Sima, in the Washington Post. This post is a review of the article and some thoughts about how to face tasks we often procrastinate doing. Below is the direct link to the article being reviewed.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2023/01/05/procrastination-help-brain-tasks/

Why We Procrastinate

I am all to familiar with the concept of procrastination. There are times even now that I procrastinate in doing things that are simply not fun. This article was very interesting because it reviewed a study which examined what contributed towards people procrastinating.

In a study done, by Dr. Raphaël Le Bouc, with 43 adults they found several contributing factors that led to people procrastinating. The study found that people were more likely to procrastinate if their brain was convinced that doing the task in the future would be easier. They even concluded through MRI imaging that the part of the brain that makes this decision is the dorsal medial prefrontal cortex.

It was also concluded in the study that participants tended to procrastinate when the task was more difficult and not enjoyable. I can totally relate to this! For some reason when things are harder to accomplish it always feels like there will be a right time to do it in the future or to avoid doing to the point where I simply forget about it. This actually happened to me at work a couple of months ago where I was trying to figure out how to make a transition and was way overthinking and procrastinated. But in reality when I finally took care of it, it took 15 minutes to do. It was my perception of how hard the task was going to be that made it more difficult then it actually was.

Another finding that was concluded in this study is that people are more likely to do tasks for smaller rewards that come sooner then larger rewards that you have to wait for. This is I’m sure no surprise to any of us because we live in a world with instant gratification. The idea of doing more work with less immediate reward takes a lot more patience, discipline, and strategy. When I’m working towards goals that have bigger rewards but are far out in the future I often have to give myself a lot of pep talks to stay motivated and stay the course. It’s hard!!

How We Can Face Our Tasks

The study concluded that to decrease procrastination there are two main strategies to use. The first is to consistently remind yourself of the task. The second is to confront the idea that it will be easier in the future with the truth that it will be the same effort as completing the task today.

I actually started a to-do list journal for work last year and it has helped me a lot with procrastinating. I have a to do list for each month and one for each week. This allows me to stay on track and make the most of my time.

Comment below with your thoughts about the article and what helps you not procrastinate!

References

Sima, R. (2023). “What causes your brain to procrastinate and how to face it” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2023/01/05/procrastination-help-brain-tasks/

Journal Prompt: Finding Balance

Balance is one of the nebulous concepts that we all yearn for, but aren’t really sure what it looks like. I think that’s because it’s different for all of us. What balance looks like for me, won’t be what it looks like for you and vice versa. This is because our lives, roles, responsibilities, callings, passions, and journeys are different.

A myth about balance is that to experience balance all things need equal amounts of time. This is an impossible goal. I have found it easier to think of balance as proper distribution of time and energy to various activities in life. For example I know for me balance means I have to use a lot of time on resting. The amount of rest I require would throw someone else way off balance but for me it’s what my body needs. Just something to consider it when thinking through this prompt.

Today’s prompt is all about reflecting on what kind of balance you are yearning for in this season of your life and what action steps you can take to achieve it.

Journal Prompt

What does balance mean to you?

List out the areas, roles, responsibilities, and relationships that you are giving your time and energy to during this season.

What areas of your life do you feel are balanced already and which do you feel are not balanced?

When thinking about your ideal week in this season of life…what areas would it feel more balanced to spend the majority of time on and what areas need less of your time?

What 3 steps can you take this week to increase your time on the areas that you noted need more of you to feel balanced?

What 3 steps can you take to withdraw your time and energy from things that are causing you to feel imbalanced?

I hope you enjoyed this prompt! Comment with thoughts and reflections below!

Benefits of Journaling

I am a life-long journal-writer and it has been essential during many seasons of my life. There are so many great mental and emotional benefits to journaling. It is not only a great way to process your thoughts, it’s also great for writing out plans and progress towards your goals!

Below is a brief video I made about the benefits of journaling. You can find more videos like this on my YouTube Channel.

Organizing Craft Supplies

I love having a craft room! Having a set space to create and generate ideas is one of my favorite things. But sometimes it can become chaotic. Often one idea leads to another and then another which then leaves a trail of supplies and project remnants.

There are a few things I’ve put in place in my craft room that makes life a little easier!

Hanging Tools

One thing that was constantly driving me crazy was never knowing where my tools were. I knew I needed a more permanent place to store my tools. I had looked into buying or making a peg board, but challenged myself to use materials I had already. I’ve been trying to make that a consistent habit to always shop in the craft room first before heading out to the store.

I had made this chicken wire frame for a display at a craft show and it was just sitting in my closet. So I decided to make this into a place to store my tools. So I gathered bookrings, clips, binder clips, and more from my various craft stashes and complied this space to hang up all my tools. I love it and it is so helpful!!

Making this chicken wire frame was so simple! It’s actually a large canvas that I repurposed! I simple took off the canvas, stained the wood, and the attached chicken wire with a staple gun. Very simple, but makes a very function frame!

Craft Dresser

If you are like me and work on a variety of different types of crafts this is a must!! I love having my fabric dresser in my craft room closet! I store and keep organized so many different little supplies in my dresser and it is easy to access and see what I have in stock.

Hanging Pin Cushion and Thread Storage

I do a variety of hand sewing and having a set place to keep my needles and thread is a must! The thread storage hanger I actually bought at Joann’s. They sell them in several different sizes and it has saved me so much time! Before I had them in a small container and the thread would get knotted and mixed up. Now it all in place and organized.

I actually made these embroidery hoop pin cushions for a craft show. But I’m so glad that I am also using it for my own storage. It is a cute and simple way to store all of your different needles. I also love that it can be hung to save room on my craft desk!