We start the year thinking and planning goals we want to accomplish, but as the year goes on sometimes our motivation and inspiration fades. It can be so hard to keep working on our goals. Today’s journal prompt is all about writing out affirmations that can help keep our inspiration going! Affirmations are helpful because the more we repeat them to ourselves, the more our brain begins to process it as being true. What we think impacts what we say and what we do. So if we are continually saying or writing out positive affirmations about our goals it will become much easier to start doing things that support our goal.
Write out a goal you are working towards. Make sure to add detail as far as when you want to accomplish it and what specifically you are working towards.
Write out three positive affirmations for each prompt below:
Write an affirmation that describes yourself as having already completed the goal. For example “I am healthy and take care of my body and mind.”
Write an affirmation that describes steps you take to make your goal happen. For example “I feed my body foods that are healthy and nourishing.”
Write an affirmation that addresses your ability to accomplish your goal. For example “I am able to create space in my life for my health to thrive.”
It can be uplifting and a source of hope to have a dream vacation in mind. Whether is dreaming of the beach, the mountains, new places, or new experiences keeping these things in mind can add excitement to our lives. Todays prompt is all about reflecting on what a dream vacation looks like for you!
What is your dream vacation? What is it about this type of vacation that you enjoy?
Do you plan to go on this vacation? How can you work towards it?
If you went on this dream vacation what activities would you look forward to most?
This is my favorite type of journal prompt! It is simply a check in to see how life is going, what we are learning, what’s happening, and how we are feeling.
This prompt is a series of questions and statements to get you thinking about your life in this current season.
Take a minute to write down anything that comes to mind about what has been going on in your life lately. This could be experiences you’ve had at work, home, the gym, church or anywhere else that comes to mind.
What has been on your mind lately? What have you been trying to figure out or thinking through? What emotions have you been trying to work through?
What have you been learning? What is something about yourself that you have discovered recently?
What are some things you are grateful for in this season?
To wrap up this journal prompt write one word that sums up your life lately!
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.
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!
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.
As we go throughout our lives there are seasons when we feel connected to many people and seasons that we feel alone or connected with few people. I know for me there are times when there are people all around me but I still feel alone. Today’s prompt is all about reflecting on what having a tribe of support means to you, who your tribe is, and what keeps us from feeling connected.
Below are some questions to reflect and consider about yourself tribe and your feelings of connection!
What does having a tribe to support you mean to you?
Who are the people you go to when you want to share about your life? Who do you share with when you are struggling?
Have you been feeling connected lately with the people who are most important to you? If not what keeps you from feeling connected?
What types of relationships are you longing to find in this season? How will you seek to start new relationships that are meaningful to you?
How are you showing up in the relationships you currently have? How are you showing up for yourself when feeling lonely or disconnected?
I hope this reflection has been helpful! Comment below with your thoughts!
It’s been on my mind lately to create a different kind of journal for myself that has lots of different kind of papers in it and is unique! So I created this easy small junk journal!! There are so many ways you can customize this and make it your own!
You can use this type of journal in so many ways!! You can add pictures, quotes, notes, memories, and of course writing your own journal entries! I enjoy writing on blank pages so I don’t mind that the paper I used for this is one sided designs. If you need more lined paper in your journaling you may consider adding more traditional paper to your journal as well!
You can use this as a regular journal or focus it on a specific topic, goal, or dream.
First I took out all my small scrapbook paper and decided which pages I wanted on my journal! i narrowed it down and arranged my pages how I wanted them. I also wanted to add small pieces of paper throughout my journal so I also picked out which of those I wanted to add in.
Then I hole punched the pages in small sections. I just used one book ring so I made a hole at the top left hand corner of all the pages.
I love the variety of pages and that you can take out and add pages as you would like.
I used two pieces of brown Kraft tex paper for the cover. I trimmed the covers to fit the journal and then added them to the book ring.
Add the back cover first on the book ring, then your pages, then the front cover.
I love how this turned out!! I made mine pretty thick, but you can make it any size you want! I’m so excited to journal in my new junk journal!
Here are just some views of how the different pages look together!
Hope you give this a try!! Comment below with your favorite kind of DIY journals!
Purpose can seem so illusive and difficult to grasp. Yet having a sense of purpose allows us to live life more fully and increases our quality of life. When we feel we have purpose we can be more intentional to live out our purpose with our thoughts, words, and actions. Today’s journal prompt is all about reflecting on what purpose means to you!
To reflect on our purpose we will first answer questions about what is important to us and then reflect on what these answers mean for our purpose.
Reflections on our passions:
What do you enjoy doing most throughout the week?
What skills or talents do you use in your work or hobbies?
What do you do that contributes towards your community?
What are you passionate about?
What is something that people often come to you and ask you for help with?
Is there a pattern or theme in the answers you wrote about your passions?How do these patterns relate to your purpose?
Now take a moment to write about what purpose means to you.
Based on all that you have written and reflected on so far write out what you believe your purpose to be. How is this purpose reflected in you passions?
I hope you enjoyed this time or reflection! I hope this year is filled with passion and purpose for us!
The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect! It’s an opportunity to reflect on the year that has past and to make plans for the new year to come. During this journal prompt we will do both of these things! This is going to be a great year!!
First we will reflect on our experiences in 2022. Reflection is a time to remember, ponder, and evaluate our experiences. Not all the things that we experienced over the last year were easy or enjoyable. There may have been more lessons or hard times over the last year then moments of laughter and joy. The purpose of this prompt isn’t to judge your experiences, but to simply reflect on how these experiences can help us create the best year in 2023. Consider these questions to help reflect on 2022:
What brought you the most joy in 2022?
What are three lessons from 2022 that you want to bring into the new year?
What goals did you work on during 2022?
Think back to how 2022 started for you and where you were in life…where are you in life now in comparison?
Now that we have reflected on 2022, let’s look ahead to our plans, goals, and hopes for 2023.
What are your top 3 goals that you want to work on in 2023?
What habits are you hoping to break or begin in 2023?
What 2 things are you looking forward to most this year?
Where do you want to be in life a year from now? What action steps can you take this year to accomplish this?
I hope you enjoyed this time of reflection! This is going to be a great year! We got this!
Gratitude is so powerful!! When we practice gratitude regularly it can be beneficial for our mental health, can help us achieve our goals, and allows us to see the good in our lives!! There are so many ways that we can integrate gratitude in our daily lives!
Origins of the Word Gratitude
The word gratitude comes from the Latin word “gratus”, which means pleasing or thankful. It is also related to the Latin word “gratia”, which means grace, graciousness, or honoring the kindness you’ve received (Harvard Health Publishing, 2021).
Knowing the origins of this word allows us to have a greater understanding of gratitude. I love the concept of it being a way of honoring the kindness we have received. Appreciating kindness or grace we receive can allow us to develop deeper awareness of the good things around us and the positive aspects of our lives.
One way of practicing gratitude is by utilizing it in your journaling. Whether you journal every day, several times a week, or a couple times a month, gratitude can be a great addition to your journaling routine. Here is a technique to consider using!
In this journal prompt you will write four things you are grateful for, but all four are related to a different area of your life!
There are many fun ways to makeover composition notebooks! This makeover is using mod podge and scrapbook paper! You can use any scrapbook paper you would like!
I first trimmed the paper down. I wanted to fold the paper over the edge of the notebook so I made sure to leave enough length on the paper to do so.
I decoupaged the scrapbook paper to the front and then the back cover. To decoupage the cover brush mod podge on the cover, then place the paper down, and then brush mod podge on top of the paper. You can then fold the paper over the edges and decoupage the edges inside.
To dry the journal I stood it up and made sure the pages did not touch the mod podge while it was wet.
Once the front and back were dry, I added embellishments. I only added embellishments to the front cover. The supplies I used were all from Walmart and I used hot glue to attach them.
I hope you give this a try! So fun to make your journal unique and special!
I have seen this idea on Facebook and several other websites! All you do is use six words to tell a story. An example might be “Rabbit quickly hopped, pellets went flying.” It’s all about telling a story or a scene with a few words.
Tell a six word story about your current season of life, a feeling you experienced recently, or a fun experience you had recently.
Journaling letters can be a great way to reflect on positive relationships or to find closure. Todays letter is to a mentor in your life.
This prompt is all about reflecting on a mentor in your life. Here is a list of possible things to mention in your letter. The purpose of this letter isn’t necessarily to send to the person, but simply a tool of reflection in your journal.
When was this mentor in your life and what stage of life were you in?
Why was this relationship significant?
How did this mentor impact you and what did they teach you?
Fall is a great time for reflection. There is so much that we learn from nature about change, letting go, and growth. The prompt today is about thinking about how all of these lessons relate to us in our current season of life.
Fall can teach us so much about life and the seasons. How do these lessons relate to your life?
Fall teaches us that letting go can be beautiful and essential for new growth. How has letting go been apart of this season in your life?
Fall teaches us that change can be full of beauty. What beauty have you seen from change in your life during this season?
Your story is so important!! It’s one of the many unique things about you that makes you special. But it’s also true that all of our stories have things about it that are difficult and hard to face. I once did this journal prompt for my story and it allowed me to see myself and my story differently.
Today’s journal prompt is all about writing your narrative with a spin. Write your story as a narrative of someone else’s story. When I did the prompt I told the story of a girl name Anna and I wrote about her story and adventures, but of course it was my story. Below are some things to consider to help get started.
What part of your story are you wanting to write about?
What is the character’s name in the story?
What type of narrative is this? For example, my story was a story of overcoming an obstacle.
After you write your story reflect on how it made you feel. How did it changed how you see your story?
Affirmations can be life changing! The more we tell ourselves affirmations, even if we don’t believe them at first, the more we convince ourselves that they are true. Todays journal prompt is about choosing affirmations for a goal we are working towards.
What goal are you currently working on?
Write three positive affirmations for yourself regarding this goal.After you write them repeat them to yourself several times.
Where can you put the affirmation where you will see it regularly while working on your goal?
One of my favorite types of journal prompts are ones that involve telling my story. Today’s promote is all about retelling a story when you felt strong. There are many circumstances in life that can make us feel less then or not strong enough. But today we are going to remember a time when we felt as strong as we actually are.
Think of a time when you felt strong. Strength can be in whatever way you define it. Write out what happened and what made you feel strong.
How did you look at yourself differently after this experience?
How do you still carry this same strength in your life today?
Music plays a huge role in our life, culture, and often our coping. If you are like me then you probably have a song that you resonate with more during certain seasons or times in your life. Todays journal prompt is all about that song or songs that are resonating with you during your current season!
What song or songs do you relate to right now?
Write out some of the lyrics that mean the most.
What about this song and lyrics relates to you during this season of your life? How does this song make you feel?
It’s almost the beginning of a new month!! This means it’s a great time to consider new goals we want to work on! This journal prompt is all about reflecting and making plans to meet our monthly goals!
What are three goals I want to work on during the next month?
Why are these goals important to me?
What actions steps will I take to accomplish each goal?
How will I track my progress throughout the month?
I hope you have had a great day! I wanted to start writing a more personal post on a regular basis where I can share with you about the business, and my personal life.
Yesterday was the Town and Country market day!
I was a bit nervous for it because I had never done this event and I had been feeling really tired all week and was not sure how my energy would hold up. But it ended up going really well! I sold quite a few things and got to tell people about this blog. There was not a lot of people at the shopping center that day, but there was one particular moment where there was a good amount of people in the breeze way and on both my left and right vendors and guests were talking and laughing and it was getting kind of loud. I sat there and just took in the sound and it filled my heart with so much joy. It was very cool and just almost gave me the same feeling as a big hug. I just loved it!
Being at craft fairs and shows like this can be so inspiring. Just seeing other creative people and their passion is so uplifting. I spent time journaling about the blog in my planner during the slow times. I don’t know what it is that inspires me so much at those events, but I was able to plan out my blog posts for the week and came up with two ideas for new types of posts including this one and a photo a day post that will be published monthly. I was so thankful for the opportunity to just reflect and reevaluate different types of posts I can do for this blog! It’s good to know what brings inspiration!!
It does take a lot of energy to do those kinds of events so I was so happy I had time to rest today and relax at home.
Below is a quick video from last night of my rabbit running around the living room. It made me laugh!! This is kind of our night time routine. I sit on the couch for a little bit and he runs all around the room.
My journey to learn bookbinding was a long one! It took me years to finally learn it! I wanted to share this story with you today because I was thinking about this beautiful blanket my grandma gifted to me a couple of years ago. It is a quilted blanket with scraps from all the journals I had made. It was such a beautiful gift and it filled my heart with so much joy to see the pieces of all the journals I have gotten to make.
I am a life long journaler!! It is a hobby that is very near to my heart because there have been times in my life when it felt like my journal was one of my dearest companions. A safe space where I could keep my secrets, share my feelings, write my prayers, express my thoughts, and tell my stories. Because of this passion for journaling I wanted to learn how to make journals. I enjoyed crafting but was not skilled at any particular craft when I was first looking into making journals. I did not even know where to start. I wasn’t sure what to use for the cover, what paper to use, how to bind the journals, or what tools I needed. I tried many many many different ideas!! It was a messy process!! I’m so thankful for the friends who stuck by me through all the trial and error. It was rough! Below is a picture from college when I was trying to figure out how to make a journal out of this used book. I had seen something on Pinterest about how to get bad smells out of books by putting them in the microwave. Needless to say it was in the microwave for way too long! I grabbed the book out of the microwave and there was a lot of smoke and the pages were burning. We thankfully put it out quickly in the bathroom sink, but it was not my finest moment.
After I graduated college I was still doing research about book binding and various tools that you can use. The whole process was so hard for me to wrap my head around and I didn’t have a lot of resources to pay for materials to experiment with. One night I was about the give up and I found a video on YouTube that made all the difference. All the sudden it made sense and I learned how to do the long stitch. I figured out that I could take apart old books, recover them, and sew in new pages. The video was of a woman in Australia who was making a junk journal out of a cereal box. She took so much of the pressure off by saying to just use what you have in your home, it doesn’t have to be perfect, and make it your own. I felt so empowered!! I didn’t have to have any special tools I could just use what I had and create!! I am forever grateful for that video!!
After I learned this I understood the types of tools I could use for making journals. I went to Walmart and got a sewing awl and went to hobby lobby and got waxed thread and large needles. I experimented with various glues for recovering old books with fabric and just started creating!!
Then I learned about the Coptic stitch. It was finally all coming together!! I bought a large printer and was able to print my own lined pages and planners.
I am so thankful to have made and sold so many journals. I have now expanded to book disc and metal spine binding as well. Once I learned this craft, it seemed to open up a whole new world for me of creativity. I began to have more confidence in my work and allowed myself to explore new crafts!
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from this journey is to not give up!! There were so many ups and downs but I am so thankful that I kept pressing forward!! Bookbinding is one of my greatest joys!! Keep pressing forward and working towards your goals!! You never know what kind of opportunities it will lead to!!
I have gone through many seasons where I used tools to track things related to my wellness. Sometimes it’s tracking what I eat, exercise, stress, symptoms, medications, or progress of a goal. When working towards any new habit we have to put our attention towards making changes or choosing ways to support the new way of life. Writing and tracking my new habit on paper has been the most successful way for me to track wellness goals. I am a life long “journaler” and love to use writing as a way to process, to track, and to plan.
Why Use A Health Tracker?
Developing any new habit can be difficult. It takes time for our brain and body to adjust to the new way of living. The best tool to use when working on a new habit is using the tool of attention. So often as we live our life on auto pilot and we revert back to old habits. Because of this starting any new habit means we have to pay attention. Using a health tracker can help bring intentionality to the everyday choices we make about what we eat and how often we exercise. Being intentional and purposeful in our choices allows us to make decisions that supports the goals we are trying to accomplish. A health tracker can be an invaluable tool when planning for your health, tracking aspects of your wellness, and progressing towards your goals.
My Common Mistakes With Health Goals
There are mistakes that I’ve made when using a health tracker and making health goals that have derailed my progress.
Expecting Perfection: there have been times when I planned things out in my health tracker and everything was going well, but then I make a mistake. It could be that I ate that piece of cake or sweet I had been craving, or I didn’t do the exercise I planned for the day, or I got take out instead of eating what I had meal planned. Sometimes when these mistakes happen I would get so discouraged that I would just want to quit and give up on using the health tracker or feel like a failure. DON’T QUIT!!! We are human. We make mistakes and sometimes we just don’t make the best choices, but it’s okay!! Your goal isn’t ruined, you are not a failure, and your hard work is not cancelled out. We all go through this and it’s totally normal. Just make the next right choice. So what, lunch didn’t go as planned, maybe dinner will be better or maybe tomorrow will be better. Just keep going!! Your health is worth it! You are worth it!
Making Vague Goals: I often have these big ideas of things I would like to work on, but I forget to break my big goals into measurable small goals. For example, if you are wanting to lose 100lbs, that’s an awesome goal, but a bit overwhelming. How can you break that into measurable small goals? It could be that you are going to make a goal of losing 1lb per week instead of the big goal. Having small victories makes it easier to work towards our big goals.
Being Obsessed with Weight: There have been times when I’ve been working on being healthy and I get totally consumed by what the scale is saying. There have even been times when loved ones in my life had to hide the scale from me because I was so consumed by the numbers. I have found that I am much more successful when I make goals around behaviors rather than weight. For example, eating 4 servings of vegetables a day, or having only having one sweet treat per month, or exercising four times a week. These kinds of goals work much better for me because weight fluctuates for many reasons.
Health Tracker Features
There a variety of features to look for in a health tracker depending on what your goals are. Here is a walk-through of a health tracker that I created and the features.
These are affiliate links for items I have bought for my health tracker.