Come here whenever you need Journal inspiration, or you are looking to spark some new creativity in your journaling!
“We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marianne Williamson
Maybe you are still discovering parts of yourself, or uncovering parts of yourself that have been hidden for years. Maybe you are shocked at where you are in life and you're looking to shift things into a different direction. No matter where you are, the most important thing to know is that it is totally ok to move forward... even if you're not sure where you're going. Today is all about discovering and learning about who you are.
Diffuse your peppermint essential oil, put it on the bottoms of your feet, breathe it in and feel yourself begin to open up. Take these feelings of openness and keep them close as you write today.
Who do you "think" you are today? What labels have you given yourself?
Why do you think you have labeled yourself this way?
Do these labels feel good? Why or why not?
What needs to change?
What feels good?
Who do you want to be?
How do you want others to remember you?
Take this and run with it. You can be the best version of yourself, by simply deciding to be that.
“Creativity is always a leap of faith. You're faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage." -Julia Cameron
Whether you define yourself as a creative person, or not, today is all about being mindful and expressing your creativity. What does it mean? Open up yourself to being creative. Think about something that you have been wanting to try.
Is it a Pinterest craft?
Trying your hand at watercolors?
Creating a mandala out of sticks, rocks, leaves, flowers and crystals?
Today your job is to find something that will open up your creative side. Use your peppermint in your hands, inhale and think about what you would like to give a try. Once you have your activity in mind, get working on it.
As you explore this creative side, very much like sipping your tea slowly, feel all the emotions you are feeling. Be fully present in the moment and focus on your activity. Remind yourself that this isn't about creating something perfect. This is about the process of creation and tapping into your creative side.
How open are you to discovering your creative side?
What activity did you choose to kick off your creative exploration?
What kind of feelings did this activity bring up for you?
Is this an activity you would like to try again? Why or Why not??
Did this activity ignite any other creative ideas or outlets you wish to follow? If yes, what are they?
Try focusing on the things you do to wind down in the evening before falling asleep.
You can do some of the same activities you enjoy from your morning ritual, or do something completely different.
Maybe you want to light a candle as you get ready for bed, or while you lay down to read. maybe you want to make yourself a cup of herbal tea and drink it peacefully and mindfully. Whatever you decide to do tonight, find a soothing way to wind down. You can even use an essential oil. Maybe try adding it to a lotion and rubbing onto your feet and legs, or adding the oil to your diffuser. You could even make a spray for your pillow! Another beautiful option is to sink into a meditation before journaling, and allowing yourself to feel and uncover any lingering energies from your day.
As you are unwinding, allow all the "stuff" that has accumulated in your head from the days activities to melt away. Take this time to journal out the noise and let it go.
What is on your mind tonight?
Is there anything on your mind that you just can't shake? Let go and release this here.
What did you enjoy most about today?
What would you like to experience tomorrow?
Do you have anyone specific on your mind or in your heart right now?
Is there any inspired action you wish to take tomorrow?
“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace." ~Author Unknown
When it comes down to it, your breath can really control how a situation plays out. This is all about focusing on your breathe, slowing down, and breathing wholly and deeply. You also get to walk through a lovely visualization, that is going to help you relax, and help you to find your peace through your breath.It can be helpful to use Peppermint essential oil with this exercise.
The beauty of this visualization is that you can do it any time, any where, and for as long as you'd like. Close your eyes, open your peppermint and take a deep breath straight from the bottle. Imagine sitting on the shore of a beautiful beach, with clear skies, white sands and lapping waves. With each inhale, see the waves roll up onto the shore, kissing your toes with positive and calming energy. As you exhale, see the waves retreat back to the ocean, taking with them all your worry and uneasiness. Breathing in calm, and the lingering aroma of peppermint, exhaling tension and letting go of all that does not serve you. Do this for as long as you'd like, and finish your visualization with another long inhale of Peppermint.
How do you feel after this practice?
Could you feel the tension leaving your body while you were focused on your breath?
Do you plan to revisit this visualization, the next time you encounter a stressful situation? How will you remind yourself of this?
Do you feel more relaxed and able to breathe?
Write down any ideas that crossed your mind during this visualization.
Whatever it is that you decide to do today to move your body, the focus needs to be love driven. Your body is not meant to be punished, and any sort of exercise you force yourself to do as a form of punishment doesn't create healthy habits, or facilitate a healthy perspective of the body.
Have you used exercise as a form of punishment to your body before?
How did it make you feel when you moved your body from this perspective?
How do you plan to move your body lovingly today?
What makes you feel good in your skin?
What would you like to incorporate into your movement, that you haven't tried before, or haven't been doing regularly? (yoga, walking, etc.)
How do you feel today after moving your body in a loving way?
What emotions are coming up for you today? Is there anything you feel like you need to let go of?
Self care is truly a selfless act when you think about it. When you are well taken care of and receiving the proper nourishment in your mind, body and soul - you will be enabled to showed up as the best version of yourself in any and all relationships, project, tasks, etc. Your precious body is a sacred temple and you have divine right to allow yourself to cherish it.
When was the last time you allowed yourself to take a break from the stressors of your life, or did something for yourself “just because”?
Does the thought of putting yourself first make you feel any specific emotions or tensions? If so, where in your body do you feel this?
What story do you tell yourself when you think about taking care of yourself first?
Take a moment to close your eyes, breathe slowly and find your center. Try to think back through different areas of your life (even childhood). Where and who did this story you tell yourself about self care come from?
If you could rewrite your own version of a self care story without limitation or judgement, what would it read?
What steps can you take today, to nurture and love your mind, body and soul?