When I was in high school, my best friend and I were really into urban novels so much so that we decided to collaborate on a series of them. We had a journal we would each write in and would take turns contributing to the story. I have so many journals in the archives. We did this for about 3 years. It was not only fun and exciting, but allowed us to let our creativity flow. We had a wide range of storylines and tons of drama. I kept the books. Maybe one day, they will become published novels or movies.
Now that I’m an adult, I use my journal to write my own story.
I used to write about the things that bother me, people getting on my nerves (lol), and basically all that was wrong in my life.
Now, I write about all the things I’m grateful for, how the universe bends over backwards to support me, how blessed I am to have such amazing people in my life that I can learn and grow from daily, and I thank God for my health and for using me to be of service to humanity.
This practice of focusing in on the positive things happening in my life has helped me tremendously. The more I write about what’s going great, the more great things happen. I’m in awe every day (almost to tears) of how amazing God is and all that He does for me daily. He has literally put me in a City that is fine tuning my character into a strong willed, resilient, confident, courageous person and has built a growing network around me to help me learn, grow, and be inspired daily.
Everything is happening to help you get to your goal or dream life.
First, though, you need to know what that goal or dream life is.
That’s where journaling is very helpful.
I have my clients grade themselves in the following areas of their life:
- Physical Activity
- Home Cooking
- Home Environment
- Social Life
I do the same exercise for myself. During the winter solstice last year, I set intentions for each of those areas and as the year progresses, I evaluate where I am on the scale in terms of my growth to where I set out to be.
Having record of that progress is so uplifting. It just keeps the momentum going and makes it easier to continue the positivity practice and gratitude journaling.
List in the comments below all of the things, people, places, and/or memories in your life that you’re grateful for.
Also, how do you use your journal? I’m curious. I have many in use right now – one for business, one for personal, and one for wish lists. Can you tell I love journals? 🙂