Choose Yourself First and Journal
As some of you know, I create books like journals and sell them on Amazon.
Journaling has a lot of benefits for the mind and body. How you choose to use a journal is largely up to you. You could use it to:
- record your daily activities
- as a place to explore you emotions and feelings
- you may want to log a project, journey or project
- you may want to write notes on reading you’re doing
- you may want to brainstorm ideas or work through problems
- write down ideas you have for creative projects
- write reflections on a spiritual journey
- you may want to journal what you’re grateful for.
Journals can be as simple as a plain lined pages or they could be designed to help guide you through you journal entry for the day. I recently created a journal series called “Choose Yourself First”. The journal interior is designed to give you two pages for each entry and to give you prompts to help get your entry going.
The cover sample shown in the header is new and not yet published. The first in the series was designed as a letter size journal. I’m not starting to add 6”x9” size journals.
On the image above, the right hand side is the first page of the two. The title “What’s on My Heart Today?” invites the writer to share openly on the page. It’s a private place to share between the writer and the page. It is without judgement and will not respond with unsolicited advice.
Below the title, on the left is an opportunity to express what you’re grateful for this day. Even if nothing was on your mind when you sit down, take some time to think about what makes you grateful.
Taking the time to write down even the smallest of gratitude helps to remind you that even during difficult times, there are blessings in our lives. Expessing gratitude helps you to focus on the present moment instead of the past or worrying about the future.
You’ll find the more you take the time to remind yourself of what you have to be grateful for, you’ll start feeling more at ease with your life and better able to cope with the difficult parts of life.
On the right is space for you to set your intents for the day or make note of a question or problem you want to work through. The rest of the page is lined for you to carry on with your entry.
Turning over to the backside of the page, you find another box “My highlight of the day:” This is where you can highlight something you may want to remember or give yourself a little brag for an accomplishment.
My Own Journaling
Oddly enough, I haven’t been a regular journaler. In November I started being more deliberate about spending time most days journaling. For several months I’ve been on a personal journey. Taking the time to journal helps me to record and process day by day.
If you don’t wish to use a paper journal, you can setup a template in an electronic tool and use that to journal each day. I personally have mine setup in Obsidian which is a personal preference.
You may surprise yourself how journaling works for you.
Shadowspub writes on a variety of subjects as she pursues her passion for learning. She also writes on other platforms and enjoys creating books you use like journals, notebooks, coloring books etc.
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Journaling is really powerful — I tried it but I feel that it's not my thing.
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I want to journal but never seem to be able to stick to it. I keep trying though. 😁
I was looking for a direct link to your Amazon author page so I can clicky-click on it and add some items to my shopping cart.
Here is the link to her website. from there you can see all the items and the items will take you to Amazon to buy them :D
I love knowing how your journey started and how far you have come!!
Yes, journaling helps so much in so many ways!!
I struggle to be a regular journaler. I think there is an element of wanting to do it "right" which there is no right or wrong - there is only doing and not doing.
yeah I struggled with that and still do at times. I kind of treat my journal entry as a place for mind dumping most of the time.