How are ya today? I hope you’re having a fabulous one. I also hope you’re in the mood for getting a bit soulful and reflective!
As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate for journaling as a means of stress relief and relaxation. Not too long ago, I was having one of those less-than-stellar days. It hadn’t been a very productive day, the weather outside was miserable, I had a lingering headache, and I came home that evening feeling frustrated and irritable. Sounds like fun, right? 😉 Anyways, after dinner I decided that I wasn’t going to spend a minute more in front of my computer. Instead, I threw on my jammies, whipped out my journal, grabbed some nice sparkly gel pens (tell me that you used to collect them as a teenager as well?) and curled up in bed, all ready to write.
About a year ago, the story would have stopped there. Surely there were a squillion other ways that I could be using my time more productively. I could have been reading blogs, writing posts, mindlessly crawling around Facebook and Pinterest, or (most dangerous of them all) indulging in some retail therapy. But the even bigger question was what the heck was I going to write about?
Does this sound like you? You start off with the best of intentions, but sit down only to find yourself staring off into space or stressing over little bits and pieces of your day and getting yourself more worked up and frustrated than you were feeling in the first place? If so, have no fear. Today I’ve got 15 questions for you to answer in your journals, and there’s no way you can get off with just writing a sentence or two for each.
Here they are:
- What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
- What would your life look like if money had no meaning? Would you work? Where would you live? Who would you spend your time with? What would you do more/less of?
- What did you want to be as a child, and how does that compare to how you define yourself now?
- If you could write a letter to your 15 year old self, what would you say?
- What achievements are you most proud of?
- What do you want to be remembered for?
- Think about the last time you felt totally on top of the world. Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing? What parts of that experience can you recreate today and every day to boost your happiness?
- Who is one of your mentors? What do you admire about them? What makes them unique and what have you learned from them?
- If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? What would you tell your loved ones?
- What is the one single most difficult lesson you’ve ever had to learn?
- What is one of your biggest dreams? What’s getting in the way?
- What are the most important aspects in your life right now and how much time do you spend on each? Is the time you spend proportionate to the importance of each aspect?
- If you could choose one word to represent yourself now, what would that be? Too hard? Pick 3 words.
- If you could choose one word to represent your ideal version of yourself, or the person you strive to become, what would that be?
- Throughout the course of this year, what things can you add, what changes can you make, and what destructive or unfulfilling behaviours can you crowd out in order to bring you closer to that one word you want to embody?
And there you have it. 15 great big questions that have the potential to elicit some even bigger answers. Never tried journaling? I encourage you to do so!
Ok, enough seriousness. If you’ve had a bad day, I’m almost 100% certain that this will make you laugh. You’re welcome. 😉
So tell me…
- How do you unwind after a stressful or upsetting day?
- Are you a fan of journaling? What’s your journaling style like? Do you answer questions like the ones above, recap your day, doodle, or make lists?
- Do you need a little more convincing? Check out this article, 5 reasons to start journaling, via Mind Body Green.