With 2018 approaching, I decided to reinvent some intentions I will have for myself come the new year. No, these aren't resolutions, but rather a mindset to change how I have been. In the past 3 months I pilled my plate so high that I faced frequent break downs and devoted little time for myself or my creative outlets. I gained a solid 10 pounds from constantly eating out, I gave up on attending the gym and filled my free time with homework, school work and volunteering. Although most of these elements were extremely rewarding, I immersed myself in so many responsibilities that I really paid no attention to myself.
2018 will be a product of change. I decided with one less course, I will use a day to simply be. As luck would have it, my Friday course lies between 2:30-5:30 meaning work is unfortunately (but I guess fortunately) out of the question. Thus, I will be able to make time for myself, my blog & homework!
My intentions for myself are geared towards spending more time on the things that make me smile. These are the things that keep me calm, alleviate my anxiety and cultivate my passions. Devoting time for self-care practices isn't just about finding the time and saying 'no' when things are too much, it is about finding something that fills your soul with happiness. As my readers all know, I love to write. I decided to promote my personal peace this year by taking up journalling. This habitual writing ritual will cary on with me all year round and will be a way for me to practice mindfulness. I found 3 books on Amazon that were written specifically for those who are interested in starting journalling. These books are also beginner friendly (aka, myself). Writing is my personal form of therapy. I love to write for inspiration, for clarity - but I feel as though journalling will alot a specific time for myself on topics to erase anxieties, connect with myself and promote positivity. Skimming through these pages already has me eager to begin. But I also want to leave these books for the new year. Is anyone else like this? When you find something you can't wait to do/see/eat/read/wear/write but you want to save it for a specific occasion/date? It is so close to a new year and I really want to wait to begin this process with a fresh mindset, that way I can start off 2018 on a brand new page (literally)!
Down below are the 3 journals I have purchased that I believe help supplement your journalling journey. You may prefer one over the other or buy all three because you aren't sure which one you like best! Be sure to check the gallery for exemploirs below.
The Start Where You Arejournal, for me, is the best of the bunch. Purely because it is geared towards self-exploration as opposed to lists. That is not to say that the upcoming two are not AMAZING, but rather if you are looking for a journal to reflect on yourself in various forms...this would be your best pick. By composing lists, drawings and touching on various aspects of pen to paper activities, you will find yourself uncovering your deepest roots and working trough them.
2. 52 Lists For Happiness
Lists are a great way to begin your written self-care practice. 52 Lists for Happiness, will help you work on your happiness journey. As I skimmed through the pages I noticed many list starters getting to the root of unhappiness and ways in which to help turn them into positives. Each page has a list starter and a passage of a way to manifest this list for the week.
3. The 52 Lists Project
Made by the same creators, The 52 Lists Projectis geared towards internal and external projects. These are practices to promote body-mind-soul connections. They can revolve around cleansing, purging getting in tuned with yourself and certain projects that will benefit YOU! As quoted by the author: "There is one for every week of the year, that will help you discover the beauty, joy, creativity, and power you already have!”
HAPPY JOURNALLEING EVERYONE! I hope one or some of these books speak to you. If not, they are definitely beautiful gift ideas for a friend or loved one. 💕
All pictures were taken by me -- I love getting to use our PT setups and definitely see myself utilizing the lights, camera and Lightbox!