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Journaling Prompt: An Ideal Workday


Many moons ago, when I was a college student, we were given an assignment to describe what we didn’t want our work life to be like. Not an overall picture, but just what type of typical workday would be like a nightmare to have to endure in order to make a living. I completed the assignment, and once it was graded and returned, unlike most of my other papers that were tossed without a second glance, I tucked it away for my future self to enjoy.

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Journaling Prompt: Love Letter-To Yourself


I’ve written a few love letters in my life, but could never muster up the courage to deliver them. I would hold on to them for awhile, hidden away from prying eyes, eventually to dispose of them in an appropriate manner once the romance had fizzled. Maybe if I had sent one, things would have turned out differently. Maybe not. Either way, it will remain a mystery.

Perhaps the quintessential love letter is the realm of the brave, a method of communication only for those confident enough to bare their soul on paper and deliver it to the object of their affection, not knowing how it will be received. That type of declaration is beyond my capabilities. I’m just too guarded, I’ve been told.

I agree.

But, perhaps that fear of rejection could be reduced by sending a love letter to the person that really needs to know that they are loved – yourself.

I’ve never been one for affirmations. I could not, with a straight face, look in the mirror and declare out loud that I was worthy or beautiful or fabulous. My steely sarcasm would verbally kick my own ass. But, writing down very specific details that I admire about myself is doable.

Narcissistic? Hardly. Appreciation for the wonderful attributes we possess is healthy.

So, let’s begin. Start with bullet points or an outline, then weave them into a love letter – to yourself. Imagine if you met someone with those same, positive qualities and your relationship is such that you could tell them, unabashedly, exactly how wonderful each of those qualities are and why. Get flowery. Get sexy. Be soulful. Make it rhyme if you wish; add some artistic flair with a love doodle. Recognize and appreciate all the things about you that are deserving of praise.

Acknowledge yourself, appreciate yourself, thank yourself.

The added benefit? When you start to redirect some of the love you toss about on a daily basis towards yourself, others will start to notice the increased calm and confidence you have and perhaps throw a little extra love your way. Nice perk, yes?


I would love to hear your results; please feel free to comment!

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Journaling Prompt: Wants Versus Needs


Wants versus needs…..

Choose one thing, right now, that you want. Be honest, then be reasonable and boil it down to what will satisfy the need behind the want. Take the flights of fancy and the steps that will have to happen to achieve them, then rework it with a strong dose of reality. For example:  in a currently unfeasible turn of events, I could languish under a far-off palm tree, sipping some concoction with a tiny umbrella for a two-week stretch in order to recharge my zapped internal batteries. BUT, in order to do so, I would definitely have to a) take a two-week vacation and come back to an Everest-sized pile of work which would immediately undo all of the stress-relief said vacation was supposed to achieve, b) kennel my cats for two weeks at an alarming cost, and c) budget enough money for months in advance in order to afford such a luxurious vacation. Or, I could get real and be fully satisfied by a) getting organized at work so I could plot out a few long weekends within a two-hour drive from my home, b) make sure someone is going to be around to feed the cats for three days, and c) stop going out to dinner so much so I could put some extra cash away to maybe enjoy a few umbrella-festooned concoctions on my long weekends. Does this, basically, give me a similar result? Will a long, lazy weekend away allow me to relax, unwind, and come back ready to face the daily challenges of life with refreshed fortitude? Yes, and with much less stress, planning and funds. Yay!

Being honest and real makes an agreeable existence attainable

When you get down to what you actually need, you can get honest and real about finding a way to get it. Write it down, work it out and make it happen!

I would love to hear your results; please feel free to comment!