It’s a new year! I’m so excited about all the new opportunities and possibilities a new year brings. Here’s to a new cycle of love, peace, abundance, and harmony for us all!
I have a few resolutions for 2021, and I thought I would share. The first is a big one. It’s something that 2020 really gave me a hard look at, and that was how much my life was full of a habit of fear. So I am starting a new year out with a dedication to retraining myself to have a habit of love instead.
So what does that mean exactly? It means being more gentle with myself, choosing to slow down or redirect my thoughts or attention to more loving things, situations, and outcomes. It means more positive self talk. Doing more things that feel good. Thinking good thoughts about others and situations, including envisioning good outcomes for all. And finding deeper connection with myself and others.
I have some ideas of things I can do to help that, but really I’ve already been putting new habits in place for a little while now. Habits like daily mediation, breath work, journaling, yoga, going for walks alone and sometimes with others, and just choosing fun and exciting things to focus on.
So I plan to continue these habits and be open to any new ones that might pop up. And also to tune in and see how I feel about anything before I act. If it feels too hard, then give it some space and try again.
I also want to make more journals! I love making journals. I love that creative process so much, and I already have a few ideas I can get started on over the next few weeks. I think I enjoy it so much because it’s a combination of several of my passions, which is writing, designing, and self improvement. And they have a quick turnaround. I really love being able to see a finished product in a short time from first conception of an idea. It’s great for boosting confidence too!
Here is the fourth journal in the Journaling To Feel Good Series called I Feel Joyful Doing... I really, really love this journal because joy has always been an emotion I admired. For a long time, I admired it from afar. But recently, this emotion has taken a big front seat in my life.
I have found that when I focus on doing things that bring me joy, I invite even more joyfulness to enter my life. It’s part of my new focus in life in general. I do whatever brings me joy (or think about what brings me joy), and life just keeps getting better and better.
Here is the official book description…
Our emotions hold the key to a happy life. The better we feel, the better our life becomes around us. In life, we have learned many ways of not feeling well, but through consistently reaching for better feelings, we can rise above to something greater. This guided journal is dedicated to finding the feeling of joyfulness and other closely related emotions, which is a wonderful first step to cultivating a lasting life of joy, love, and harmony.
Also, I created a Guided Journals page on this blog to be one easy place that holds all the information about my current or upcoming journals, where you can find them, and in what formats they are available in.
Hope you enjoy this book as I much as I do!
Oh, and I recently was feeling creative and put a little book promotional video together for this journal series. What do you think?
Here’s my newest journal in the Journaling To Feel Good Series. In This Moment, I Feel… is all about taking time to stop and enjoy the moment.
That has probably been one of the hardest things for me to do is to stay present. I get so busy thinking about the past, or dreaming about the future, I often overlook where I actually am. That’s why I created this topic.
I have been journaling in a proof copy for a little over a month with this one. I don’t use it every day. Maybe three to four times a week, but each time I do, the prompts really help me see what’s around me with fresh eyes, which is quite a lot of fun.
Here is the official book blurb.
When we take the time to be present in the moment, we step out of the constant chatter of our minds to see what really is. We are no longer living in the past, or the future, but in the now, and the now has so many wonderful gifts to offer us. We can also cultivate a deeper awareness of ourselves that can bring positive change to our lives. This guided journal is a great way to step into the moment, and regularly enjoy the here and now.
This blog has gone through many updates and changes since I first started it ten years ago. Mostly it started as a writing site, then shifted over to book reviews. Somewhere in between there, I did posts about journaling and posts reflecting on some of the self-improvements I’d gone through. But for the most part, I have tried to keep to a writing theme. That’s about to change.
I realized that in my trying to put this blog “into a box”, I was cutting myself from other possibilities. So I am opening this space up wide to incorporate all of me, not just one part. That’s because I am not just a writer, or book reviewer. I’m a lot of other things, things I’d like to share, but have been hesitant to do so.
If you are looking for just writing posts (not that I’ve done many of those recently…lol) or just book reviews, then this may be where you unfollow me and go elsewhere, I’m totally cool with that. But if you are into a little bit of an adventure, then stick around, because things might get a little interesting.
So how exactly is this “new me/ new blog” going to work?
Well, I decided to sit down and see if I could write a “mission statement” to kind of sum up how I want to move forward with this blog, and with my life. This is what I came up with…
After spending a few months using the writing prompts in this book myself, and making some adjustments, this new guided journal is ready to go!
Appreciation is such an important emotion to build, allowing us to live fuller and happier lives. This guided journal makes it easy to spend a few minutes each day embracing what we already have, so to ready us for far more to come.
To start things off, I created an appreciation affirmation that really resonated with me. Then there are three basic writing prompts to dive into what it is that is appreciated. There is enough pages in this book for three months of daily use.
Below is the offical book blurb.
The more we appreciate, the more we discover that we have to appreciate. It’s a cycle of positivity that can fill our cup up so much that it can truly transform our lives and allow dreams to come true. All it takes is the consistent redirection of focusing on all the good in our life, instead of focusing on the things we don’t have. And that work can be as simply as writing down a few appreciated things each day as regularly as possible. This guided journal is a wonderful first step in that effort to gradually make this positive life change a regular habit.
With this holiday season coming up, I feel Appreciation For… is a great gift to yourself or for someone you know. And if you use it and like it, please post a review on Amazon.
Also, I am in the process of making this journal and its predecessor, I Feel Peaceful because…, available as digital journals. I will make an announcement when they are completed.