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Journaling 101: Give Yourself a Chance for a Fresh Start Every Day

A little while back I shared my journaling habit on Instagram and it got some attention. Swoon asked me to write this post as a result to help spread the word, so here I am sharing my little nugget of wisdom.

Every day I write down three Goals, three Affirmations, three things I’m Grateful for, and three Sprouts. Let me expand on these a bit.

1.) Goals

These are daily goals that include literally ANYTHING, from writing-related ones to everyday tasks. As someone who despises chores, I tend to include things like grocery shopping and laundry along with things like editing or drafting or even reading.

2.) Affirmations

We’re raised in a society that reminds us of our shortcomings constantly. It sucks, a lot, and can be mentally and emotionally draining. Our self-perception and confidence and sense of self-worth are skewed thanks to it. Writing things I like about myself, or am proud of, help me to focus on the positive and appreciate myself more. Because, honestly, you should always be your own biggest fan.

3.) Grateful

Again, I tend to focus on things that are going wrong or that I don’t have. Writing down the things I’m grateful for helps remind me just how much I have and sometimes take for granted.

4.) Sprouts

This part of the “practice” takes place at the end of the day. They’re things that you’ve done that day that you’re proud of. Why? Because you did SOMETHING. Simply breathing and living can be sprouts. We should all take the time to reflect on the things we’ve accomplished. I find that ending my day this way helps me wind down and puts a positive spin on things even when it feels like nothing is going right.

Why do I do this exercise daily? Is it just to make myself feel better? Well, yeah. We should all be allowed to feel good about ourselves. We should be allowed time to think and reflect and to work on ourselves. Because no one else is going to do it for us. Journaling reminds me that I’m always moving forward, that no day is wasted.

My only piece of advice, should you decide to participate, is KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don’t overthink it. This should be a fun practice, one that you look forward to, not an obligation. And remember that every day is a chance for a fresh start.

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Prerna Pickett

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