Happy Sunday, my friends. I’m so happy to be back with you all on our regularly scheduled blog day! Thank you so much to every one of you who took the time to read my last blog and who wished me a happy birthday!
Now that the whole birthday thing has passed, I want to keep this week’s blog short and sweet, and give you time to try out the journaling exercises I’ve been loving right now.
Since we are nearing mid-November, the holidays are right around the corner, and in the blink of an eye we will be gearing up for a brand new year, I’ve been feeling called to take time to stop, pause, and reflect on all that has happened and will happen between now and the end of this year.
As I’m sure you all know (there are memes everywhere about it!), the end of this year holds a little extra weight, as it will also close out the decade. Of course, you can make that mean whatever resonates with you in your life, but I know how much meaning and importance I feel when I take the time to reflect on significant periods of my life, and what they have meant to me.
Journaling is my favorite practice to uncover answers, to find out the truth, and to tap into the inner workings of my soul, which is why I’ve been spending a little extra time lately journaling about the past decade, what it has meant to me, what I’ve learned, and how I wish to leave it behind with a clean slate for a new chapter.
If you’re like me and feeling called to close out this year and this chapter in a grounded and meaningful way, I’d highly suggest grabbing your favorite journal and following these simple prompts:
What were some of the highlights of this past decade?
What went well?
What major life lessons did I learn?
What am I proud of?
How do I feel like I have grown and evolved?
Who are the people in my life that I know I can rely on and trust?
Is there any unfinished business that I need to tie up to feel complete?
What do I wish to complete before this chapter comes to a close?
How do I want to feel as I start this new season of my life?
What am I grateful for?
As always, when journaling in this way, try not to over think your answers! Sit in a quiet space, take some deep breaths, and allow your pen to hit the paper and write whatever naturally wishes to come out. There is no right or wrong way to do this, all you need is an open mind, and and blank page!
These practices really help to highlight the parts of life that we may have forgotten and allow us to tap into a feeling of gratitude, acceptance, and grace, as we release what has happened to create space for what is to come.
Happy journaling, I hope you enjoy!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org