The beginning of a new year is a powerful time of new beginnings and unlimited opportunities. It's also a great time to set new goals, develop healthy habits, and reflect on how you'd like to grow and improve in the year ahead. Of the many tools to assist you in making the most of this journey, one simple and highly effective tool is a journal. Here are five simple ways you can make the most of journaling for the new year.
1. Set Your Goals and Choose a Word for the Year
In your journal, write down what you want to achieve in the new year. For instance, you might want to travel to a new location, achieve success at work, or focus on being more patient. Think of it as making a to-do list for the entire year.
One powerful tip for making the most of the new year is selecting one word to symbolize your journey in 2024. Your word becomes a guiding theme that reminds you of what's most important. Your word could be "love" (meaning you want to cultivate more love in your life,) "balance" (meaning you want to find harmony in your life), or success. Write down your goals and your 2024 word in your journal and revisit them often to stay on track.
2. Imagine Your Year and Think About What You Want
Close your eyes and picture your ideal year. Who are you spending time with, and what activities are you doing? You might see yourself spending time with loved ones, relaxing in your new home, or exploring new places. Imagine all the wonderful things you will manifest in the next 12 months! Write these goals in your journal to help you understand your deepest desires and what you truly want out of life. These goals will be especially helpful when you are unsure of what direction to take or opportunities to pursue.
3. Create a List of Things You Want to Do
Think about the activities you want to do all year long. Perhaps you want to read more books, take up a new hobby like painting or playing an instrument, or visit a new country. Write these down in your journal to create a reminder of all the experiences you want to accomplish during the year.
4. Keep Your Goals in Mind and Track Your Progress
Write your goals in your journal, almost like creating a checklist. For each goal, jot down the steps you need to take to achieve it. For instance, if your goal is to become a better cook or learn a new language, list what you need to do, like practicing regularly, seeking advice, and staying committed. As you work on your goals, make notes about your progress. This will help you stay on course, and when you reach your goals, it's a great feeling of achievement.
5. Don't Worry If You Change Your Mind
It's natural to encounter challenges and even change your mind about a goal as you work towards it. Don't worry when things don't go as planned. Instead, view these moments as opportunities to learn and grow. Write about your experiences in your journal and reflect on the lessons you've gained. Sometimes we overestimate the amount of time it takes to complete a goal or as we work towards the goal realize that it isn't what we imagine. For example, let's say you wanted to learn to play the piano, but it requires more practice time than you can commit to with your current schedule and you don't find the practice time rewarding at all. It's alright to scrap the goal and move on to something else. What is important is that you try, as each new experience is a stepping stone to personal growth.
By using your journal, you can plan your year in a straightforward and enjoyable way. Your journal is a valuable tool for creating a year filled with exciting adventures, learning, and personal growth.
Happy Almost New Year!
A year-end review is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the past year, celebrate your achievements, and chart a course for the future. It's a time to savor the meaningful moments and experiences that have shaped your journey. However, it's not just about checking off goals; it's about embracing the full range of your experiences. As you prepare for your year-end review, here are five key elements to consider:
Life is a series of ups and downs, and your year-end review should capture this cycle. While it's easy to get caught up in the highs or lows, true growth lies in balance. Reflect on your biggest accomplishments and the hurdles you've overcome. Remember, even setbacks can be valuable teachers. Your year-end review is a platform for learning, growing, and recognizing your progress, whether you achieved all your goals or not. Your journey will lend you valuable insights into what to work on next, as well as what changes you need to make to achieve your long-term goals.
2. Personal Growth and Transformation
This past year has been a journey like no other. You evolved as you faced challenges and experiences, both positive and negative. Take time to reflect on the person you've become compared to who you were at the start of the year. Life's unpredictable moments, shared memories, and challenging days contribute to your personal growth. Embrace the beautiful and profound ways you've changed, and write about your experiences and lessons in your journal.
3. Memorable and Joyful Moments
What made this year special?
Delve into the joyous memories and unforgettable moments that define 2023. These core memories are worth preserving. Whether it's a memorable New Year's Eve party, a heartwarming first date, a cozy snowy Sunday, or a hilarious movie night with friends, write them down. These memories deserve a place in your journal, so you can revisit them whenever you need a reminder of the beauty in your life.
4. Intentions for the Upcoming Year
While you look back, it's equally important to think about the future. Personal growth is an ongoing journey, and the year-end review is an ideal time to work on future goals. In your journal, outline your goals and aspirations for the coming year. What do you want to accomplish? Where do you want to be at this time next year? Also, how do you envision your life being different and better in the next 12 months? These are essential questions to help you embrace the possibilities of the new year.
5. Gratitude and Acknowledgment
While reviewing your year, don't forget to express gratitude and acknowledge those who have been part of your journey. Share your appreciation for the people, opportunities, and circumstances that have contributed to your growth and happiness. Gratitude is a powerful tool for creating a positive outlook and fostering connections. Use your year-end review to reflect on the many blessings and the people who have been a meaningful part of your life.
Incorporating these elements into your year-end review will make it a more comprehensive and fulfilling process. It's a time to celebrate not only your achievements but also the journey itself. Acknowledge your personal growth even as you look forward to the opportunities that the future holds.
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As the season transitions from summer to fall, there is often an urgency to slow down and relax. It is not about becoming lazy or less productive but instead becoming more intentional as we focus on our own needs. By slightly altering our daily routine we can become calmer and more balanced. We will still attend to our responsibilities, but we can incorporate the coziness of the season and all the calmness this brings into our lives.
One of the simplest transformations during the fall season is a new morning routine. It doesn't have to be anything complicated or extravagant, and actually, it shouldn't be. Your fall morning routine is more about slowing down, waking up in a calm state, getting cozy, and just enjoying your mornings as you wake up and get ready for your day.
I have five tips that will transform your morning and bring in the coziness of autumn.
1. Start Your Day Slowly and Calmly
If you are not doing so already, focus on starting your day as calmly and stress-free as possible. This means something different for everyone, but typically, you want to avoid your phone and other distractions that might trigger your emotions or put you in a bad state of mind instantly. We do this by utilizing airplane mode, listening to calming music, and not turning on the news.
In the fall, the weather has probably cooled off quite a bit and you aren't spending as much time outside. Make it a priority and witness the wonderful things that happen to your mind and body when you can get fresh air and sunlight first thing in the morning.
If you wake up after sunrise, try to find ways to get sunlight in your home, or better yet, head outside. Here are some super simple ideas that can become a quick part of your fall morning routine:
Open your windows: The simplest thing you can do is make a habit of opening your windows in the morning. Open your curtains or blinds to let light in, and if you can, open your windows as well. This not only gets you more natural sunlight in your home but some fresh air as well.
Sit outside on your patio or balcony: If you have a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, read a book, or write in a journal, all of these morning habits can be done outside. Bring your tea and a good book to sit on your patio, balcony, or backyard for a few minutes every morning. Enjoy the fresh air and sun as it comes up. Make it extra cozy with a comfy blanket and don't forget your socks or slippers if it is cold.
Go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood: You can also combine getting fresh air and sunlight with gentle movement by going for a stroll around the block. Remember, this doesn't have to be an intense cardio workout; just go for an easy stroll around the block to stretch your muscles, get your blood pumping, and enjoy nature.
3. Focus on Quiet and Relaxing Morning Habits
Remember that your morning routine should not be complicated or take hours to get through. If you have so many habits in your routine that you can't even remember what you have to do, then you are overcomplicating your morning. For a routine to work, it needs to be simple and enjoyable.
Here are some ideas:
To continue the rest of your morning routine, try to add some gentle movement. Of course, if you decide to go outside for a walk or do yoga on your backyard patio, you can combine this step with getting sunlight and fresh air in the morning.
However, if it is a cold and rainy morning, or you aren't quite ready to go for a stroll in your neighborhood, here are some other ideas for gentle movement:
To feel good you must fuel your body properly in the morning. Not only with a healthy breakfast (if you like to eat in the morning), but with plenty of hydration.
Before you have that morning cup of coffee or tea, have a full glass of water. It is easy to go straight for the caffeine, but you haven't had water all night long while sleeping, and you are likely waking up very dehydrated. Starting with a glass of water ensures you get proper hydration.
It is also easy to not drink as much water in the fall when the weather gets colder because you don't think you need it. But your body needs hydration no matter what the weather conditions are.
Enjoy a Nourishing Breakfast With Fall Produce
If you like to have breakfast in the morning, whether it is an omelet or a smoothie, consider adding some fall produce. It will be more budget-friendly and it can help you get lots of vitamins and minerals as you start your day.
Some excellent fruits and vegetables that are in-season during the fall include:
* Bell Peppers
Remember that your fall morning routine can and should be customized to your own needs and what habits you are trying to implement into your life. Choose morning habits that allow you to wake up gradually, start becoming more alert, and be ready to take on the day.
If at any point, your morning routine becomes stressful, then it is time for some adjustments. Your morning routine should leave you feeling calm and restored.
Hey and Happy Saturday!
I usually don't email you on the weekend, but I have some exciting news! One of the many projects I have been working on is finally finished and I want your opinion. I created a 75-card printable manifesting affirmation deck for you. This was such a labor of love for me!
If you follow me on the Serenity Reiki Clinic Youtube channel, you know I routinely record affirmations videos. Recently an American teacher let me know that she is using some of my videos in her ESL (English as a second language) classes and thanked me for creating these videos. Some of the students have also expressed their gratitude (heart swells with love!) And long story short; I am constantly creating more videos and experimenting with the best way to deliver these affirmations. If you are unfamiliar with affirmations they are carefully worded sentences that help us to challenge and overcome negative thoughts and self-sabotage. When you repeat them often and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes. They aren't wishful thinking, rather these positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think – and act – differently. They are safe to use, and don't produce unwanted side effects or add extra calories, lol. So there is no reason not to take a few minutes each day to work with them. Also, so many of my clients have achieved breakthroughs using positive affirmations.
With that in mind, I created a set of 75 Positive Manifesting Affirmation Cards that you can download and print. And because I want your feedback on these cards, you can grab them for the next few days (until July 12) at the ridiculously low price of only $1.73USD #OMG (Get them here on our sister site.)
Who Are These For?
This set is perfect for anyone looking for printable affirmation cards to help you shift your mindset and achieve your dream goals. This design is easy to print and use. Each card contains an illustration and an inspiring affirmation to help you begin your day with positive intentions. All you have to do is print your cards on the paper of your choice or print them on cardstock, and then you can laminate the cards and use them as is or add them to your planner, journal, vision board, or tape to your mirror.
1 PDF File in with “Affirmation Cards” measuring approximately 3.5 x 5.75 (inches) You can print the entire file or only the cards you want to work with this week. You will own the file and be able to print the cards again and again.
How Do I Print Them?
Purchase these at this low price, download the PDF, and print on your choice of paper (card stock is preferred, but not necessary). Then cut them out and tape them around your house, add them to a vision board, or use them as a daily card draw. Say these affirmations to shift your mood and reprogram positive thoughts as you build your best life.
Grab them here until July 12, 2022.
Once you have worked with these cards, I would appreciate it if you would; please leave me an honest review.
Have a great weekend!
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