20 journaling prompts to help when you need inspiration

20 journaling prompts to help when you need inspiration


Journaling is a fantastic way to get things out of your head, to find inspiration and to calm your mind. It helps you to see things more clearly. But when you don’t know what to write about it can also be a bit intimidating. Sitting in front of a blank piece of paper with no ideas is quite frustrating. This 20 journaling prompts will give you food for thought. 

When you need some inspiration for your journaling, pick a prompt that speaks to you and just start writing. No second thoughts. No judgment. Get it out of your head and on paper. Sometimes you’ll be surprised what you’ll discover.

 

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  1. Five things I’m grateful for today.
  2. The three most important people in my life right now. 
  3. My favorite quote. 
  4. Three moments I truly felt myself and enjoyed life to the fullest.
  5. What am I most proud of?
  6. Who is my biggest inspiration? 
  7. Three good things that happened to me today.
  8. One thing I’d like to do more often. 
  9. My favorite place in the world. 
  10. My favorite book. 
  11. What do I like most about myself? 
  12. My favorite childhood memory. 
  13. My five favorite ways to relax.
  14. Who are my three best friends?
  15. What is the one new thing I want to try? 
  16. One lesson I learned today.
  17. What is the one thing I’m really good at?
  18. My favorite season?
  19. What are my favorite things about the current season?
  20. Five weird things I love.

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How to get clear about what is really important to you

How to get clear about what is really important to you


Today I want to share an exercise with you. It will help you get clear about what is really important to you. It’s a good starting point to know yourself a little bit better and to give you guidance for the future.

Step 1:

What you’ll need:

  • Some time for yourself
  • A quiet place
  • Pen and paper
  • Highlighters (or other pens) in different colors
  • Your favorite drink!
  • And some chocolate, or chips, … whatever you like … you get the idea

Step 2:

Take some time and find a quiet place. Make yourself comfortable. If you want, play your favorite music. Do whatever makes you feel good and relaxed. Take a journal and think about your ideal future self. Ask yourself:

  • Who do you want to be?
  • How do you want to feel?
  • How do you want to behave?
  • What do you want to work on?
  • What do you want to improve or change?
  • How do you want to interact with others in social situations?
  • How do you want to interact with your kids, your significant other, your co-workers, your staff or your boss?

It may help you to think about moments or situations that light you up. Moments you genuinely enjoy life, and which make your soul happy. Moments you feel the most aligned with yourself.

Write it all down. No judgment and restrictions here. Just write down whatever comes to your mind.

Step 3:

When you’ve written down everything, look at your list. Are there any words or sentences that you can group together? That fall into the same category? Highlight everything that belongs together in the same color and find a word that describes that category.

Now you have a list of words which describe what is really important to you. What resonates with you the most? What are the three most important words to you? When you’ve found your three words, also write down why they are so meaningful to you. Have a clear vision of why these words are important to you. It will help to act, behave and live like your desired future self.

Step 4:

The last step is to put your three words wherever you can see them throughout the day (sticky notes, alarm on your phone, lock screen of your phone, …). Having a constant reminder throughout the day is essential.

How to get clear about what is really important to you

When I did this exercise, I came up with:

Happy

Happy has already been my word for the year 2018. The last months of 2017 I was miserable and exhausted. And I didn’t want to feel like that anymore. So this word is my reminder to do the things I love and enjoy and to free myself from any situation that makes me feel bad.

Healthy

Here I mean not only physical but also mental health. When I quit my job, I noticed that my lower back pain was gone within a few days. So I aim to treat my mind, body, and soul as good as I can so that I have the physical and mental energy and strength to enjoy life.

Independent

When this word came up, it was surprising to me. I always thought that I need the structure and secureness of a 9-5 job. And yes – to a certain degree, it’s true, that I need (or want) some structure in my life. But I don’t want to show up in the same place, at the same time to do the same work every day just because someone else can tell me to do so. I want to have the freedom to decide.

 

This exercise brought a lot of clarity for me about what is really important for me, and I hope that it will work for you too.

Click the image below to get the workbook I created for you to go along with this exercise.

 

How to get clear about what is really important to you


How to change your life – the first 3 steps

How to change your life – the first 3 steps


Are you ready to change your life? Me too! So what do I do to get out of the rut? I’ve decided to start with the following three steps:

how to change your life - the first three steps

Step 1: New hair – new me!

What is the first thing you do when you want to change your life? Right! A hair appointment. It not only symbolizes a fresh start but – for me – it’s also a visual reminder of the changes in my life. I haven’t dyed my hair in over ten years, so I decided that now is the time. I went for a little bit darker roots, highlights, and a more layered cut. And I love it!

change your life; new hair new me

 

Step 2: Move my body

Over the last couple of years, I used to work out every morning before I got to work. I prefer to workout in the morning because it ’s the only way I stay consisted. After work, there is always an excuse: no time, too tired, and so on. And it’s a great feeling to do something for yourself first thing in the morning.

But since I’m at home – let’s say it wasn’t one of my priorities. So it’s time to get moving again and do something for my overall health and wellbeing.

I decided to do Zanna Van Dijk’s “The Sculpt Guide” (4 workouts a week) and a Tone It Up routine (one video a week). I also want to incorporate more stretching and get more flexible, so I put together a YouTube Playlist with my favorite Yoga, stretching and flexibility routines to do at least twice a week.

my favorite yoga, stretching & flexibility routines; how to change your life

 

Step 3: Do something different/new every day

The third thing is to do something new or different every day.

To be honest – I love my routines. When I worked 9-5 my days and weekends pretty much looked the same all the time. I cooked the same meals, ordered the same meals at restaurants, did the same workouts. Everything the same – all the time.

But if you want to change your life you have to change.

Don’t expect to see a change if you don’t make one.

I want to do at least one new or different thing each day. This can be small things like ordering a different Pizza or cocktail or big ones like making a photoshoot in a public place. Just doing one thing every day that takes me out of my usual comfort zone.

Follow me on Instagram to see what I do each day.

* This post is not sponsored. I’ve chosen the workouts because I love them.

Wise Words #1

Wise Words #1


I mean … there is really no better way to kick off this blog than with this wise words from Tom Hiddleston!

 

We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.

Tom Hiddleston

 

This is what happened to me. I worked in corporate jobs for 20 years. And I loved it. Designated working hours, insurance, 5 weeks holidays and so on. It was a safe space to live. But then things started to change. I don’t know why (maybe because I turned 40 this January – who knows?) but everything I’ve appreciated in the corporate world started to feel like a big rock on my chest. Sometimes I had the feeling that I couldn’t breathe anymore. I was unhappy and exhausted.

I started to think about if I want to spend the rest of my life this way and the answer was clearly NO! There must be a way to earn a living which doesn’t make me feel sick and exhausted all the time.

And so I quit and started my second life.

A life where I …

  • can work under my own terms and conditions.
  • am excited to get up in the morning.
  • feel energized and happy.
  • can explore new opportunities.
  • feel alive.

I still have no idea what I’ll be doing, but I wholeheartedly believe that I’ll find my way.

What about you? Do you love your life? Do you feel alive?

Comment below and and let me know!