Journaling in July – Week 1

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Journaling in July – Week 1

There’s enough on my plate that I didn’t need to add one more item to my list. But…journaling…

I’ve done a lot of journaling over the past 20+ years. But I find it’s something that I’ll pick up for awhile, and then I get busy and set it aside. Sometimes its several years later before I take it up again. I used to journal every morning – and now it’s been years. Far too long.

I just got my journals down. When the stack you pull off the bookscase is dusty – that’s too long. May 2016 was my last entry. Shame on me! Especially when I always notice that when I journal and spend time in introspection and mediation, my life always flows.

I’ll be blogging about this journey and sharing on Saturdays with Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond and Deb from Deb’s World. I won’t share everything here. Just snippets from the week. Some of what I write is for my eyes only, and besides, you won’t want to read it all anyway. I think it would make for a boring read.

But what I do hope is that maybe it inspires you to play along. Try it for a month. There’s some great prompts here for the month, from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond. If you blog, you may want to share some of your journey. That part of the challenge is totally optional. Give it shot. Just for you. Give yourself a gift of time, energy and intention.

Day 1 – What Makes Me Special?

This was a tough one. I’m still working on this one. I think most of us (or is it only me) that are so geared toward looking for our flaws and finding where we need to make improvements, that we don’t always give ourselves enough credit for our own unique and special qualities.

Day 2 – Dreams and Goals

So much here that I filled a second page. Right now a lot of those items were writing goals. A lot of travel goals that I don’t see how the time and the finances will work to make it possible. And now, I find that as I’ve passed that 60-year milestone marker, I’m seeing a shorter distance available in which to make these dreams and goals happen, which adds a bit of stress and tension too.

Day 3 – What Makes Me Feel Happy?

Fortunately, this list also was very long. New grandbabies, visiting time with family and friends, items checked off of the ‘to-do’ list, getting in the car and it turns on and cold air from the A/C blasts me on a hot day, sunflowers growing and thriving and getting as tall as the house, fluffy white gorgeous clouds floating through the sky, time to write and learn new things…ah, the list keeps going!

Day 4 – Write About a Special Memory

I need to do a catch up on this one. Where the 4th went, I don’t know, but I didn’t do any journaling.

Day 5 – What I Did Today

Too much RL (Real Life) to deal with today, so have a catch up day to do here too.

Day 6 – Three Things I’m Grateful For

  1. My family
  2. My friends
  3. The ability to choose – choose my attitude, choose my goals and dreams, choose what is in my life and what needs to go, choose how I spend my time, choose….


Me and the boys in my life – my sons and grandsons

Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond is in Australia, so they’re a day ahead of us. Since we’re not there yet here in the USA, and their link to join in ends in 9 hours, I’m going to go ahead and end this and my Day 7 will go onto next week’s post.

I hope this inspires you to add a little journaling to your life. Use the prompts for July – or just write. I think you’ll be surprised where you end up!


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie Harris
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 08:10:12

    This is great Trisha, it’s so good to see you joining in! I love your photo with your boys and I agree grand-babies makes my heart sing too. isn’t it funny how we find it heard to write positive things about ourselves, I had to make myself do this one! I look forward to your posts for this challenge 🙂


  2. Jo
    Jul 09, 2019 @ 22:30:30

    I journal daily – usually just a few bullet points, but daily. While I haven’t posted my results, I have enjoyed reading along with Sue’s prompts. Visiting from #MLSTL


    • trishafaye
      Jul 11, 2019 @ 00:21:48

      I like the bullet point idea. Great for those days that are so hectic and crazy that finding time to sit down and write is almost impossible. I’ll have to try that to – much better than skipping the day entirely. Thanks for that idea!!


  3. Michele @liferedesign101
    Jul 09, 2019 @ 22:35:08

    I used to journal regularly but have gotten away from it. I do like these questions, they really make you think. I like the way journaling helps you to reflect and see what is going on in your life in a new way.


  4. leannelc
    Jul 10, 2019 @ 02:32:22

    I’ve been enjoying reading the responses to Sue’s journalling prompts Trisha. It’s been like watching a little blogging movie trailer for people’s lives! Loved the pic of you and your boys/grandboys and how proud you look in it. Families truly are a blessing to us aren’t they?
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂


    • trishafaye
      Jul 11, 2019 @ 00:19:39

      Thank you Leanne. Yes, it’s been great fun seeing other journaling comments.
      I so enjoyed that visit with the boys and grandkids. But, oh boy, was Grandma ready to come home and take a looooong nap!


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