Journaling in July – Week 5

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.

Here’s my final entry to wrap up the month of Journaling in July.

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Day 31 – How has the challenge changed me?

This last day is an easy question to wrap up the month with. Although, I don’t know that I’d say the challenge changed me in this way, as opposed to that it pointed out something that I need to change.

I was excited to see this challenge come up. I’m a firm believer that daily journaling is an asset. Years back, I journaled most mornings. When I regularly write, I find that life flows. I’m more in touch with my true self and the world around me.

Then – life gets busy. I stop and am soon out of the habit. In trying to establish an active and full writing career, along with working a part-time job that turns into a full time whirlwind at holiday times (a greeting card company), this regular habit fell to the wayside about four to five years ago.

Sue’s challenge reminded me of how much I enjoyed having this a part of my daily routine. But through the month, I found that even with the intent to write daily, I still only did it about a third of the month.

What that showed me is that even if there’s something I enjoy, especially something that benefits my life in many ways – that has proved itself to be a benefit to me…I still don’t take the time to ensure that I follow through with it. I’m still not making myself enough of a priority in the 24-hours I have each day. And that I need to change.

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy Nappa McCabe
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 15:00:24

    Hmm, food for thought for me, too!

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  2. Debbie Harris
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 07:42:18

    Yes that’s a great point you’ve raised Trisha!! We need to look at what makes us happy and do more of that, even if it means changing things around a bit in our lives. Good on you for looking at the challenge this way, it’s been great to share the month with you!

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    • trishafaye
      Aug 06, 2019 @ 20:39:33

      Yes, Deb. It’s a never-ending quest sometimes I think. Making our life better this week than it was last week. And repeat.
      I enjoyed reading your posts about your weeks and month. Thanks for hosting it along with Sue.

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  3. Natalie
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 21:05:28

    That’s a good self-discovery, Trisha. Why not make August the month when you do more of what makes you happy. #MLSTL

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    • trishafaye
      Aug 07, 2019 @ 02:40:46

      Great idea Natalie! Actually my better half is having a knee replacement August 9, so most of August will be spent ‘nursing’, driving to physical therapy appts and my own working and writing. By September I will REALLY be ready to focus on time and energy FOR ME!!

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  4. fabinyourfifties
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 21:21:56

    I’m glad the journaling was so enlightening for you. It sounds like you almost have a renewed love for it, even though it’s hard to be consistent. Just not enough hours in the day!

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  5. mommyhon333
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 22:39:07

    I joined Sue for some of the journaling prompts. Found it great fun and thought provoking. I second the notion that life flows better when you begin the day with journaling and reflecting. I have been away from my morning routine for about a week and miss it terribly. Trying to get back now.

    Just wanted to let you know we are linking up for Wellness Wednesday on 08.14. Would love to have you join us with this post or any other related to wellness and good health.

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    • trishafaye
      Aug 07, 2019 @ 02:37:35

      Thanks for stopping by. Wellness Wednesday will be great! I’ll be home all weekend (playing nurse as my better half has a knee replacement on 08.09, so will have plenty of writing time to get a post set up. Thanks!

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  6. leannelc
    Aug 07, 2019 @ 02:02:46

    Trisha every time you mention working for a greeting card company I think of “True Lies” where that was his cover job 😀 I wonder if you’re secretly a spy and doing all sorts of nefarious activities around your blogging!
    Glad the journalling prompts reminded you of how much you enjoy writing and I hope you can keep it up x
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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  7. 3sistersabroad
    Aug 07, 2019 @ 13:28:03

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. Im realizing that I am taking far too much on and not enough time for me. The circles Im mixing in I have been letting them dictate to me. Silly isn’t Im old enough to tell them where to go…#mlstl

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  8. Jo
    Aug 08, 2019 @ 01:04:55

    I really enjoyed the challenge – although I was away on the weekend with no internet so didn’t get to link up my week 5 post. I’ll go back to my usual non bullet bullet journalling but really enjoyed the prompts.

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  9. Christie Hawkes
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 11:49:21

    First of all, Trisha, congratulations on journaling for one-third of the month. Every little bit helps. I followed the prompts for only about a week and then kept forgetting; though I do write daily–on my blog in the mornings and a line-a-day journal at night. I was looking forward to the journal prompts, so I’m not sure what happened with me. I might actually go back and pick up where I left off. It sounds like you learned something about yourself that you can use to take the next step. Good luck to you! Have a wonderful day!

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  10. Sheryl
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 01:20:08

    The Journaling in July challenge sounds like fun.

    Reply

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