Why journal your goals?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Growing up, did you ever have a personal coach (think sports) or a mentor (think writing, spiritual) who held you accountable; pushed you to work a little harder and then cheered you on?

A Life Goals Journal, while not a person, can still work to your advantage in much the same way. Your journal can be used to help you identify the things you really want to have or to be in your life and the steps you need to make to achieve them.

How would this work, you ask. Well, first of all you have to think “FUTURE” not past goals or events. So let’s start with one step at a time:

  1. Define your goal. A goal is a general statement about what you want to achieve.

  2. Figure out what you already know and/or have that relates to your goal. Make a list of skills you have and how much time you have to devote to ____.

  3. Brainstorm a list of specific objectives relating to your goal. For instance, a list of resources I need, people to meet.

  4. Put a date of completion next to each objective. Be flexible. Put the dates in your personal calendar also.

  5. Finally, use your journal and your calendar to hold yourself accountable. Hold a weekly “session” with yourself to write about how you’re doing/feeling. If you’re feeling frustrated, explore why and maybe change the objective or time frame. Don’t give up! A newer, better you is just around the bend.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

The Maroney Happiness Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Mary Beth shares her final perspective on the Family Journal.

Enjoy,

Sallie


“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

Pericles (Greek Statesman of Athens)

Our first Happiness Journal was a stepping stone for our family. As we each wrote about our reactions, thoughts, discoveries, struggles and victories, we expanded our family history.

I opened the pages of that first journal when I volunteered to write for Uniquely Yours Craft Journal. Re-reading the entries brought back so many memories! So, what did our Happiness Journal contain you ask…..

There were stories of events that started traditions, family traits, growth of relationships not only in our immediate family, but our extended one as well. There were reflections from each of the children when their Grandparents died, family dinner conversations, Girl Scout attempts in the kitchen, family secrets, science experiments gone horribly wrong, tree-house adventures. As I re-read, I found myself laughing and crying at the same time.

Writing the Happiness Journal was one of the best things we did as a family. I know that some of the children started new types of journals after that and I still blog about family relationships. At the last Thanksgiving dinner, when asked what they were thankful for, my children said that the Happiness Journal was one of the things that they remember  and  are thankful for the love sharing we wrote in the pages.

It has been a fantastic experience sharing our family journal with you and I want to thank Sallie for inviting me to share the journey with all of you.

Mary Beth

Pursuit of Happiness- Being Grateful

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Gratitude comes in many forms. When we were kids, our parents, wanting us to be grateful for everything they sacrificed for us, focused on the “stuff”. But as we reflect on this we learned that gratitude is not “stuff”, gratitude is an emotion. When we remember the happy memories of when we received the new bike, book, car etc., then we experienced gratitude.

My mother always insisted that when I received a gift I must write a thank you note. I can remember thinking that a verbal ‘thank you’ was enough, but as I grew older and I received written ‘thank you’ notes, I realized that gratitude expressed verbally or written was a source of happiness for me.

So, how do we pursue gratitude? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Take a Gratitude Break. Some people do this when they first wake up or one of the last things before sleep. One way to articulate gratitude is at the dinner table with  your family.

  2. Be present in your moments. A friend of ours wrote us a brief note of thanks recently. We had invited him and his girlfriend to a Museum event that we enjoyed and he wrote: “Thank you for sharing your present moments with us.”

  3. Scale back. While social media is great, you can totally loose hours while “just checking email and facebook. I’ll be with you in a few minutes.”  Before you know it, time has slipped away and your dinner is cold and that TV show is over!

  4. Start a Gratitude Journal.  How to do it? Here are some tips:

  •  Write 3 or more things daily in your journal. Avoid repeating the same things. As you challenge yourself to discover new things to be grateful for, you’ll start watching and listening for new gratitude experiences.
  •  It’s easy to list the material things – your home, your car, your phone, but what is hard is why you are grateful for these things. How do you feel about your home? Write about your feelings of security and comfort.
  • In addition to material things, there’s your talents and those things in your life that help you create your world. Start with the basics – your ability to write, see, watch, listen and being a good friend.
  • Write about the people in your life and how they make you feel. It’s easy to write about friends, family but how about that difficult co-worker?
  • Write about situations and events- happy times and sad times.

As you write about your Gratitude Moments, you will quickly find that as you continue writing in your journal, your expectations and emotions will become positive and you will certainly be happier.

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‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Letting go

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is a fictious story of a woman who was confronted with her old journals and what she did about them. It is entitled “Dear Diary, you’re history!”

” I clearly state that I am in my right mind (well, truth be told, I am not entirely sure about that fact) and have full knowledge of scissors and other violent tools. I have decided that I am going to toss out all my old journals. My claim is that, while murderous, it is the right thing to do. Once the words are written , they are impossible to deny. One journal named names and contains snippets of my story and others! There were secrets in one and a few lies in others. However, I absolutely loved the covers! I worked hard on them, collaging and mod podging until there was not a trace of the original boring cover underneath.

I have decided to re-read  all the agonizing words before I send the journals to their fate. I am sure that this is a gigantic waste of time, but I did write in them and there might be some morsels I can keep for that novel I keep saying I am going to write. Some might say that I am taking all this a bit too far, but upon my death, those journals will reveal things about my life. Future generations shouldn’t have to know that my secret ambition was to meet George Clooney!


I did read a blog post about this very thing and began to wonder, do others keep their journals, scan them onto hard drives or toss them?? I don’t think that you should re-write them, because your feelings, experiences and relationships change over time. The situations that caused you anxiety may have  been resolved and the outcome was different from what you envisioned. I date my entries and usually fill the entire page with my scribblings, so it is hard for me to re-write.

So, my question remains: what do you do with your old journals?? Write and let us know at uniquelyyourscraftjournal@outlook.com

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

 

 

Journal with paperclip

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I came across this post last year and had to share it with you. The new school year is almost upon us and this craft really fits the bill. I found it in crafts unleashed.

~Sallie

 

Supplies needed to make your own DIY journal teacher gift:

DIY-journal-for-teacher-Crafts-Unleashed-2I started my DIY journal by decorating the edges with the ruler washi tape.

DIY-journal-for-teacher-Crafts-Unleashed-3I placed a chalkboard label in the middle of the journal and wrote the teacher’s name using a chalk ink marker. I love chalk ink markers because once the ink is dried it doesn’t come off unless you use a little water.  It gives you that look of chalk without the mess or worry of smudging! Win-win!

DIY-journal-for-teacher-Crafts-Unleashed-4The paperclips were very easy to  make. I used the Snap! Life brads and removed the metal prongs off the back of the brad by twisting them.  I used a generous amount of hot glue and placed the paperclip to the back.  I think it makes for some very fun and unique paper clips or even a place marker!

DIY-journal-for-teacher-Crafts-Unleashed-5I placed the clips on different pages and wrapped the entire DIY journal with a big red ribbon.  You can add a pencil or a nice pen for a finishing touch.  I think it makes such a fun little DIY journal and can’t wait to give it to my son’s new teacher this year!

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