Own your An Interactive Journal Digital Edition FIRST EDITION
OWN YOUR: Finances Career Goals Relationships & Self
What does my
To feel more successful NO
Does your career define who you are? YES Do you feel you’re lagging behind in your career? YES NO Could your mental state be improved if you had more disposable income? YES
To accept my true self NO
Are you an outwardly confident person?
Do you often compare yourself to others? NO
Do you wish you were more assertive?
Are you happy in your current job? NO
Have you got a good work-life balance?
NO Do you feel stressed about money frequently?
YES Get control of
Money is a touchy subject, and some of us find it difficult to manage our finances effectively. You can use this journal to improve how you deal with money.
Set career goals
We’ve all got dreams and aspirations for the future. Maybe you need to work on how to make them possible. Sometimes all it takes is to set goals to turn those ‘pipe dreams’ into a reality.
heart desire? YES
NO Do you often feel downhearted?
To make better connections YES
Do you find relationships fulfilling? NO
Is loneliness a problem for you? YES Do you require a lot of validation from others? NO
Is your life generally following a path you’re content with?
Do friendships have a lot of importance to you?
Do you make a lot of effort to keep in touch with people? YES Do you possess a good support network? NO
Improve your wellbeing
Perhaps you’re here because you’re feeling a bit low, and that’s okay. You need to spend some time working on yourself, and stop putting others first for once.
NO Are social situations intimidating to you? YES
Gain clarity and direction
They say ‘life is a journey, not a destination’, but you can still take control of the direction you are heading in. Use this journal to regain some clarity.
The most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves, but we all need good friends. Learn how you can forge bonds that will last a long time.
Do and Do not, but always try.
ournaling is a very personal activity, and many rules do not apply; However, here are a few key points to help you dive in to your new journaling lifestyle.
1 Be kind.
Do try write with kindness. Many of the journal prompts ask you delve into some very deep feelings, so try to remain kind to yourself.
2 Make it a habit.
Do create rituals around your journalling. Set aside time in your day to enjoy the process, not as another thing to do on your list.
3 Get started.
Do start small. You will be find that the habit of journalling will ‘stick’ more readily if you start small, and don’t give yourself unrealistic expectations.
4 Try everything.
Do get creative. There are many different styles of journalling, try everything from minimal bullet points to longer, free-flowing writing.
5 Bring it.
Do take your journal with you. Try to keep your journal with you in order to write, you never know when a thought or realisation will strike you!
6 Stay honest.
Do be honest. This journal is not for others to judge you by, so use the journal to be true to yourself and work through your personal deep feelings.
7 Keep a record.
Do write dates on your journal entries. This is an interesting tool to use, in order to look back and see how far you’ve grown.
Don’t stress about not being a professional writer. This journal is for your eyes only, so it doesn’t need to be a poetic diary full of epiphanies.
Don’t hesitate. Get some words down on paper, even if you think they’re ‘wrong’. There are no right or wrong answers, so get started today.
3 Make it all about looks.
Don’t fixate on your journal looking ‘beautiful’. The internet is full of images of ‘perfect’ looking journals, but always focus on content over style.
4 Beat yourself up.
Don’t stress if you have no time to write. Instead, work on finding the
time to write when it works for you. The journal isn’t going anywhere.
5 Try to be someone you’re not.
Don’t try to be perfect. Spelling mistakes and scribbles make the journal personal to you, so embrace yourself and the imperfections that define you.
6 Try to do it all.
Don’t journal while distracted. Trying to write while catching up on TV, or while you’re worrying about something else, is a recipe for disaster.
7 Set yourself up to fail.
Don’t perceive journalling as a chore. As with all habits, journalling can take some time to get into. But try to enjoy the writing and you’ll soon seek it out.
Take care of yourself
aking time for you is so important. We all need different things, and self-care is unique to everyone. Think hard about what you need to unwind, how you recharge and what helps you reset and feel at peace. What settles the chatter in your mind? For some, self-care is having a large glass of wine and a sumptuous bubble bath, or a thick slice of chocolate cake. To others it means a five-kilometre run or private time taken to meditate alone. The most important thing to remember is that no matter what your definition of self-care is, you should not feel guilty about it. Itâ€™s for you and nobody else, and itâ€™s something you must make time for. So treat yourself and remember to make time to look after you.
What does self-care mean to me?
Self-care is how you take your power back Lalah Delia
Take some time to reflect
t is important that you donâ€™t lose sight of why you picked up this journal. Take a moment now to reflect on what you have written about so far, and how your thoughts make you feel in retrospect.
Have there been any recurring themes and emotions in your writing? Describe them, and how they make you feel now.
What have you discovered about journalling and yourself so far?
Does looking back and reflecting on your life trigger any memories or emotions? Describe them.
Has the way you are thinking changed since you began journalling? How?
he cheerleaders you’ll encounter in life often come along when you least expect it. Think over your past, about who surprised you and believed in you. Self-belief is a skill that we all have to learn, and it is something that can be very easily knocked. Often someone outside of ourselves can see our potential better that we can. Every one of us has a person who impacted us in wonderful ways, which they may never know about. So, write a letter to them to tell them. You don’t have to send the letter, although it may be a very special surprise to your subject if you did!
Write a letter to someone who believed in you when you didn’t believe in yourself.
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