List writing in our journals is always fun. Bucket lists are wonderful because they put us in touch with what is really important to us.
Tonight, I invite you to write your bucket list. List as many things as you want. Ready, set, LIVE!
My Bucket List Currently is this:
1. Visit the Northern California wine country
2. Get my many (Warm Milk related) projects published
3. Take a cruise with my family to Alaska
4. Travel throughout Europe
5. Live on a beautiful Florida waterway
6. Sit at the same dinner table with Oprah, George Clooney, and Harry Connick Jr.
7. Go to Hawaii, my childhood home.
8. Have the ability to visit some of my favorite art galleries in St. Augustine, Florida and if I see something I like for my home, I purchase it on the spot!
9. Ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway
10. Take a sabbatical in Bali where all I do is be quiet, practice yoga, meditate, and write.
Your turn, friends. Write your bucket list now. There is no time like the present.
We talk a lot about the benefits of writing at bedtime to help us sleep better but starting our days off with our journals is a great way to start the day!
I invite you when you wake up tomorrow morning to wake up and stretch in bed. Then when your feet first hit the floor from your bed silently or out loud think “Thank” (first foot) and “You” (second foot). You can keep this morning gratitude meditation up as you go about making your coffee and getting your day started. Once you are ready, take a deep breath and get out your journal.
Here are five writing prompts to help you get your day started….
1. My most important ONE THING is:_______________
2. I am thankful for: ________________
3. If money was not an issue, my dream home would be located here_________ and here is what it would look like:
4. What is something I can do today to break up the routine?
5. How am I going to make someone feel good today?
Happy Writing and have a Blessed Day!
Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment. – Thích Nhất Hạnh
Anticipation is so sweet. How many of you enjoy planning for a vacation as much as the trip itself? Why not go to bed each night feeling that way about your following day? I invite you to in your journals tonight write about at least one thing you are looking forward to about tomorrow. Even if you for whatever reason you are dreading the day (perhaps you have a presentation to make or an exam to take), there must be at least one thing you can get excited about, right?
Give this a try and then turn out the light!
I think this sounds like fun so I will think of a few things that I am looking forward to about tomorrow. Let’s see…
1. Tomorrow is a work from home day and I do not have to drive (which will be nice since I have taken a couple of road trips in the last week).
2. I am looking forward to getting my hair cut at the end of the day.
3. I am excited about making progress in a couple of work related projects.
4. I know I will enjoy the walk I will take at some point during the day.
5. I look forward to a day of being pain-free and enjoying great creative energy.
Your turn, my friends.
“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.
What makes your day happy and fulfilled? How are you sleeping at night? I firmly believe that how we live our days affects how we will sleep at night.
In your journal, I invite you to describe a perfect day for you (it can be one you really experienced or an imagined one). Write in as much detail as possible. Then make a list of things you can do to have more days like this happen in your life.
Happy writing and… sweet dreams.
Tonight, I invite you to write in your journal a list of at least ten things you are thankful for. Then turn off the light and drift off to sleep feeling blessed.
It is a few hours away from my bedtime as I write this but my list tonight will look something like this:
I Am thankful for:
1. My husband
2. My job
3. My health
4. The beauty of Florida which I have been blessed to call home for almost 9 years now.
5. Living in a place with so much water all around me.
6. the ability to be flexible and learn new things.
7. Kind people
8. Good food.
9. My comfortable bed.
10. My friends
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
This post begins a series of really exploring why we benefit from writing at bedtime and what we should write about.
Sometimes we need to close out the day. As much as we try, it is easy to go to bed with “stuff” in our heads about the day or worries about the next day. The act of writing empowers us to take control and say good bye to the day in a very positive way and set the tone for a good tomorrow.
For tonight, I invite you to crawl into bed perhaps 30 minutes before you plan on turning out the lights. Tonight we will “free write”.
What does that mean? Just write whatever you wish.
If you need help getting started, here are some ideas:
1. Write about some highlights of the day
2. Write some “top ten lists” (your ten favorite movies, best dates, most memorable Christmases, ten favorite cities)etc. There is something about writing down lists that is very relaxing.
3. Write about the funniest thing that has ever happened to you.
To be continued….
For this evening on April 1st let’s get real and let’s get down to what we are not foolin about!
At the top of your journal entry, simply write:
I am not fooling, I Am:
Then write whatever comes out. Are you ready? I think this will be a fun one, don’t you?
I am not fooling, I Am:
1. Certain that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing during this time in my life.
2. Happy about living in Florida (nice weather, low taxes, friendly people – no fooling)!
3. Convinced that what we think about most of the time turns into our reality
4. Most people are doing their best and we need to be kind to everybody.
I am going to stop now so that you may begin your journal entry.
We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. ~ Japanese Proverb
Getting our thoughts out on paper before we turn the lights out offers us so many benefits. It is a quiet time to put an end to our days and center our minds before we go to sleep. What should we write about?
Here are a few ideas:
1. What you are thankful for
2. Something you are excited about
3. Something that struck our funny bones during the day (why not drift off to sleep with a smile on your face)?
4. Something that you received during the day.
5. Something that you gave during the day.
Happy writing and sweet dreams!
It is hump day but you still have a bit to go before the weekend. You need to relax tonight. I invite you to write about the ten most relaxing activities, memories, ideas you have. You are bound to get some inspiration and let it go. Right?!
Okay, I will start and then you have to promise to get off your computer, tablet, or phone and write in your journal your ten most relaxing things, okay?
I love it when we have a deal… here goes!
My ten most relaxing things:
1. Going for a walk on the beach.
(this is a picture of “my beach” which I am blessed to live just blocks away from).
2. Listening to Jazz music and cooking.
3. Reading about wine and beautiful places in the world to visit.
4. Watching a good movie or one of our favorite shows (currently Scandal, Downton Abbey, Walking Dead, Scandal).
5. Playing cards with my sweetie before dinner while listening to Jazz and eating olives and cheese.
6. Sitting out in my back patio reading, blogging, dreaming…
7. Blogging and interacting with old and new friends on Twitter (as some of you may know I just love Twitter)!
8. Loving and playing with my sweet cat, Mew.
9. Taking a hot bath with lavender bubbles and candlelight.
10. Stretching and breathing.
Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations. It is not much matter if things do not turn out well. ~ Charles Dudley Warner
How else are you feeling? There is nothing like that first real day of Spring (which we are enjoying here in North Florida now).
Write down everything you feel connected with the start of this wonderful season.
I will continue a bit on my list:
It’s SPRING. Woohoo!
Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment. ~ Ellis Peters