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
Writing close to bedtime is a great way to unwind and get any mental energy out on paper before turning out the light.
What to write about? Some ideas include:
1. What went right today
2. List your blessings
3. What are you looking forward to for tomorrow?
Set your journal out on your nightstand so that you remember to write. Once you get in the habit of this bedtime journal writing, you will be sleeping better. It really works!
In our journals this morning, I invite us to simply write down anything that comes to mind as you are waking up on this beautiful new morning.
Do not edit yourself. Just write.
Active birds outside, singing morning songs.
Another day of life
Your turn. Have a blessed day!
The sun is but a morning star. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden