God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~ William A. Ward
Good morning! As the day begins, I offer you a few writing prompts to get your day started:
1. What am I thankful for?
2. What am I looking forward to?
3. Today I am _______ because________……
Have a blessed day!
Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. ~ Sharon O’Brien
As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~ Terri Guillemets
It is a great practice to begin and end our day focused on what we feel thankful for.
This is my gratitude list for my journal writing this morning…
I am thankful for:
1. My life
2. My strong and healthy body
3. My loving and supportive husband
4. My sweet daughter
5. My son
6. My cat, Mew
7. All of the help and support that is always there when I need it
8. My friends
9. The doors of opportunity which are swinging wide open for me right now (it is quite exciting)!
10. All of you here who are visiting The Warm Milk Journal. Love, peace, and hugs to all of you!
Your turn… what are you thankful for right now?
Have a blessed day!
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Only one book is worth reading: the heart. ~ Ajahn Chah
What is in your heart? What stirs you deeply within depths you didn’t know exist?
That is this evening’s journal writing prompt: exploring the depths of the heart. This may be April Fool’s day, but following our heart is not foolish.
Our hearts our intelligent. What is your heart saying to you? (if you take the time to listen, you may find out).
So, this prompt is simple.
Talk to your heart. If there is something going on in your life that you need an answer to (whether it is career related, family,etc.) ask your heart…
Breathe deeply. Close your eyes. Put your hands to your heart and just sit and breathe. Be still…
When you are ready, open your eyes and write on your journal page:
Heart, what do you have to tell me?…
Then breathe deeply and write when you feel compelled to write. Don’t judge. Don’t edit. Just write.
This one is a bit personal so I will do this exercise in my private journal this time (perhaps I will share with you in a future post though).
Much love to you…
Alas! there is no instinct like the heart… ~Lord Byron
Making declarations are very powerful and life affirming. They come from a place of confidence and strength.
Once in a while I love to write in my journal and simply declare:” I Am……” and just write and see what comes out naturally and with fortitude and excitement.
This evening I feel compelled to make such a journal entry. Care to join me?….
On this Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013:
1. I Am grateful to be home.
2. I Am a teacher.
3. I Am a writer.
4. I Am a lover of life.
5. I Am in love with my sweet husband.
6. I Am a great cook! I can smell the delicious herb baked chicken I prepared in the oven as I write this…
7. I Am a world traveler
8. I Am a student of the French language and wine…
9. I Am a book person
10. I Am creative
11. I Am free
12. I Am open
13. I Am loved.
So, that is my list for this moment.
Your turn, friends…
Have fun declaring who and what you are, right now. Own it. Cheers!
I love free writing exercises where a simple prompt can just get you going. Tonight, I just feel like writing in my journal any response that I can think of in response to the prompt: Sweet is…
In a writing exercise like this, there is no telling what will come out. You just have to start writing.
So, let’s see..
1. My sweet cat Mew who is always at my side, no matter what.
2. That first cup of coffee in the morning
3. When you look in the mirror and you think to yourself: “I look alright”!
4. Being able to sleep in on a weekend or holiday
5. When people really listen to you
6. Your spouse out of the blue tells you how much he appreciates having you in his life
7. Your teenager is being loving and peaceful
8. Warmth: in the air, underneath a favorite snuggly blanket, in a favorite sweater, a smile on somebody’s face, in the arms of a loved one.
9. Reading or hearing about good news for a change!
10. A perfect glass of wine, nice jazz music, dinner cooking, and great conversation
Doing these five things regularly almost guarantees that I will sleep well at night (and it will work for you too):
1. Remember to stop and pause from all the activity of the day. Going outside. Breathing, even for just a minute does wonders.
2. Going to bed happy and in harmony with my husband.
3. Not allowing myself to get caught up in indecision. It is okay to weigh a few options when needing to make an important decision but ultimately I find it is better to just do something rather than stew. Then when I take action, do not second guess myself.
4. Do my best not to complain (even when I feel like it).
5. Start my day and end my day writing down in my journal a few things I feel thankful for NOW.
Have a blessed day and restful night tonight!
When we were kids and we had a scraped knee, we’d have mom clean and kiss our “boo boo”, have a little milk and cookies, and all would be well with the world again.
This January night I would like to look at what comforts us. In your journals I invite you to write a list of anything that comforts you. This will be a list sure to warm you tonight…
My cozy list of comfort tonight might look like this:
1. My favorite blanket I’ve had since college. Yes, it is still with me…
2. Our comfortable living room couch (made even more cozy with cats, daughter, and husband on it with me)…
3. My morning cup of coffee
4. My afternoon cup of tea
5. My evening glass of wine (yes my beverages are a great source of comfort. Is it any wonder this site’s name is Warm Milk Journal)? lol
6. My comfy clothes: yoga pants, sweatshirt or flannel jammies and green fleece bathrobe.
7. Watching a great movie at night
8. Good food! Salad, soup, a nice hearty baguette.
9. My journal
10. My cat
11. My husband: how he holds my hand and hugs me and encourages me to be and do my best in all things.
12. My mom and dad
13. The knowledge that I am giving out love and good stuff to others as a mom, wife, friend, teacher, and blogger.
14. My home here in Atlantic Beach, Florida ( it is just the best place on the entire planet)!
15. Smiles and kindness from strangers, colleagues, and neighbors.
17. Fire in a fireplace or a campfire
18. My socks
19. Gooey chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven!
20. Various inspirational reading I have on my nightstand (such as I Declare by Joel Osteen or poetry by Rumi)
21. A hot bath
22. My wonderful bed and pillows and plush linens and warm husband at bedtime…
I will keep going in my private journal. This is a wonderful exercise to tap into feelings of warmth, love, and gratitude.
Our life experience tends to be the things we think about, focus on, appreciate, and feel strongly about. Why not affirm (make stronger) the things we want to have in our life?
This is a simple and powerful exercise for our journal writing. Simply state: “I Am __” ! And write.
What are you? Who are you? Own it. Declare it. Affirm it. Now!
I can’t wait to do this.
2. a writer!
3. a lover!
4. a teacher!
5. well rested and vibrant!
7. at peace!
8. enjoying abundance!
10. thankful for my family, job, and all of my friends here engaging at The Warm Milk Journal!
This little exercise took very little time and yet I feel fantastic and affirmed. I highly recommend it.
Your turn, Dear friends!
What we focus on becomes our present experience. Why not, on this mid-week morning, concentrate on things that put a smile on our faces.
What makes me smile?
1. Looking outside and seeing the new day’s light filtering through the back yard trees.
2. My husband (and knowing I’m his wife)!
3. The unexpected hug I got from a young student yesterday afternoon.
4. Looking forward to the cruise my daughter and I are going on with my parents about ten days from now.
5. My cat, Mew (of course)!
6. My daughter, and how well she is doing at school.
7. The beach
This is a very simple and fun journal writing exercise. I am off to work (with a smile on my face).
Let’s have a little fun with our journal writing, shall we? On the top of the page,
write ” Wouldn’t it be interesting if…” and then just see what comes out. This exercise can be as lighthearted or serious as you want to make it (depending on your energy and state of mind). Just go with it and see where it takes you…
Wouldn’t it be interesting if…
1. teachers and military service people were among the highest paid people in our society?
2. The Warm Milk Journal was helping millions of people around the globe to get a better night sleep?
3. Experience in life was more prized than youth and beauty?
4. We all took a day off to unplug and reconnect with each other (in person) and with nature?
5. All the money that was spent on our recent US presidential campaign went towards paying off our debt, helping hungry children, or rehabilitating neighborhoods and schools that are in need?