I work full time by day (I’m a school teacher as many of you may know), I have a husband, two teenagers, and two cats. I have a home to tend to and yoga classes to attend.
Why do I continue to write posts and promote The Warm Milk Journal?
Let’s see… this will be my journal entry for the evening and so I will give you a list of reasons (list making is great for journal writing and for blog posts as people can easily read highlights with bullets or numbers rather than endless sentences…
In no particular order, I offer you reasons I continue to do this blog:
1. It is fun!
2. I love to write.
3. The teacher in me enjoys teaching, helping, and inspiring others.
4. It’s a great creative and social outlet.
6. It provides me with a great sense of purpose (we all need a mission after all)!
7. Insomnia and anxiety are issues that are near and dear to me. I truly suffered from them for so many years and it affected every aspect of my life. If I can help just one person overcome some of these challenges then this project will have been completely worth it.
8. It makes for great conversation at a dinner party (true)!
9. My cat, Mew, is getting the recognition that he has worked so hard for all his life from his Mew Way posts. lol
10: I love to connect with fellow, like-minded folks such as: people who also know what it is like to not get a good night sleep, have anxiety, are too nice, are people pleasers, perfectionists, cat lovers, like to write, journal writers, spiritual, positive livers, folks from Hawaii, Florida, Oklahoma, Seattle, and all over the world, people who enjoy good food, good coffee, good wines and beer, good teas, chocolate(!!), travelers, yoga enthusiasts, anyone who values good health, friendship, the outdoors….
I am glad we can be here for each other.
How can I not continue to do this blog?
Have your journal nearby.
Close your eyes for a moment and breathe.
Do your best to empty your mind of any thoughts. Just breathe.
When you are ready to, open your eyes. Breathe.
Open your journal and write anything that comes out. Just write. Don’t judge or edit.
Free writing is a wonderful exercise to let your inner wisdom come out, loosen up your creativity flow, and Just Because (how do you like that for a reason)?
Try free writing. I enjoy doing this when I am sitting outside either in my back patio or on the beach. Right before bed is a good time to do this exercise as well.
To welcome something takes an openness: an open heart, spirit, arms, mind, etc. To sincerely welcome something also includes a good dose of enthusiasm.
What we focus on grows. What are you welcoming and what would you like to welcome in if you could not hold yourself back? Hmm…?
Ready, set, write!
My entry tonight may look like this:
I welcome into my life right now:
2. Opportunities to write and get paid for my writing.
3. New friends!
4. Freedom to live life on my terms
5. Abundance: good food, good relationships, good projects, good financial prospects
Have a blessed evening, friends.
How many of you are keeping a gratitude journal? I find it to be very beneficial to jot down a few things I am thankful for either in the morning or right before I go to bed.
Developing an attitude of gratitude provides these five benefits:
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to begin a gratitude journal. The beauty of this practice is that it does not require much time. It’s amazing how rapidly thinking about what you are thankful for can turn your state of mind around to a more positive one.
My gratitude list for this morning might look something like this.
This morning, I am thankful for:
I’ll stop here. Your turn, dear reader….
Have a blessed day,
Debra : )
I am often at my happiest when I am being creative. There is something very spiritual and almost magical when I am in that flowing space of creativity. The more time I spend in this space the more peace and joy I feel ,and the better I sleep at night.
Here are five ways that I ease myself into this blissful space and you can too!
Sometimes we just get in a worrying state of mind. It can keep us from being productive during the day. It can cause us to lose sleep at night. This is when a “worry journal” can be useful. We’ve talked about this idea before. The idea is to give your “monkey” mind time to release whatever is currently bothering it. You can even have a set time to write your worries down.
If it is late at night and your worries are keeping you from sleeping, you can get up and write in your journal. Get it down on paper. You may find it gives you some relief to write down “worst case scenarios” and possible solutions. We often build up “problems” in our mind. Writing things down may give you some perspective and help you realize that it is not as bad as you were thinking it to be.
Another idea would be to not write in a journal but just on a piece of paper. Write down all your worries and junk that is upsetting your peace- then crumple the paper up or you can rip it up and throw it away or burn it- whatever would help you to release it.
Releasing your worries will help bring you back to balance so that you can get to sleep or get to the task of living again.
Debra : )
Something that has helped me fall back asleep during restless, sleepless nights is thinking of a story I want to write.
I think of the setting, characters, plot development, etc. I think of as many details as possible as I lie there in my bed. Before I know it, I have fallen back asleep. Perhaps this works because it got my mind off my worries or the fact that I was not sleeping.
We can use our journals to write down these ideas as well- and, who knows? We may have some great ideas there for some future stories to write. I often think when we are in that semiconscious state our minds are often more creative, more intuitive, and more spiritual.
Another thing I might do when I am in this semi-asleep, semi-awake state is tap into my dream world. Sometimes I can bring up dreams I had many years ago! When I do this, I enjoy the images and then fall back into a nice sleep.