Saturday, December 15, 2018

Journal Prompts to Boost Confidence







The act of writing with pen and paper is a tactile way to identify both difficult and pleasing sensations in our mind, body, and spirit. 

This post will show you ways your written words reveal your inner critic, and transforms those negative messages into incredible confidence building ones. 

Journal writing shows us the level of trust we currently have in our abilities and accomplishments, qualities, perceptions, and actions. It shows us were we still need work.

Grab a journal or notebook and make it a dedicated place where you can express thoughts, feelings, ideas, and dreams in a tangible way. 

Let it rip, uncensored as you share your frustrations, anger, hurt, or confusion, and the writing process will help you find healing and resolution. 

As you read through this blog post, jot down any ideas that resonate with you and pin or bookmark for future reference.







Want to lighten and brighten the image you carry about yourself?

Here's my list of confidence building journal prompts to get you going!


1. Speak to your heart as you write "I love and approve of myself just as I am." Journal about a "yes," "maybe," or "no" reaction to this affirmation. For today, accept your feelings just as they are.

2. In your journal, name one of your assets. Write down everything you think is positive, productive, and powerful about this trait. If you're in the habit of blaming yourself for past mistakes, judging yourself less than, or think you're unlovable, write about doing the best you can.

3. What did you do this week that surprised you? Was it something you wouldn't have attempted doing a year ago? Write about ways doing something new can help you grow.

4. Focus on validating yourself, rather than looking outside yourself for approval. Journal about ways to notice and record efforts you make to change and grow. 

5. Do you doubt your judgment and second guess yourself often? Either way, write about "trust in yourself" now.

Here are 4 affirmations to show you what trust in oneself sounds like. Say them aloud before you journal. Then write one or two affirmations of your own.


Use these affirmations as journal prompt topics


6. Have you made strides or accomplished something you are proud of this week? Write about progress not perfection now.

7. Self-confidence is tied to body image. Body image is tied to health and lifestyle. What steps have you taken to eat better, reduce stress, and exercise? What choices can you make today to clean up your eating or exercise plan? Write about that now.

8. When you maintain an upbeat attitude, it encourages you to feel more confident. Positive energy releases a flood of feel good chemicals into the brain that makes you look and feel like a stronger, more self-assured person. Write about the benefits of positive thinking today.

9. Studies show that the act of physically writing down what you're grateful for helps solidify it in your mind. 

I've found that a gratitude list makes me appreciate the blessings in my life, and is a good place to refer back to when I'm feeling low. It's a good bet it will work for you. Make a bullet list of things you're grateful for right now. Then pin this post for times when your confidence level is low and re-read.


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The only barrier to increased self-confidence is negative messages (lies) you tell yourself about you. 

Why not pick up a copy of the self-care journal, Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss? 

It's a 12 week journal program that features color-themed guided journal prompts to boost confidence and make joyful living a priority in your life.


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Wishing you many insights as you journal. Be your own best friend, and affirm you are worthy of the very best life has to offer! 💗

For additional reading on confidence building ideas see:


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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Eco-Friendly Moves to Green the Holidays






You can play a key role in "greening" this holiday season. Green is associated with health, harmony, well-being, and the environment and a perfect color to signify eco-friendly actions.

Post updated 11/8/2020

When you adopt and follow through with the green ideas I share below, you can do your share to increase personal and world well-being all year long.

Tips save time, energy, natural resources, and suggest ways you can make the planet a healthier place to live.


Eco-Friendly Moves to Green the Holidays


1. When your holiday custom includes having a Christmas tree, select a live potted one. 

Decorate your tree with popcorn and other edible decorations that have zero waste and will not eventually wind up in a landfill. 

After the holiday is over, plant the tree in the ground.

Trees help us in many ways. They provide shade and insulation and therefore cut down both on heating and cooling costs.

Trees replenish the air with oxygen, increases soil stability, and adds beauty to our landscapes. Trees are happy homes for birds and wildlife as well.

2. Support markets or stores where they make an effort to be sustainable. Carry and use a reusable shopping bag. 

One example of sustainable progress is Natural Grocers (this is not a paid endorsement, just my honest opinion). Three ways this market is safeguarding the environment are listed below:

Natural Grocers sells only 100% organic produce and 100% 
non-gmo bulk (buying food in bulk is usually less expensive, cuts down on unnecessary packaging, and saves time and energy).

NG has eliminated plastic bags for checkouts. Since ditching disposable plastic grocery bags in 2009, they estimate that they've prevented more than 270 million plastic bags from being dumped in a landfill.

Natural Grocers upcycles most of the cardboard used to ship products to their stores. Boxes are used to pack up your order, if you forget to bring your own shopping bag.

If your market isn't taking steps to safeguard the environment, contact management to voice your opinion. If they don't listen, take action with your food shopping dollars.

Another example of a store that is being environmentally aware is the one in this picture.


3. Consume less, and recycle, upcycle, and craft hand-make gifts, toys, and decorations. When you do buy something new, make sure it's high quality.

Thrift stores, rummage sales, and resale or repurpose outlets offer affordable gifts and packaging material supplies. 

In fact, see cost-saving, eco-friendly holiday present ideas, decor, and conservation ideas (shop local or online and cut back on fossil fuel use and time).  

a. Mary at the Boondocks Blog offers tips to repurpose old decor to make Bright Christmas Vignettes.

b. Katie Welles, the Wellness Mama suggests you give experiences rather than gifts. As she wrote, "Many studies show that material possessions do not equal happiness and that experiences are much more intrinsically fulfilling than things." 

c. Marla Gates at Organic 4 GreenLivings offers 15 Tips for Green Living— The Holidays All Year Long.

d. Lea Stewart from inhabitant.com shows you how to make a beautiful upcycled fabric wreath.

e. For a neat DIY gift for Hanukkah and tips about this holiday see Hanukkah, a mini guide.





4. Visualize a soothing shade of green to help you maintain self-care routines and sail through the holidays with less stress and more happiness. 


Each small eco-friendly move you take adds up. 🌲 Creating a greener lifestyle can do much to improve the quality of your life and the planet's health as well.


I'd love to hear from you about this post, and learn how you live a green lifestyle. 

Use the space provided below (don't put links in your comment, as I won't be able to publish it that way).

Has this post motivated you to add an eco-friendly move to your holiday and yearlong routine? Please share that info too. 

Thanks for the visit and have a marvelous holiday season, one that's green, serene, and safe. 💗

For your info: more green reading




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