Guys… it’s been 5 weeks of Best Self Journaling! In that time, I’ve run a 5K, resisted some substantial piles of unhealthy food while aiming for tons of veggies and fruits, and written more than 50,000 words on articles and blog posts. It’s been a landmark 5 weeks.
That being said… I’ve fallen off the wagon a few times. My ideal usage of this journal is for an initial 5-minute entry in the morning, a couple of notes all day, and a 5-minute entry in the evening. Those aren’t big time commitments, but especially while I was travelling, they were hard to fit in.
I’ve now passed my first cringe-y milestone: two full days without writing, returning only in time to work on the third day’s goal setting and gratitude.
What I realized is that these kinds of moments are not where goals go to die: they are where goals are actually forged. We all start projects all the time; it takes a serious person to get back on the horse after falling down.
So that’s what I’ve done: rather than dwelling on two days of not getting my work written down, I push myself to write on the future pages. I push myself to write on whatever is relevant now.
A small silver lining I’ve found is that, once every week or so, I’ll be BRIMMING with gratitude. More than 3 items. More than the 3 items for my next morning or evening session. So what am I doing? I’m putting gratitude in all the empty spaces in my journal. It is a nice metaphor: filling the parts of my goals and plans that are currently empty with the things that are filling me up at the moment.
I’ve only begun to think about how the Self Journal could help me after I have completely filled it, but this seems to be one of the ways: I want to be able to look back and see what simple things gave me happiness and contentment during a time when I was very busy.
Those future looks back? Just might be worth the frustration of not quite measuring up in the moment when I get behind on my journaling. Alright, time to get back on that horse.