Good Afternoon Optimists!
How have we been? I haven’t been feeling the best (hence the absence of Friday’s post) but I am working my way back to a healthier state.
On my blog, I talk a lot about journaling, I’m developing a brand around journaling and I absolutely love journaling. If you follow me on Instagram, I share highlights of my entries often but I wanted to start sharing some of my weekly entries right here on the blog.
I thought I would use this month to kick off the new feature with my journal prompts and entries from last week:
Last weekend, I was completely unmotivated so I sat down and did some brainstorming via mind mapping. I have started working on a new project and this brainstorming session helped me put it all in perspective.
PROMPT: Declare your greatness with an affirmation. Reflect on how you will reclaim your own victories this year!
This prompt was featured in my newsletter and I sure needed it. That same day, I had a moment of weakness. I have been feeling a lack of support from those closest to me and it left feeling less than stellar but after thinking about my mission and my purpose, I felt alive again.
I realized that the support of others will come and go but my faith, it cannot and will not fade. My faith is strong and it will carry me through all these moments of weakness.
PROMPT: What makes you unique? What’s unique about your vision?
Sometimes, you have to sit and reflect on what makes you YOU! I swear, my mother knew what she was doing by giving me such a unique name lol. I believe that I am just as unique as my name and I have always had a desire to share my uniqueness and creativity with the world.
The Enduring Optimist is more than a brand to me, it’s a way of living and while sitting down to reflect, I found that what makes my vision unique is the fact that I am sharing my learning experiences as I go while trying to keep a positive mind and sharing my thoughts, worries and fears no matter what. I want to create a business dedicated to reflection and growth, I want to own a shop that serves as a creative space to those who need it most.
My overall vision is to in inspire people to live a positive and creative life that they can discover and nurture through journaling.
In this entry, I stated that I want people to embrace their creative sides, their unapologetic sides and their raw sides. I want mothers to know they are not alone and they can dream big and make it happen. I want kids to escape in their minds and detail their journeys so that one day, they can really document their quests.
PROMPT: How will you rise above to achieve your dreams?
I was nearly in tears by the time I finished this post. I cannot remember a dream that I ever wanted as bad as this one. To rise above, I have come to realize that I have to eliminate distractions and keep a positive state of mind no matter what.
To rise above, I plan to keep myself encouraged as well as others too, I will maintain an open mind and a balanced one- which means that I utilize my time management and NOT burn the candles at both ends.
Of course, to rise above, you have to have faith and carry it with you at all times. :)
PROMPT: What will it take to break through the “red tape” and live the life YOU want to live?
My family is important to me and so is my purpose. In this entry, I reflected heavily on time management. Time is something of red tape for me. I have been reflecting on my need and desire to buckle down in order to achieve my goals.
Priority was the word of the night for me and I have since sat down to rethink my goals and my timelines.
Sometimes you have to go back and review previous journal entries; doing so, we can reflect on what we wrote and readjust accordingly. I seriously believe that journaling isn’t a write and forget type of activity. We fill those pages for a reason. We are writing the stories of our lives , so why not go back and re-read a chapter or two?
When was the last time you looked back at previous journal entries and was inspired all over again?
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Until next time, stay blessed and reflective,