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Your journaling practice can and should help teach you more about yourself.

Creating a consistent journaling practice will help you to develop greater self-knowledge and awareness. By diving deeper into your thoughts, emotions, and motivation, you can tap further into soul knowledge and hear the messages that don’t shout but instead whisper.

Writing and meditating about your life on a consistent basis will increase your level of happiness and your personal productivity. The deeper level of introspection provides room for deeper insights into the reasons for your actions. When you know WHY you can plan for changes where needed and reinforcement of the positive energy and aspects within your life.

Journaling will help you to sort out and sort through your emotions. Your feelings will feel less confusing when you write them down on paper. The act of writing helps you to concentrate on your true feelings and to refine what’s coming through for you.

You can and should acknowledge your anger or sadness about situations and experiences in your life without letting those feelings take over your consciousness.

Remember to treat yourself with compassion as you plan and take constructive action.

Make time during your journaling sessions to reflect on how you arrived at where you are on the day of your entries. Give yourself space to notice recurring patterns in your relationships and career.

What experiences keep coming back over and over again? What types of people or personalities keep showing up again and again? How are you encouraging (for positive interactions) or discouraging (for challenging interactions) the repeat experiences?

Be open to identifying what you really want out of life. Drill down until your priorities become clear to you — clear priorities will often reveal actions that you will want (or need) to take.

Be open to revising/editing your to-do list so that you can focus on the things that really matter to you. Focus on figuring out where to devote your time and energy, and then dedicate yourself to action to move your priorities forward.

Continually evaluate your progress and be ready and willing to congratulate yourself on your victories. Our grind-hustle-grind culture doesn’t always mention or leave room for congratulating yourself on your efforts, but YOU should be available for that. It’s a booster for your self-confidence and helps generate additional energy to keep on striving.

Just as important is to recognize and reach outside of yourself for support in areas where you are struggling. There are people in your life who will be helpers when your struggles feel more challenging — and if you can’t readily identify them, it’s time to make yourself and supporting yourself a priority and FIND YOUR HELPERS.

You have the power to create your own healing process. While you may not know every single step in detail that’s needed, you DO know when things don’t feel right and when you get that gnawing in the pit of your stomach.

You are strong enough to come to terms with your past and to release what no longer serves you. Part of that process can be consciously forgiving those who have disappointed or hurt you. That doesn’t mean you allow them access to hurt you again, but it does mean you can release the hold that the past hurt would have over you.

Releasing what doesn’t serve you can mean letting go of resentment, the need to be “right,” or the desire to hear those that hurt you apologize for their behavior and actions. Realistically, that may never happen — and you can make peace with that and move forward with your life.

As you write about stressful experiences, affirm that your anxiety can and does fade away. You have the power to find solutions and alternatives. Be open to feeling lighter and more energetic as you pursue what lights you up and makes you happy...

Be intentional about celebrating your strengths. Be available to think about how you can leverage the skills you’ve gained in your journey through your perfectly imperfect life. Focus on the projects that you want to work on instead of focusing on the things you don’t want to keep in your life, your heart, or your spirit.

Affirm that you are confident that you can rise to meet any challenge.

Today, use your journal to connect with your strong, authentic self. Writing down your thoughts and feelings will help you to relax, identify and celebrate what you’ve learned, and to make positive progress on your path of growth.

Self-Reflection Journaling Prompts:

1. Why is it important that I know my own mind?

2. How would I describe my current relationship with myself?

3. What about my past relationship with myself will I leave behind?

4. How can my journaling practice help me to make sound decisions?

5. How can I use my experience and knowledge to help me release past challenges and difficulties?

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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