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Journaling Boot Camp Week 1

Day 1 – Getting ready to journal

You don't need a fancy book to journal. You can use a $1 notebook or a $100 gold embroidered book; it doesn't matter. Some apps are great if you prefer to use your phone; Day One is a good one with a free version that is easy to use or upgrade to premium for extra features. I use Microsoft OneNote on my PC and phone because I like how you can format it.

So today, go and look at the options and decide what you would like to use for our journaling journey.

Day 2 – What is journaling?

Journaling can be whatever you want it to be. You can use it to;

· Track what you are doing every day (especially good for people who may have memory problems)

· To get ideas out for personal or work projects

· Expressing emotional and mental experiences

· Tracking progress for personal goals

· Do all of above

What would you like to use journaling for?

I use it to track myself on my journey to discovering myself. When I look back at previous entries, I can see where I was on a mental and emotional level, write down new things that I discovered about myself, and find new insights into my behaviour. I find it helpful to see how far I have come because sometimes you don't notice day-to-day things. I also use a separate journal to put my ideas and things I have learned and use it as a reference.

What would you like to use journaling for?

Day 3 – Ways to write

There are many styles of writing you can choose to write in your journal. Pick whichever feels easier for you. There is no right or wrong way as long as you get what you need to be written.

Some examples are:

· Bullet points or lists – Using a few words to express your views.

· One line at a time – Getting straight to the point.

· Scrapbooking – Great if being creative is something that fills you up.

· Paragraphs – Go in-depth if that's what you require.

Play around with them if you want to see which way fits you or use them all; it's up to you.

Day 4 – For your eyes only.

Remember that what you put down in your journal can be for your eyes only. It is your choice if you wish to share it with anyone.

With this in mind, you can let all your feelings out regardless of anyone else –remember, for whatever reason, you can always burn the pages. Burning the pages can also be therapeutic in releasing and letting things go.

Day 5 – Goals

Throughout this Bootcamp, we will go over some ideas about different ways and types of journaling and give you some prompts to encourage and inspire you.

Today I would like to look at goals. It is essential to have things to strive towards in life; we should constantly be evolving and changing, and writing these goals down brings energy and life to the target and helps us make steps towards it.

Prompt: Write down three goals you have for yourself; they don't have to be significant it could be as simple as drinking more water.

Day 6 – Dream Journaling

A dream journal is a good idea for those with intense regular dreams. The idea is to write down as much as you can remember when you wake up. Often we can find patterns in these dreams which could lead to a more profound or syncratic meaning.

If you like, you can look up the meanings of certain things in your dreams to help guide you to that insight.

By doing this, you will remember the dreams for longer, and more minor details may come to mind throughout the day.

Day 7 – What fills you up?

The moments that fill you up and bring you joy are valuable. But sometimes, when we are caught up in life, we forget what these moments are. By writing about them and keeping a record, we can remember what we need to do to bring back those happy feelings, and these moments will drive you in life and help keep life exciting and fulfilling.

Prompt: Write about your happiest memory; how did it make you feel at the time and afterwards?

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