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January Journal Challenge

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Journal Writing Challenge

self care, December
Self Care – December Instagram

If you follow GRLife on social media (Instagram, Twitter), you saw that last month I focused on Self Care. December is a when people spend a lot of time focused on others, which is lovely, but in order to do so, you also have to also take care of yourself. “You can’t pour from an empty cup” as the old saying goes. In January, I am focusing on change. This is the beginning of a new year and a new decade. So, many people will be making changes this year, or trying to. Hence, the January Journal Challenge!

There are lots of changes that people can choose make in their lives, from straightening out finances to eating healthier, reading more, and drinking less… the options are endless. For January, I want to focus on a specific kind of change. I want to look at uncovering your authentic life. My wish for you for 2020? To feel like you are living a life closer to your values and your authentic self.

How the Challenge Will Work

For our January Journal challenge, I am going to be asking questions, like “Who do you want to be?” “What is really important to you?” “What is holding you back from doing the things that are in your heart?” “How can you take a step towards what you really want?” Journaling is a valuable way to uncover the answers that lay in our hearts. So, it’s time to get out your pens and grab an old notebook. (Or a reason to bust out that fancy blank notebook your Secret Santa got you.)

And I am going to be following along. 2019 was a strange year, but it definitely brought me closer to who I want to be. That is why I want the same for you. So, now only will I be posting daily writing prompts, I’ll be writing along with you.

The challenge is to take a few minutes each day to journal and think about what you want in your life, and what it is time to cast aside. Why every day? I was quite inspired by a recent post by Tim Ferriss, “Make Before You Manage“.

Each morning, before plugging holes, fixing things, calling vets, answering text messages, delegating things, or yanking out dead raccoons, this mantra was a reminder to make something. 

Tim Ferriss, Make Before You Manage

I want to build a routine of working on something creative for myself every day. I am a writer, so naturally I reach for a pen and paper. But you can respond to the prompts however you wish – with a picture on Instagram, a drawing in a blank journal, a haiku. Whatever works for you.

Journal prompts will be on the GRLife Instagram, Twitter and on the blog. I’m excited about this and I can wait to hear about what you discover!

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