How are you?
No, how are you, really?
When was the last time you honestly answered this question? Today we so often just mumble, "I'm fine, doing good" when asked how we are. Perhaps we answer in this way as to not burden others with how we really are, that maybe what's going in our lives is TOO MUCH. But guess what, we're ALL going through something. Perhaps next time someone asks how you are, answer it simply and honestly with where you are at exactly. And if you are the one asking "How Are You?" mean it when you ask because you're giving someone permission to be their truthful self.
We've written a few journal prompt life questions that hopefully inspire you to take some time this weekend or throughout the week to reflect and set intentions. Write down the questions in your journal, or even a blank piece of paper will do. All we ask is that you take your time to think and reflect. Unlocking honesty isn't always easy, facing yourself square in the mirror seeing your truth reflected back can be scary. It requires a great deal of vulnerability and trust, in yourself.
We hope you will LISTEN TO OUR PLAYLIST this week, light a candle, and settle down into your favorite chair...
Self Reflection Journal Prompts
1. What are you most proud of this year?
2. List 5 of your favorite memories this year. Take note of where you were and who you were with.
3. What areas in your life do you feel you are struggling with? Work? Personal Life? Relationships? What small changes can you make each day to ease the struggle?
4. When was the last time you told someone you loved them? When was the last time someone told you they loved you?
5. Who have you surrounded yourself with and do you truly enjoy their company?
6. Are you happy with where you are in life and who are as a person... and if not... how will you be intentional about making changes?
7. What are you most hopeful about for the upcoming autumn season?
8. Who inspires you to be a better person or better version of yourself?
9. What is one space in your home that makes you feel calm, cherished, or inspired?
10. Who did you want to be 5 years ago? How about a year ago? How about now? Reflect on how this has or has not changed.
As our calendars fill up this autumn and the days grow shorter, remember the importance to document your growth - after all, it's the journey that counts! Sometimes, we find the best medicine for the ennui, scatter-brain, or general stress that busy-ness can trigger is to simply take a step back from the rush of obligations and take inventory of the important stuff, the you stuff. The "How Am I Really?" stuff.
Make it a habit at least once a month, every week if you can, to check in with yourself. Slow down and take the time to reflect on your life and be intentional about the way you are living and how you show up in the world.
It will be a wonderful gift to yourself to be able to look back on your journal entries and see how you have grown and shifted as a person. Self reflection is important but do be careful not to get too engrossed and self absorbed. There is a fine difference between the two.