It is the first week of #JournalinginJuly and I’m excited that many readers are taking part. As I’ve mentioned, I have always struggled with journaling and keeping the journal going. Perhaps I just need prompts to write about because this week, I’ve managed to actually think about the prompt and then the words flowed. I also was inspired to find suitable quotes to post to my Facebook and Instagram with the daily journal prompt.
Here are some of my journal thoughts for Week 1. The journal challenge prompts are fairly general and nothing ‘too deep’, which is also making my journal challenge experience a little more comfortable. I may however, omit thoughts that I feel are for ‘my eyes only’. If you would like to share your thoughts with Debbie from Deb’s World and I, please link up with us each Saturday. You can find this week’s link at the end of this post.
Journal Challenge Week 1
Day 1 – What makes me special?
What does make me special?
I’m sure others feel the same as I do when faced with this question because for me, I don’t really feel that special. I mean I haven’t done anything to have huge impact on the world, although I was in the Newspaper last week which was a thrill.
I saw this quote and I realised that yes, I am special because I am me. I am unique.
The combination of what I consider my admirable qualities and all of my flaws, make up the person who is Sue. I will also probably always have self-doubt to a degree, but I have to admit to myself that I do like the person that I am and have become. I have achieved things in my life that I am proud of, I am a caring and loving individual with integrity and loyalty. I have the love and support of my husband, family and friends.
If they think I’m special then I must be.
Day 2 – What are my dreams and goals?
Where do I start. I’m driven so I always have a list of goals or dreams that I want to achieve and make happen.
My current goals are
- to complete and attain my Certificate III in Fitness plus also do a Zumba certification.
- I also want to seriously start my Health & Life Mentoring business, encouraging women Over 50 to embrace life through living a healthy and active lifestyle. I want to have one-on-one sessions but also group sessions and public speaking engagements. Keeping healthy and active is a passion I want to share and help others achieve.
- My dream is to actually find the elusive balance between wanting to achieve and just enjoying life with my husband. If I could make that dream a reality I don’t think I could want anything more.
Day 3 – What makes me feel happy?
Today was full of joy and happiness as I spent the day with my two grandsons, Ethan 5 and Elliot 1. Ethan and I have started a tradition. For the last two years we have gone to Snow 4 Kids and we kept up the tradition this year. After building a snowman, throwing snowballs and tobogganing we visited the Museum and then the Art Gallery. Ethan and I have great conversations and I feel contented and happy when I’m with him and his little brother Elliot, because they make me stop and enjoy life.
I feel happy watching this joyful couple renovating a French Chateau. The television show is called ‘Escape to the Chateau’ and Angel & Dick Strawbridge just make me smile. They are so full of love for each other, their children and life that you can’t help feeling uplifted watching them restore their Chateau to it’s former glory.
Happiness is a state that to me comes from contentment and appreciation. Clear blue skies, running by the river or ocean, taking the afternoon to read, spending quality time with my family are all things that make me feel contented and yes, happy in the moment.
Day 4 – Write about a special memory
At almost 62, my life has a list of special memories so I struggled with this journal prompt. I knew it was coming because I had written the prompts but I couldn’t decide on one special memory. I have happy memories, sad memories and bittersweet memories. All are special to me because they make up the fabric of my life. I’ve been thinking about my life and three memories keep coming to me so I know I need to write about them, although two are not happy.
Bittersweet – The last time I spoke to my Dad was to say goodbye. I was a month away from having my first child, Rachel and Dad was in the hospital with cancer. I remember him saying he wanted to see the baby but I could see he was in so much pain. I told him it was okay and not to wait, he would still see her. He died that night. A month later, my beautiful daughter, Rachel was born. Mum who was battling cancer herself at the time and grieving for her husband was given the gift of a new life to bring some light into her dark world.
Sadness – The last gift from my Mum was the day she went to have another chemotherapy treatment. I remember her giving me a trinket box and was insistent I have it. I had no idea at the time that it would be the last gift from her. She never came home and died two weeks later.
The pearls were Mum’s and although they aren’t expensive they are treasured.
Happiness – I have very happy memories and many to choose from but I suppose my two previous memories that I’ve written about have brought me to this happy memory. 18 months ago I flew to Adelaide to spend time with my cousins. One I hadn’t seen in 40 years. It was such a wonderful time full of laughter and also tears as they were all close to Mum. My cousin April was a brilliant hostess and tour guide and it is four days that I will treasure.
So many special memories I might need to write more in another journal session. In fact, I think if I start writing I could perhaps write the story of my life for my children and grandchildren as a legacy.
Day 5 – What I did today
Today the weather was wild with gusty winds and rain. The ocean waves crashed over the beach and the wind howled so much during the night I hardly slept. I feel sad for the families who are visiting the coast for the school holidays as the weather has not been kind. I blogged, did some grocery shopping and then picked up my pack ready for the Gold Coast Half Marathon on Sunday.
Day 6 – 3 things I’m grateful for
So many things to be grateful for and sometimes I know I take them all for granted. I’m guilty of not practising daily gratitude and really this prompt has reminded me and made me feel even more guilty. My three things today seem very obvious but I am so, so grateful for each of them.
My life, has been full of ups, downs, hard times, joy the full gambit really but I’m grateful for the life that I have had and continue to have. I am grateful that I make my health and wellness a priority so I can enjoy living an active life, especially being able to keep up with my grandsons.
My darling husband, Mike and his unfailing support of everything I do – even if he doesn’t always agree with it. I am grateful that he wants me to be happy and encourages me to follow my dreams. I’m grateful we can travel the world and make new memories together.
My beautiful daughter, Rachel who continues to inspire me with the woman she has become and what she has achieved. She is an intelligent, witty and well respected by her peers and management in her career but she is also such a patient and loving mother to darling Ethan and Elliot. My son, Nathan who is reserved and very much like my brother. He has had some struggles in life which he has come through and I admire his ability to live his life on his own terms.
Week 1 of the challenge hasn’t been as easy as I thought but at least I have written each day. I find that once I start writing about a prompt it could become quite lengthy and that some prompts are easier than others.
Are you taking the Journal Challenge for #JournalinginJuly? How did you find this first week?