I can’t believe we are up to #JournalinginJuly Challenge Week 4. Doing a challenge certainly makes the month seem to go faster. This week the prompts have been more geared to self-reflection.
Although some of the prompts have almost stumped me throughout the process, they have made me think and I’ve surprised myself that I’ve written something for each day. This week the prompts include some self-evaluation and introspection such as writing ‘What I’m Good At…’ and also ‘What I don’t want in my life’.
Don’t forget to join Deb from Deb’s World and I and link up your post at the end of this post, if you are participating in the Challenge. If you aren’t, then you can read the thoughts of others and their take on the daily prompts.
Day 21 – I’m good at…..
Well what a prompt to start the week, actually having to talk about myself and what I’m good at. Many of us don’t like to highlight our talents for fear of showing off. For some misguided reason we feel we can promote ourselves or our talents. Is it because we don’t feel good enough? or we feel we are bragging which we were taught as children not to do? I need to get over that feeling and be proud of my achievements and the qualities that make me who I am. So here goes: I’m good at……
- showing kindness and caring for others
- being a Nan – I think I’m much better at this job than I was as a Mum
- friendship – I’m always there for others, I’m steadfast and loyal
- never giving up even though sometimes I think it would be easier to – a friend I worked with used to say I was like a ‘dog with a bone’
- being on time – I like to be punctual and expect others to be the same
- motivating and inspiring others
- decorating birthday cakes for my grandchildren – not perfectly done but decorated with love
- being Me
I asked my husband what I’m good at and he said I have a ‘gigabyte brain’, whatever that means! He said that when I put my mind to something I usually achieve it and I have the mental capacity to keep going until I have. He also said I have the ability to remember even the most trivial things – which I continually surprise him with.
Day 22 – I’m thankful for……
Everything really. My husband, my children and grandchildren, friends and life in general. I’m thankful I have freedom of choice to live my life as I choose (even though I don’t always adhere to that). Living by the ocean, clear blue skies and sunshine. My health, my body which keeps me strong enough to be active and energetic.
I’m thankful for times that I share with my grandsons – looking at aeroplanes in the sky or a bird flying past and experiencing the look of wonder on Elliot’s 1 year old face. I’m thankful for walks to and from school with Ethan and having conversations about life seen through a 5 year old’s eyes.
I’m thankful for so many things but guilty of letting life take over and not always appreciating and taking the time to be thankful.
Day 23 – My favourite season
I wrote about this in a prompt in #JournalinginJuly Challenge Week 2, so I’ve decided to write about my favourite season of life. Our life is like the cycle of Seasons. Spring is the beginning from when we are born and is a time of growth and maturity. Summer is when we are in full bloom, Autumn is starting to slow down and prepare for Winter. We move through the seasons of life and I truly believe that although I’m in the Autumn of my life with Winter not far away, I’m still feeling like I’m in the Summer of my life but with the advantage of having life experience.
My BBB (best blogging buddy) Leanne from Cresting the Hill wrote a post Embrace your Season of Life which sums up how I’m feeling.
I also wrote a guest post for Debbie from Deb’s World which will be published next week, with yet another view on The Seasons of Life. I must be feeling inspired today.
Day 24 – What I don’t want in my life
I actually wrote a post What I Want and Letting go of what I Don’t so I went back and reviewed what I wrote to see if it was still how I felt. Yep nothing has changed and I might have a couple of extras to add. It also takes courage to implement changes in our lives especially if it involves other people.
- Removing self-imposed pressure – I am so guilty of this and find it difficult to overcome
- Stop trying to please other people and getting myself into situations where I haven’t said ‘No’ and then stress because I’ve committed to something I don’t have time for.
- Keeping my dreams and goals alive but not being disappointed in myself if they don’t happen
- Being in so many social media groups, because we are told that’s what we need to do to promote ourselves but which no longer add value to my life
- Negative people who try to bring me down rather than supporting and encouraging me
Day 25 – I’m excited about….
I’m getting excited now as it is only six weeks until our Alaska Cruise and Tour of the Canadian Rockies. I’m extra excited because I will be meeting up with some blogging friends.
Day 26 – The best thing about today
Today I really had no schedule and that was the best thing about today. Waking and watching the sunrise with a coffee on the balcony, spending quality time with Mike and also finally finishing my second Assignment in my Certificate III in Fitness. It is hard studying online and also finding volunteers to be my ‘clients’ but I’m determined to complete the Certificate and just keep working towards that goal.
Day 27 – My favourite movie and why
My grandson, Ethan asked me this question earlier in the week and I couldn’t answer immediately. He could however – it is Cars 1 but he doesn’t like Cars 2 because it is scary! I simply can’t come up with a favourite – my head hurts just thinking about it. Some of my favourites are:
- To Kill A Mockingbird – such powerful performances by all the actors and Gregory Peck played the perfect Atticus Finch. I think this movie was brave and courageous with a strong message.
- The Sound of Music – I can remember Mum taking us to the movies to see this when it was first released. Who doesn’t know all the songs from this movie and I still laugh at the Von Trappe children prancing around in clothes made from curtains. We all need feel good movies don’t we? When we visited Salzburg of course I had to re-create “I am 16 going on 17” even though I was in my mid 50s at the time.
- What About Bob? – an oldie but a goodie that always made me laugh.
- Disney movies – just love them and looking forward to reliving my childhood watching them with my grandsons.
I hope you enjoyed another week of my #JournalinginJuly Challenge. If you missed previous ones and want to learn more about me I’ve listed them below. I’ve also included the full month with prompts for each day. If you missed the challenge, no problem, why not try it yourself in August?