How and Why to Start Journaling

How and Why to Start Journaling

Have you heard people talking about journaling? You might initially flashback to middle school diaries with the little locks, but it is something so different! Journaling is a practice that combines being mindful, being present and self-reflection and it can be life changing. 

Why Journal?

There are so many reasons to keep a journal that are beneficial to your life. It is a record of life, can help process events and feelings,  and set and strive toward goals. Some of the most successful people in history practiced journaling. Visionaries like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Frida Kahlo all kept personal journals that cataloged their experiences, ideas and vision.  

If you are a person who would like to grow in any aspect of your life a journaling practice is a great way to achieve your desired goal. 

How to Start

So, once you decide you want to create a journaling practice, where do you start? Here a three quick-steps that can get you started today! 

Determine When You Will Journal

Choose a time of day that you will be motivated and present enough to journal. For some people, it is before their feet hit the floor in the morning and for others, it is a way to download the day before they go to sleep. Choose a time that works for you and make a commitment to journal daily at that time. If you realize another time would better, you can always change it up later. 

Decide On Your Medium

 Next, decide what you will use to journal. It has been suggested that handwriting helps process thoughts and feeling more effectively, so a pen and notebook is all you need! If writing is not your thing you can always open up a word document on your computer and add to it every day. You could even create an audio journal just recording on your phone. Whatever you choose to make it simple and fun to use!  

Find Some Fun Journal Prompts

Some people will have no problem writing, but a lot of people don’t know where to start. Luckily, there are countless journal prompts you can find doing a quick google search. Some of our favorite prompt questions are: 

  1. What keeps you up at night worrying? Are your worries realistic? Is there anything you can do about them?
  2. Do you have a philosophy of life? If so, what is it? If not, what is your method for making important decisions?
  3. In what areas are you optimistic, and in what areas are you pessimistic?
  4. What are your most prized possessions?
  5. Who is someone you miss?

 A journal is a way to reflect on your thoughts, plans, and goals. It can give you clarity, motivation, and peace of mind. It is a practice that can center you and bring calm to your busy days. 

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Creating A Summer Bucket List

Creating A Summer Bucket List

One of the best things about summer is that there is extra time to get out and DO things. The days are longer, the weather is better and there are more activities available in most cities. So, how do you take advantage of this magical time and fit in everything you want to accomplish? Create a summer bucket list! This is an activity you can do on your own, with your significant other or with your kids.

Brainstorm Session

Spend 20-30 minutes writing down every possible thing you would like to do this summer. There are no wrong answers. Think of the biggest ideas down to the smallest and get it all down on paper. Things that you might include: events you want to attend, hikes you want to complete, places you want to visit, books you want to read, classes you want to take, etc.

Research What is Happening in Your City

Now that you have a master list, do some research and see if any of the things you want to do this summer are happening in your city, county or state. Add the dates to your brainstorm list. For the activities that don’t have a specific date add in how much time they will take and if they can be done on a weekend or weekday.

Edit and Segment

Once you have a complete brainstorm list with dates and estimated time commitments look at your list more critically. Divide your list into must-do, want to do and not necessary. Start segmenting your master list into these three categories. From here you could completely delete the not necessary column or as a revisit next summer list. Schedule your must-dos into your calendar, after that add in the things you have time for in your summer from the want to column.

Invite People

Finally, invite some people to join you if you would like! Some activities may be solo but if you want company reach out to your friends and family and get some of these fun activities on their calendars.

A summer bucket list is a fun way to make sure you get some of the things you would really love to do on your agenda. The key is to make it fun, and not overschedule yourself so that you are too busy to enjoy the season.

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How to Prepare for Your Summer Garden

How to Prepare for Your Summer Garden

Summer is just around the corner and you might be starting to think about your summer garden. There are a few key steps to take when preparing and if you follow them you will be setting yourself up for a successful and beautiful garden to enjoy all season.

Plan Ahead

Whether you are new to gardening or you plant one every year the garden center is a place full of possibilities. You walk in and there are so many seeds and plants, it is very easy to get carried away and end up with a cart full of things you do not need. Before you head to the store plan out what you want your garden to produce this year. Do you want vegetables, herbs, flowers or greenery? It is also a good idea to know the sort of sunlight your garden gets and when you choose what to plant make sure you are picking things that will thrive.

Garden According to Your Geography

For the best results make sure you fill your garden with plants that are suited to your climate and geography. Choosing the plants that flourish in your geographical location will make it much easier to tend to your garden. It is also a good idea to know the sort of sunlight your garden gets and when you choose what to plant make sure you are picking things that will thrive in the area you are planting.

Do the Garden Prep Work

If you plant a garden every year then your space may be prepped and ready to go. If this is your first year planting you will want to make sure that the soil is good. Soil that is primed for a garden is a dark brown or black, if your soil is not that color you will want to do some prep work. You can get your soil into the right condition by adding compost and 10-15 centimeters of new soil and then till it all together. This will also help loosen the soil, making space for roots to grow.

Start Planting

All the seeds and plants you purchase will likely come with some instruction. Make sure you are aware of the amount of sunlight and moisture they need before you place them. Also, some plants do well going straight into the ground while others benefit from some time in separate containers. If you do not want to plant and then transplant your seeds, you can buy the starter plants from a garden store and those can go straight into the ground.

Planning and planting your garden should bring you a lot of joy. Create a space that you will be happy in throughout the summer months and tending it will feel like a treat not a chore.

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How to Plan A Fabulous Easter Brunch

Easter brunch is a really fun party to throw in your home. The weather is getting nicer and people are excited to celebrate the holiday and the change of season. When planning an Easter brunch there are a few key details that need your attention. 

Decide On A Time

Brunch is one of those meals that can be served late morning through early afternoon. When you are planning your Easter Brunch think about when you want your guests to arrive, and when food will be served. An earlier start time means you might be up very early preparing food, so for a large Easter event, early afternoon gives you more preparation time. 

Plan Your Menu

Plan your menu around how much cooking you want to be doing. A brunch can be as easy or as complicated as you like. You can prepare everything yourself, ask guests to contribute or even have it catered. The key is to plan a menu that is appealing to you and your guests and leaves you time to enjoy your company, not be hidden away in the kitchen. 

Create Décor

Spring and Easter are both times when lots of color is totally expected in décor. You can also get a bit whimsical in your decorating because it is this fun time of year where everything is light and bright. Search Pinterest for Easter Brunch décor and you will have ideas for ultra-elegant to simple and sweet at your fingertips. You also cannot go wrong with a lovely table centerpiece and leave it at that. People are coming for the company, not the fancy décor. 

Plan Some Kids Activities

Easter is a fun kid holiday and if you have children attending you create some fun activities to keep them occupied. An Easter egg hunt is a traditional and easy to create. Other options could be Easter crafts or games. Anything that easy, not to messy and keep the kids happy will increase everyone’s enjoyment! 

No matter who extravagant or simply you plan your brunch make sure that you leave plenty of time to enjoy your company, the food and celebrate the holiday and the time with friends and family. Hosting your brunch should be fun, not overly stressful. So, make sure you address the main tasks and you will set yourself up for success. 

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Giving Hope to People living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Giving Hope to People living with Traumatic Brain Injury

A conversation with Jennifer Soames, a structural integrator, certified yoga teacher, TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivor and author of Head of Hope: A Resource & Empowerment Guide for Living & Thriving with a Traumatic Brain Injury. We chat about what TBI is and is not, her amazing story and the hope for people to live and flourish after TBI.

Sponsored by Brenda Reiss, Forgiveness Coach
Location: Providencia Pond Retreat
Filmed: Tanner Scholten Photography

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