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  1. Cindy

    I love your journal. I’ve honestly done some sort of journaling, off and on, since I was a young girl. Still, I’ve never been consistent. My daughter gave me a “three things that brought me joy each day” journal a few years ago and I was pretty good about writing in that. Do you know where it was bought from? When I was younger I usually wrote my woes, so I like that this encourages positivity. Love you!

    • This is a great journal. Haley gave it to me, so she may be able to tell you where she got it. Your comment about your younger journals made me laugh, because mine were the same way. I only wrote when I was upset about something. Anyone who read them would think I had a terrible life!

  2. Love the positivity of your questions. I’m a regular morning journaler (apparently not a real word!) and can sometimes start the negative swirl. I do the three things grateful for, but definitely need to think about three things that will make the day great. The thought of “what will make today even better?” is a good one!

    • I love this journal, Pat. It really gets me thinking about what I want my day to look like. By the way, if “journaler” isn’t a real word, it should be. I hope you have a lovely day!

  3. I used to try to write ‘morning pages’ as recommended in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. I found it really beneficial but it often went by the wayside as I was in a hurry to get to work or something.

    I have more time now so fewer excuses. I also realised I could actually write at night as I tend to ponder on things when lying in bed so this could rid my mind of them beforehand perhaps.

    • Time is always an issue, isn’t Deborah? Or at least what to do with our time. I like this journal, because I can do it quickly and still get value from the experience. I also like the evening recap. As you said, if there is a lot on your mind, writing can help get it out before trying to sleep.

  4. I journal daily – but love the structure of your questions. I tend to run mine almost as a bullet journal without the bulleting. I also love the positivity of your questions… and might just give it a go.

    • Hello Jo! It’s fun to mix things up once in a while. By the time I fill this journal, I may be ready to try free writing again for my journaling. I’ll probably still keep some of this structure though, it does help me set a tone for the day. If you decide to try the questions, I’d love to hear what you think. Have a lovely day!

  5. I love this idea! I have progressed to morning pages (Julia Cameron) – 3 pages of freestyle writing every morning when I wake up – but every now and then I don’t feel Iike it and I revert to the questions you pose!

    • Hello Helen. I’ve heard from a few people now who do (or have done) morning pages. I may have to give it a go–maybe not every morning–but at least try it. I blog in the mornings, and since I’m still working full-time, morning hours are few and precious. Evenings are much harder to get quiet time, and by then, my brain is usually toast anyway! 😂 I wish you a lovely week!

  6. I also write in the mornings. My favorite question is from Brendon Burchard, ” Who needs you on your A game today?” I like these questions and that they focus your intentions for the day in a positive way. I usually forget to come back at the end of the time for reflection, but I sometimes do it the next morning as well.

    • I love that question, Michele. I’ve taken to setting my journal out where I’ll see it, so I am reminded to write again in the evening. Still, I occasionally forget or just don’t feel like it, and then I do it the next morning.

    • I find that after writing for work all day and then blogging, I don’t have a lot of desire to write in a journal. This 5-minute journal seemed like a good way to journal that didn’t feel overwhelming. Weekly journaling sounds like another good option. If someone wanted to use my journal to get to know me better, they may not find a lot there. My brother, who has passed, left a beautiful, witty journal that has brought all of us much joy. I’m afraid this won’t do that. As you say, though, it is great for nurturing gratitude and setting an intention for the day.

  7. It does sound a lovely positive way to start the day … and an aid to make you approach things in that positive way. I know if I wake up feeling light and posiitive, then, lo and behold, my day — or at east my morning! — seems to proceed like that. #MLSTL

    • So true Enda. I am not naturally a morning person. I do much better if I can wake naturally with the sun and the sounds of nature, but my job requires an earlier start. Anyway…I guess I’m saying I need all the help I can get to start the day out on a positive note.

  8. Hi Christie, what a great blog and I totally agree that journaling is a powerful tool. I’m often suggesting it to people around me. I particularly like your suggestion about how I could have made today better … I’ll definitely start doing that. Thank you!

    • Hello Anne! Thank you for the kind words about my blog. I’m glad you found something helpful here. I was hesitant about the final question–afraid people might go to the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” mindset. But if you look at it with curiosity rather than regret, it can be extremely useful.

  9. Great suggestions Christie, I like your positivity! Journal writing is a great way to get your thoughts together and your focused questions are very helpful. Thanks 🙂 #mlstl

  10. We are so on the same page Christie. I am a journal author and use other journals as well. One I’m working in right now is called Start Each Day with a Grateful Heart. Thanks for offering these tips at #MLSTL. Will pin this post.

  11. I love this idea. I do a lot of journaling and can be found with various journals representing different things like a gratitude journal, a how I feel journal, etc.

    • That’s great, Jennifer, that you have different journals for different purposes. You could probably add your blog to the list. In many ways, blogging is like public journaling, don’t you think?

  12. Hi Christie, I really like this plan for journaling. It’s short but very specific, and I think that would help me to do more than stare at the open journal (blank page of course) with a pen in my hand. I may give this a try! #MLSTL

    • Exactly, Candi. I think that’s why I love it so much. It doesn’t take long, and it does spur thought and a certain attitude about the day. Also, it does keep a history of sorts, with the list of three amazing things that happened that day.

  13. Hi Christie, journalling is something that I struggle to maintain although perhaps your guiding questions may help. I like the idea of 5 minutes which everyone can find. I usually feel I have to write volumes and then that puts me off. I will try your 5 minute journal idea and thanks so much for sharing at #MLSTL. I love listening and watching your videos. xx

    • I am the same way, Sue, and that’s why I love this journal. It only takes a few minutes, but I feel like it is productive and useful. If you decide to give it a go, I’d love to hear what you think of the experience. Wishing you a lovely week!

  14. Hi, Christie – Thank you for sharing these tips and video with us. (You present very well in both written and video format.) Although I agree with the points that you have made about journaling, I have not formally done this for years. However,I do regularly ask and answer these questions of myself. I agree that the beginning and end of the day are the best times for reflection. Stay well!

    • Hello Donna, and thank you for the kind words. For me, self-reflection is the important part of journaling. If you’re looking for a written journal, I’d say, for many of us, our blogs are journals of sorts. I’ve loved watching your hiking journey. So many beautiful trails in your area!

  15. You are such a sweet breath of fresh air. I like the idea of revisiting your journal entry at the end of the day, too, that self-reflection. Good stuff. Ha! The doughnut. Yesterday I wish I hadn’t eaten the doughnut and the gingerbread pig cookie.

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