For those of you who stuck with the journaling prompts from the beginning, this is the last hurdle! I started this series in October of last year for anyone wondering why this is the last installment — I know! October is an awkward time to start a year-long project but, hey, that's when inspiration struck, so I did it anyway. ;) Anyone who is catching up and wants to jump in, check out part 1, part 2 and part 3 of this series. Get your booty over there and grab a pen! This installment got its inspiration from the zodiac, which I don't know a ton about, but am becoming more interested in as time goes by. It's time to check out our journal topics for the next three months:
July — What Makes you Happy?
The summer months are known for being out of school, going on vacations and getting outdoors. The birthstone for July, the ruby, symbolizes contentment and joy. For your July journal entry, I want you to think about what makes you truly happy? What activities, people, places and things inspire happiness and make you want to smile? If this is tricky for you, think about a time when you felt in-the-moment, connected with others and like everything was “okay” at least for that period of time.
Transport yourself into this memory. What are the thoughts, feelings, body sensations and even subtle movements that come up for you? It could be the sensation of wind in your hair, the smell of salt water and the feeling of warm sand under your feet. Or it could be the touch of a loved one’s hand on yours. Allow yourself to sink into this experience. Now write about how you can infuse your life with some more of this feeling. It could include something as simple as taking a weekend trip to the beach, even though you probably should be doing laundry or something (hah!)
August — What are you Proud of?
In the zodiac, the month of August symbolizes courage and triumph. In this spirit, I want you to think about what you’re proud of in your life. Think about what you’ve accomplished in your years. Is it work that you’ve poured yourself into and received accolades or promotions for your efforts? Or maybe it’s your family life that you’ve most invested your time and energy into. Is there a creative project that you feel is gaining traction?
If this exercise is challenging for you, then simplify it. What’s a challenge that you’ve faced recently? Even if you don’t feel as though you’ve slayed it yet, what are concrete steps you’ve taken to solve the difficulty? Start small. It could be that you made some extra money this month with a side gig, or you took some time to do self-care. Write down what you’ve done and how it makes you feel about yourself. Even if you don’t feel great about yourself you can write “I’m glad I haven’t completely given up yet.” I always say, start with the low-hanging fruit!
September — Where is There Magic in Your Life?
September, also in the zodiac, is known for being the lucky month and the time of the year when we think about magic. For this entry, I want you to think of the aspects of your life in which you are so lucky. Maybe you landed a great job, have a wonderful partner, or maybe you’ve been blessed with great street smarts. Whatever it is, take a minute to think about your life and what you’ve been gifted with, either by other people or by a higher power. Write a list as long as you can make it.
I’m lucky enough to do play therapy with young children, and they experience the world as magical all the time. I do my best to allow it to rub off on me so I can see the world with new eyes, like they do. Now write down all the areas of your life in which you have experienced a sense of magic. It could be a place in nature that seemed just too beautiful to be true, or maybe it’s a song that came on the radio just as you needed to hear those lyrics. Take a minute to remember those moments and feel into the gratitude you experience.
I hope you get something out of your meditation and writing on these topics. Now it's your turn:
What topic is most pertinent to your phase of life or challenges you currently face?
Which prompt do think is going to be easiest for you to tackle? Hardest?
Once you've done the prompts, come back and share. What was the most unexpected insight you had?
Please share in the comments below. I'd be thrilled to hear from you. Thank you for reading and be well. xoxo Nat
about the author
Hi! I'm Natalie. And my passion is helping people live more peaceful, meaningful lives. Through holistic therapy in Pasadena and here on the blog, my mission is to provide people with the support and tools they need to live their best life.