Category: Journaling

Journal Prompt: write a letter

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Writing Letters Journal Prompt

I have written many letters in my life.  Some were to people I could have just as easily called on the phone or emailed, but I figure everyone loves mail right?

Some of my favorite letters included those to:

  1. My future husband when I was 15 years old.  It was fun reading that to my husband on our wedding day.
  2. My child when I was pregnant.
  3. My grandchildren.  I’m not quite there yet!
  4. My mother who passed away 5 years ago about all the things she’s missed.  I usually do this one on her birthday.
  5. I have printed out emails from when my husband and I were dating.
  6. A friend in need of some encouragement.
  7. Myself in 10 years, 5 years, 1 year etc.
  8. My children.
  9. Thank you cards for small acts of kindness.
  10. A veteran who gave his or her life in service of our country.

Today, though, let’s write a letter to a friend in need.

Write a letter to a friend

Someone asked me recently to write an encouraging letter to a friend who needs help recognizing her worth.  She is feeling discouraged with life and is ready to give up on her dreams. She is beating herself up over small mistakes and not taking time to recognize how special she really is.  She is having trouble setting goals, feels hopeless, and can’t get motivated to try.

Here’s my letter:

Dear_______,

I hope you have found your courage to start something that scares you.  You have special gifts that can and will bless others if you are open to the opportunities.

Many people give up.  You don’t have to!  Mistakes happen!  You do not have to be perfect.  You just have to be you.

Setting goals can be overwhelming, but lucky for us we can set tiny goals that we can use to move small steps forward. Give yourself permission to be a beginner!

Some days will be tough, but they are supposed to be.  We are not promised to sail through life without challenges.  Be gentle with yourself.

Remember to ask yourself “Who are you fighting for?” Maybe you can take a few minutes to ponder that question when things get tough.

YOU’VE GOT THIS!

Love,

Dereth

The letter writing exercise

You can stop there and send that letter to your friend, but I was told to write my name at the top of that letter and read it when I was feeling discouraged.  We all can think of ways to cheer up a friend who is feeling low, but we don’t often do the same for ourselves.

I learned about this writing exercise and many other wonderful things at Christy Wright’s Business Boutique and I’ll be writing an honest review of her event soon for my newsletter subscribers.

For today though, write a letter to a friend and be sure to keep a copy in your journal to read when things get tough.

Do you write letters you will never send?

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Journal Prompts for the Caregiver

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Bird With A List: Journal Prompts for the caregiver

Bird With A List is a blog dedicated to providing care for the caregiver and to advocating for the advocate.  Time management is so important in this task because those who are caregivers need to make time for what’s important—and that includes you!

We support you—the mom of small children, the adult child caring for her parents, the mom of a child with disability who is facing a lifetime of care giving.

These 10 journal prompts are for you—the caregiver.  Make the time for what’s important.  Try to find time for yourself as you plug along trying to get the job done.

Bird With A List

Click on the link below to print this document.

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Love journal prompts?  Check out these other posts!

Love Lists

The AEIOU Miracle Journal Prompt

New to keeping a journal?  Try this method.

Remember, if you don’t take time to take care of yourself- who will?

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10 Fall Journal Prompts for Kids!

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If you would like to print this little card feel free! Here’s the PDF file to make it easier for you:   fall-journal-prompts-for-kids

Fall Journal Prompts for Kids

It’s been said Labor Day is the second New year- summer is over, it’s a fresh start to a new school year, and my beloved sweater weather is in sight.  As the air turns crisper and the holidays approach I love to encourage my kids to write!

(I totally didn’t mean for that to sound like a poem.  I guess I have writing on the brain today!)

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Summer goals for kids journal prompt

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Summer Goals Journal Prompt for Kids

Summer goals for kids are a great thing if done properly.

Make them fun!  

Make them exciting!  

Make them something that can be tracked easily so they can help kids feel happy and confident instead of overwhelmed.

Setting simple, achievable goals for kids is key.  You don’t want to overwhelm them or get them discouraged because they are not making progress.

Parenting Flop

I remember vividly the time I went on and on about summer goals with my 11-year-old Sammie and it completely backfired.  She got defensive.  She said that setting goals was “Your thing MOM- not mine.”

Ouch.

I thought I was encouraging her, but in reality, I was overwhelming her and making her feel like if she didn’t “accomplish something” over the summer she was a failure.

I think I even said, “Don’t you want to be productive over the summer?”

I’m not sure how I thought an 11-year old would respond to that.  I mean, what kid would say “being productive” was the goal of summer break?

I still have an UGH moment when I think of that conversation.

I wanted her to feel the pride in seeing a job well done and a goal met.  I just took it too far and too fast.

Fun Goals

We backed up a bit and made a goal to see one of her school or church friends every week that summer because she wanted to work on her social skills.

It was a goal that was fun, achievable, and not overwhelming.

As a result, she felt more confident going to school the next year- an important step for any middle schooler.

To print this fun little journal prompt for your kids just click below for the pdf file.  If you want to be more specific on the reading front I have a printable summer reading wish list you might enjoy as well.

My goals for the summer! pdf file

Do your kids set goals for the summer?

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AEIOU: The miracle journal prompt

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AEIOU: The Miracle Journal Prompt

Anyone who knows me well knows that I can’t stand exercise.  My kids like to joke that I will only run when chased!

I have never been at a healthy weight until the last few years.  I guess losing 75 lbs will make a person look thin and fit, but an exercise plan wasn’t a part of my weight loss journey and I am not strong even if my jeans are a single digit.

So when I say that I have exercised every day for the last 6 days it is a big deal.  For those of you who love exercise feel free to laugh at my tiny miracle.  I take comfort in the fact that I know I’m not alone in my dislike of all things sporty!

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Love Lists: My favorite journal writing prompt

Love Lists

Love Letters

I love to write.  I love to write lists!  I don’t know why writing a love list didn’t come to me before now, but I am excited to use this journal prompt, but first… a trip down memory lane.

Ah, the days of writing love letters to your sweetheart… your heart was so full of affection it was easy to think of all the reasons you couldn’t live without him.  You wrote long emails or letters (because cell phones hadn’t become mainstream yet) and saved up your pennies for the occasional phone call to hear his voice.

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Want to be better at keeping a journal? Try this one simple writing prompt!


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Question: What’s the difference between a journal and a diary?

I don’t know if there is a technical answer for this question, but for me a diary is a record of my day to day activities.  It is a look into my life to see how I spent my time and what I accomplished that day.  For me, my diary is my “to do” list notebook.

A journal is about my spiritual journey.  It is a record of my growth, my worries, my trials, my happy moments, my goals, my priorities and a record of how I try to strengthen my relationship with God.

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