Use Your Journal to Guide You Through Your Worry

Use Your Journal to Guide You Through Your Worry
Have you ever been faced with a decision and you just have no idea what to do? Maybe you ruminate over the issue, you talk about it aloud to yourself or to a close friend, you go to bed worried about this decision and you wake up thinking about it. The worry has literally exhausted you. 

That was exactly me a few weeks ago. I had such intense worry over a business decision I was faced with and I honestly felt so lost and confused about what to do. I played the worry in my mind over and over again. I spent time in prayer and reading my Bible. You know what I hadn't done though? I never journaled about it! 

When you are faced with a worrisome situation and you find yourself stressing over it or becoming so full of anxiety, stop and take a deep breathe, give it to God in prayer, and then get out your journal. Free write all of your thoughts out onto your pages. There's a good chance that things might not make sense right away. The more you journal out this situation or decision though, the more clear it becomes and as you read back over what you wrote, the answer really is right there in front of you. 

I discovered this approach by re-reading an old journal that I kept when I was in college. I was deeply stressed out about a relationship and I wrote out how difficult the situation was. I literally was telling myself in my journal what to do and that the relationship needed to end, but I was so consumed with my worry during that time that I didn't even see it clearly until many years later as I was reading it all over again. Read your journal entries back to yourself, you will be amazed at what you will discover and how clarity will eventually find its way in to your heart and mind. 

If you need additional support with your journaling, I invite you to take a look at the 30 Day Journaling Kickstart Guide. Inside is everything you need to create a consistent journaling habit with step-by-step instructions and 30 days of prompts. You can check that out here.

Finding Your Inner Sparkle through Journaling

Finding Your Inner Sparkle through Journaling
Are you tired of staring at your blank journaling pages and wondering what to write about? You wonder what could you possibly even begin to write about, so you put your journal to the side - and soon, your journal may end up on a closet shelf or on a book shelf and forgotten. You  may even think if journaling is something that could actually be for you, or where you would possibly fit it into your busy day.

You have such good intentions with journaling and you see how it could benefit you, but you think maybe you should just wait till life slows down a bit. But, does life ever slow down? The reality is, we will always have something on our to-do list or other things distracting us. We live in a world where there are distractions all around us. If you want to become intentional with journaling, then you must become intentional with your priorities and your time.

Creating your journaling routine is simple, but it does take some focus and a commitment to show up and be consistent. This is where my program The Joy of Journaling enters in. This is the program where you will be so excited to journal. You'll grab your journal and you just can't wait to write out your thoughts and feelings onto your journaling pages. Let me break down everything you will discover inside this journaling mentorship program.

1. Together we are going to get very clear on when your journaling routine is going to be within your day. I walk you through a step-by-step approach to personalizing your journaling routine - you will be clear. on the time of day you show up to journal, and how long you want your journaling routine to be. And because this is a mentorship program you are going to have the accountable you need - as women we need each other. We need to link arms with one another and encourage each other to take those moments to ourselves; and we can do that by having a journaling routine.

2. Each month you will receive 30 or more journaling prompts that are created around personal themes.
Themes such as:
- discovering more about yourself
- your patterns and behaviors
- connecting with your inner child
- embracing all the wonderful things that bring you joy and how you can share those joys with those around you
- increasing your self-awareness through gratitude
- exploring how to step out of comfort zones that may be holding you back
- grief and reclaiming your hope
- plus so much more!

3. A part of a personal growth journey through journaling is also being open to learning. Each month you will receive a book recommendation. Sometimes the books will relate to our journaling themes, other months they may be a member favorite, or one of my personal development favorites. These books that are shared are to guide you on your journey to blooming into the beautiful and authentic woman that you desire to be.  

4. When you are open to a personal growth journey there will be moments where your emotions will become heavy, or you will be healing and forgiving yourself or others from past events, or releasing worry or shame - those are big moments to walk through. And because of that I will guide you on how to use essential oils intentionally to help you support your emotions during that time. Essential oils are an incredible tool that you can use in your self-care routines and they have this really neat way to working with your brain and your memories, and helping you overcome any obstacle when used properly and consistently.

5. You have the opportunity within the Joy of Journaling program to work directly 1:1 on with me where I can create personalized prompts that are just for you - and these prompts can be geared towards any struggles of worry, grief, anxiety, or self-doubt that you are experiencing. We'll work together on creating your journaling routine so that it supports you and the goals you have for yourself.

6. And of course, there are bonuses inside the Joy of Journaling! Coming in the Fall of 2022 we will have bi-weekly Journal with Me sessions. This is where we will come together as a community and journal together. It will be very quiet and no one will need to share anything unless you feel absolutely lead to. I will provide 3-5 journaling prompts for each session, there will be calming music in the background, and I will guide you through the journaling process. It'll be a very peaceful experience. As another bonus you will receive my guide on 105 Gratitude Prompts to boost your self-confidence and awareness. Plus, you'll also have access to all of my favorite journaling resources.

The doors are officially open! Join the Joy of Journaling with Coach Jenna today. I cannot wait to journal with you and see you rediscover your inner sparkle through journaling.

Forgiving your Past through Journaling

Forgiving your Past through Journaling
Do you struggle with releasing guilt, shame, worry, or embarrassment from your past? If so, you aren't alone! Our past tends to pop-up in our thoughts when we least expect them to - usually when things are moving fairly smoothly in our present moments. It's not healthy to live in the past, and you probably know that already. It's important to release those thoughts and to forgive yourself. That can be harder said than done though, right?

What if you looked at your past from a different...

Practicing Mindfulness When You are Running on Auto Pilot

Practicing Mindfulness When You are Running on Auto Pilot
Do you ever feel like you are just running on auto pilot? Think about that time you were driving to work or you've drive a path you've been on dozens of times almost to have missed your turn or think how did I get here so quickly? Maybe this has happened to you when you have gone out to run errands, or do laundry, or you tune out when someone is talking to you.

Time goes so fast and it can be so hard to keep up mentally with all the activities that fill your day. If you've been feeling like life is just passing you by or you are missing...

What to Write When Journaling

What to Write When Journaling
It's definitely not rocket science to write in a journal. But, there sure is something vulnerable about writing in a journal. You open your journal up only to stare at the blank pages and wonder how on earth you are going to fill a whole journal - what could you possibly write about everyday? Want to know a little secret?

You can write about anything you want! A majority of the time, it is your fear of being vulnerable that blocks you from know what to write about.First, I want you to know that you can show up 100% as the real you in your journal. Your journal doesn't shame or guilt you or roll its' eyes at you. It's there for you to gain understanding, clarity, inspiration and hope. There's quite a few different journaling techniques that you can use as a guide as you are getting started. You can read about The Different Journaling Techniques HERE to see which one would be a good fit for you.

How I show up to my journaling sessions is different each day. You also need to take into consideration what season of life you are in. Are you venturing through a grieving season? Gratitude journaling can be a very healing and special time for you as you process your grief. That's exactly how I first started journaling was during my season of grief after the news of our infertility. Maybe things are going well for you, but you have a project or work meeting that you just don't have clarity on. Free write your thoughts and ideas out. When you write out all your thoughts you are then given a visual of what was swirling around in your mind. You can see everything so clearly and make sense of your ideas and piece it together.

Don't be afraid to write your thoughts, ideas, dreams and prayers within the pages of your journal. Your journaling session is for you and it's meant to be a small window within your day where you can care and nurture for yourself. It's where you can gain clarity, inspiration, hope and excitement. If you are really worried about someone reading something vulnerable that you share in your journal, you can rip the page out and toss it away, burn it, or shred it. There's no shame in that. Write even when things don't make sense. It might not make sense to anyone else (again, you are the only one who sees your journal), but it makes sense to you.

If journaling is brand new or you just need a refresher, download your free copy of the Journaling Routine Starter Kit. Learn how to create your journaling routine so you can feel focused and free from stress and worry; plus I'll provide you with 5 prompts to get you started. You can download that HERE. Enjoy!

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