Yearly Archives: 2019

Decade-End Journal Prompt

As this year, this decade is coming to a close, I am reminded how far I have come and how I have grown over the past 10 years.

Some steps may be small, but they are steps ahead nonetheless.

I intentionally defied doctor recommendations and fought to quit taking opioid medications even before the big society push to do so. It took over a year, but I did it.

I completed studies at the Professional Christian Coach Institute and obtained my first level of certification, CPLC (Certified Professional Life Coach).

I hosted local workshops on Boundaries using material from Doctors Cloud and Townsend. I also hosted local workshops on Defeating the Lies of Negative Self-Talk with the materials I created.

Journal prompts were posted weekly. I am working on consistency in all areas of online posting.

Other changes were small.

Like making an effort to wear make-up. I don’t usually do more than a foundation so I am like a teenager playing with make-up colors and techniques.

Despite the physical pain, I strive to walk – even a short distance – weekly.

I am working toward a routine of personal time with God.

There is no major life-changing step, yet there is so much to celebrate. Yes, there were failures. I learned from each one and used it as a step toward success.

What are you celebrating as this decade comes to a close? Take a moment to review. Write out your successes, no matter how small. Every step forward is significant.

CELEBRATE IT!!

My Word for 2020 is….

Do you choose a “word of the year”?

I started doing this several years ago.  In 2018 my word was ‘unstoppable’.  It reminded me to keep moving toward my dreams, and that the only one to stop me from pursuing it would be me.  

For 2019 a short phrase was my focus “stay the course”.  I was reminded to keep moving forward on the course God has set me on (Psalm 119:1).  I do not yet know what is at the end of the path, but I know He is with me.

When I look at the year 2020, so many references to vision come to mind.  I argued with myself on the word ‘vision’ because I figure everyone will be using it.

Then I read Romans 12:3 “Be honest in your evaluation of yourself…”  Wow. I have been posting and teaching on stopping the lies of negative self-talk and replacing them with truth. God’s truth.

I am discouraged today, feeling down, telling myself so many lies. Writing this post reminds me I am doing exactly what I teach against.

The word “REFLECTION” came to mind.  I found a picture I use in some of my illustrations of a woman smiling at herself in the mirror.  I added the word REFLECTION at the top and wrote out Romans 12:3.

This is my word for 2020.  REFLECTION.  This year I am reminded to be honest in my evaluation of myself. I will reflect on who God says I am.

It is with this word I will conducting additional “Defeating the Lies of Negative Self-Talk” courses in-person and online.  It is with this word I will begin leading some “Boundaries” courses using material from Doctors Cloud and Townsend.  It is with this word I will be unstoppable, as I stay the course, and reflect honestly on God’s view of me.

I love how I can look back and see the progress God has made in me by reviewing past words.  Each one leads to the next step of my spiritual growth in Him.

What is your word for 2020? Where will it lead you? How can I help you?

Journal Prompt

It is hard to believe Christmas 2019 is just a couple of days away.

Today I wrap the last of the gifts purchased and prepare for various family gatherings.

Time and life has shown me the time together is much more important than any physical gift.

This peace I get as we gather is a precious gift itself. It brings such joy., no matter what else is happening around me.

This week’s journal prompt asks you to think about when you feel joy.

Journal Prompt – week 51

I cannot believe it is the middle of December. Today we are experiencing a winter storm here in the Midwest. It truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

As I have been speaking with different people over the past few weeks about the Christmas season.

It made me consider this week’s journal prompt.

What does Christmas mean to me? I have conflicting emotions right now as several close family and friends are going through difficult times. The joy that the season celebrates is not there for them. Today, Christmas means something different for them.

Thus the journal prompt “What does Christmas mean to me?”

How will you answer the question?

Journal Prompt – Celebrate

This week I will celebrate my achievements of 2019.

Look back over the year. In the midst of the obstacles, you will find stepping stones. Among the trials, you will find successes.

Even if you took 3 steps forward and 2 steps back, you are still one step ahead.

CELEBRATE! What successes, no matter how small, will you celebrate today?

One success for me is this journal prompts. Fifty weeks in a row! I am working on being consistent. Sometimes I had to be a few days late, but I continued. A small success, yet a success. I will celebrate. I will congratulate myself.

What successes will you celebrate?

Weekly Journal Prompt

As the year quickly draws to a close, and you plan ahead for the next ‘New Year Resolution’, take a few moments to look back over this past year.

You have certainly faced many challenges. What did you learn from them? How have you grown?

One of the biggest challenges I faced this year was.....
From it I learned I can....

So often we (it isn’t just me I hope) look at conflict and challenges as penalties and punishment. Sometimes they can easily be described as ‘growing pains’. I know for myself when the challenge is complete, I always learn something from it. I may come away with a few emotional bruises and hurt pride as well as strengthened resolve or knowledge for another time.

How about you? What challenges have you faced this year? What did you learn about yourself in the process?

Week 48 – Journal Prompt

The year is coming to an end. At the beginning of the year there was so much excitement, so much time, so much to do.

How have you kept up throughout the year? I imagine you, like me, had several hiccups and interruptions along the way. After each I then had a choice, return to goal, or leave it behind and go on to another project.

Now, as the year-end is drawing near I am looking back at the goals I set for myself. Though not always where I want to be, I find I am still on track. Now I must decide, do I focus on its completion – or at the very least continue to move forward toward it? Some days it may not feel like it but if I look closer I can see that there are choices along the way.

Looking back, what did you promise yourself you would do? How close are you? What would it take to complete it?

I will process this with my own life coach to get clarity for myself. How or with whom will you process your list? Contact me if I can help.

Journal Week 47

With Thanksgiving approaching, social media is filled with posts of being grateful.

When I stop to truly look at what I have to be grateful for, my heart rejoices. Sometimes, I truly must stop and look for these things. It is so easy some days to just wallow in pity for something that isn’t the way I want it to be. Then I intentionally seek out those things/people/etc for which I am so thankful.

I am most grateful for.........
because.........

It’s like taking off blinders to see the true picture.

I wonder, what are you grateful for today? What about that makes you thankful?

Spend some time in your journal with a heart of praise and remind yourself what you have to be grateful for.

Journal Prompt for week 46

The holidays are here!

For some, that statement brings on excitement and pleasant anticipation.

For others, sadness, anxiety, and turmoil.

What about you? What emotions doe the holidays bring forth in you?

I have mixed emotions. I enjoy decorating, setting up my “Christmas Village” and hooking up the big Christmas bear in my front yard. I love driving around to find homes and neighborhoods decked out with beautiful lights. I can sit for long periods of time near a house where they set up the music to match the lights.

I always enjoy gift giving. However, I dread the obligation of gift-giving. Giving because “I have to” verses giving because “I want to”. The desire to be a People-Pleaser comes to the surface. It creates anxiety and paralyzes me. The fun and joy fade away.

How about you? Write to yourself with this week’s journal. What do you like/dislike about the holiday season?

Being Alone – Journal Prompt Week 45

I like being alone. Sometimes.

I like being around people. Sometimes.

I get a lot of work done when I can focus without interruption. I feel successful when I complete a task. Interruptions to anything I am trying can be beneficial in allowing me time to take a break. At other times the interruption breaks the momentum and I have trouble returning to the project.

For me, there is no ‘one way’ to assign being alone. There are days I crave personal interaction and am energized by the people around me.

I know, I know. I sound wishy/washy, I am. For me there is one specific way for me to interact. I know when I need to be alone and I make it a point to get that alone time. I know when I need to be around people, even if it is simply walking the mall and people watching.

I cannot answer the question with a definitive answer. However, I know that I need both alone time and personal connections.

This prompt really got me thinking. How about you?