Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How To Create a Memorable Father's Day Gift for Your Husband

Father's Day is just around the corner, and every year we put together something last minute for my husband, and every year I feel like he's disappointed.

Some years we spend a lot of money. We would buy things like drills, workbenches, or grills.

Other years we spend a small amount and DIY a lot. 

My husband doesn't like all the things society tells us Dads should want for Father's Day. He doesn't wear a suit to work, so no ties. He doesn't BBQ every weekend, or spend all day watching football.

What the heck should we do?

Well, I spent a lot of time brainstorming.

I thought about what he would love, and what he would use, and I decided to create a fun gift basket of things I thought he would appreciate and love. Most importantly, gifts that were practical. 

First, I put together a little printable "all about my dad" to have my children complete. You can access it here, just put in your email. 

Next, I scoured everything on the Internet to find SOMETHING he would love. 

I found a few things I think most Dads out there will appreciate, without being those typical normal Dad gifts. 

Excuse me? Socks?
My husband loves practical gifts. If he can use it, its a great gift. 

I stole this idea from him a few years ago, he bought me socks with our favorite golden, Anchovy, on it. It's such a great gift, and men love socks. You can get these on Amazon and still personalize them. How awesome is that?

2. Audiobook Subscriptions

We never have time to read in this house, but it's always been important to be informed.

We also love reading audiobooks together, because then we can talk about them and enjoy them. Each evening we make dinner together and listen to audiobooks.

Currently, we are reading some suspense books, but now that Game of Thrones has ended, we plan to read those books together too. It should be a nice year-long adventure (because they're like 5,000 pages a piece haha)

3. Free HBO For a Month

Speaking of Game of Thrones, have you seen it? It just wrapped up, so if you want to see it . . . get a free month of HBO and binge watch it. I truly loved watching it. The story is so deep and rich, and there are so many colorful characters, and hilarious and heartwarming situations, as well as gut-wrenching and shockingly horrific.

If you're open to watching it, it's available from HBO right now. Get that free month to stream on Amazon, and you can cancel anytime.

Did you hear that? Watch Game of Thrones for free. See what the fuss is about!

Sign up for free here!

4. Lego Sets to Complete with Their Children

Watching my children diligently finding pieces and helping put together a fun Lego playland is one of my favorite things to do as a mother. I love when they proudly bring me their creation and tell me they made it.

It's a no brainer that we included a set in his gift basket! 

5. Manly Soap

Can soap be manly?
I suppose it could try.

This brand has scents like "Victory" and "Naval Supremacy", and smells like Ocean!

The bar of soap is also huge because it's supposed to be similar to the large bars of soap they gave the military members in WWII. Yay American history!

What is a super successful gift you have given?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Magnesium and Mental Health. Everything You Need to Know

My hands got sweaty, and I could feel the panic creeping up my neck.

It's silly to think about it now because I wasn't in any danger.
A friend of mine was telling me about how her husband was going on a business trip and would be gone for four days, and she was feeling a little stressed out, but it wasn't something a little magnesium couldn't fix.

What is magnesium?
Helps your stress??

We were at our five-year-old's mutual friend's birthday party so I couldn't grill her for an explanation then . . . but you can bet I went home and looked it up.

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I found thousands of articles, studies, and Pinterest pins about magnesium and it's benefits.

I bought some that day on Amazon, and I tried it that weekend. Thanks, two-day shipping!

It changed my life.
I always feel silly saying things like that, but really, it was incredible.

Then I thought about how YOU might not know about magnesium, just like I didn't.
Who am I to keep all of this to myself?

I decided it was time for another ultimate guide.
There isn't a big guide about the benefits for mental health which I found disappointing, so I put one together for us.

If you have a question answered here, please feel free to comment below, and I will add it on for the next reader.

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium is an essential mineral for bone growth and health, which aids in creating blood cells, possibly the most important thing in your body. It's important for getting oxygen to your cells, protein creation, and the energy your body runs on.

It's also important for activating your B-vitamins, an important brain health supplement.
Lastly, magnesium is essential for insulin use in your body.

It's kind of a big deal, don't you think?

Sadly, with convenience foods being so prevalent, most diets don't have enough magnesium anymore. The processing of the majority of foods eliminates magnesium.

What Food is Highest in Magnesium?

You'll have to add more whole foods to your diet to get magnesium without supplements. The best way to remember where to get magnesium is to associate it with fiber.

Foods high in fiber tend to also be high in magnesium.

So, what food is best?
Organic Greens.
As raw as you can.

Any processing will reduce magnesium. What is processing? Heating, reheating, or milling.
This strips all the good vitamins and minerals present in the rawest forms.

Other great forms of magnesium are nuts, seeds, and beans.

Oftentimes, our diet isn't enough. Our body uses a LOT of magnesium every day, usually around 300mg a day in ideal conditions.
Stress, sweating, or exertion causes you to use it up quicker than normal.

How do you know if you're not getting enough?

What are the symptoms of a Magnesium Deficiency?

You know now that Magnesium is responsible for around 300 different processes in your body, and it's so necessary for everyday life, it's insane to think most people don't know about it.
How will you know if you don't have enough?
There are so many symptoms you probably already have, and can't explain. Forgetfulness, for example.
I can forget literally anything that's not written down. Sometimes I write things down and I forget that I wrote it down, and still end up forgetting it.
I was saying something here, what was it?
Ah yes, problems with cognition.

Problems with Cognition

A magnesium deficiency can result in cognitive difficulties, such as brain fog, memory problems and difficulty concentrating.

Also known as being a mom.
A lot of people call this "pregnancy brain".

Magnesium plays a big role in your mitochondria function, which means it helps with producing energy for your body. Without proper magnesium, the mitochondria in your brain cells will have trouble producing the energy necessary for powering your thinking processes.

Headaches and Migraines

I come from a long line of chronic headache sufferers.

I remember my mother being unable to leave a dark room some days because the pain was so intense. My headaches are not as bad or life stopping, but still annoying. When I found out magnesium could reduce or eliminate them, I was so excited to add it into my diet.

Studies have shown that people who get migraines tend to have lower levels of magnesium.

If you find yourself suffering from chronic headaches, maybe low magnesium is the reason.


Low magnesium can often lead to stretches of constipation.

Magnesium works to keep you regular in a couple of ways.

The first is drawing water into the intestines, as magnesium is a salt. Magnesium keeps your stool soft for an easier time going to the bathroom.

The second way it helps digestions is it keeps the muscle contractions in your intestines regulated and working normally.

Muscle Cramps and Spasms

Magnesium is essential in supporting your muscles, so missing that key nutrient can lead to painful muscle cramps or spasms.

Switching between contracting and relaxing is difficult without magnesium, so when you're low it becomes uncoordinated.

Muscle spasms are an early tell tale sign of a magnesium deficiency and are most often felt in the legs.

What Does a Magnesium Supplement Do?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. 

It helps your body create new blood, keeps your bones healthy, and can even help with PMS and maintaining your mental health. 

That's all great, but if you google "magnesium supplement", there are about 106,000,000 results. 

Oh my. 
So what do you need to get?

What is the Best Magnesium Supplement?

Hello, loaded question. 

There are several different kinds, let's break them down. 
Some types are better for different usages.
They are classified by the way they are harvested and what they're mixed with. 

You want what is best for you.

There are several types of magnesium and out of those various types of magnesium, a few of the most popular are magnesium oxide, magnesium malate, magnesium threonate, and magnesium sulfate.

Magnesium Oxide

Magnesium oxide is available over the counter and is effective for those with constipation, high blood pressure, menstrual cramps, and asthma.
It's a little more difficult for our bodies to digest, so it's not very recommended.

If you're looking for the best option of magnesium, I don't think this is it. 
If you're looking for the least expensive and most readily available, this is your jam.

It's best known for it's relaxing benefits as well as relieving constipation.

Magnesium oxide supplements can be found in most over the counter multivitamins and as a stand-alone supplement.

Here a few different options for magnesium oxide:

Magnesium Threonate

Magnesium Threonate is useful for your brain health.

It's even sometimes called "brain magnesium". It can cross your blood-brain barrier, so it can bring magnesium directly to your brain.
It helps with learning disabilities, as well as memory loss.

It also helps improve energy levels when awake and helps encourage comfortable and more restful sleep.

Here are a few options for buying magnesium threonate:

Magnesium Malate

This type of magnesium is combined with malic acid, which is found in many fruits, like berries and oranges.

Magnesium Malate is used to improve energy levels and decrease muscle pain from nervous system diseases like multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia.

Magnesium Malate is also over the counter, here are a few options.

Magnesium Sulfate

This might just blow your mind. 

You can absorb magnesium through your skin in the bath. 

Do you know how?

Epsom salt. 

Oh yeah. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. 

You can dump it in your bath, you can put it in your homemade bath bombs. You can take a bath every day, and get your daily supplement of magnesium. 

Isn't that amazing?!

Here are a few of my favorite Epsom salts. I go through a lot:

The benefit of magnesium sulfate is the absorption rate.
No other magnesium will absorb as quickly.

Another great reason to love magnesium sulfate is its versatility. You can mix epsom salt into endless DIY Bath Bomb Recipes (here is a great bath bomb recipe). There are so many different add-ins to make every bath a new experience.

Magnesium is so essential for everyday life functions.
Whatever symptoms you're feeling today, the most important thing is you are taking steps to feel better.
Any step you take now will be a step in the right direction.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Is It Anxiety, Or Am I Just Overthinking?

I felt the blood rushing to my head. 
My neck felt pins and needles, and I was feeling like my loose tee shirt was too warm. 

Do you think you have social anxiety? Find out the signs by clicking here
It was my first time entering a store I'd never been to before, and I didn't know what to expect. 
There was a water fountain at the entrance, and I wasn't sure if that meant I should have a drink, or if I was allowed to give some to my son. 

Then he began screaming. 
He too saw the water and insisted on drinking it. 

What if he spills it?
What if I spill it?
What if he spills it on something, and it's a $400 painting. 

My hands are sweating. 
My heart is racing. 
My child is crying and tears well up in my eyes too. 

I'm overthinking. 

The fear-filled emotions and negative feelings anxiety forces into your brain is the root of all of it. 
They're linked for sure, but overthinking is absolutely not social anxiety. Let's walk through it together. 

Shyness and Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is pretty all-encompassing. There are a lot of symptoms of social anxiety, but each of those symptoms on their own is not social anxiety. 

First, we will talk about shyness. 

You can be shy, or suffer from shyness and social anxiety but they can also happen separately. The difference is a bit tricky. Shyness is more about being and feeling vulnerable around new people and eventually opening up. Or you could feel fine being around people, but you don't have to talk to them. 

Anxiety is fear. Social interactions are hard, even something as simple as asking if the water at the front of the store is for everyone. With social anxiety, it's not talking to people it's being around them at all. 

What is Overthinking?

It's incredibly common to have social anxiety and overthink. I would even say most people with social anxiety do overthink. 

Some people overthink things but can calm themselves down enough to handle social situations. 

With anxiety, it's much more difficult to handle even if you aren't overthinking too much. Your thoughts get the better of you with overthinking and you get wrapped up in what could happen and then those feelings lead you down the anxiety rabbit hole. 

When you can identify how it's starting, you can find a way to reduce your anxiety

How Anxiety and Overthinking Can Be Related

Overthinking can lead to worsened social anxiety symptoms so easily. This generalized fear of being around large groups of people can be exacerbated quickly with this overthinking mindset. Worrying about what others say, think, or do can be debilitating. This is where panic attacks start. 

I like to take deep breaths and try to ground myself to the situation. 
This works sometimes. 

At the store that day, I focused on my son and repeating his feelings back to him. He simply wanted to be in the cart, and I was asking him to walk.

By focusing on the things you have control over you have a much better chance of working through it. 

On days when it's too much, it's okay to walk right out of that store and return another day. 

What ways do you overthink?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

You Don't Have to Struggle to Make Decisions Anymore

inside: Make It A Habit – The Benefit Of A Routine & Habit Filled Day 

It's 4pm. I have no idea what to cook for dinner, or if tonight should be bath night. 
The little one is stinky, but he's always stinky. And sticky. 

My feet ache from carting children around, and I just want to sit down and zone out on my phone. 

I'm tired of all the decisions I've made today, and I don't want to make any more. 

Disconnecting from my life and my responsibilities appear to be the easiest path. 
My brain is exhausted from all this decision-ing. 

Did you know that's common? Because I didn't. 

We have a limited amount of willpower every day to make decisions, and at the end of the day, our brains are like puddles on the floor because of all the work they've done today. 

No wonder deciding what movie to watch on Netflix is so difficult. 

There IS a way around this. 
Habits and routines. 

Just think: If you don't have to decide whether to make coffee before or after dropping off your children at school, that's another decision you can use later. 

This knowledge can help you prioritize. If you want to cut out a lot of the decision making in your day, implement habits and routines so you can save your decisions for the important stuff (like watching Game of Thrones or that new "Lorena" special on Amazon Prime). 

You can free up your brain space for important things.

Routines are a great tool that encourages simplification of our lives and cuts out so much daily stress.

We all already have a morning routine. Get up, get coffee, read the paper or check our email and stumbling into the shower before hastily getting dressed and running out the door. Hopefully, we don't forget anything important!

Related: How To Create the Perfect Morning Routine For Your Life.

Let's make your day better by planning it out.

If you create a "uniform" for yourself, you don't have to think about what to wear. You just grab a pair of pants and a shirt and whatever else and off you go. draw diagrams of the outfits you'd like to wear and put them up in your closet or fold those clothes together so you know your favorite outfits is always together.

Implement routines whenever you possibly can.
Meal planning is such an amazing tool for reducing everyday stress.
It helps you know what to buy at the grocery store -- saving you money and helps you know exactly what to pull out of the fridge and cook every evening.

A cleaning schedule ensures you stay on track with your household chores without wasting time deciding what to clean today.

I even go as far as to have a laundry schedule. Each day is a different type of laundry, and diapers always have priority over all. This way we don't run out of underwear, jeans, or someone's very favorite PJ Mask pajamas.

Wrapping your day up with a great bedtime routine will help you make the best decisions when you're tired and fall asleep easier.

Those articles you read about getting your toddler to sleep?
They work for you too.

Deciding to brush teeth, moisturize your skin and rub some Magnesium on your legs and feet before bed will help you sleep soundly. I've linked what I personally use above, but you can also click here.

I always start by completing a few chores to make my morning easier.
I have a certain counter I use all morning, and it brings me a lot of joy to start my day with it already cleaned off and ready for me to make lunches on.

Another great example is making sure everyone has all their school things ready. Do they need to bring their library book back? Make sure it's in their backpack for them.

Sit down with a pen and paper and think about what parts of your day and week you can turn into routines and habits. Write them all down and create daily to-do lists for yourself until you've established these new habits and routines.

I love lists, we have them all over the house. 

Spending time creating routines and habits will make your day run smoother. You'll also reduce your stress and get so much more done during your productive hours. 

So go ahead, give that little stinky one a bath, and decide what days to give him a bath each week so you won't have to face this stress anymore. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

How To Create a Journal to Help Your Mental Health

inside: beginner tips for starting a journal to help your mental health journey. 

There's nothing quite like a new notebook. 

The fresh sheets, with endless opportunity. 
I love running my hand across a smooth, perfect first sheet of paper in a new notebook. It sends a wave of excitement up my arms and down my back. 

A new notebook is my jam. 

I want everyone to feel this happiness, so I'm putting together this guide to help you get started. 

Maybe you already feel the excitement, but you're not sure how to keep it going and make a lasting commitment, or maybe you don't know how beneficial journaling is for your brain's health. 

How do I Start Writing a Journal?

We have a lot of things on our minds, yet we don't put it down on paper

These ideas and thoughts bouncing around in your head can start to feel overwhelming quickly. You may have secret hopes, dreams, love interests, failures or ups and downs going through your head. 

It's impossible to remember each one without writing them somewhere. It's even harder when you want to organize your thoughts at all. 

What was I doing when I had my panic attack last week? 
What about the one two months ago?

A great way to fix this problem is to have a journal. 
You can clear your mind, you can keep track of important thoughts, and you can have it all in one place. 

I truly believe journaling is for everyone and is an amazing way to express yourself without fear of judgment. 

But how do you start?

1. Protect Your Privacy

The first step is always protecting your privacy. 

Always reserve the first page of your journal for your name and phone number or email address. 

If you lose your journal or leave it somewhere, you have a better chance of getting lucky and having it returned to you. 

Online writers can get a personal email set aside just for journal entries, or investing in a flash drive to keep entries on, and keeping them password protected.  

You may also like: The Ultimate Guide to Social Anxiety

2. Date Your Entries

If this entire post only encourages you to establish one habit while writing in your journal, make it adding dates to all your entries. 

This allows you to reconstruct your entries chronologically by dates. 

It can also help you notice trends of behavior or thoughts. 
I find it especially helpful when looking back to find my last panic attack or anxiety attack. 

3. Keep and Read What You Write

The majority of journal writers don't go back and read what they have written. 

You might be surprised at how much you've grown, or even how much you knew before. 

I have always loved going back and reading things I've written before about the struggles I've faced and overcome. 

4. Write Thoughts Down Quickly

I'm talking about the "journal block". Journal writers know all about it and hate it. 

It's the same as writer's block, where you lose your train of thought and potentially an awesome few sentences if you don't pull it out of your brain on time. 

My tip for outsmarting this block is what I call "word vomit". 
Get it all out. Write or type as fast as you can and as soon as you have a thought come to mind.

Don't allow yourself to write it down late, because you might miss your chance. 

5. Be Truthful

Your journal is your personal space for your thoughts, ideas, and feelings. 

This journal is for you, so being deceitful will not serve you. 
No one has to see the words you write.

Your truth is not your enemy. 

6. Write Naturally

The coolest part about keeping a journal is no rules. 
You don't have to use all the new techniques if you don't like them. You don't have to write about anything you aren't interested in. 

Everything about your journal is to serve you. 

Try not to overthink what you're writing and how you are writing. Writing naturally and enjoying the process will help you gain more from writing. 

7. When You Start, Don't Stop

I start new entries with the present moment. Whatever is going on in my brain comes out. 

It might be the weather, or what's going on this week at my kid's school, or how much I hate Wednesdays with every fiber of my being. 

Keep those thoughts and ideas flowing.
Add how you're feeling about these things also. 

When you come back and read old entries, you will find it easier to relive the moment if you are more descriptive about how you're feeling as things are happening. 

Avoid editing and rewriting anything while you're writing. Let everything flow naturally. 

8. Start with A Quick Meditation Moment

A good way to get ready for writing is to take deep breaths and meditate. Find what works for you to get you in the mood for journaling by trying different things. 

Maybe you need to meditate, take a shower, or watch a motivational clip on YouTube. 

What are the Benefits of Journaling?

Journaling has long been thought of as assignments in high school English class, and not for much more. 

Most don't think of journaling as a tool for helping your outlook and your health. Perhaps you've been told by friends or a therapist about how it can help your current mood. 

Tension Release

Your children are driving you crazy, and you want to vent your frustrations. 

Instead of sending your husband or BFF yet another long text about how much you hate your life, write it down. 

We all need to vent. 

Get all of your thoughts out without interruption, and get to the root of your problem. When we write about the issues, we can keep asking ourselves why do we feel that way until we get to the real reason for the tension. 

Start with your feelings and keep writing why until you make it to the root. The core of your problem won't have blame. 

You may start with "I hate my children today", but widdle that pain away until you get to the real reason for your tension and anger. You may find you're upset because you haven't been able to get a shower in three days. 

There is your solution. 
Put another episode of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" on, lock all your outdoor doors, and go take a shower. 

Reduced Anxiety

Anxiety can be triggered by so many different things. For me, it's driving someplace new, meeting new people, or forgetting to make muffins on Sunday. 

Journaling is a game changer when it comes to finding what's causing your anxiety. 

You can work through the anxiety through journaling. 
Follow the patterns to show what your trigger is. 

For some, knowing your trigger is enough to have an anxiety proof day. 

Reduced Negativity

Oh yeah, we're reducing all that negativity. 

Remember when I told you about telling my husband I hate my children? I worked through it and realized I was most negative on Wednesdays and Fridays when both of my sons were home all day.

Through venting my feelings, I found the root of my anger, and how to fix it. They were bored, and they took it out on each other. 

Venting out your issues will help you see what people, places or events are triggering your negative reactions in your life. 

This means you can focus on how to fix them. 
Changing events in your life, changing your outlook or removing negative people from your life. 

Increased Positivity

Ousting the negative will leave you with space to grow your positivity. 

A positive view will lead to less stress, less anxiety, and less wanting to throw your children out the window. 

These benefits represent only a few of the overall benefits routine journaling can have on your health. 

You will discover other benefits that are more specific to your needs. As you discover these benefits, you can expand on your journaling to become even more personal and beneficial. 

How Do You Create a Successful Journal?

Success depends on the person, doesn't it? I find something successful if it changes my life for the better. 

How can journaling change your life?

Whether you're dealing with anxiety or simply going through a rough patch in life, journaling can be your free and self-managed form of therapy. 

Journaling is always there for you when you need it. 
Even when you've managed to reach a state of emotional balance and mental peace, there's still room for journaling in your life. 

Evoke A Sense of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is so important in today's society. People move from day to day without ever stopping to smell those roses. They're failing to feel or express gratitude for the countless wonderful things happening in their lives. 

Writing a journal forces you to stop and reflect on what seems like a minor even that might go overlooked otherwise. 

It's not just about noticing the positive either. 

During the process of writing about your day and your interactions, you may notice some negative patterns repeating themselves. 

Problems in your personal relationships, or personal needs you haven't been paying attention to. 

Writing them down will help you find alternative ways of responding to both internal and external stress you haven't been using. 

Establish a Positive Mindset

Positivity sure is an elusive thing, isn't it?

I have such a hard time with positivity on those hard days. I can't see the blessing of my life, and I get caught up in the negativity. 

Spending time to reflect on the small blessings in life can automatically spring me from negativity into a positive and proactive mindset. 

You may have every reason to be angry or upset, but you also have a million blessings, like your health, or your happy dog at home who would love to go on a long walk with you. 

You have another day to affect change in your life. 

Listing out things that establish you as stronger, smarter, and more enduring than the problems you're facing at the moment will give you strength, and the right attitude to keep pushing forward. 

Start Forming New Goals

Journals are a great first step towards life planning.

You can sift through all your thoughts and find what you think is important and worth pursuing. 

Bounce ideas around and see what sticks as something you want to follow. Once you are ready for something more formal, you can draft ideas in your journal about what you hope to achieve and why. 

Enhance Your Creative Potential

Writing every day is such a cool way to boost your creative juices. 

You're not writing a news report about what happened, but you're writing about your feelings, and how you want things to be. 

Dreaming about your future flexes your imagination and enhances your creative skills.

Journaling can lead to even more writing. If you aspire to be a writer, journaling gives you a private space to write without fear of judgment. 

Build Better Communication Skills

Think about it. 
If you're writing your thoughts regularly, you're being thoughtful regularly. 

This can help you in debates with friends and family about social issues, or expressing your feelings adequately to your spouse and even giving you better tools to talk to your children about their feelings. 

I had great luck with my children when I helped them name their feelings and thoughts so we could work through them. Knowing my own feelings better helped me help them. 

Your emotional intelligence dictates how you respond to the wants and needs of others with empathy. 

How Do You Maintain a Daily Journal?

When I struggle with motivation, it's important to remember why I started something. 

Scroll up to see some of the benefits and reasons why you would want to keep journaling. Aside from those, here are some tips to help you manage to keep your daily journal. 

You May Also Like: Daily Habits for Reducing Anxiety. 

Create Daily Prompts

Daily prompts are a great way to keep journaling when you're not sure what to write about. 

The important thing is you can't do it daily. 
You'll do this weekly for the week ahead, it will give you enough to keep busy, and have something to focus on. 

You can write out prompts that correspond with events you know you'll be attending later in the week, such as a birthday party for your daughter's friend, or goals you're trying to achieve. 

You could even make prompts about politics or sports. 
Make sure it's something you're interested in writing about, and get to it.

Don't Just Write

Every day doesn't have to be written. You can put in pictures, or drawings, or even print out your favorite meme. 

Keep your journal personal. If that means pressed flowers or a drawing from your child, then put them in. 

If it means something to you, it has a place in your journal. 

Don't just write. Feel instead. 

Decorate the Journal

It is yours on every page internally, so make it yours externally too. 

Make it a journal which represents you. 
If it invites you to write and brings you joy, you're doing it right. 

Share some Entries

Sometimes the motivation we need in life comes from other people. 

Sharing a few entries might help you keep your motivation. 

Choose something not too personal, such as a picture you drew or a poem you wrote. 

The positive feedback might be the motivation you need to keep going. 

Go Write 

You know now how to start journaling in eight simple steps, you know how to maintain your motivation, how to be successful, and how journaling helps your mindset. So get writing!

Comment below with some tips you have for journaling:

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