#JournalinginJuly – My Week 1
As I wrote in a recent post, Journal Ideas in July, I’m joining Sue at Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, for a month of writing to Sue’s list of journal prompts. I’m hoping to extend myself by writing a short response to each day’s prompt and linking up my post on Saturdays throughout July. Feel free to join in – the link is open to everyone.
So without further ado – here are my responses for the first week of #JournalinginJuly prompts
1. What makes me special?
Monday July 1:
It’s sometimes hard to write positive things about yourself – well it is for me anyway! I have made an attempt at describing what makes me special and have tried to be honest!
I am a bit quirky, excitable, full of energy, funny, enthusiastic, into social media, sharing things and looking for the positives.
I love stepping on crunchy leaves, playing on the equipment in parks, laughing at myself and trying not to take things too seriously. I’m usually fun to be around and don’t always act my age 🙂
I try to pretend I don’t take things to heart but I often do and I get upset easily. I’m sensitive and although I might exude confidence, it’s not always the way I feel inside.
I’m a loyal, honest, supportive and caring friend. I make commitments and try hard to keep them even if it isn’t always easy. My daughters always tell me I’m very special 😂
My About Me page has a list of 10 things you may not know about me. I believe everyone is special in some way 🙂
2. Dreams and Goals
Tuesday July 2
Dreaming of the future is fun but I don’t want to dream my life away before I get to live it!
My dreams for the future include happiness for my daughters, a good long life with plenty of love and laughs.
I dream of a time when we are gentler with each other and respect each other more, rather than idolising celebrities and sports-people the way we seem to be doing these days.
I’m often told that I’m living the dream with my retired lifestyle, and in some ways I agree!
3. What makes me feel happy?
Wednesday July 3
Little things make me happy. Taking in the everyday beauty around us, noticing the small things, observing life…
Not major things like winning the lottery or being famous.
Crunchy leaves, singing out loud, reading a good book, swinging in the hammock on a summer’s day, cuddling my granddaughter Emilia, relaxing with a cup of tea, blue sky and sunshine, smiling at people, chatting with friends, the ocean, blogging…..
These are a few of my favourite things!
4. Write about a special memory
Thursday July 4
Memories – they can be happy or sad or both at the same time
July is a big month for us memory-wise. Five years ago my brother-in-law died suddenly and unexpectedly within days of feeling a bit off. He was only 55 years old and had a wife and two young teenage children. We can be happy that we had fun times and made lots of memories with him but we can be sad that he was taken so early and we had no way of knowing his last days were near. I wrote this post at the time –Shock
Just last year at the very end of our wonderfully amazing three month trip overseas, seeing family, friends and making new memories of our own, we got word that my lovely father-in-law had died suddenly and unexpectedly, just days before we were to return home. It was a devastating end to our trip and we went home with heavy hearts to be with our family. This was just a few short months after we had lost my father. It was a hard time but we did have some fun memories to cling to which helped ease our grief a little. A sad end to our Odyssey, in more ways than one
On a happier note
I don’t know about you but I like the reminders that pop up in Facebook, telling me what I was doing, and who with, in previous years. This week I was reminded that six years ago we took our Rotary Youth Exchange student Hannes, on one last road trip and did the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb with him. Such fun memories! One last road trip with Hannes
5. What I did today
Friday July 5
I did a LOT today!! It started with a cup of tea in bed before making breakfast and enjoying it on the deck in the cool wintery morning sunshine. I then had an hour long Thai massage, which showed me how tight my calves and hamstrings were.
I did a few jobs in town and came home in time for a tele-conference with ex-colleagues, as we’re arranging a reunion dinner in August. It was good to be involved with people in my previous correctional education area and I’m now looking forward to catching up with my friends and former colleagues. I spent the next hour contacting people via phone calls and emails and enjoyed it immensely.
After sitting in the warm sunshine for lunch, and chatting to my daughter and granddaughter on Facetime, I moved to the sunroom in the backyard for some reading time. I went out for a walk in the forest and listened to a podcast as I walked, enjoying the crisp winter day.
We had a fire in the fire-bucket in the yard and I lost some time dreaming while watching the flames. Then it was time to sort the washing and clean up a bit before cooking dinner.
After I checked that my Friday Feature, Winners and Losers, was published on my blog early in the morning (it was scheduled but I never quite trust that it will work), I managed to stay away from my blog and most social media until later in the day. It can become all consuming sometimes and having a break is good for us.
Copious cups of tea later and it’s time to update this post ready for tomorrow’s linkup.
6. 3 things I’m grateful for
Saturday 6 July
I could cheat and say my 3 daughters and my family, but I won’t, although I’m extremely grateful for them all and the huge part they play in my life.
I’m grateful for many things, but I’ll try to narrow it down to just three.
- Living in a beautiful little country town as a part of a very supportive community.
- The ability and freedom to have an opinion, speak my mind and think for myself. In some places in the world this would be impossible, especially being a woman.
- I’m grateful for my wonderful blogging friends, all around the world.
So that’s my first week of #JournalinginJuly done and I must say I’ve really enjoyed the process!
Sue and I are looking at this month as a challenge to extend our creative writing and get into journaling.
- Sue has put together 31 topics – one for each day. The writing prompts are designed especially for those of us who have difficulty putting pen to paper or for the more experienced journaler and perhaps provide some new ideas.
- It can be bullet points, a few paragraphs or as long as you wish. The idea is to think, write and perhaps learn more about yourself.
- Sue will be having guest contributors each week to write about journaling and/or taking a topic from the list to write about.
- For the Bloggers, we are hosting a link up each Saturday for the month of July only and we’d love you to join in with us.
Sue has written a Week 1 post which you can find here.
What works for me?
What I have found that works for me, is to set a time to write my responses and a time limit. I usually have some idea of what I want to write but once I settle down and get started it often changes of its own accord! I try not to overthink my responses. Once my time limit is up I quickly edit the writing and I’m done 🙂
I hope you enjoy my Week 1 recap post and if you’re keen to get involved leave a comment or linkup with Sue and I using the link below.
Have a great week ahead!
Next Saturday I’ll be responding to the prompts for Sunday 7 July through to Saturday 13 July.
Happy journaling 🙂
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