Set the Intention
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Every day, week, and month you can set the intention to claim what you want to experience and make happen with your actions. Intentions can be anything you want them to be in any area of your life, such as work, personal, relationships, finances, leisure, spiritual, health, and personal environment. They can be viewed as goals but are more about the feelings and experiences you want to have. Prompt Set the Intention Reflection, Thoughts, Feelings By August 31, 2022, I will have experienced an amazing concert with friends on a quick road trip to Pennsylvania. We had an amazing time and lots of laughs together. I had an amazing vacation with friends in West Virginia where we went horseback riding, chilling by the water, and…

Finding Your Voice

Journaling has this hidden process of finding your voice. In the past, when I journaled it was usually about releasing frustration and then over the years it was to express myself in writing that I could never do verbally, and in the process, I found my own voice. We often get caught up in the thoughts of worrying about what others will think, how will they react, and what if I end up all alone because I used my voice but people didn’t like it or appreciate it. That fear of judgment often keeps people stifled but through writing it out, you can actually become more confident in using your voice, once you find it that is. Finding your voice comes from that place within…

Albums you Love
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Prompt Albums you love Music has always been a huge part of my life. When I was 6 I started music lessons playing the recorder, but not the cheap plastic kind that is often used in the schools here in the US. Nope mine was an expensive wooden one. I had lessons twice a week and practiced every day, playing the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. I had gotten away from music in my teens – well playing anyway. I wasn’t allowed to listen to the music on the radio when I lived with my foster family but once I moved to the group home, I was exposed to all kinds of different music. Deutsche Welle, Pop Music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Punk. My…

Talk to one person
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Prompt If you could talk to one person right now, who would it be? This kind of question tends to stump me a bit because over the years I have learned to be a bit wearier about people’s messages and stories. There are a few authors some people raved about and I just cannot get myself to read that book or listen to it on audio. I have this tendency to go the other way when I notice a trend or people jumping on bandwagons – and then years later something pops up and it’s like my intuition knew something was off. And if I could talk to one person right now, I would talk to one of my former social workers. She was an…

Favorite Type of workout
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Prompt What is your favorite type of workout? It happens to some of us, we are active when we were younger, probably in some kind of sport for a long time, but then life happens and you stop being as active. I was a gymnast and dancer from age 6-12 and a runner and dancer after that. Well, until life happened and I stopped going out as much, be that good stay-at-home wife and took care of the kids. But even after that I hiked often and enjoy being outside on the trails. When my son was ill however for that long stretch of time following his liver transplant, it stopped and I have gotten away from being active. I still love dancing very much…

Be proud of yourself
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Prompt: Name something you are proud of today. Somewhere over the years, you’ve gotten away from sharing how you are proud of yourself because of the judgment from other people. But let’s be honest life isn’t exactly a cakewalk. I know for myself it’s been a challenge stating the things I am proud of simply because for a long time I operated in the state of “gotta do what ya gotta do, so I did” but now years after a lot of healing, I realized that some things aren’t as easy as I may have made them out to be. In fact, they are quite challenging when you think about them. Let’s start with navigating life in a country where I have no family ties….

Best Part of Your Life
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Prompt What has been the best part of your life so far? It’s always a good idea to reflect on what the best part of your life has been so far. 20 years ago I would have said being alive even though I have been in too many situations that could have gone another way and I wouldn’t do all the things I do today. And at this moment in time, for me, it’s definitely being able to do the things I want to do. I love that I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself, which does put on a lot of pressure as I am responsible for making money and don’t get a regular paycheck. I have multiple projects that help me…

Reset the journaling practice

It’s time for me to reset the journaling practice. I am not big on admitting I’ve neglected my morning writing practice but I got into the habit of getting up, drinking my coffee, and then getting right to work. And I got to thinking, that perhaps, I should be doing it right here on The Journal Eclipse and maybe you will follow along with me. My goal is to come here every day before starting my workday and journal using a prompt that I will share with you that you can then use for yourself and together we explore, embrace, heal and grow in our little corners of the world. I think sometimes it’s necessary to reset the journaling practice, especially if you’ve gotten away…

5 Key Benefits of Keeping A Daily Journal

There was a time I didn’t know how keeping a daily journal could change my life but over the years I found that writing our my inner thoughts my overall well-being started to slowly shift. Those who do not journal regularly may not understand precisely how this habit could improve your life. After my own research there is evidence that those who keep a daily journal can improve not only health but mental well-being. Here are five key benefits of daily journaling for your life and growth. 1. Journaling Reduces Stress When you have too much stress in your life, your mental, emotional, and physical health will suffer. Stress hormones lead to all sorts of ailments, diseases, and imbalances, and learning to deal with your…

How to be a good money custodian
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I never thought I would be a good money custodian but as I a looking around my life right now, I can see the results of the work I have done to get out of a broke and broken mindset. And I am in awe because there was a point in my life where I didn’t really think that having money in the bank would be my reality. Sure I’d earn money but as soon as it came in, it also went out. I probably fed kept the people at the bank fed quite well over the years. And no matter what I tried, nothing seemed to work. It’s like every time I tried to save money, something happened to throw a monkey wrench into…