Writing a reflective journal
I have raved about my love for journaling many times now so much so that I have premium version of Journal on my desktop. Why do I have it?
- I love to write
- I am not comfortable talking to a camera for YouTube videos
- I want my child (hopeful to have one someday) and grandchildren to know how their mother and grandmother is/was.
- A remembrance of my presence in this life.
If I am stuck and can’t come with anything about what to write I turn towards prompts. They spark my thoughts. I am crazy for journal prompts. While searching for the same I came across Penzu – Private online Journal.
So let’s get started!
What’s your ideal birthday gift? Why?
Books! No doubt about this one. But a Macbook would be awesome too 😀
Do you have any unique skills that make you stand out, and do you use them enough?
Writing: which I am implementing more often these days.
I can make people smile or laugh only if I am comfortable with the people I am with.
Sketching: Oh! How I loved it.
What do you hope to be doing with your life in a year? What about in a decade?
I hope to become a full time blogger.
What kinds of thoughts help you fall asleep at night?
I am a sleepyhead. I don’t need any thoughts to fall asleep 😛
How do you want to improve yourself?
Believing is self each day, every day.
What values are most important to you?
Humanity – a one value, for me it’s a religion. Treat everyone alike. I don’t take any crap when people judge others based on caste, appearance and economic status.
Where do you want to go on your next vacation?
Kerala or Bali.
What are you looking forward to?
Coming two months. I have to take a firm decision.
If you cannot think of what to write about in your reflective journal, think about your history. There’s a wealth of information to be considered and written about when you reflect on your past, whether you focus on your childhood or just the past week.
How have you grown in the past year?
Well, my belly fat has grown. Apart from this my perseverance has increased and I have taken a step to think about stepping out of my comfort zone.
When was the last time you felt truly content, and why did you feel that way?
Vacation to Kashmir – it was my dream destination.
What’s your favorite memory?
Summer vacation: Waking up watching Talespin, Potli Baba Ki, Different Strokes, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Passing tenth and twelfth grade, final year of medical college, selection for job on first interview. What?! Aren’t these accomplishments?
What was your first memory, and why do you think you remember that event in particular?
I was 3 year old and I was playing with the shaving foam while my dad was shaving. I don’t know the reason but after 27 years I do remember it.
How was your day? What were the highs and lows?
My day started being lazy. I woke up one hour late from my set alarm. Celebration of navratri at work by wearing designated color each day.
If you need a few more journal prompts, think hard about what you believe in and what you consider important. These questions can help you reflect:
Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens or other supernatural beings? Why?
Ghosts: No. But I might believe when one comes in front of me.
Aliens: I am curious to know about them!
Supernatural: Why not?
What do you think of miracles? Have you ever experienced one?
I will believe in miracles only if my no-functioning ovaries produce one egg to get fertilized. Till then NO!
Which invention are you most impressed by?
Google!!! Tell me one thing you can’t find on it.
Okay, Google don’t have any answer when I type, “What’s my husband doing right now?”
What are your religious beliefs (if any)? What do you think about the religious beliefs of others?
Answered earlier: Humanity. I hold no opinion on what others belief.
Your relationships with other people help shape your world, so it’s nice to reflect on them once in a while as you journal:
Which relationships in your life are most important to you?
Parent-child, Teacher-student, Friendship, Spouse.
Do you feel like you have improved someone’s life at some point? If so, describe how.
I have and keep helping others whenever I can. As for improvement, I believe you yourself can bring improvement.
What qualities do you look for in good friends? How about in potential partners?
Do not expect anything from each other. This only will create a strong bond.
What are your favorite family’s traditions?
Eating meal together.
How do you feel about your current relationship with your friends? Your family members?
Friends: I should share more.
Family members: I get irritated when they talk about my fertility. Which I shouldn’t!
If you could be friends with anyone in the world, who would it be? Why?
Nia Vardalas only because of the quote from her book Instant Mom : “A small social guideline: don’t ask a woman if she is pregnant unless her water breaks on your flip-flops, a baby arm dangles out of her vagina, and she asks you to cut the cord. Then and only then may you ask if she is having a baby. Otherwise, shut up.”
My favorite self-exploration journal:
Did you try searching “What’s my husband doing right now?”? 😛 That’s it for now, see you all soon!