Why I Love Reflective Journal?

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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?

  1. I love to write
  2. I am not comfortable talking to a camera for YouTube videos
  3. I want my child (hopeful to have one someday) and grandchildren to know how their mother and grandmother is/was.
  4. 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!

ABOUT YOU

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 😛

sleepyhead

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.

YOUR EXPERIENCES

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.

YOUR BELIEFS

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

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!

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If My Life Was A Soundtrack

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if my life was a soundtrack

If my life was a soundtrack

It would start with a slow beat of a piano

That matches my first giggle as a baby

It would play with the tune of my laughter

That brings on tears of joy and sometimes sorrow

If my life was a soundtrack

It would resemble “What doesn’t kill you make you stronger

With my anxiety and depression

It would play loud “Because of You

With all my mistakes and misery

If my life was a soundtrack

I will aim for “Breaking the habit

To breakdown my fear and heal the wound

I will dance to “Halo

To confess my love and embrace the truth

If my life was a soundtrack

I will play “It’s my life

Because I ain’t gonna live forever

I will keep singing:

Paate hum hai zindagi ek baar (We only get one chance to live)

Kyun na kare khul ke hum isko pyar ( Then why shouldn’t we love it)

 Jaane kiska hai hum mein intezar (Who knows for whom are we waiting)

Ke zindagi yehi hai aur yahin” (As this is life, and here is life)

Weekend- Reminder of my Infertility

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What did I do over the weekend?

weekend post

Friday:

How about starting the weekend with pamper time? I did just that, prepping for it from the afternoon at work itself. I fall into the sponsored ads with the greed of getting more by paying less. I booked an appointment on the online beauty parlour.

Firstly, I waited and waited for an hour. 2 beauticians assigned for me but both in hurry to complete their respective task (neither of them done it perfectly). My previously well-cut styled hair got ruined (nothing ‘creative hair cut’). Facial and pedicure wrapped up in half hour with no relax feeling.

spa pedicure big stylist

spa pedicure

Lesson learned: Never book an appointment with the company again.

(It would have been much better I did it by myself as I do it often, but I would like to try UrbanClap once due to their good reviews)

Saturday:

H surprised me by telling ‘how about visiting to your moms’ place?’ I was over the moon but I did not reveal it 😉

We travelled via Mumbai local train (as usual). Needless to say they are overcrowded but still I like them. They are the part of my teen life and 20’s.

I love these ballerinas from honey. A gift from H on our second wedding anniversary (2014), the only anniversary we celebrated which eventually did not turn out good (many reasons not to celebrate).

Moms place = No work = Relaxation = Ready Cooked Food

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Sev Puri: My one of the favourite Indian chat from many

Sunday:

Lazy morning. Tasty breakfast by Mom. Non-veg food for lunch (Had pomfrey fish after many years).

I was pissed off due to late train and the afternoon heat.

We were on the way to visit a newborn baby. (I was hesitant considering my infertility status). I am not jealous with the pregnancy or baby birth news. Yes but it does hurt and hauls me inside the infertility void. Moreover when I surely know that H would have a reason again to put a finger on me.

I wiped away the image of the newborn from my mind otherwise it would have left me scarred again.

Though I couldn’t get it out while I was folding the laundry and it consumed me. I was numb. I cried to myself. I folded hands and prayed and questioned all over again.

I closed my eyes to hear the question, “When will we have?” and I drowned in sleep as the tear trickled down the corner of my eyes.

Right to health

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Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?

It doesn’t matter which sector solely provide medical care. The fundamental being each and every one should have access to medical facility.

The sad reality is: people requiring medical aid cannot avail due to high cost. The sector which treats with minimal cost has long waiting list and by the time the wait is over, it is too late.

Why should the word “affordable” be connected with treatment? Let it be limited to material things- clothes, house, car and many more.

Daily writing prompt:  February 7, Right to health

Will she or will she not?

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Write a story or post with an open ending, and let your readers invent the conclusion.

She wrote the last sentence in her journal and kissed it goodbye. She had matchbox and a knife in front of her.

She has poured her heart out in it. Why wouldn’t she? It was her only companion after all. Who knew this day would come when she had to end her journal and her life!

There are secrets hidden inside her journal not that would kill anyone but they might bring a turmoil in many relationships. How many times she pulled herself out from writing in it! But no one would listen her other than the journal which never complained.

She was sure that someone knew about it now as the last memoir written was, “Where will you go now?” not by her.

She was only left with two options now, burn it or kill herself! Burning the journal would not turn the secrets into the smoke and killing herself meant betrayal to many relationships.

What would she do?

Daily writing prompt: February 6 Choose your adventure

 

Smartphone – My Lifeline?

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Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your lifeline, a buzzing nuisance, or something in between?

The day when my simple mobile turned to a Smartphone our roles reversed. I became dependent on android rather than I controlling it. (I AM A SLAVE!) Well, that was a bit dramatic but  our life revolve around mobile phone.

Morning starts from waking up to the alarm set on my phone. My morning routine doesn’t start with checking FB, Insta or Twitter (what a sigh of relief) though I do ON the Wifi.

I have a bad habit of watching YouTube, checking tweets, instagram while having breakfast (Yes, this IS A bad habit).

It is not a lifeline as I or anyone can live without it and neither is it a buzzing nuisance. I have disabled unnecessary notifications (WhatsApp being one of the many, believe me, nothing but forwarded message flood in WhatsApp now-a-days instead of actual communication).

It has made my life easy by putting an end to stand in queues for hours for paying bills or transacting money.

Not all but many misuse the advantage of Smartphone. Let us stop what the photo depicts.

Daily writing prompt: February 5, Call me, maybe

My reading and writing space

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A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?

I have always imagined how my writing space should be. Reading- I can read anywhere. Now-a-days most of my reading is during travelling in Mumbai local trains. Yes! I squeeze my book or tab in the crowded train just to read. Reading blanks out the crowd and fights/abuses around. In fact I have so habituated to it now when I read at home with complete silence I feel sleepy while reading. (Such is the impact :P)

Anyways, back to answering the question. I don’t want a luxurious space for writing. Imagine a meter long wooden table, brown would be ideal and a chair complementing it.  On the table would be my laptop, a case to hold colorful pens, pencils and paper
pins, post-it stickers and a clock.  Hard copy of book I am reading or kindle format in tablet.

blackbird

There would be diaries, yes, DIARIES! I am a big fan of writing everything down- The Old school tip! How can I not have my headphones!

A board with my monthly planner, favorite quotes (again a huge fan of) and photos. As simple as that.

Writing prompt:February 3, Writing room

Think global, act local

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“Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one

No I am not going to talk about global warming or deforestation. Yes they are a major concern but I do not want to talk about it here.

The main concern for me is not a global issue but a national issue. The world knows: Demonetisation. It may not have affected the high income individuals but it has wrecked my savings.

Expert says invest 10 per cent of monthly salary. Ok. I followed it religiously, but what is the outcome after demonetisation?

I invest minimum amount in stocks (because I cannot bear losing my hard earned money). FD or fixed deposits are the only source of investment for middle class society owing to the good interest rate it offered. Post-demonetization the interest has dropped down due to flooding of money in the bank.

What I wish is for is to increase my savings the safest way! Will this investment option give best return in future? 

This post is written for the daily writing prompts: February 2, Think global, act local

Flangiprop

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Invent a definition for the word “flangiprop,” then use the word in a post.

First, I don’t know the actual meaning of it (Is that an actual word?)

Ok, let me invent a definition for it. It is a stock puppet like the ones in Sesame Street.

Flangiprop are amazing tools when it comes for kids’ education. They come in their favourite characters and colors. They are fun to work with. In the world of smartphone, tablets and ipad, flangiprop still has it marks on a child’s memory. It is very useful while narrating stories and implementing good habits in kids.

Flangiprop can be important when communicating to an autistic child. The vibrant colours and shapes are able to attract the kids’ attention. Imagine an autistic child speaking!

Now let’s check the actual meaning of flangiprop: I landed on various wordpress blog with same writing prompt.

-kohleyed7

This post is written for daily prompt February 1, Flangiprop!

Burnt

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Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind?

I would have taken everything as I work hard each day to make the house a Home. It would be devastated to see my home burnt down.

This post is writtern for daily writing prompts, January 31, Burnt