Journaling

journal

As a kid I used to write in my diary. I remember that I wrote about who’s my current best friend just to erase it the next day and write down a new name. Silly. I stopped writing in my diary when I was about 12 years old. It took me about 15 years to start writing again.

I read the book The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan and decided to start my own gratitude diary, too. I did that every now and then and found myself writing about other things, too. There was a time where I dealt with sadness a lot and at some point I didn’t know what to do anymore except for writing it all out. I felt so much better afterwards. From that moment on, whenever I was sad, I started writing out all the feelings. After about a half a year, I started reading my entries and was shocked. Seeing the pain I was dealing with written down made me realize that I have to change something. So writing down my thoughts actually helped me change my life. I don’t know about you, but I’m that kind of person who tends to forget the bad moments after a while. I sugarcoat memories and tell myself it wasn’t that bad after all. Reading my journal helped putting everything back into perspective. I knew I had to change something. I wanted to change something. That was the start of my spiritual growth. I moved in a new apartment and learned everything about smudging, crystals and other rituals. But that’s another story. My point is that during this dark time in my life, writing really helped.

As I learned more about intentions setting and manifestation, I wanted to get myself a journal, too. Now this is actually the first (and most fun) step if you ask me. You get to choose a journal. Boy, there are so many beautiful journals out there. I want them all. I started with one and now I have a bunch.

Below you see only a tiny selection of my journals.

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Once I got my journal I felt kind of lost. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to write about. I started with baby steps such as writing down what I’m grateful for.

When I started working with a manifestation coach, I began to journal a lot more. I was writing down things I wanted to manifest, positive affirmations and little prayers for the Universe.

I also got myself the “Five Minute Journal” where you answer a couple of questions every morning and every evening. This is actually a great way to start your journal journey. I got mine at amazon.com.

I still use my “Five Minute Journal” every morning and every evening. I love it a lot and haven’t missed a day ever since I started. I also have a journal that I use to work with my coach. I write down things I want to do or achieve, take notes from our conversations or brainstorm some ideas. Besides those two journals, I do have another one. It’s my “personal” one where I write down intentions and thoughts or things that I work on. I also do free writing every now and then. I like to meditate, draw a card and then journal about it for a bit. Something that helped me, too is to write down things that lighten me up or that I enjoy. I can check this entry whenever I feel down or don’t know what to do.

I now journal everyday and must say that it really helps me. It’s fun to look back and see what has changed. It’s basically a creative outlet for me. I always have a crystal with me. There are crystals that support manifestations or help you with your writing. Personally, I just like to pick one that I feel called to and hold it in my hand while writing and / or meditating.

Here are some ideas what you could journal about. There’s no right or wrong. It took me a while to start journaling. It’s a progress for sure. Pick the ideas that you like below and start journaling!

  • journal about a card you drew
  • journal after meditation
  • do some free writing
  • write down what your grateful for
  • write down things you want to manifest
  • write down things you love about yourself (aim for 100 things!)
  • write out your prayer to God / the Universe
  • write down your intentions for the month
  • write about how you are feeling
  • write about something you achieved today
  • brainstorm ideas
  • take notes about things you hear, see or read
  • create a to do list
  • write down things that light you up / that you like to do.
  • make a list of books you want to read
  • write down the goals you have in your life and break them down into little baby steps
  • describe challenges or struggles you’ve encountered that day
  • write down your dreams
  • track the food you eat if you deal with allergies
  • keep a travel journal

 

Now it’s your turn! Grab your journal and put it in your Instagram Story. Tag me so I can see you’re on board with me. I can’t wait to see YOUR beautiful journals!

 

xxx

Natalia

Morning Routine

morning routine

Hi friends!

Today I’m sharing my morning routine with you. It changed over the past few months but I found some basic rituals I like to do everyday. I first want to describe my daily morning routine and then also my weekend morning routine. I don’t really have a fix weekend morning routine. But since I have more time in the weekend, there are a few things I like doing on weekends only.

Daily Morning Routine

I usually get up at 6am. I recently switched my alarm to the iPhone bed time alarm. It has some pretty nice sound options. I like the Birdsong but there are plenty other sounds to choose from. As soon as I wake up I have to go to the bathroom first. At the same time I brush my teeth and heat up some water and squeeze a lemon. After brushing my teeth I scrape my tongue. I don’t drink before that, just because I don’t want to swallow all the toxins my body got rid of during the night. Once I brushed my teeth, I make myself a warm lemon water with a pinch of Himalayan salt. I take my mug back to the bed and journal in my “five minutes journal” which I got from Amazon. I basically just write down what I’m grateful for and what I’m looking forward to. And I also choose a mantra for the day (I am…). Afterwards I sit for about 5-10 minutes and mediate and then stretch out a bit before getting up. Before getting dressed, I dry brush my body and listen to some daily affirmations or a Abraham Hicks rampage.

This takes me about 20 minutes and sets the tone for the day. I don’t check my phone during this time. Getting dressed, doing my bed and eating breakfast usually takes me another 30 minutes. I usually leave the house around 7am.

Weekend Morning Routine

On the weekend I usually like to take things slower. My morning routine is pretty much my “Everyday Morning Routine” but I like to add some fun things such as a face mask and magnesium oil. Also, I enjoy practicing yoga before having breakfast. After my practice, I sometimes add Breath Work or Nauli (which is hard with a full stomach) and meditate a little longer than on a weekday. If I want to treat myself, I take a bath with epsom salt after that and feel absolutely amazing and ready to start the day. This is also a great way to get rid of the magnesium oil on your body.

I don’t want to do a whole lot everyday that consumes a bunch of time. Although this works perfectly for me, you might have different things you enjoy doing. Hopefully this inspires you to rethink your daily morning routine and maybe add something to it.

Let me list the things I do every single day again:

What I do everyday:

–  tongue scraping

– lemon water

– quick meditation

– journaling (daily mantra and expressing gratitude)

– dry brushing

– doing my bed

– “bulletproof” non-coffee (which I will share in another post)

 

As always, I hope this was helpful! Leave me a comment or send me a DM @nataliasyoga. I love hearing from you!

xxx

Natalia