Hello again!

Hi y’all! Week number one of the semester is done (15 more to go!) and I had a little time to post a life/goals update and some journal prompts and ideas for you lovely people. This will probably end up being a rather short post, but I miss writing here and will write what I can, when I can.

As for my daily life, not too much has changed: I go to school Monday through Friday, spend time with my friends and family, and do my best in order to pet as many damn animals as I can haha. Life is a bit quiet at the moment but I am enjoying it to the fullest. Going to school full time- even at just a community college- can be overwhelming and busy, so I genuinely enjoy whatever peace I can find!

Concerning my goals, however, my life has been a little more exciting and lively. Although I have big and general goals for 2015, I decided to break them up into smaller and more specific goals that I will work on each month. For example, one of my annual goals is to continue learning and becoming a smarter, more informed person. So every month I aim to read at least one book (which sounds totally wimpy but when you’re a student time becomes scarce!) and keep up to date on current events. My monthly goals for January are:

★ Read a book

★ Complete & send in 3 writing submissions

★ Make good grades

★ Volunteer once a week

★ Blog daily

★ Maintain healthy habits

I’m proud to say that I’ve accomplished one of those goals already (I finished a book I started in December and then read a captivating fiction novel) and am halfway through on the second. I have also been doing my best to maintain healthier habits, which means I’ve been keeping on track with my skincare routine, staying hydrated, making and eating healthy meals, resisting junk foods (unless I’m having my daily treat), going to bed at an earlier time, keeping good hygiene, etc. This goal, along with achieving good grades, will have its success shown at the very end of the month. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Unfortunately, I have not accomplished the remaining two goals- blogging daily and volunteering once a week. I’m going to be honest and say that the first is completely unreasonable given my schedule during the semester, and as far as the latter goal, I’ve been damn lazy. I could get off my butt and sign up for duty at the soup kitchen, donate some items to the self-help pantry of the city’s Epilepsy foundation, etc. These things are plausible and totally doable. But I’ve been lazy and a tad selfish this month. I’ve spent so much working on myself that I’ve forgotten that part of self-love and inner-peace is helping to better the lives of others around you. So while I won’t be able to check these things off of my list, for the remainder of the month I’m going to keep writing when I have the time/energy and at least once donate my time and efforts to a good cause. I just need to do it; otherwise I’m wasting some of the life that I’ve been blessed with. As the beautiful-inside-and-out Audrey Hepburn once said, “Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at each end of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands. One for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.” Words to live by, my friend.

Lastly, I wanted to share with you all a few of the journal prompts I thought up this morning:

★ What are the things going right in my life? What am I doing right in my life?

★ What are the things going wrong in my life, and what am I doing wrong?

★ How can I turn those wrong things around or use them for the greater good of myself and others?

I hope this post resonates with you in some way. We all fall off the wagon but we must remember to celebrate our successes- no matter how small- and get back on track and continue working hard. How are your goals going? Are you enjoying January? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a wonderful day & lots of happy moments,

Violet XO

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Catching up & Best Journal Prompts

Good morning, beauties! I wanted to let you all know I’m breathing haha. I’ve sooooort of abandoned all hope on Nanowrimo, but at least I made it to 8000 words? I’m a little disappointed in myself- which means that I will be writing hella words today in order to appease my guilt- but I’m trying not to feel too bad. At least I’ve had good reason for not writing: I’ve been social (gasp!), done homework, been studying for tests, and spending time working on myself and with my family. It’s safe to say I’ve been a bit busy.

One of the good habits I’ve been trying to cultivate is journaling. I know, cue the collective sigh. I get it- we all say we’re going to do it, we do it every day for a couple weeks, and then it falls off the radar of our busy lives. I’ve noticed, however, that writing down a set of good journal prompts helps to not only keep me focused, but also remind me to journal. I just feel more inclined to write out my thoughts if I have a prompt written down. I’m sharing some of my absolute favorites; I hope some of these inspire you to write out and process your thoughts. It could be the healthiest thing you’ll do today!

  • When I woke up this morning, I felt __________.
  • How I want to feel today: __________.
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What do you consider your weaknesses?
  • How can you make the best out of those weaknesses?
  • What is your favorite positive affirmation?
  • Short-term goal for the day: ____________.
  • Long-term goal for the day: ____________.
  • Best compliment I’ve received recently: ______________.
  • What was the best part of your day?
  • What lessons have you learned?
  • How can you help someone out this week?
  • Good habits I want to cultivate: ______________.
  • Bad habits I want to get rid of: _____________.
  • How will I work on stopping these bad habits?
  • How can I make healthier decisions today?
  • I love myself because: ____________.