January Journal Prompts

January Journal Prompts

1. What are you most looking forward to?

2. Three goals for this month 

3. Describe your day in ten words 

4. Something that you’re looking forward to

5. A time you don’t want to forget 

6. A trip you want to take this year 

7. Your top three priorities 

8. A list of the places you have visited 

9. Do your actions match your words? 

10. One thing you learned about yourself last year

11. A challenge you have overcome 

12. A need you can meet 

13. A place you have been recently 

14. Someone who made you proud 

15. A good idea 

16. What are your personal gifts? 

17. A quote that inspires you 

18. A mistake that helped you to grow 

19. When you feel most rested 

20. Words you want to share with others 

21. Music that makes you feel adventurous

22. Three words that describe your style 

23. The last fictional book you read 

24. A project you’ve been putting off 

25. The thing that frightens you 

26. A person you would like to meet 

27. A change to make 

28. Thoughts about today’s events 

29. One thing you will always do 

30. Something new to try 

31. Your favorite part of the past month

December Journal Prompts

December Journal Prompts

1. Your favorite part of your day 

2. What needs to happen this month? 

3. How are you working towards your goals?

4. Three good things 

5. Something you know a lot about 

6. An important person in your life 

7. Your favorite recipe 

8. An event that turned out differently than planned

9. The best way to spend a cold evening 

10. One thing that you could not give up 

11. A goal you reached 

12. Something to celebrate 

13. How you procrastinate 

14. What did you think you’d be when you grew up?

15. The best type of surprise 

16. Your favorite household chore 

17. The best gift you could receive 

18. Music that helps you to relax 

19. One thing you’d like to see 

20. Favorite winter traditions 

21. Advice you’d give to someone else your age

22. Something all people should know 

23. What you’d really like to do tomorrow 

24. Your top priority 

25. A thing your life has in excess 

26. How has your life changed since last year?

27. A book you want to read 

28. The person you’re always happy to see 

29. One thing to do 

30. The time of day you prefer 

31. A word to describe the past year

Modern Soul Sister – Monthly Journal Prompts

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December Daily Prompts

December is a month of rest, reflection, and restoration. It is also the month we celebrate giving birth to our dreams and manifesting greatness by choosing to follow the path of our highest self. We work collectively to use this month to reflect on our accomplishments and prepare for the next chapter of our life. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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January Daily Prompts

January is a month of new beginnings, creating new habits, starting over, and making new goals. It is also the “International Month of Creativity.” We work collectively to create new goals and develop new sources of inspiration. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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February Daily Prompts

February is a month of love, companionship, and divine partnership. It is also the month of Heart Research and the modern-day of love “Valentine’s Day.” We work collectively to heal the heart chakra, celebrate love and focus on healthy relationships. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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March Daily Prompts

March is a month of blessings, prosperity, and giving birth to new ideas. It is also International Women’s History Month. We work collectively to spring forward to new changes, manifest new blessings, and celebrate the divine feminine. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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April Daily Prompts

April is a month of starting over, creating new life, and cleansing. It is also the month in which we celebrate World Health. We work collectively to develop new health goals and cleanse our minds, body, and soul. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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May Daily Prompts

May is a month of mental preparation for change. It is also the month we celebrate International Mindfulness. We work collectively to work on our meditation practices and develop the spirit of mindfulness in every aspect of our lives. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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June Daily Prompts

June is a month of physical fitness, wellness, and health. It is also the month we celebrate International Yoga. We will work collectively to discover our authentic path to wellness. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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July Daily Prompts

July is a month of pleasant weather, community engagements, and practicing self-care. It is also the time we celebrate National Picnic Month. We will work collectively to discover our authentic path to practicing self-love, self-care, and healthy social connections. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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August Daily Prompts

August is the month of education, family fun, and nature appreciation. It is also the time we celebrate relaxation and women/s empowerment. We will work collectively to discover our authentic path to connecting with the divine feminine within and appreciating Mother Nature. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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September Daily Prompts

September is the month of change, transitioning, and collaboration. It is also the month in which Fall approaches. We will work collectively to discover our authentic path to embracing change in our lives and falling into alignment. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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October Daily Prompts

October is a month of love, women’s health, and learning & development opportunities. It is also the month we celebrate overcoming our challenges and seeing the good in our bad. We will work collectively to discover our authentic path to practicing love from within and finding the blessing in each lesson. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

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November Daily Prompts

November is the month of gratitude, life changes, and rest. It is the month we celebrate world kindness and gratitude. We will work collectively to practice gratitude and share our inner goodness with the world. Use these journal prompts as a guide to journal daily.

3 Steps To Discovering The Purpose of Your Life

3 Steps To Discovering The Purpose of Your Life

Determining what our purpose is in life can be one of the hardest questions that we as humans must try to answer. In this article we will be going through a step-by-step process, exploring your feelings and options, and by the end, you should have a fairly solid tool you can immediately employ in your life, to help give it a meaningful direction!

There are three steps to the process of discovering the purpose of your life:

  1. Understanding the principle of choice
  2. Creating your “underlying principle”
  3. Aligning your life with this underlying principle

Understanding The Principle of Choice

Norman Vincent Peale has this to say about the power of choice. “The greatest power we have is the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life is determined by the choices that are made”.

“Choosing” is the most important activity of your mind, because by making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious mind gets to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life become your goal. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.

Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety, but can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you want. But it is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with your true desires, purposes and aptitude. A lot of us let others make choices for us, or make our choices according to what we think is ‘correct’, even if that means that we go against our wishes. What is right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is listening to what your heart says.

So, to begin with, make a list of things which interest you; things which you have always enjoyed, which make you feel better, which inspire you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative, or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature? Do you like the sea? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s life?

Whatever it is that interests you, write it down and answer these questions:

  • What thing do you love to do?
  • What is it that you love in this thing and why?
  • How could you do this for money, and make a living out of it?

Creating Your Underlying Principle

The next step is to examine the list you just made and find out if there is any recurring theme. Maybe, it is the contribution that keeps coming up, or an effect to seek or give love, or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is, try to identify the central theme of the things you love to do, and try to put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’. It may even be a quote by a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you. Of course, as you grow up, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Now, write down your Mission Statement.

Aligning Your LIFE With Your Underlying Principle

The final step in this journey is to map your path to your ultimate purpose and to begin implementing changes that help to align your daily life with your underlying purpose. By making these little changes in your lifestyle, you will start to be able to begin living this principle out each and every day. It might take a few days, but by becoming aware and intentional of this underlying principle of your life, you will certainly start to feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life as a whole. If you realize that you love being amidst nature, plan out your holiday. Maybe an outing with your children could be enough to recoup with your energy. If you discover that you enjoy helping those in need, start to look for opportunities to volunteer in your community. On the other hand, you might even want to change your job, or start a new business that is more in line with your mission.
So there you have it! By following along with the steps outlined above, you will be on your way to finding and living out your purpose. And, as you go through this process, just remember, “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.” – Steve Maraboli

Ready, Set, Change!

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Change is inevitable… why hold on to things that we have to let go of?” – Jhene Aiko

I was at work one day, calling on a soul mate client who wasn’t answering her phone. Her voice mail message started out in the usual way, “…we’re not home, leave a message…” what followed was not so usual. It continued, “…by the way, we’ve recently made some changes in our life, if we don’t call you back, you’re one of the changes, beeeep”. My first reaction was disbelief at what was probably one of the REALEST messages I had ever heard. But I couldn’t get it off my mind, and by the end of the day, I began to admire the woman she’d become, who was obviously at the end of her rope. She was very determined, for whatever reason, to end relationships that were affecting her life in a negative way. I felt like the soul work we were doing together was working – and it showed.

Change is never easy, especially when it requires us to dramatically alter the way we’ve become accustomed to living our lives. Leaving our comfort zone, no matter how much we dislike it, requires a combination of bravery and determination, as well as education in that area.

Many times we’re so desperate to better ourselves, we hastily make ineffective and, sometimes expensive, decisions that we feel will quickly produce the results we are looking for. Purchasing a costly gym membership and vowing to attend seven days a week while surviving on lettuce, may seem like a great idea for a few weeks (if you’re very determined,) but how long can you live like that?

If you’re serious about making a long-term change in your life, take these steps to ensure your success:

  1. Educate Yourself

Aside from determination, education is the most important key to your success. Knowing exactly what you must do to accomplish your goals will give you the power to make them a reality. Consult a professional or check out a book written by a credible authority on the subject. You can also tap the wealth of information to be found on the Internet. Friends and acquaintances can also provide insight. I have a good friend who is very organized, an area in which I am always trying to improve. Over the years I have learned a great deal from watching her manage her incredibly busy life.

  1. Set Reasonable Goals

You are not going to lose 30 pounds in two weeks. Nor are you going to undo years of financial irresponsibility in six months. After becoming educated, you will get a realistic picture of how long it will be before you should expect to see results. Having this knowledge upfront will prevent you from giving up too soon.

  1. Plan and Track

If you’re trying to accomplish something that requires long-term commitment, purchase a journal or notebook to write down your short and long-term goals. Detail how you will carry them out and when you will complete them. Check each item off as you accomplish it. Keeping a journal to record your achievements can be motivating on those days when you feel like sliding back to your old ways.

  1. Just Say No

Avoid situations that will prevent you from accomplishing your goals. This is especially important in the beginning before your new way of life comes naturally to you.

  1. Pat Yourself on the Back

Be proud of yourself for making the decision to improve your quality of life. When you reach important milestones, reward yourself in a way that is in sync with your new lifestyle. A new outfit is a great reward for losing weight, but would be considered a setback if you’re trying to cut back on spending!

Healing To Become Your Highest Version of Self

How to Find Your Real Self Again? 

On the surface it seems an odd idea that you could actually be anything other than who you really are.  But from the time we can talk, we’re being programmed to “fit in”.  We find ourselves conforming in order to please the people we love, and who love us. 

But sometimes that means that you have to suppress what you know is the real person inside. 

And yet, your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you’ll ever have.  Without a healthy relationship with yourself, it’s practically impossible to have healthy relationships with anyone else.  

If you’re ready to get re-acquainted with someone you haven’t seen in a while – yourself – start with these 5 ideas to help you rediscover the real you.  

Quiet the noise in your head.  

You know those voices well, the ones that are constantly nagging you to pick up the dry cleaning, talk to the school teacher, juggle the bills, schedule the vet, keep the boss happy.  With all that noise going on, it will be impossible for you to hear anything above the din.  This MUST be the first step.  How do you do that?  By setting up systems, simplifying, and establishing enough extras in your life to allow you to operate from a position of abundance, instead of lack. 

Practice thinking about yourself in healthy ways. 

In order to do that, you must first believe that you are valuable, and your Real Self has something to offer the world.  Since you talk to yourself more than everyone else in your life combined --that’s a lot of talk!—it’s up to YOU to establish the healthy communication in your thinking.  Consciously listen to how you talk to yourself; write down the unhealthy things you say; challenge them; and replace them with facts. Self-Talk: “You never do anything right.”  Challenge: “Of course I do things right.  I did (example) right.  I did (example) right.  This time, I just made a mistake.  I’ll learn from it and have better success next time.”  

Listen to your heart. 

Sounds easy enough, but by the time we’re adults, most of us have stopped listening to our hearts and go only with our heads.  Those two must reconnect in order to find your real self.  It’s easy to become accustomed to thinking about your feelings instead of really feeling them.  Instead of asking yourself what you think about something, ask why it’s important.  

Be careful not to get hung-up on a specific goal. 

What you’re really after is a feeling -- respect, love, appreciation - as opposed to the company car, or a great guy/girl.  Keep an open mind to the feelings, and be willing to adjust the methods you use to achieve them.  Determine not just your goals, but how it satisfies who you really are.  The mask will come off and your real self will come shining through.  

A person you can know and love - you! - is waiting for you to take the time to listen and understand and accept.  When you accept your Real Self again, you'll make smarter choices, and those choices will stick because they actually fit who you are.  Now, that's what you're really looking for, isn't it?

Check out "Energy In Motion" from the Modern Soul Sister Album on the Bandcamp app to help heal your heart and inspire self-love.

7 Ways To Feel Happier #PersonalTransformation

Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotional dumps and forget how easy it is to feel happier, so here are seven simple ways to lift your mood. Many people have found them useful. Some of them may surprise you!

1. Go for a walk.

Most people know that going for a short daily walk is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more beneficial. If you can, go into a natural environment with plants and birds. Can you think of such a setting not? What do you notice first? The different shades of greenery, the fresh  smell of country air, the sounds of birds, or the sunlight shining through the trees? Make it real by taking a short stroll.

2. Listen to feel-good music.

Music can shift a listener's state within moments. It's effect can be nearly magical. Dig out that CD you haven't listened to in ages or tune in your favorite streaming station to something you've never listened to before. 

3. Open yourself to discovering something new.

Read something (printed, not on line) different than what you would normally watch. There are a ton of different types of magazines can you get these days. Visit your local library or browse through a magazine rack.  Pick up or buy a magazine you wouldn't normally buy. You may discover something wonderful.

4. Find something to laugh at.

Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Find a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Even better, try to learn a few new jokes and tell them to others.  

5. Simple breathing meditation.

Breathing meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere.  Simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. That's all there is to it. Do this for 10-15 minutes. Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterward.

6. Draw just for the fun of it.

Most people can remember when they were young and used to doodle for hours. Kids love drawing silly little pictures. Drawing is not just for kids or artists.  Whoever you are get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw for the fun of it. Notice how your state of mind shifts.

7. Think of others less fortunate.

The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are probably much better off than most people on this planet. At times this may be hard to believe, but if you can read and have access to the internet, just those two things alone means you are better off than most people in the world.  There are many human beings that barely have access to the basics of survival. There are people in lots of pain. Allow your compassion for them to grow.

These are all pretty simple. There's nothing profound or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just the thing you need. 

Putting simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action will help you achieve change more quick and easily--surprisingly so at time-- than you imagine.