in honor of my 100th post, i thought it would be fun to share a journaling exercise with you compliments of Hip Tranquil Chick (and if you haven't picked up HTC, a fabulous book by the inspiring Kimberly Wilson, run -don't walk-to your nearest book store and grab it!)
HTC is infused with different ideas for jump starting the life you want. it's packed with awesome yoga sequences to fit your every move, great advice on getting what you want personally and professionally and offers ways to dig deep down and discover what you really want and what really makes you happy.
so this particular exercise caught my eye and its focused on finding your passions.
write 20 passions that bring you pure bliss:
2 writing (creative writing)
3 practicing yoga
4 learning about yogic philosophies
5 running (first 5k is in 4 weeks!)
7 fashion, creating looks/outfits
8 cooking, exploring different diets and how they impact my body
9 helping others overcome anxiety
10 holistic health
11 modern art
12 listening to 60s and 70s rock
14 coaching, motivating students
17 meditation and introspection
20 psychology, studying the mind
write 10 causes that inspire you
1 animal rights
3 mental health awareness (MHA)
4 activism for women's rights (NOW)
5 creating awareness about the importance of health (discover and recover, UNICEF, make a wish)
6 global and national antipoverty movements
7 human rights (oxfam)
8 fight against cancer (team in training)
9 creativity and creative arts
10 food drives, clothing drives, etc.
write out your top 10 strengths
1 detail oriented
2 hard working, dedicated
4 creating goals, strategic planning
6 work well with others/in groups
9 public speaking
10 quick study
now, my job is to look over these lists and look for similarities. i'm going to see if common themes emerge or if i can tie things together and bring more of these aspects into my life. maybe i can use some of these ideas to reevaluate my goals and make sure i'm on the right path.
so as i start that, grab your journal or notebook and start your own lists. see if you have anything pop out at you that you may have overlooked. take your time and really search your heart. maybe while researching causes that inspire you, you'll find the perfect charity to volunteer with that will allow you the opportunity to display your passions for public speaking and event planning!
*exercise courtesy of hip tranquil chick by kimberly wilson
* image: english language expert