In this journaling exercise, the self can ask for support from the Self. It’s like a counseling conversation with yourself. Let your highest thoughts come through when you write answers from the Self, and let your softest and most honest and vulnerable self come through when you write replies from the self.
You may start this exercise out with the Self asking how the self is doing. You can also start the exercise out with the self asking for help with a specific topic.
Keep in mind:
- To be sweet sweet sweet to the self. Give the self-compassion, love, care, understanding, acknowledgment.
- Support yourself. Now that you’re an adult, you get to be your own parent, coach, teacher, therapist… all in one!
- Don’t worry if you can’t solve the problem at hand perfectly yet. Some topics are not to be done within just one session. Just like when you go to a psychologist and you need multiple sessions to make an improvement with the issue you’re seeking help for. If you feel like the Self doesn’t write ‘smart enough things’, remember first of all that it’s all just an exercise and experiment, so it cannot go wrong. And remember secondly that sometimes the most important thing is for the self to just be able to voice the concerns and feelings and be heard... sweetness.
What's Journaling with Arial?
Journaling is a healing process that helps you to work through obstacles, find a deeper connection with yourself, ... and so much more!
Here I'm sharing with you the various processes I use during my journaling times that have helped me a lot. At the top of the post you find the instructions to get started, and below that you find my personal example of the writing exercise.
Self: Hey love, you seem to be reluctant to start working on creating the thumbnails. Is it?
self: Yes. It’s just… there are so many! It just feels like the next task on my never ending to do list!
While usually you enjoy the creativity and listening to music on the go. Sometimes I even spot you being disappointed at the end, having to stop the activity.
I know, and as soon as I start, I enter the flow. I don’t think about not wanting to do it, I’m just doing it.
So but now there are too many to make.
Ughhh… did you count? 11!
Well, let’s see how we can make this fun. Because I want to enjoy your work.
Thank you, that’s sweet. Yeah, me too. And it will be the best for the quality I create too, if I enjoy it.
I notice that when you think about the task, you imagine making pretty much similar thumbnails as the ones for your other courses. But these will be for a new course, so you might as well make something completely different. And you can make something that can be easily replicated (but just in different colors for each video for example) so that making 11 of them isn’t a hard task anymore. Maybe you can find a way to only have to change the parts that you do enjoy changing.
Yes. Uhmm.. I’m not sure if I can do that 🙁
You’re not sure if you’re creative enough?
Don’t you know from your past experiences that usually the creativity pops in as soon as you put yourself on the task?
Righ. I guess I should just open up Photoshop. I always like the feeling of the pen in my hand.
Go for it. I believe in you.
That’s sweet, thank you!
I know that you don’t always believe in yourself, and that’s okay. Experience and time will teach you that you have all reason to do so. If you want to wait for more proof, that’s okay. Just don’t let it stop you from starting the creation process.
I know, I won’t.
Awesome, you’re great.