I’ve always been a writer for as long as I can remember. Whether that was writing in my journal or writing poems, songs or short stories, I found I always communicated to myself through writing. It has always been a way for me to really realize what all that jumbled-nonsense in my head really means and to get it out into the world so I don’t keep inside all the time. One form of journalling that I am really enjoying these days is the Desire Map. I received this from a friend a few years ago and started but didn’t dedicate much time to it as I would have liked, but when my cousin got it for me for Christmas I knew it was a sign I should start up again. This way of journalling gets you to think about what your core desired feelings are and then base your life off of those feelings. Brilliant, right? Essentially, if you want to feel joy, you think of the things that bring you joy and include them in your day! That way you know that those core feelings will be in your life because you are putting them there. What I love about this is that it is an intimate process with yourself to truly figure out how you want to feel and then make daily goals to achieve those things. I’ve always believed that it is important to constantly be reflecting back and take the time to really get to know who you are, because I feel we often go through life so quickly from A to B without really acknowledging how our journey is making us feel.
As I have been working on creating more hygge this year, I have also been truly focusing on what serves me and what doesn’t. I have been listening to podcasts (for a list of recommendations of my favourite podcasts, look here), listening to more of my favourite music, journalling (of course), and also reading some books! My favourite books that are helping me take a step back and reflect are:
1. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
2. Rising Strong by Brene Brown
3. Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown
4. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
These books are honestly so awesome! If you have any books that you love, please let me know! Changing my focus instead of being on accomplishments or tasks but rather on how they make me feel has been so rewarding. I truly feel like I am soaking up more of each day and really staying present in each moment.