Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Journaling inspiration | The 52 Lists Project

The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal
A year of journaling inspiration

I'm obsessed with lists. My 2018 journal is filled with lists like - my current TV shows, books I've read films I want to see, and my wishlist of treats to buy for myself throughout the year.

So I was only delighted when I received the 52 Lists Project as a Christmas present this year.

I've wanted this book for ages, and it's been sitting on my Book Depository wishlist for well over a year. It was the perfect gift for me!

Journaling and writing has many benefits for your mental health. It can help you to unwind and meditate, track your symptoms or thoughts, and to cope with and manage your illness.

I've tried my hand at journaling before, but it never lasted. The 52 Lists Project is the perfect chance to start again.

The journal contains 52 lists, one for every week of the year, with prompts to inspire and make you delve into yourself. Each week you have a list to fill out and answer, and no matter how strange or random or fun or irrelevant you find the topic, the 'Take Action' section encourages you to apply a lesson from the list to your own life. For example, I thought List 2 about your favourite characters from TV, movies or books was a pretty stupid second list of the year. But while it seemed like a silly list, I discovered why I'm attracted to a certain type of character and what traits I find important.

List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc.
Find a common personality trait between your favorite
characters. What is one character trait that you admire
in your favorite characters that you can work
towards this week.
As you progress through the year and the journal, the lists become more reflective. Like asking about difficult moments from your past that have shaped you, your accomplishments and the things you are grateful for. You are also encouraged to look outwards and towards the future.

As Moorea Seal says in the book's introduction: "start with a curious spirit and get ready to discover the beauty, joy, creativity, and power that is already inside of you."

I'm only a couple of weeks in, but already I love the writing prompts. Not only is the journal designed beautifully, but it truly is thoughtful and inspiring. I'm excited to stick with it for the year and understand my inner self. Are you ready to cultivate your own happiness too?
List 17 - List the difficult moments in you past that have
shaped you for the better.

Here are some other similar journals you can try as well:
  • Calm by Michael Acton Smith. Read my review here
  • Moorea Seal's other journal - 52 Lists for Happiness. Buy it online from Easons here
  • Fearne Cotton's Happy or her newest journal Calm have also had amazing review. You can buy them here

Until next time,

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