Day 28: 31 Days of Journal Writing

First StepDay 28: My journal is full of a lot of big dreams – how do I make them happen?

This is one of the coolest, most fantastic parts to keeping a journal.

The part where you write and write and unload and process and smooth out and problem solve and write and discover and play and write some more.

And before you know it ideas are springing forth from your pen and pouring out onto your page.

One entry is all about the four-seater bike you want to build. Another page is about the trip you dream about taking to Iceland. By yourself. In winter. Maybe you even have a page describing in detail your perfect partner and the kids you will have together. Two boys and a girl?

The magic and wonder of journal writing is that it can be a powerful tool for manifestation.

If you are into that sort of thing, than your journal is sort of a breeding ground for making shit happen.

You’ve got space to both visualize what you want for yourself in as much detail as you want to visualize it. And you’ve got space for the gratitude work, which all the gurus say is an important part of the manifestation process.

Just so’s you know, yes, as a matter of fact, I do totally believe in this woo woo manifestation stuff.

BUT, if this isn’t your thing, your journal is still totally a breeding ground for the awesome big ideas, dreams, hopes, desires, and coolness that you want to invite into your life.

This is your place to clarify your ideas. To hammer out the details.

When you decide that you’re ready to take your dreams and ideas from the pages of your journal and make them part of your real deal every day life then the question for you to pose in your journal is this:

What is my very next step?

This question forces you to get super clear. Before you can choose your very next step you need to have a plan, right?

Not necessarily a super laid out and detailed plan, but a sense of what comes first and what comes next. Maybe the outline of your plan.

You don’t need to know every single step right now. You don’t need to know what you’ll be doing in two months from now.

You just need to know your very next step. The thing that you can do in the not too distant future, like this week, that will be a step toward your dreams.

When you do that one time, and take one step, doing it again is easier.

You’ll need a bag of goodies along the way. The right mindset. Support. Protection from naysayers. Courage. Persistence.

You can get this stuff from books, coaches, like-minded friends, the writing that comes up in your journal.

You can totally do this. The dreams in your journal can become your reality. Stay connected. When you lose focus, find your way back.

One. Step. At. A. Time.

Prompt for today: When your journal reveals where you want to go, what will be the first step you take to get there?

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Sara Marchessault is a coach, writer, and mom who helps busy women use journaling to create more space in their life for being productive without feeling overwhelmed. Visit to get your FREE Journal Protection Plan and start using your journal to create more joy in your life.


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