Keeping An Authentic Journal, An Authentic Quote Page and an Authentic Day Planner

Creating an Authentic Self takes courage. You have to be actively working everyday to create an authentic life. Keeping an Authentic Journal is an invaluable tool when you are creating anything. There are numerous journals to choose from. You may be tempted to keep your journal on a computer, and that is fine if you have access to it all the time. I prefer to use a bound journal with blank pages. I write my thoughts, insert pictures and other things in my bound journal that I carry with me everywhere. I have a handbag that I can throw it in, and when I am going to school it fits nicely in a backpack. You may want to have a fancy leather journal, but a simple, inexpensive notebook can serve the purpose just as well:

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One of the first things I did with my Authentic Journal was to write a page of famous quotes.
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These are great for when I need to be pumped up or if I need inspiration to continue creating. Again, there are numerous planners available. Again, keeping it on your computer is an option. I prefer a bound planner because I can stick it into my purse and carry it with me.

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Making and keeping a schedule has saved my life. I have a planner that has monthly calendars as well as a daily schedule. I draw my own lines on the daily page to show me what I can do every hour. I don’t stick to this schedule like it is carved in stone, but I try to get as much done as possible. There are three reasons I do this: first, there are some days of the month when I have appointments or important events to show up for. I put these on my monthly calendar. Second, when I review the daily plan in the evening, I realize just how much I did accomplish. It is a great esteem builder. Finally, I make sure to do those things that are the most important get done.

You will see that my daily list has lines that I have drawn to keep my mind on a task. I have found that if I have scheduled my time, I can more fully concentrate on the task at hand. When I don’t have a schedule, I tend to flit from task to task, worried that I am not getting anything done. I review my list, check off what I have done, and move what I haven’t done to another day. I realize that for each of the next 15 weeks, my schedule will change as I add more tasks to my quest to Create my Authentic Self. I am still working on my authentic self vision board and will post it soon. Go and create! Then make sure you share. I love to hear from you.

15 Weeks to Create An “Authentic” Self: Authentic Vision Board, Authentic Journal, & Authentic Schedule

"And what I was feeling was the wonder of being more than me.  I had become a chiming star, a burning nova, exploding love." - Walter Myers
“And what I was feeling was the wonder of being more than me. I had become a chiming star, a burning nova, exploding love.” – Walter Myers

In 15 weeks, I will have yet another birthday.  I am over 50, and have decided that when I hit my next birthday I will be the person I want to be for the next 1/2 century of my life. In other words, I want to create my authentic self.  I am at the point in my life that I want to change those things about myself that I don’t like. Now it is my time.  It is my time to use my time to carve out a piece of the world for myself.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have lived a life trying to please other people.  It hasn’t worked.  I find that as I get older, I have become less interested in pleasing others and more interested in transforming my life to my liking.  I will search out the company of people who celebrate me, and avoid the company of people who just tolerate me.  I know enough now that I can decide for myself what values are important and real to me, and which ones are not.

You are invited to join me on my quest.  Each week, I will give myself (and you if you are coming on board) a task to implement. I will research the options, and then choose for myself what I want to create in my life to make it more authentic. Notice I didn’t use the word complete, because these tasks are meant to change the way I live,  and therefore will not be completed until I am dead.

For seven days, I will concentrate on this task, and keep a record of how I am doing with that particular creation.  For example, one week will be devoted to fitness.  Fitness is important because our bodies are vessels for our minds, our hearts,  and our spirits.  I will research different ways to promote fitness and then create an authentic fitness program. I will then implement the program that works for me. Since every body is different, I will give you options and point you in directions you may want to explore to create the authentic fitness program for you.  I will take pictures (the before picture will be tough), before weight, and before measurements.  I recommend that you do the same.  If our body image is a problem, it is imperative that we acknowledge it before we can fix it.  Keep in mind that if our bodies are sick, that will affect every other aspect of our lives.  I am talking about not only actual wellness, but body image as well.  If our image of ourself is out of whack, it will be more difficult to address the higher level creations such as increasing brain health and creating a spiritual aspect to our lives.

Another week I may devote to creating joyful living.  I will research different ways to bring joy by observing joyful people, reading literature about happiness and implementing the actions that will promote a happier and more joyful life.

This weeks task is threefold.  First, we will create an authentic life board. we will cut out pictures of how we want our life to be and place them on a board.  That is the visual aspect of the task, and I know it has been used and overused, but that is because it works.  If you create your board and look at it every day, if will become reality.  I have seen it happen time and again.  Second, we will start a journal.  The journal will be specific to this quest.  Write in it everyday.  Start with the week’s task, and then write down how we are progressing during the week.  Finally, find quotes from people you admire and write them in your journal.  I want us to find a quote the following: health, spirituality, love, integrity, joy, peace and intelligence.  For example, Marrianne Williamson said “Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it.  If we are frantic, life will be frantic.  If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.”  That could fall under “peace.”    For love, we could use “to love is to recognize yourself in another.” – Eckhart Tolle. There are so many quotes out there, that this should be an easy task.

Good luck.  I welcome comments and suggestions.  Have an authentic and creative week.