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Meal Plan with Your Journal

It takes serious time management and organization skills to maintain healthy eating these days. The more we know about what which foods are healthy for which people, the more information we have to keep track of when planning meals, buying ingredients, and preparing the final product. It is also a great way to curb your food budget by being more aware of what you need for the meals you set out. Take a breath, and relax. This article is here to help! You are going to learn how to take one convenient Bullet Journal and use it to combine your meal planning, recipes, grocery lists, and food budget.

What is a Bullet Journal, and How Do I Use it for Meal Planning?

Bullet Journals have become all the rage for those of us who still enjoy keeping our lives organized via the old school pen and paper method. It is a journal in which you use a series of distinct bullets to organize and connect multiple lists. You use short phrases to keep it more manageable, and you can do all of this in any journal. What you end up with is a visible and permanent reference for your thoughts and actions.

If you think about it, meal planning consists of a list full of lists: a list of meals to prepare for this week, recipes for those meals that are composed of a list of ingredients and a list of steps, a separate list of the ingredients you need as opposed to those you already have, and a list of where to get certain ingredients that you can’t find in your usual supermarket, and, finally, a list of how much it all costs. Wow. Keep reading to find out how a Bullet Journal will turn these lists into one easy system.

Meal Planning

Think of a typical week’s worth of meals you would like to make. Choose meals you have been craving, meals you already have a bunch of ingredients for, or whatever else works for you. Start with your first meal and list all the ingredients. Use a distinct bullet symbol for those you need to purchase more of. Repeat for all other meals, but only use the distinct “buy more” bullet point once per ingredient. When all your meals and corresponding ingredients have been listed, make a note of quantity needed for each ingredient you need to buy next to the distinctly bullet pointed items. That way, you can quickly see which items, and how much of them, you need to purchase. Here is an example:

Chicken Fajitas:

*Chicken Breasts (4)


*Chicken Broth (4 cans)

*Olive Oil



-Frozen Bell Peppers

Broccoli Chicken Bowls:

-Chicken Breasts

*Frozen Broccoli

-Olive Oil


*Soy Sauce

-Chicken Broth

*Carrots (Big Bundle)


-Carrot Sticks

*Celery Sticks

-Ranch Dressing

Recipes and Preparation

Use your Bullet Journal to note advance preparations that you need to make, such as “thaw meat,” “marinate,” and “chop veggies.” Writing the day of the week you plan to make each meal serves as a quick reminder for what to do each morning before work. We often make substitutions for allergies and preferences. Write the recipe steps with your changes under the ingredients list, and then it is easily accessible next time you make it. Use a distinct bullet symbol for the steps you need to do in advance.

Budgeting Money and Time

If you are like me, you chronically cut coupons but forget to bring them. Use the Bullet Journal system to note ingredients you have coupons for and ingredients. Keep your coupons inside your journal, and keep your journal where you keep your keys. Reserve a separate page at the back of your journal for listing brands you come to prefer, stores that do not carry frequently used ingredients, stores where pricey ingredients tend to be most affordable, and other tips you gather along the way that will prevent you from making too many trips or overspending. The two advantages of using a Bullet Journey for meal planning are: you get to tailor it to your own organizational style, and you have everything you need in one place. No more wondering what you did last time to make the sauce thicker or standing in the middle of the aisle, searching through multiple recipes on your phone to figure out how much butter to get. The more you use this system, the more uses you will find for it!

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How to Create 90-Day Goals with a Journal


Goals are the foundation of success. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, you’re not going to find success unless you make big goals, smaller goals, and you work hard to achieve those goals. One way to help you create a list of goals and also achieve them is with the help of a bullet-list and a journal. Journaling is a wonderful success tool because it helps you put your thoughts on paper to make your goals seem more realistic and attainable. If you’re looking to create 90-day goals, perhaps you should take up journaling sooner rather than later.

Why A 90-Day Goal Works

This kind of goal is ideal because it is about all the time most people can focus on achieving a goal. This is not to say your goal must only be something you can achieve in 90-days. Your goal can be to earn a million dollars by the time you reach 30 even if you’re only 20. You just break that goal down into smaller goals that span 90 days. You have the focus, the determination, and the desire to reach your goals in this timeframe. Anything that takes longer to achieve feels pointless. You lose motivation and focus, and you prefer to move on.

How to Start Journaling

There’s no right or wrong way to do this. You get a piece of paper, open a document on your computer, and you begin writing. Be sure to date your entries, and be sure you’re being honest when you write. You’re writing something very private, so you needn’t worry about someone else reading it, judging you, or ridiculing you and your goals.

Now that you’re writing your feelings down each day, start making a few bullet lists along the way. This is what helps you achieve your 90-day goals. Start with your main goal. In this case, the example is earning 1 million dollars in 10 years. To make this happen, you must earn $100,000 per year minimum. It seems like a lot. This is where the bullet list comes in handy. Start breaking it down so you can create 90-day goals.

– $1 million in 10 years

– $100,000 per year

– $25,000 per quarter

– $8,333 per month

– $1,923 per week (when your account for 52 weeks per year)

– $384.60 per weekday ($274.71 every single day)

– $48 per hour

Now you have a bullet list in your journal, and you start your work there. Do you see how your goal of $1 million broken down little by little sounds so much easier and more attainable when you see it in this manner?

Figure it Out

Now you know what you have to earn each day to meet your goal. Use your journal to break down your bullet list into 90-day goals. You’re going to need to earn $25,000 per quarter to make this happen. That’s your goal for the next 90 days.

When your goal is broken down into smaller goals, it’s easier to achieve. Now that you know what you want to do inside of 3 months, you need to figure out what you should do each day to make that happen. Write it down, cross it off the list every day, and do it.

How Journaling Helps with 90-Day Goals

Journaling helps you clear your mind when you write what you’re feeling. If you’re feeling down, you write. If you’re feeling happy, you write. Then you review what you’re writing. You might learn something about how you think on certain days that can help you succeed more. Do you notice you eat well or workout harder on days you’re more successful in reaching your goals? Use that and everything else you’re learning from your journal to help you improve yourself, your actions, and your life to crush your goals further.

Your life is all you get. You have to make it count every single day if you want to get the most out of it. You can sit back and wonder what would have happened if you’d started journaling and creating 90-day goals months ago, or you could just do it. The time always passes, but it’s how you spend that time that really counts. You have a choice to make, and this is an easy one to handle. The more you work on your goals the easier it becomes to achieve them.

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5 Things to Know About Mindful Journaling

Mindful Journaling

Are you mindful of your everyday life? It is not uncommon to go through each day, not realizing what you are doing, as if you are using cruise control. Being more mindful is a learning curve for so many, and you might need a little time to catch on. Being mindful is great for not only your emotional and mental health, but your physical health as well. To help explain mindful journaling a little better, it’s like yoga but without the physical activity. It’s the way you clear your mind, it’s how you learn to focus on yourself, and it’s how you learn who you are.

Being mindful means being present in your own life. It’s taking deliberate time to focus on how you feel, what’s around you, and what is happening. It’s deliberate, and it’s helpful in so many ways. Being mindful helps you learn how to appreciate the little things in life. It helps you learn how to better react to situations, and it helps you clear your mind of so much stress and discontent. Here’s what you need to know about mindfulness journaling.

1. This Style of Journaling is Deliberate

It won’t come easily to you at first. You might not sit down and find yourself able to write mindful thoughts right away. You might struggle for a few days or weeks until you grow accustomed to this type of writing. You might be confused or unsure what to write. Take time learning how to be more mindful by writing in your journal daily.

2. It’s Messy

The idea of a mindfulness journal seems so put together and clean, but it’s anything but. A mindfulness journal is messy because your mind is messy. You can’t write down how you feel and what you feel in a nice and tidy manner. Your mind is a jumbled mess of thoughts, feelings, and things. Your journal is going to reflect that jumbled mess of thoughts and feelings. Don’t worry how disorganized it is. Don’t focus on clean thoughts and writing. Focus on what you feel.

3. You Must Be Honest

The one thing you should know about mindfulness journaling is all about honesty. This kind of journal will not work if you are not honest. You cannot sugarcoat how you feel, what you’re thinking, or what you’re going through. Since nobody should read the journal but you, you don’t have to hide your real emotions or feelings in an attempt to appear a certain way. Feel free to be open and free with the journal.

The purpose of a mindful journal is to help you clear your mind. If you’re spending so much time organizing your thoughts and lying to yourself, you’re not being honest about how you feel and why you feel that way. Now is the time to focus on doing things that work for you in terms of being honest. It won’t be easy to be this raw with yourself right away, but you will get better with it over time.

4. Don’t Forget Optimism

Your mind might not be filled with happy thoughts every day, but it is helpful to include some happy thoughts each day. It is not uncommon to have some days where you really have to try to find the good in your day, but it’s there if you know where to look. Even if 90% of your journal on one particular day is negative, find one good thing to be hopeful and optimistic about.

Whether you’re just happy about having hot water and a shower when you get home from work or you’re happy you have a family, write it down. mindful is difficult, but it’s not impossible. You can do it, and you can make it easier on yourself if you are honest.

5. It is Great for Stress Relief

Being mindful is good for your mind and your soul. It’s good for your body, too. You can release your stress when you use your mindfulness journal each day. Your body tenses when you go through difficult times or feel stressed. When you write those things down and get them out of your mind, you’re able to clear the stress and tension from your body.

Being mindful takes time to learn. You won’t be perfect the first day, but it’s all right to mess up and learn as you go. Everyone starts as a novice when it comes to being mindful, but you can make it a habit and learn to apply this to your life each day. A journal is a wonderful way to start making positive changes in your life.

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Kids Books Fall Prize Pack Giveaway

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Back to Basics: Visual Journaling

When you were a child, you probably drew pictures showing how you felt about having a new baby brother or learning to swim. Now that you’re grown up, you can still use art to process your emotions and reduce stress.

Many artists and therapists use visual journals to help them with their work. Whatever your personal goals, see how images can be part of your strategy for moving ahead.

Benefits of Visual Journaling

  1. Articulate your feelings. When you’re struggling to put your emotions into words, it may be easier to sketch them out. The shapes and colors you choose could be revealing.

  2. Increase your willpower. Each time you update your journal, you remind yourself about the positive changes you are trying to achieve. It’s a simple way to create triggers that reinforce new habits.

  3. Manage stress. Protect your mind and body from the effects of chronic stress. A journal soothes you without any extra calories or extravagant expense. You may even want to carry it with you to the airport or dentist’s office.

  4. Stimulate your creativity. Any art project can trigger innovative thinking. You’ll discover solutions to longstanding challenges at home or work.

Techniques for Creating Your Visual Journal

  1. Record your feelings. Let whatever you’ve been bottling up come pouring out. Ask yourself how you’re feeling. The answer may surprise you.

  2. Mark up a book. Find inspiration by searching for prompts in a children’s story or an advertising supplement. Alter the pictures or the text. Add your own illustrations.

  3. Doodle a little. Even if your time is limited, you can see what appears spontaneously when you put pen to paper. Your free form doodling may uncover your subconscious concerns about your health or your family.

  4. Assemble a collage. Browse through magazines for pictures or collect various types of items you can use. Paste them together according to your own design.

  5. Dream on. Park your journal on your nightstand before you go to bed. You may be able to capture a snapshot of your dreams while your memory is fresh.

  6. Add text. Maybe you want your journal to combine words and images. Invent captions or drop in some favorite quotes. Turn your adventures with dieting or dating into a graphic novel.

  7. Note the date. Try keeping track of the day and time that you update your journal. An ongoing log will help you to see changes or patterns that develop over time. You may also notice how your mood or energy levels shift from morning to night.

Techniques for Using Your Visual Journal

  1. Keep it private. You may decide that you want to keep your journal for your eyes only. Knowing that you’re the only person who will see it could help you to feel free to experiment and divulge your innermost thoughts.

  2. Browse online. There are many websites and forums devoted to visual journaling and art therapy. Look at samples on Pinterest. Participate in a community and exchange support.

  3. Collaborate with a friend. If you tell your friends and family about your journal, they may be interested in joining you. You could discuss each other’s work. You could also suggest themes or materials that you could both work on together.

  4. Show it to your therapist. If you’re already seeing a counselor or plan to start therapy, you may want to incorporate your journal into your sessions. Mention your projects to your therapist and follow their recommendations.

Creative expression is good for your health and wellbeing. Lift your spirits and clarify your thinking by keeping a visual journal.

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Why Practice Spiritual Self Care Daily?

A spiritual connection is a form of routine, which helps to bring people in contact with the divine. According to a clinical study, spirituality is to seek to find meaning in life outside of the person. It is a connection to the world and to explore what one’s purpose is in the world.

What is the Difference Between Spirituality and Religion?

Both spirituality and religion share the belief that there is a divine presence or creator, ethics, and awe at our created universe. During a spiritual connection, rather than go through an established set of rituals in a social setting, the relationship is between you and the divine as you reflect and become more aware of that divine presence. A spiritual connection can be the point at which we come fully into awareness of the divine and begin to manifest our desires.

For many people, the first step towards discovering this divine presence is the discovery of the divinity within themselves. Through meditation and contemplation, the mind opens to spiritual truths, which can apply to your life. Time spent alone can awaken spirituality through listening to yourself. Spirituality takes time to connect with the truth within yourself in the space of stillness. 

Of course, the very nature of a spiritual connection is that there are no boundaries. The divine being remains transcendent and not bound by any physical reality. When we believe in the existence of that divine presence within ourselves, then we naturally feel more at ease and peace in our lives.

What is Spiritual Self Care?

Spending time in spiritual self-care encourages more connection with the divine to meet your spiritual needs. Setting up a daily or weekly routine to engage in spirituality will have multiple benefits for your wellbeing. Spiritual self-care can include any activity that helps you learn, grow, and connect with the divine by yourself or with others.

How Can We Benefit from Spiritual Self Care?

Spiritual self-care benefits your health, including mental and emotional well being. Studies show that having a belief in a divine presence is part of what increases life expectancy, reduces stress and depression, and can improve social connections.

By participating in spiritual self-care, you also form an identity with your beliefs that can increase confidence and mental well being. Finding purpose in something meaningful establishes better mental health.

What Forms of Spiritual Self Care Are There?

There are many ways of attaining a spiritual connection. We can access the universe using meditation, prayer, contemplation or journaling, nature, and reflecting on personal experience.

  • Meditation can be the most empowering connection with the divine. Being able to stop ourselves from negative thoughts brings peace and the ability to make more sense of the world and our meaning in it. Without the ability to control our thoughts, our emotions could easily consume us.
  • Instead of relying on logic in an attempt to control our emotions, through meditation, we can transcend chaos. Meditation allows us to let go of our thoughts to find stillness. There are many different forms of meditation. Some involve deep breathing, mindfulness, or guided exercises.
  • Many people associate meditation with spirituality, but there are many more forms of spiritual self-care. If you walk in nature, the appreciation and involvement of being outdoors is a form of spiritual self-care. Walking in nature can connect you to the divine in recognition of the creation of life around you.
  • Taking time to reflect on the meaning of life, your purpose, or what lessons you’ve learned from personal experiences in a journal is also a form of spiritual self-care. Reflecting in this way means that you are open to learning from the past to grow and change.
  • Writing a daily gratitude entry is another form of spiritual self-care. It focuses your mind on what you appreciate in life. Gratitude is beneficial for mental health and proven to change negative thoughts to more positive ones.

Set Up a Daily or Weekly Spiritual Self-Care Routine

Taking time for a daily spiritual connection will benefit many areas of your life and help you feel more at peace and ease. Once you take time to decide what spiritual self-care you wish to participate in, be sure to keep a daily or weekly schedule to keep track of your activity.

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Finding Inspiration for Your Journal

As you begin using your journal more often, you might find that your entries become really repetitive. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes you just want a little creative inspiration to make it more interesting. Here are some different ways to find more inspiration for your journal, to keep it fun and engaging.

Experiment with Different Writing Styles

Your lack of inspiration or interest in journaling might not be journaling itself, but the style you have chosen to use. For example, if you have been using journaling prompts for each journal entry, maybe it is time to try a brain dump. This is where you don’t know what you are writing about – you just write about any thoughts or feelings you have. Another change to make is if you have been trying to fit too much in each journal entry with too many rules. Just because you started out by writing out goals and lists every day, doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it if you don’t feel you are benefiting from it.

Shop Around for the Best Journal and Writing Utensils

Yes, what you use to journal matters! If you are using a pen that isn’t comfortable for your hand or has ink that only works properly half the time, it becomes frustrating and you won’t want to use it. The same goes for the journal or notebook you are using. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but be a good size and something you will enjoy using. Hardcover journals can be great, but if you have a hard time opening up the pages to write in them, they are useless.

Make it Fun and Get Creative

A big part of journaling is writing, but that doesn’t have to be all you do. You can feel free to get as creative as you want, whether the title of each journal page has a design around it, you have intermittent doodle pages, or you have little drawings on every journal entry. Use color, different pens or colored pencils, embellishments, stencils, and anything else you have available. This makes it a lot more fun and can give you different types of inspiration.

Keep Reading About Journaling

To be inspired, sometimes you need to see what others are doing. Follow some blogs and social media accounts that talk about journaling, whether they show pages of their own journal, give tips and advice, or offer journaling prompts for you to use. This can be really helpful when you get a little stuck and need more journaling inspiration.

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How Journaling Can Change Your Life for the Better

How Journaling Can Change Your Life for the Better

You may not have journaled since you were a kid. Or maybe you’ve never tried it and don’t see the point. But, the action of putting pen to paper is an extraordinarily beneficial way to improve your life. Journaling is an effortless way to change your life when nothing is going right.

Discover what’s important

When you free write, you end up writing about the things that are most important to you. They may be things that you don’t even think of as that important but looking back over your writings later will give you a strong inclination of what you find the most rewarding in your life. For example, if you find yourself coming back to the idea of starting your own business over and over again, it’s obvious that it’s a dream that’s important to you. When your life is in chaos, you have less to lose, and you might decide to go for it and see what happens.

Track successes

We get used to living in a routine and frequently overlook the small actions we make that add up to beneficial changes in our lives over time. Journaling helps us see all the successes we’ve had, even when life isn’t going the way we want it to. Using a journal as a form of tracking our successes can bring us a great deal of comfort when times are tough.

Let go of old emotional blocks

We can share our deepest fears and worries in a journal. When we feel down, we often need a sounding board more than we need advice, and journaling gives us that. We can let out and then let go of past hurts and failures, our needs and wants, without having to tell anyone about them but ourselves. Writing is cathartic and can help us release old emotions and beliefs that are no longer serving us.

Find the answers

People who journal often report that they find the answers to problems within themselves by using journaling to tap into their unconscious. Each of us has the answers to every problem already inside of us and journaling is a way to access those answers in a positive way. It’s amazing how allowing ourselves to be honest and open to our struggles ends up making the answer we’ve been seeking so obvious – it’s all there in black and white.

Encourages creativity

Many people who journal find themselves writing poetry or drawing to express themselves. A journal is a safe place to be creative. There’s no judgment from others, just an open invitation to express ourselves in whatever way comes up. Allowing this creativity to spring forth is another way that our problems get solved because we allow our minds to be in a different, creative space that is open to all possibilities.

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Survival Food Storage Will Come In Handy During A Disaster

When you are sheltering in place, are planning on staying in a shelter, or even dealing with the possibility of being stuck out on the road, having food and water is your top priority in any disaster situation. You can make it without power, and a lot of creature comforts, but you can’t survive without food and water.

Emergency food storage doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, it can be mainly comprised of items your family is already eating. Before you go out and start buying all the water, bread, and milk you can get your hands on, figure out how long you want to prepare for. Having at least a week’s worth of food and water stored up can be a great idea during a natural disaster. Keep in mind that you not only have to ride out the storm itself, but that it may also take extra time before help and supplies can make it to you.

Start with your water supply. Hopefully you will continue to have running water, but don’t depend on it as your only source of drinking water. Buy water bottles, or fill up milk jugs, soda bottles and the likes to ensure you have enough clean water to safely drink for a few days. You can make it much longer without food than without water. This should be your number 1 priority.

Next think about non-perishable food that your family will eat. Choose food that you can eat as is. Crackers and peanut butter are a good choice, as are canned beans, soups, and the likes. Canned tuna or chicken makes for a great protein source. Bread is another good option along with your favourite non-perishable sandwich toppings. Don’t forget about things like granola bars, protein bars, nuts or beef jerky that you can eat right from the package.

If you have a camping stove, or a grill outside, you may also be able to heat and cook some foods. Instant oatmeal, coffee, hot chocolate mix, soups, and even instant rice are great options if you have the ability to heat water when the power goes out.

Last but not least, stock up on some favourite treats like chocolate, chips, pretzels, cookies and the likes. It will make getting through those tough disaster days a little more bearable.

Start with a list of things that you know your family will eat and things you’ll use up even when you don’t need them during a disaster. From there, start to round it out with things that will keep you full and healthy and pick those up as needed. For example, you may eat canned vegetable or chicken noodle soup regularly, but aren’t a big fan of tuna. Keep a small supply of the soups in your pantry at all times (rotating through them as needed), and pick up a few cans of tuna as needed. Talk to your family about your survival food supply and let them have input into what you should stock and keep as well. It will give them a sense of control and responsibility and of course ensure that everyone is happy with the meals available when things get serious.