30 Journal Prompts For Introspection and Personal Reflection (gorgeous printable)

I've always found writing to be a meaningful way to dig into my thoughts and excavate what on earth is going on. Pouring out my heart and soul on paper is cathartic, therapeutic and edifying all in one clarifying sweep. 

Stream of consciousness writing, lists of feelings, emotive rants, letters to myself, moments of gratitude, curiosities, simple daily details, dawning realizations, poetry, affirmations, word doodles, navel gazing, sentence prompts and endings... they all make journal worthy material from my point of view!

In the spirit of inner wanderings and personal exploration, I've put together a list of prompts I've enjoyed exploring and answering.

You can download the entire PDF for free at the very end of this post!

Or, view the prompts by clicking on the first picture below and scrolling through.

I hope you enjoyed reading the prompts, and would be very excited to hear about your success when using prompts in general, or these ones in particular!

I'm also going to answer one prompt at a time in my Daydream Circle update each month.

If you join with us, you'll also receive links to the freebies you may have missed over the previous month, daydream dares, begin-create-become ideas, a 'do something different' challenge, and special news.

Oh, you'll also receive a 25 page PDF featuring the 3 affirmations I've found to be the most useful over time (including gorgeous images to print).

Linda. xox

PS. Here's the link to download your free Journal Prompt PDF as featured above. No strings!




The Beauty of Strangeness and Mystery... (+ PDF Download)

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. Francis Bacon. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

I love it when life presents me with mystery, uniqueness, and the slightly off-kilter. I often find myself drawn to these things more than others.

The nutty, the dorky, those with a warped sense of humour.... I feel akin.

Maybe it's because I consider myself a teeny bit weird, and a whole lot of quirky. I'm a mish mash of thoughts, with musings and inner adventures taking up room in my head.

I often feel a deep affinity with the children I teach who surprise with unusual and off-beat ideas and questions. Those who ponder the mysteries of the mostly unheard of. The inventions and creations of those immersed in rich veins of wonder and enchantment. It's a delightful eye-opener to see what unaffected free thinkers can conjure up!

In celebration of strangeness, mystery, and the slightly weird, here are 4 quotes I adore.

You can download them all via PDF at the end of this post.

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. Friedrich Nietzsche. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com
Break the monotony. Do something strange and extravagant. Emerson. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com
Plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. Ken Kesey. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

And finally, a longer quote I've always loved...

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Rob Siltanen

Until we chat again, here's to a little bit of strangeness!

(I've added this post to the link up over at Alicia's One Mother Hen!)

Linda. xox

You can download these quotes via PDF here. No email required.

PS. If you don't already, you can get the monthly(ish) update personally delivered by joining the 'Circle of Daydreamers'. No need to find your way back to the blog! I'll knock gently on your inbox door, and hand over any matching freebies with the latest musings.  As a welcome gift you'll also receive a free 25 page booklet featuring the 3 best affirmations I know (plus gorgeous images to print).

You'll also receive 'daydream dares', 'do something different' challenges, and 'begin - create - become' examples to try.




23 Important Things I Wish I'd Fully Understood Before I Was 23...

23 Important Things I Wish I'd Fully Understood Before I Was 23

1. Some people will like me, some people will love me. Some people won't do either. What's most important is I love, and like myself. To that end, I need to be the best person I can be - for me.

2. Truly listening is a skill that rewards me in spades.

3. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. Life can be heart wrenching and unfair for no good reason. Some things just are. It's not what happens, it's how I react to it.

4. Saying 'no' should not be a precursor to guilt. 'No' can be a sentence in itself, and doesn't require detailed explanations all the time. People pleasing is not a great career option.

5. Shame can suffocate your essence and snuff out your spark. Putting effort into sharing your shame and dealing with it will help lift the burden. Being proactive and calling out your shame is scary, but worth it.

Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change. Brene Brown. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

6. The direction I take is mine to choose. Ideas and tips from others are great, but ultimately I steer my own ship. Any decisions I make are mine, and the consequences that flow from them are mine. Playing the victim only gives away my power. Negativity thwarts pathways for growth.

7. Everyone sees the world through their own filter. If I disagree with them, I remind myself there may be solid reasons why they think like they do. We all come at life from our own perspectives, and the only person who's lived my life is me (and they theirs).

8. I need time alone to recharge and renew myself. This is okay. Others don't need to understand this, or even accept it. It is what it is, and my mindset and health are much better when I include it.

9. Being weird, dorky, or a little off the beaten track is also okay. Besides, the beaten path is well mined... stepping away means I sometimes find a diamond in the rough!

10. Sleep is one of my best friends, and my whole life is better when I treat it as such.

11. Treating my body like a temple means everything else in life improves. But it's okay to treat my body like a fun-house now and then too!

12. Laughter really is the best medicine (along with animals, dancing, singing, art, friends, family, nature, and time).

13. Talking to myself isn't an indicator of madness, it helps me process my feelings and get a handle on things. After all, I think I'm reasonably intelligent, so I'm a good person to have a chat with! Rehearsing future conversations in the shower is also fruitful!

14. Feelings will not kill you. They can also come in cycles. Stuffing them down or bottling them up builds resentment and stunts progress. Best to feel them, let them flow through me, and know life will happen despite them.

15. Keeping my surroundings uncluttered and my cupboards with room to spare feels luxurious and free. My mind is clearer, I feel better, and I'm calmer when I pay attention to the way I create my home and work space. My home is a haven, and a sanctuary for my soul. Putting effort into keeping it that way is therapeutic and brings me joy.

16. Boundaries are a vital part of protecting my inner core and well-being. Respecting myself enough to call out the disrespect of others and walk away from it honours who I am. Being alone is infinitely better than being with someone who treats me poorly.

Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. Brene Brown. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

17. Letting go when I can't change things, and having the courage to change the things I can, is one of the best pathways to satisfaction and contentment.

You can only lose what you cling to. Buddha. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

18. My intuition and gut feelings are superb indicators of what's real.

19. I should never make a life changing decision while I'm in an extreme mindset or mood. For example: Furious, devastated, ravenous, sleep deprived, shocked, or surprised. This almost always ends with poorly judged outcomes. Although, sometimes I'm in luck and things work out anyway!

20. Invisible threads are the strongest ties. Sometimes there are things driving me I'm not wholly aware of. And sometimes, there are habits or relationships I continue on auto pilot. Breaking detrimental attachments, particularly those I'm not wholly aware of, is something that requires great effort, and sometimes third party support. (I love a good counseling session).

Today, love yourself enough to say goodbye to those things that don't know how to love you back. Alessandra Sagredo. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

21. If I'm trying to play perfectly, then I'm not 'playing' I'm performing. (Unless I'm on stage - that's a playground for me!) If I'm trying to play without leaving any room for mistakes, tangents, or creative muck ups.... then I'm putting on a 'performance' rather than letting loose. Perfectionism can cripple joy.

22. The only person I can control is myself. The only person who can truly make me happy, is me. I am in charge of my own life, and it's not my right to control others. Trying to fix or rescue someone else from their own self destruction is also a form of control. We are all our own entities. Help and advice is nice, as long as it is freely given, and the giver is okay with it being rejected (me included)!

23. I am enough.


23 is almost half of 51, and I'd like to think I learned these things evenly across my time, one every couple of years. But, no.... there seems to have been a snowball effect as I got closer to 40, and then things really started to gather speed and cement themselves as I got to 50.

I'm never going to be perfect, and I'm still going to make many a mistake. The things I've learned may be forgotten and have to be re-learned via a new lesson! But, as long as I approach life with an attitude of gratitude and a willingness to learn, I trust myself to be the best 'me' I can be.

I wonder what lessons I'll be able to look back on in another 10 years or so?!

What about you?

What are the most important things you've learned over time?

(I've added this post to Open Slather on Alicia's wonderful blog!)

Linda. xox

You can download the quotes used in this post right here (no strings).

PS. If you don't already, you can get the monthly(ish) update personally delivered by joining the 'Circle of Daydreamers'. No need to find your way back to the blog! I'll knock gently on your inbox door, and hand over any matching freebies with the latest musings.  As a welcome gift you'll also receive a free 25 page booklet featuring the 3 best affirmations I know (plus gorgeous images to print).

You'll also receive 'daydream dares', 'do something different' challenges, and 'begin - create - become' examples to try.




The Dreaminess of Lao Tzu + A Collection of Printables For You

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

Along with Rumi, Lao Tzu is one of my favourite people to quote.

I find his words to be soothing, affirming, and comforting.

A lot of my inner growth over the last few years has focused on growing my ability to 'let go' of harmful thoughts, worries, or anxieties where relevant.

The 'serenity prayer' has been an endless and constant help in this. Lao Tzu's quotes also pull me to the side of contentment, inner awareness and self soothing.

When I get fixated on things beyond my control, or worry about things yet to come, these insightful words draw me back to the simplest way through.

The quotes below are part of an anthology of Lao Tzu's quotes I've put together (13 printables in all). Perfect for displaying on your wall anywhere you need support, or using on inspiration boards.

You can download them in PDF form at the bottom of this post.

I hope these ancient words of wisdom offer you something that strikes a chord today.

Wishing you simple peace and hope.

Linda. xox

You can download the entire anthology by clicking here (no email required).

PS. If you don't already, you can get the monthly(ish) update personally delivered by joining the 'Circle of Daydreamers'. No need to find your way back to the blog! I'll knock gently on your inbox door, and hand over any matching freebies with the latest musings.  As a welcome gift you'll also receive a free 25 page booklet featuring the 3 best affirmations I know (plus gorgeous images to print).