Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? If you've never heard of NaNoWriMo before you should totally check it out. I love the idea of taking on a big project one month—so inspiring.
This got me thinking about writing in general (as not everyone wants to write a novel). Throughout high school and college I generally kept up the habit of writing in a journal often. I guess this was somewhat before people just updated their FB status and called it a day. (I kid!) And lately I've been feeling like I might return to that practice. It seriously feels so good to sometimes get your thoughts or worries out onto paper. It's also really powerful to write out those big goals we all sometimes dream up. So, I thought November, being all about writing anyway, might be a great time to start. I'm not going to journal every day, but I do have three prompts I'm going to sit down and spend some time writing about during the course of November. Just for me. Just for fun. In case you'd like to join me, here they are:
1. List 10 Things I'm Super Thankful For
We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving this month, so this is totally seasonally appropriate. Plus I think the exercise of writing (or saying) what you are thankful for is really healthy. Sometimes I feel sort of down, or I might be getting a little bratty/self-absorbed about life. During those moments, really thinking about everything I have that I'm thankful for can help bring me back to earth. 🙂
2. Narrate One Crazy Dream Coming True
I was challenged to do something like this recently, and it was eye-opening! I don't know about you, but I'm a crazy dreamer. Like, I fantasize about being the lead singer of every song I listen to while I run. I am Katy Perry. That's more of a fantasy, but I think sometimes we don't allow our big dreams to ever become more than fantasy to us. We refuse to believe that big dreams can't happen. So this writing time will be all about narrating the present-tense moment when I achieve one of my crazy dreams. Does this mean my dream is more likely to happen? I don't know. But I do think this exercise forces you to think about what you really want, deep down. It's also kind of a fiction writing exercise since it's set in the future.
3. Write About My Favorite Memory From the Year
Can you believe 2014 is almost over?! We still have some time left, but towards this time of every year I start to get reflective about life. And it's healthy to rediscover special moments. I'm not sure which I'll write about yet (I have two in mind, so I'll have to pick one), but remembering the good moments, achievements, or the loved ones in our lives is so healthy.
Anyone else out there journal? You gonna join me? Or is anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year?! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photo edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.