What are you made of?

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About two weeks ago, I had surgery to replace my ACL. I had a few setbacks, but had wonderful support from family and friends. It made me think of resilience and how what we are made of determines how we handle life situations.

In my journaling workshop everyone wrote to this quote, and I asked them to describe themselves in terms of food. What type of food are you? What does it say about how you handle circumstances in your life or where you are right now in your life?

The results were creative and eye opening. I was overdone spaghetti, because I feel all twisted and overdone. Obviously I was having a hard time and need to rethink my food in a more positive manner. That’s OK, because it made me aware of my mindset. Others were strawberry because they are refreshing and sweet, avocado as it tastes nutty (she is is self-proclaimed nutty and tans dark like a ripe avocado, and lobster being a favorite food and feeling like she is floundering.

Identifying with a food may not be an earth shattering epiphany, but it can help you connect to where you are mentally and emotionally. Perhaps you’re oatmeal–soothing and constant or a lemon–always tart and stinging, but yet cleansing. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of fun and creativity in your journaling, and we can always change what we are made of by adding some ingredients.

What are you made of? Are you happy with the food that reflects your mood or attitude? What can you add in to balance that food or complement it?

Sunshine Memories

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Draw or print out a smiling sun. Along the sun’s rays, write down who and what brings you joy. Maybe it’s certain people in your life, activities you like to do, self-care like yoga, massage, reading, exercise, sleep. Whatever makes you happy and brings a smile on your face. Fill out all the lines–maybe not all today, but you can keep adding.
 
Then journal about that person or activity and why it brings you joy. You could write one a day. It becomes your positive memory bank. A place that you can return to when life feels too hard or you simply have a bad day. It reminds you that the sun will always shine.
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Decorate your positive memory bank page. Make it yours. There’s only a right way for you to journal, so do what makes you feel happy. Let your inner creativity shine through.