Once upon a Notebook

In Uncategorized on 2010/05/02 at 9:38 am

Growing up, I had the pleasure of being read to at night by my parents or by my older brothers and sisters. There are advantages to being the fifth in line.  To this day, I love to read aloud and to tell stories. They transport you to a place far far away, or make you laugh or open your mind to new possibilities and horizons.

As a lover of the Fairy Tale, I believe that a person’s vision for their Once Upon a Future should be just as home in a notebook as on a billboard sized poster board up for all the world to see. After all, it’s a storybook.

Whether you shout your plans and hopes and aspirations from a mountaintop or where you keep them contained in a notebook is a personal preference. As is true with personality, we are all different.

If you’re just getting started clarifying where you’d like your life to lead (or if you’d like to add another dimension to your vision work, here are two ideas for you.

1. Head to Big Lots, The Dollar Tree or Barnes and Noble. Find a notebook that you can fit into your briefcase or purse and buy it.

2. Immediately take 10 minutes in your car, at the subway station or at a coffee shop to initiate your notebook. Name your notebook/journal. I might name mine Tess’ financial freedom journal or Tess’ path to$280,000 annual income diary or Tess’ Emancipation Documentation.  Once you’ve given your journal a name, write a brief statement of what you want to have happen for you in the next 90 days.

3. Date your first future entry, and name the topic on which you’ll write on that next entry date. By doing this, you are creating a sense of importance and making an appointment for some “you” time, and giving yourself something to ponder between your first and second journal entry.

4. Put your notebook/journal into your briefcase or purse. Knowing it’s in there will be a reminder of your appointment and a reminder to think about your next writing topic. I pre-name my blog topics so that I don’t experience writer’s block. If I give myself the direction of a topic to write on, I’m more likely to get right to it. My edits may be many, but putting the pen to paper is easy.

5. Reread and review your journal entries during the specified 90 day period. You’ll come to enjoy reading your hopes and aspirations and plans  as much as you enjoy reading the hopes and plans of characters from your childhood treasures.

6. Finally, go to a local bookstore and spend an hour in a children’s book section. Reacquaint yourself with “Once upon a time…” so that you can get in touch with your imagination and help write your own story.



Copyright 2010 Destiny Rising, LLC


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