These writing courses weren’t to become a novelist though… they were built to teach one how to journal in a way that would help us find our NEW, IMPROVED way.
I’ve never been a journal type. I didn’t even know what a journaling course was, but I went for it anyway because it came highly recommended by my friend Jayne Margaret Photography.
At the time, my life was at a standstill after a bunch of changes took place. I didn’t know who I was or what I was suppose to do anymore. I just lost my way.
And boy, did this type of journaling jump start things in a BIG way, which you can read about in THIS post.
About Kim Klassen’s Classes / Podcast
One course was a free, 5 day Write | Now, learning how to write as-if something had already transpired. It dramatically jump started me.
Then I took Kim’s 8 week Write | Your Heart’s Desire course that was like a write as-if on steroids. SO many exercises to get you through any dilemma! Well worth the price.
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Back to my story…
But the #1 thing that is a MUST?
To start each day ‘on the page.’
p.s. kitty picture next, because… two cats helped make this post.
Why start a day ‘on-the-page’?
When I use to wake up, I’d grab my phone, scroll through the feeds and email, then suddenly I’d be hooked into doing this and that and everything else. I’d go off-course so badly, I’d literally forget to get dressed for the day. I’d be stuck in some zone I didn’t even plan, and spend my day doing something else I hadn’t intended. Fine if I needed it done, but what about the needed stuff?!
It didn’t get done.
And yes, a to-do list would help for sure. BUT….
JUST a to-do list wasn’t enough. To-dos help you stay on track for your daily stuff, but what about your dream stuff you’ve yet to accomplish?
Oh yes…. you get to dream. In fact, it’s MANDATORY.
On-the-page means you start your thoughts and desires by writing them down with pen and paper. It’s different than using something electronic. The process helps you work out stuff without distractions so you have a sound plan in place.
It does not matter if you write beautifully or in chicken scratch (like me).
The process of ink hitting paper is the key.
But it isn’t just a to-do list you’re making.
It’s much, MUCH more.
What is the Dream BIG Journal list?
After the courses, I had so much info, it was tricky to decide which exercise to implement. I wanted a quick reference to get my daily thoughts down quickly.
So I created my own list called the Dream BIG Journal list which is loosely based on Kim’s lessons, which helps me get my day and beyond all sorted out. (print out below)
And with Kim’s blessing, I’m sharing my list with you today so I can help encourage and inspire you.
I’ve tested the list out now for a few months and my life is changing. It works!
I’m moving forward with much more effective intention and getting some big dreams realized as well.
This is not your average to-do list. (I didn’t find that was enough for me)
This is not a write about your day thing either. (which I don’t find helps)
The Dream BIG Journal list will help you get your daily stuff done with intentional steps, PLUS make bigger, scary brave stuff happen too!
Wanna change your life?
You just wait…
How to make your own Dream BIG Journal List
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My journal list (printed from this post below)
Sized at 8.5″ long x 6.5″ wide / 80 lined pages.
Tip: Nice stuff can enhance your creative writing experience!
How to use the Dream BIG Journal list
Each day, grab a notebook and this list and answer the questions.
You can do this any time of day, however I like to start my day this way so I get the ultimate task list going first thing along with my first coffee.
It works best uninterrupted. This is your special time.
So let’s go over each question to better explain the concept…
1. How am I feeling today?
This question is devised to allow you to truly express where you’re at, (and where it’ll ultimately lead) positive or negative.
If it’s positive, great!
If it’s negative, this isn’t something you need to reference later, so ditching it after writing it is perfectly fine. I choose to just write illegibly so no one else can read it as well as myself. The key is to dump, then forget about it so we aren’t holding all that in.
That conversation yesterday was hard. I feel really heavy about it.
Wow, I’m really feeling that last bike ride. I may have overdone it yesterday.
I’m so stoked today! It’s sunny, and I’m really feeling inspired to do something BIG. (gets your wheels turning)
2. How can I feel better today?
Kim’s mantra is that negative self talks brings us down even lower. The key is to crank up the positive thoughts so we train our brains ‘we are happy’, which moves us in more positive directions. Positive attracts positive.
I’m going to apologize for coming on strong because I think I overstepped my boundaries. I want to make things right.
I just really want to hit the trails again tonight. I’ll go but just take it easy. I’ll even walk part way if needed. I just really love and want my outdoor forest fix!
3. What do I want to achieve today?
Here’s where you start to formulate your to-do list for the day. Sometimes I bullet list, sometimes I ramble first, but most days I do both. I find rambling really works to get the details out there.
Tip: While I’m writing #1 and #2, I also often list to-dos along the side for easy reference.
I really want to hit the trails tonight. Before or after dinner?
Plan dinner before my ride.
Trail ride by 4. Pack nuts.
4. My current dreams (big or small):
Getting to our daily to-dos is necessary, however what about your bigger dreams?
We ALL have them. Think small to really big and get very descriptive. Kim’s courses teach that when you get your dreams on paper rather than just wish, things start happening.
While my very first dream list covered 15 pages (good grief!) I like to write a mini dream list daily because my desires keep changing as I accomplish things.
Warning: once you start listing, you’ll want to jump out of your seat and start some. You just wait…
A big trip. (not deep enough)
A trip to Ireland for 1 month in late summer. (much better!)
5. One dream step I’ll work on today:
Scan your dream list and pick one. Put a dream task on your today’s to-do list. Not something you’ll need TODAY but it plans the seed for big stuff AHEAD.
Search and list the top sights to see in Ireland.
6. Write one positive as-if.
As-if means writing as if something has already happened.
Look at your dream list, your to-do list, a relationship with another, a move or new house, a new trip, etc, then write as if that dream has already happened. You’ll be more likely to make it happen once you get your headspace in the right place. I generally pick something I’m stalling on to be encouraged forward.
Bring up details such as sights, sounds and feel. The sound of the birds, the fragrance of flowers, the deep blue sky with the puffy white clouds slowly drifting by, your hand running against brickwork, the click your shoes make on the cobblestones… LIVE IT.
Wow… this trip to Ireland is magical! The fragrant wildflowers simply take over these spectacular rolling hills. The sheep grazing in the distance looks like a painted picture. The lushness of this area totally frames that beautiful castle. I’m stepping inside now… wow… it got cool quickly! The ancient brick work is spectacular. It feels rough and cool to the touch. Goodness, I love a great Irish accent…
Write down something or a few things you currently feel grateful for.
Being grateful over simple things turns into even more gratefulness. You’ll just become happier! And if you’re happy, your day will bring you more success. Try choosing different things each day.
I’m so happy for my beautiful home that is my total sanctuary and takes such good care of me.
I enjoy my cats so much… they bring me such peace and companionship!
I like to end my day with a mantra of sorts. It helps establish and confirm my intent for the day.
Today is the day I’m going to stay on task with my list. I will get all the important things done before I go on a bike ride tonight! If I don’t get it done, no ride. I’d better get busy because I am not missing my ride!
There’s one more thing I do with my journalling that is not on the list, and that is to pray. I add prayer before, after or sometimes both.
I’m a pretty firm believer that the gifts we have been given are intentional, and I always ask for guidance on how I can use them to inspire others and benefit my business most. Among many other things.
This is a very personal choice, hence, not on the list. I just wanted to share my total experience with you.
- Once I figure out my to-do list on steroids, I transfer it to my DIY Dayplanner (post HERE)
- Write legible if you’d like to glance back at previous entries.
- Write illegible if you don’t wish anyone to read it. I mostly do this because I don’t later reference. Getting it out on the page is effective in itself for me.
- Have some journal notebooks for only certain topics so I can easily reference later.
- A good idea is to have a ‘negative dumping journal’ so you can tear out the pages after you’re done.
- Tweak my list to best suit your life and goals.
Honestly? You will find a method that works best for you.
The Dream BIG Journal List
Are you feeling encouraged to try this list out for yourself? Awesome!
- You can either write out your own master list, or feel free to print mine for reference.
- You can print the picture below, or click the link to the PDF which is higher quality. (recommended)
I’ve spaced out the questions in case you’d prefer to write on this page. I however require a notebook because I often go on tangents and use much more space.
1. Click the picture above / right click / save to desktop to print. (it will print with shadow)
2. Click link below to download / print. (better quality and recommended)
So… think you’ll give the Dream BIG Journal list a whirl? If you do, please report back. I’d love to hear how you’re doing!
Thank-you Kim, for the invaluable lessons and blessing for sharing this post, so I could encourage others to give my twist a try!
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