Focus Word:: Self

Dear Reader,

          I’ve had an idea recently to base a journaling session around a specific word. I was in quite a sombre mood, and came up with a list of words that I thought would be great for focus journaling sessions. I thought it would be a great tool for my journaling readers out there to turn it into a series. Please let me know how this format works for you in the comments, and any suggestions you might have for future posts as well!

          My suggestion for using a focus journaling word is to set a timer for at least 10 minutes (20 or 30 minutes would be ideal), and brainstorm a few minutes about the meaning of the word itself and how it applies to your own life. Pick the line of thought that appeals to you the most to begin with, and start your timer. Don’t stop writing until it dings!


1. a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action.

          To me, self is an almost abstract word that is difficult to describe. As people, I think it is hard to think about the word ‘self’ without thinking of OURselves. I feel it is a good place to launch off my focus word series because it invites you to explore yourself, and what it means to be a person.

Here are a few ideas to get you started::

1) What are the elements you feel make up yourself.

2) What does it mean to be an individual? To be human?

3) Describe your best self, your worst self, or the self you aspire to be.

          As a reminder, this is your journal, so don’t feel like you have to take my prompts and suggestions as word for word instructions – use this post as inspiration to journal about whatever comes to mind after reading it. Perhaps you will like to take a moment to journal about what makes you yourself, or perhaps it will jog your memory about something else you wanted to journal about. My main goal in my journaling posts is to get your pen moving and your journals filled! Let me know if it’s worked for you.

Happy Journaling,

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