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Journal Your Way to a Better Life

teacher avatar Helen Colebrook, An avid journal keeper/creative

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10 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tools & Supplies

    • 3. Create a Vision Board

    • 4. 12 Months from Now

    • 5. Quarterly Focus

    • 6. Step by Step

    • 7. Obstacles

    • 8. Review & Adjust

    • 9. Enjoy the Journey

    • 10. Thank You

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About This Class

This class is designed to help you Journal Your Way to a Better Life.  You don't need any skills or experience to benefit from taking this class.  We will be covering:

  • Creating a Vision Board in Your Journal 
  • 12 Months from Now
  • Quarterly Focus
  • Step by Step
  • Dealing with Obstacles
  • Review & Adjust
  • Enjoying the Journey


I hope you are as excited as I am to get started.

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Helen Colebrook

An avid journal keeper/creative


I'm Helen and in case you haven't guessed, I have a bit of a thing about journals. I'm an author, product designer and online teacher. I've been lucky enough to work on great brand collaborations and feature in publications all over the globe. I currently have over 170K followers across my social media platforms, where I love sharing my journaling adventures.

I use journals to plan out my dream life, document special moments and keep a record of the day to day happenings in my life. Plus, I love to get creative and use lots of different techniques to decorate my pages. 



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1. Introduction: Hello. I'm Helen Colebrook. On In this skill share class, I'm going to be guiding you through how to journal your way to a better life. You don't need any skills or experience to take this class. There's a workbook that's included to guide you through the different kinds of prompts and things were going to be thinking about in each of the lessons and you can find that link down below. So we're gonna be looking at how you can really use your journal and make the most out of it on one of the activities on the class. Projects that will be working on together is creating a vision board in your journal. I believe deeply in the power of journaling when you use it in the right way, and I'd be using this kind of system for probably about four or five years now. Andi, this was all started for me, Really? On one New Year's Eve, Onda, whilst everything was kind of okay, I was just thinking to myself this time next year, I really don't want to be in exactly the same position that I am in now, and I knew they had to be something deeper than just setting New Year's resolutions because I usually find that with him, probably a week at best. I've long forgotten those resolutions, so I wanted to develop something for myself where I could really think about all of my hopes and dreams for the future and start putting steps in place to really be able to work towards them. And this system has worked so well for May that I really wanted to be able to share it with you in this cars, and I'm really excited to see what you come up with. And when we go through the vision board, I'm going to show you one that I created nearly 12 months ago and also taught you about the kinds of things that that's brought into my life by regularly getting back and revisiting that vision board on going through all of the other steps I'm going to cover in this class . So I hope you're as excited as I am to get started on Dwell head straight into the first lesson 2. Tools & Supplies: in this lesson, I'm going to share with you the tools and supplies that you need to complete this class, so the first thing you'll need is a notebook off some kind. I'm using a dotted gold book, but any notebook with any kind of paper is absolutely fine. Ideally, you also need to be able to print out some images to create a vision board in your journal , and I've used my printer at home. If you don't have the ability to print images, then you could either right out your vision board or perhaps you some images from a magazine, so ideally, you should be able to print them. But otherwise I'm sure you'll be out to find some other ways around it. To be able to create some really inspirational pages, you'll need a pen. And if we're going to be cutting out Andi, adding some images to your notebook, you also want some form of glue and scissors. If you want to use any other stationary to decorate your pages, whether that's washi tape or stickers, then that's fine. But it's definitely not essential, and finally you'll see links down in the resource is section this plan your Dream Life workbook, and I've included this with inside the class to make sure that you've got all the resource is that you need. So you can either work directly in this or you could decide to create some pages following the prompts in here in your journal. So that's it. That's all of the supplies you need and we'll get started. 3. Create a Vision Board: in this lesson, we're going to be starting on my favorite bit of the whole class, which is creating a vision board in your journal, and it's also the cast project. So once you finish creating that vision board, I would absolutely love it if you would take a photo and posted in the projects down below . And that way we can all see each other's vision boards and feel inspired by each other on. Also, if you're on instagram, I would love it if you would share it there and tag me in. I'm at Journal with Purpose on Instagram. I think there's such a powerful way to really get all of your hopes and dreams down on paper, and it's all gonna be in images that really speak to you and make you feel really excited about your future. So let's dive straight in before we start creating our vision board together. I wanted to show you one that I've already used inside my journal I thought would be a good way to show you how mine has worked on why I found it so powerful. So this is my vision board that I created some time ago now on, I've used one side to focus on things relevant directly to me and my personal relationships in my home. And then I've used the other side to think more about other, bigger goals that I have in mind and things I'd really like to achieve. And you course don't need to create yours in the exact same way the idea. But all I looked for here with some images that when I look at them immediately, tell me the story of where I want my life to be heading. So on this side of started to look here about my relationships with my partner and with my daughter, and I really like to have those there to make sure that they stay forefront in my mind when I'm working on other things that these really are big priorities for me in my life. I also want to be working towards a healthier lifestyle and making sure that I'm eating foods that are really good for me. So I just found an image here. This fruit and veg and just really is again that quick reminder. I've also included here a my dream space to create. So I found an image that looks like something a kind of dream place for me. While I would love to be able to sit at a desk and really work towards all of my dreams and have a lovely creative space. And here is an image is not the house that I would like is to buy, but a feeling of what our dream house would look like. So this picture for me brings about really lovely feelings, perhaps a nice rural setting. So again, it's just thinking about these feelings that are really important to you on on this side. I started to look a more kind of tangible goals, things that I'd like to work towards. So I have my own block, and I'd love to be recognised at some point to perhaps win one of the block awards. But for me, what's more important is that that inspires me to keep working towards creating quality content. Whether I get the award or no is not so important to me is the fact it's just a reminder that actually my blocks a great way to communicate with people, and I really want to put a bit more time into that and making sure it's a great resource for people. I put here some targets for my social media channels. So my instagram and YouTube and again it's not about specific numbers or awards ISMM or thinking about how can I use those channels in the best way? I love being able to connect with people on different platforms on Do I really want to make sure that everything I put out there is as good as it can be? I'd also included in my vision board that I would like to be a regular contributor to a craft magazine on This has actually happened. Now a brand new lettering magazine has come out, and I'm one of the monthly contributors. So not to this magazine again. Which images you pick is not really is important is just having that feeling where you want to get with things. I've also put here that I would love to be a best selling author, Andi, since I started working and being really clear about the goals that I have in mind, I found that it's given me huge amounts of progress in different areas, so I'm not yet a best selling author. However, I have managed to get a literary agent and a publisher, and my book will be coming out later this year. So I know that these kinds of pages air helping push me in the right direction. And here I put the British Craft Awards I have in mind that I'd love to be able to design Mawr craft products and really come out with something new and inspirational. I don't know. Well, that's gonna be yet, but it's a really great reminder for me on where I'd like to take things moving forwards Onda alongside all of the hard work that would have to go into here. I really want to make sure that we're prioritizing Is a family getting some really lovely quality time together and making sure we relax? I like to do new vision boards, ideally at least once a year, but I often do them every six months as things start to change. I just want to kind of refresh and recap on where I'm at at the moment, and lots of this is still relevant to maybe even that simple act of going through a making sure that everything in here is completely in line with where I once ago. It's just a really helpful exercise, so I hope it's helped you to see my last kind of vision board that I've created in my journal on will Now get creating one together. If you don't yet know exactly what you want to put on your vision board, there now would be a great time to download and print out the plan. Your Dream Life workbook. There's lots of questions and promising here to really get you thinking and will help you with the next stage. This workbook Ask you questions like, When do you feel that your happiest and most alive what impact would you most like to have on the world? How do you hope people will describe you what two people turn to for help with and how would you like to be remembered? And I think these types of questions and really helpful to just give your quick response to before starting creating your vision board. And don't worry if you feel like you don't have all of the answers yet, this workbook is something you can come back to time and time again and develop and deepen your responses is, you get more familiar with tackling these types of questions below each question in the workbook, you'll see that I've given some examples, and these are the types of response that I give to these questions, and hopefully they'll give you just a hint or a prompt in the right direction. Once you've completed the first section, you'll get to Section two called Getting Clear. And hopefully, by this point, you'll have realised that you started to pick up on some. Seems as you've answered the questions throughout the workbook, and it's thes themes I really want you to focus on when you're creating the vision board in your journal. There's absolutely no right or wrong response to any of these questions. It really is just about getting to know yourself a little bit better. The seams, which personally stood out for me, were relationships, family, creative career, home and financial freedom. Once you've got to this stage in the workbook, it's time to start the really fun job of creating their vision board. In your journal, I found some images both on Google and Pinterest that I really felt help summarize visually the type of life that I'd like. If you're not able to do this, then another great option is to look for images in magazines. Or you could even just writing the keywords that you really want to focus on. Once you've got the image is ready. It's time to stick them into your journal, and you can either place them in. Seems like I'm doing or just anywhere on your pages. And you can, of course, use any size journal that you like and use more than just the two pages if you've got lots of images that you want to use, I love creating vision boards in my journal because it's something I know I look at every day. And it's more private than having it hung on a wall. If you like, you can add some quick decoration to your vision boards. I'm just adding some strips of washi tape, but it's definitely not essential. Once you're happy with how your pages air looking. It's a good idea to write down a few words next to each image so that you've got another prompt of exactly what it is that you're trying to bring about in your life. You really don't need to write lots of detail. Here is later on. It will be looking at how we can use this vision board and start bringing about some of these changes. So just a few quick words. For example, I've written things like spending quality time together and making my health and, well being a priority of my daily life. And we'll look at later on exactly how we're going to start bringing those changes about creating a vision board in your journal is the class project, and I would absolutely love to see what you've created. So please do take a picture and share it in the class project. Andi, I can't wait to see how different everybody's vision boards again to bay. The most important thing about your vision board is that he should really excite you. When you look at it, you should be able to feel and really imagine what your dream life is going to look like on . Once you finish this, we're ready to start looking at how you're going to use your vision board 4. 12 Months from Now: Now that your vision board is complete, it's time to start looking at how you're going to use it. So the first thing we're going to focus on is how you want your life to look 12 months from now. And I like to do this by focusing in on the seams I identified in the workbook. Andi, in my vision board pages, I ve My vision board is a compass that is guiding me in the right direction on. Then all of the other pages I created my journal stem from this and start to become much more tangible and start breaking all of those big girls down. The sections that I'm focusing on in these pages are the same as the ones I mentioned earlier. Family relationship, home financial freedom and creative career. And no doubt the themes that you will have picked will be different. I thought it would be helpful to share the types of things that I'm writing under each section. So in family, I'm writing to support my daughter in settling into university and working out how we can still maintain that close relationship under relationship. I've written things like make sure we spend more quality time together, have a weekly date night and weekends away, along with supporting each other's dreams under home, I focused on ensuring the home environment is relaxing and creating a better work and home divide. I also want to focus on exploring new locations so that we know exactly where is that we'd like to settle down and live longer. Term for financial freedom. I've written Be saving every month, create some passive income streams. Onda also to sell one of our businesses for creative career. I'm focusing on making sure that I have a successful book launch, develop a new product range launch on Patron and continue releasing classes on skill share . So whilst the things that you write down will be different to me, I hope you can see at this point I'm still leaving these quite broad and more of an idea of how I want things to be This time next year, as we move further through, the classes will start looking at these in much more detail 5. Quarterly Focus: in this lesson. We're going to focus on the next quarter, so we're going to start looking at what we think we can get done within the next month and the two months after that. And this is where things really start to get into focus. I'm now very simply writing out the headings for months 12 and three. And you can do this either in your journal or inside the workbook. Once the headings are complete, I'm going to start adding specific tasks and goals I want to achieve each month. So I'm looking at where I want to be in 12 months from now and starting to break that down into the next quarter and thinking about what will be realistic examples of the types of things on writing about our to put money into savings, arrange a date night, release my next class on skill share and create my block schedule for the next three months . So I'm really just thinking about those small steps which I know we're going to take me closer to my goals. In my experience, things won't happen in exactly the way that I've planned them out. But having this quarter focus will still be really helpful. You can always move tasks from one month to the next if you need to. But just knowing where you're aiming to get to convey, really help to keep you focused and moving in the right direction. So don't worry. If you don't have everything entirely planned out at this stage, you can always change things. And even if you only get half of thes things done, you're gonna be a lot further forwards than you would have bean if he hadn't tried it all in the next class, we're going to be looking at how we break down some of those bigger projects into step by step tasks. 6. Step by Step: What if the biggest challenges that I find when you're trying to bring about a big change in your life is finding it all a bit overwhelming? And if you've got really big projects that you want to work on this condemn differently, cause you to procrastinate. So one of my top tips is to break down big projects into really small, manageable tasks. In the workbook, I've given an example of how I would break down the big project of running creative journaling workshops and on this journal page on creating. Now I'm looking at how I might tackle launching on Patriots. Patron is a subscription based content service platform on there's lots and lots of different tasks that need to consider. I find that the best way to tackle any project is to break it down into the smallest possible chunks that you can. Then it starts to feel a little bit more manageable. Each one of those tasks might be something that I could achieve in, say, half an hour. The whole project might take me a month or two to actually complete it, and the thought of trying to tackle all of that in one go is just something I know I would never do. I would never be able to spare the time to do all of those things in one go. But it's very likely that on a regular basis I'm going to have a spare half an hour where I can commit to completing one of thes tasks. So the next step for you is part of this class is to look at one of the big projects that you've identified that will help you get to where you want to be this time next year and brainstorm every single little task that you can think off that will help you complete that project. This process will work equally well, regardless of whether it's a career based project or something that you want to do for yourself, like achieving a health and fitness goal or something that you want to achieve around the home. Once you've written down all of the steps that you need to complete to achieve your project , I want you to think about the top three tasks, so that's the very 1st 3 of those tasks that you want to tackle. I then would like each of her a date next to those top three tasks of when you make a commitment to yourself, you're going to start working on them along with a box that you can fill out once you've completed it without finished in the next lesson, we're going to look obstacles you might face along the way and how you can tackle them. 7. Obstacles: in this lesson, we're going to look at the dreaded obstacles that war no doubt crop up. Once you start trying to work your way towards a better life, there will be obstacles that you can probably already foresee on some that you can't on now , no doubt be a combination off things that you can do something about on some that you just have to roll with. In this lesson, we're going to focus on the obstacles that you can probably already foresee and therefore hopefully do something about. So I don't need to spend a few minutes thinking about the sorts of things that you think might get in your way because this will allow you to anticipate them and put measures in place to minimize the impact. So on my pages I'm thinking about the things which crop up on a regular basis when I start working on big projects, and for me they are lack of time, and I think that's quite a common problem for people. Lack of confidence, limited knowledge and potentially facing burnout. I find these types of issues are much easier to plan for in a pragmatic way. If I think about them before I start working on the project. So with things like lack of time, I'm thinking about how I might be able to create a daily schedule and prioritize my tasks really well. I also have some chunks of time where I turn my phone off so that I'm not distracted by lots of notifications and emails coming in. It's also a really good opportunity to think about who you're going to be able to turn to, and that could be somebody who can help you complete some of the tasks or somebody who's just going to be there to cheer you on is you work towards your dream life. Once you finish this in the next lesson, we're going to look at how we can review and adjust our plans along the way. 8. Review & Adjust: in this lesson, we're going to look at how you can review your plans as you progress on. Also make any adjustments. You can see on these pages that I set my plan out for the quarter by focusing on water wanted to do each month and breaking it down into different sections just like we did earlier in the class. I also then completed an end of quarter of you, and this is something that I like to do every three months. I work out everything I want to achieve during that time frame and then make sure that I spend some time reflecting on how are done. This gives me a chance to look at whether I'm being realistic on whether I need to adjust any of my plans moving forwards. I believe that taking time to review and adjust is a really important part of this process . It gives you that time to check in with yourself and make sure that you're still on track to achieve what you wanted to. I complete the mini review every quarter but also complete a really so review at the end of each year. So I asked myself questions like What would my goals? What went well, what didn't get a plan on? What did I learn? General ing in this way really helps you to get to know yourself. And in turn, you can use that information to create even better and more exciting plans for the year ahead. Also taken into account things that you've struggled with. Andi, all the lessons that you've learned along the way, when I don't take time to check in with myself and review my progress, I find that I'm a danger if repeating the same mistakes over and over again and also possibly persevering with the project. That's no longer bringing me the joy that I'd hoped it would. You can see from my journal that I spend a lot of time planning out my tasks for each week and then each individual day, and this really helps me to stay on track and keep checking in with the goals that I'd set myself so I would encourage you to make sure that you take some time to review your progress against the goals and also how you're feeling. It's a good idea to schedule those reviews in your diary or planner to make sure that it's not something you can accidentally overlook 9. Enjoy the Journey: one thing that I think is really important and that often gets overlooked is making sure that you enjoy the journey on one of the ways that I love to do this is by creating a gratitude page in my journal. I write a few lines on here every single evening to make sure that I'm recognising and appreciating all of the good things around. May I also make sure that I am tracking habits that I know will make me feel happy and healthy. So things like getting outside and exercising, drinking plenty of water and having a good night's sleep alongside being grateful for all the good things that already exist in your life. I also think it's really important to recognize your own achievements, So I create a reasons to be proud page in my journal every month, and I take some time to note down the areas in which have done well and sometimes they might be amazing big things, but most of the time they're really just small in simple tasks. But I find it so powerful to recognize those areas where I am doing well. It helps motivate and inspire me to build on that the following day. I find this particularly powerful on days where things really haven't gone to plan. I think it's human nature to focus on the things that we haven't done so well at and to beat ourselves up for those. So it's really, really good to to spend a little bit of time giving yourself that pat on the back. Another page that I love to create in my journal is the best moments page, and throughout the month I write down the really big and exciting things have happened. I think when she created those gorgeous vision pages in your journal and you started to feel and imagine how your life is going to be, you do run the risk of feeling dissatisfied with how things are now and whilst it's important to feel motivated to change and improve your life, I think is equally important to make sure that you enjoy the journey and celebrate all of the amazing things that are already happening. Se recording those best moments, writing down the things that you're grateful for and recognizing all of your many achievements along the way. So please, doing sure, the usual journal to really enjoy the journey. I would love to see some of your pages in their class project section showing your best moments, your achievements on the things that you're grateful for. 10. Thank You: Thank you so much for joining me on this skill share class. I really hope that you've enjoyed it and that you feel inspired to start using your journal to create a better life is something that I believe in so strongly. And I'm really pleased Have had the opportunity to share my process with you and how you use my journal. If you haven't already taken a photo of your vision board, please do. I can't wait to see it. And if you've got any questions, please just pop them in the discussions tab. And I'll be really happy to help you. Thank you once again for taking this class. I look forward to seeing you in my next class. Very seen.