How to Have a Productive Year | Journal Ideas!


Hi everyone, Happy New Year, I hope you all
had wonderful celebrations or if you’re like me, a very relaxing transition into 2018. I actually fell asleep last year and woke
up the next, but this year I was determined to stay awake! With this new year, I have so much that I
want to accomplish and share with you, so I am feeling a little overwhelmed with all
of the goals that I want to achieve. And I know some of you have mentioned that
starting a new journal or sketchbook is always daunting because of the what ifs, and It’s
so similar to beginning the new year, except, the days will pass no matter what. At this point the entire year is blank and
all of my thoughts of how things should be, where I should be in my life, or what I want
to do is just floating around in my head making it really hard to focus. So here are a few journal ideas to help cleanse
our minds and then re-focus in order to accomplish our main goals this year. I want us to make 2018 the best year yet! So let us let go of all the thoughts and past
experiences that are stopping us from being our best selves and living our best life. And since I’ve fallen in love with my January
Setup and have received so much love from all you for the setup, I am going to continue
the winter lights theme into these few journal pages and hopefully make them just as magical. I am going to let go a little bit in these
pages as well and draw very loosely without any need for perfection, just to get my thoughts flowing. So you are more than welcome to follow along
and we can do this together. The first exercise is called Reflections. On this page, write down your top 5 to 10
accomplishments, no matter how big or how small they may be. And it could be a mental, spiritual, or a
physical accomplishment such as becoming more patient or being more aware of your actions
and how it affects others. So for example my first one is that I was
able to let go of all of my negative emotions and forgive those who have hurt me in anyway. I’ve been learning that holding grudges
even the slightest dislike for something or someone, only affects the person who is holding
it and it’ll eventually continue to get heavier and heavier. and In order for me to
achieve my goals, I have to let go of the past and look towards the future. Make sure to take time to pause and reflect
on these and really acknowledge them. Next is a message to yourself. What advice or thoughts do you want to share
with your future self based on all that you learned this year. So for example, I wrote, Dear me, do not let
anyone determine your happiness. Be in control of your thoughts and feelings. Do not give others or things the power to
make you feel anything but what you want to feel. Be kind to others and most importantly, be kind to yourself. You can achieve everything you set your mind to. Love me. It does sound a little weird to write this,
but I love this exercise because it forces me think in a different perspective. I feel like I give others my best advice and
rarely do that for myself, so this is the perfect exercise for that. Read this as many times as you need during the year as a reminder to be better than that you once were. The third exercise is called Cleanse. This is the place where you dump all of the
things that didn’t work out, wished you had accomplished, all of your fears, weaknesses,
and disappointments. Sometimes we go through these emotions and
we don’t let them out, instead bits and pieces of them burden our mind and continually
stop us from moving forward. This is the place to let it all go and write
them down. Make sure to pause between each one and really
think of the emotions connected to them and then let them out onto the page. On the next page we are going to list our
top 2018 Goals. Underneath each goal write, in a short sentence
or two, how you plan on achieving that goal. So for example, my first goal is to be productive
and responsible with my time and to try my best to maximize it. Underneath that I wrote: Check my cell phone
less and remind myself to stay focused. This exercise helps with determining the smaller
steps you’ll need to take in order to reach the larger goal. Similar to writing a set of simple instructions for yourself and it’ll help the goal feel a little more achievable. The fifth and final exercise is called Visualize. Try to envision yourself, this time, next
year. What have you accomplished, how do you feel,
and basically who are you? I visualize that I am a healthy small business
owner with a positive outlook and an incredibly patient and kind heart. Healthy in terms of being in control of what
I eat and how I eat. I know that there is so much that I will need
to overcome during this year, but that visualization is where I want to end up. So take your time and really try to picture
yourself, this will hopefully be the summary of your story at the end of the year. If you haven’t noticed I’ve been skipping
pages in between each spread because this Moleskine is ghosting and bleeding pretty bad. Since I want to use this notebook because
I received it as a gift, I’ll just go back in and double stick tape the pages together. For the rest of the book, I may use it more
like a sketchbook with pencil because it seems so wasteful to keep taping the pages together,
but that’s something i’ll figure out later. As I go on through 2018, I am going to flip
back through these pages to remind myself of where I came from and where I aim to be. I am strongly determined to conquer this year
and I really hope you can conquer yours! Thank you so much for all of the love and
really, for listening to my thoughts, I know they can be very thought provoking and deep
sometimes, so thank you so much! Remember to follow me on instagram if you
want to interact with me a little more or for any updates. I love sharing little snippets of my life
with you. Cheers to a wonderful new year and I’ll
see you next time, bye!

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100 thoughts on “How to Have a Productive Year | Journal Ideas!”

  • Keep up with these BEAUTIFUL intros …don't change a thing…they are perfect…
    ✍️? ? 2:44 Absolutely ?love them self care spreads !! ?
    All the Best to you and family in the New Year, Christine !!

    5:43 I agree….For the price of a Moleskine, you'd think they would make better leafs, for a journal…I loved moleskine, but had to move into Rhodia brand…because the Moleskine were ghosting and bleeding , and affecting my creative flow, not in a good way…cheers

  • This new years eve I forgot it was the new year so I watched The Magicians all night and I'm not gonna spoil it but on the strike of midnight a character was brought back into her physical form and just oof

  • You always leave me feeling so inspired! This video was sort of like a cozy blanket and a hot mug of chocolate on a cold day. Love, love, love everything you do, all your illustrations and your motivational talk. ❤️
    I'm looking forward to every single video from you this year, so I'm super happy that there's one there right from the start! And of course, I hope you're having a wonderful day.

  • reham kannout Al Refaei says:

    Love your sketches, so sweet and light, dreamy and heartwarming. Your videos set the mood and complement your journaling style!
    Thank you for sharing ??

  • Hey there! I'm really glad I found your channel 🙂 These psychological exercises are a great start to a new year 🙂
    Also your voice is very calming, I feel so relaxed after your videos ?
    Have an amazing new year sweetie! 🙂

  • You inspired me to start a bullet journal! Thank you , I’m going to upload my own journal making video next week and I can’t wait to start the actual journal tomorrow!

  • your videos alway help me look forward and focus on becoming a better person. thank you so much & thank you for noticing my comment on your last video!

  • aww it's so beautiful, and I totally needed this, it was so so nice to watch, and I love the new year drawings ???
    I would love it if you did a handwriting video, I love your writing so much and I'd totally love to make mine so pretty as well ?❤️

  • needed this ! starting my new journal today ? it’s odd because in a cheap little composition notebook i would fill it with stickers and all sorts of things, but working in my moleskine scares me a bit >.< but allowing myself to make… well, as bob ross has said “there are no mistakes in art, just happy accidents”? so happy accidents i will make

  • This is the best video I have watched in regards to journaling for 2018!! You did an amazing job and I will most definitely include all your ideas in my journal for January. I love it! Happy New Year!! ??❤

  • So Beautifully drawn and spoken! Will you be offering these drawing as an add-on to your January set–up? I really hope so…bought the set up last night!! Love it!

  • It was early morning when i am watching this vedio…..its so soothing and pleasing……..you are the best one out there. I am one of the genuien subscriber u got….Girl i love your such beautiful artistic vedio…which mostly look like a story….you are a true inspiration. And Happy New Year. May this year lights your life and definitely gonna be your best year. Best wishes…
    ???????

  • Lillian Terry-Welsh says:

    I just found your channel and have fallen in love with your bullet journaling style. I have been working on bullet journaling as a way to self care, be creative, and accomplish my goals. I love the aesthetic of your journaling and the mindset you create with. I can’t wait to keep watching. Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to play with these ideas. You’ve also inspired me to try to draw more, which is something I’m not currently feeling confident in and need to practice. I can’t wait!!

  • Dear Christine,
    You have such kind and lovely personality! I get such a wonderful and positive feeling when I watch you videos, and for that, I thank you with all my heart!
    Wish you a Happy New Year and may all your wishes become reality!
    Hugs!

  • this was so so sooo helpful, i just got a new journal for Christmas, and i had neglected it since Christmas, and i looked for so many videos, and nothing worked, until i stumbled upon your video, you're so simple, and you explain things so easly, i think this video is so helpful, especially, for the people who just started journaling, or have writers block, you deserve sooo many more subcribers, anyway, i'm done, have a nice day ^u^

  • I love your illustrations. I would really be glad, if i could draw just a bit like you. Your spreads are really inspiring. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • Hi, I love your channel. The warm way you film, the calming tone of your voice, your inspiring and beautiful spreads and illustrations, and everything inbetween. I'm looking forward to a year with your videos. 🙂

  • Wow this video is so comfy! I love everything about it and you seem to have such a calm personality. Thank you for sharing your talent and for inspiring ⭐️

  • I'm going to do this, when i get the time, i think reflect and plan can make this year a little bit easy, and maybe after that i will do a vision board, so i forces to take step towards my goal and be aware of them all the time, because otherwise i might forget a couple month into the new year ?. Thanks for a wonderfull video ❤️

  • I 'm so glad that I was able to find your page through my.life.in.a.bullet. You have such a helpful and positively inspirational channel too!

  • May I ask how long it took you to finish these 6 pages? Just to give me an idea 🙂 I feel like it takes me too long! I really liked this video.

  • Hi! I absolutely love your videos! I was wondering how you have such awesome voice quality. Do you use a specific mic or do you use your phone? Or is it something else?

  • Happy New Year Christine! May 2018 be full of joy, happiness and good health! I am sure you will realise your goals. There is not enough word to express how much in love I am with your style and personality. Each video you make is a pure pleasure to watch. It is an inspiring relaxing moment every time! Lots of love <3

  • Hello Christine, you have an exceptionally balanced and individual spacing and composition in your works… could you please make a Video about how you have learned it or how you plan the Spacing on a page before you start an Illustration? A Happy New Year to you! You are fantastic! Love your work!

  • Will you have these pages on your Etsy?! Leave blank space for individual thoughts?! These are so good and I love your art

  • Wiktoria Jeżewska says:

    Again – LOVE your work ! You made me feel so inspired ♥ Your drawings are amazing and I'm sure that I'll use some of them in my bullet journal. I'm looking forward to new inspiring videos ♥ Greetings from Poland ♥

  • ChristineMyLinh says:

    Blank versions of these spreads are now available! Please let me know if you have any issues, Enjoy and Happy New Year! https://www.etsy.com/listing/583837795/blank-printable-for-your-journal-and?ref=shop_home_active_1

  • This is a great idea! I'm going to do this in my journal! I love all of your videos. They give me a warm feeling and get me motivated to work in my journal! Happy New Year & I hope this year brings you joy happiness and a lot of amazing opportunities! xoxo

  • I started a bullet journal that I made myself thanks to you and I try to do a little bit of it every night and remind myself that I’m not hopeless and useless. This is such a battle for me honestly. I just get so disheartened every five seconds like so much negativity comes out in my mind that I didn’t know I had and this experience of pushing threw and letting go of my negative thoughts i think is so helpful for me at this time in my life! I love everything you put out into the world, every video you spread a little bit more compassion into the world.

  • Gerdine van Schothorst says:

    So beautiful again. Feels like you are going to similar struggles as I do at the moment.. Helps me so much, watching your videos. Keep it up. I am sure you can achieve your goal(s) for this year! ❤

  • wow i love the journal ideas especially the illustrations! It reminds me of a classic children's book I saw at a book store last year that gives me a warm and homey feeling. I think I'm gonna use this as my inspiration to my journal. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Glad to find your channel 🙂

  • Maud van Walbeek says:

    My bullet journl has every week a new theme because I get bored of the old one, and I have a lot of pictures and stuff in it. Yours is so neat

  • patricia shanahan says:

    honest touching beautiful! loved your ideas purposeful encouraging motivational. lovely illustrations too??

  • You are not only the best journal teacher you are a also a teacher about life! You will accomplish everything you are setting up for yourself and you are kind to take us with you on youre journey, Thank you <3

  • Norely Simangan says:

    Hi, I just saw this post just now and though it's already in the mid year still I feel that your journaling promts/ ideas are still applicapble at least for me ?
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas to the world ? I can't wait to apply all these prompts to my creative journal ?

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