The goal is simple: get to know yourself better.
Living a busy and hectic life leaves you little time to reflect on your lived expereince – and whether that's what you truly want.
One of the best ways to build a strong bond with yourself is by journaling.
It allows you to take a step back and look at the reality that your daily actions are creating. It's your chance to ask if this is really how you want your life to be.
When you want to reconnect with your inner wisdom and true desires, you're in the right place.
It always wants to know everything about how you're feeling and why.
And in a world where many of us feel uncomfortable talking about our feelings to other people and don't want to burden other people with out 'issues', a personal journal is worth its weight in gold.
When I'm feeling an uncomfortable emotion that I've been avoiding - anger, sadness, shame, anxiety etc. – getting it all down on paper always lifts a massive weight off my shoulders.
When I feel the need for real catharsis, I'll even rip out the pages and burn them!
With journaling it's the process f writing that matters more than the end result – you don't have to be a good writer to journal.
Other times I may be feeling something but have no idea why I'm feeling that way. This is when I use my journal to figure it out.
I once wrote a 7-page entry on how I thought feeling stressed was responsible for a seemingly unrelated pain in my right collarbone. My journal didn't complain even once!
Journaling is a voyage into your inner self.
And it allows you to discover things about yourself that you've long since forgotten (but still affect your daily life), as well as things you never imagined being possible for you.
This is important because a well-grounded relationship with yourself is the key to a life full of purpose and meaning.
And by creating an intimate connection to your inner life, you're better able to make choices that reflect your deepest longings and desires.
Hi! Have we met yet?
I'm Eva Hussain.
I do some things quite well, many things very badly, and one thing exceptionally well: writing.
For more than 25 years, I've kept a journal – a private space for me to record my feelings, thoughts and reactions to life experiences.
Most of my big life decisions have unfolded in the pages of my journals before I've even realised them consciously.
This personal practice has taught me to turn to and rely on my own innate wisdom. And now I'd like to help you do the same.
– Anne Lister
Q: How long am I supposed to journal for?
However long suits you best! You want to create a habit that you're gonna stick to. If journaling for hours on end seems daunting – it should scare off anyone who isn't a Victorian maiden – try different lenghts of time to see what you prefer.
I personally don't require more than 5 minutes of myself. If I do more, I do more.
I've had life-changing results from just a simple 5 minutes a day! I mainly journal for reflection and to dump out thoughts and feelings so I don't have to carry them around.
Occasionally I'll hunker down and intentionally do a longer session, especially if I want to work on a particular topic or issue.
BUT you really don't need more than 5 minutes a day! And it's completely up to you because there's no right or wrong amount.
Q: Do I have to have a journal and pen to do the exercises?
The best thing is to have whatever medium of journaling that suits you best. If getting a pen and paper raises the bar for you to actually do the exercises, stick to writing on your computer!
When journaling you want to let go of all judgement and criticism, forget about spelling and correct sentence structure. You want to achieve a stream of consciousness that's flowing onto your paper.
Journaling is about anything and everything that crosses your mind – and it's for your eyes only, so don't feel like you have to share it with anyone. You don't even have to go back and read them later if you don't want to – it's the process that's more important for discovery than the written result.
The journaling you do is to provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritise and synchronise the issue at hand. Don't overthink it and just put down whatever comes up.
Note: there has been some research into that using a traditional pen and paper has a more profound effect on engaging your brain when you write. If you're not sure which you prefer, you can test and see what you like, or mix and match different mediums throughout the course, depending on how you feel.
Q: Starting to journal feels intimidating, I don't know what to write.
This is exactly why I've set you up with 30 days of journaling prompts that will show up in your inbox every single day.
Having that support, those questions to think about, show up without having to think about WHAT to write yourself is super helpful when you're just starting.
I've done the heavy lifting of deciding what to write about so that you can focus on exploring the questions and writing down how you think and feel about them.
My hope for you is that this course will be the first stepping stone in a long and prosperous journey towards abundance for you – emotional and spiritual. And above all, I want you to understand how the underlying beliefs you carry with you shape and determine your daily habits and choices that create your life, your reality.
Because once you understand that you have the power over those things, over yourself, you have the power to choose how you want to live your life, what things you want to focus on and what you want to work on.
The key to creating change in your life is you – and I'm here to tell you that when you can get your brain on board, things go a whole lot more smoothly. A regular journaling practise is the perfect thing to get under the hood and tweak your unconscious programming!
Q: Do I have to do the exercises every day?
To get real results from this work, you should do all the work I recommend throughout the course. Every day for 30 days you'll get a new email from me that will both give you food for thought and new prompts – but if you miss a day or two of doing the exercises, that's okay!
You can always go back and do them. And sometimes you'll see an exercise or prompt and feel like you want to let it percolate for a day or two in the back of your mind before you sit down to actually journal it out – that's perfectly okay too!
You can still read the emails as they come in and do the work at your own pace. Sometimes you might even feel that you'll want to go back and re-do older exercises and I encourage you to do that if you get the feeling that you have more to uncover.
A crucial component of any kind of inner work is time, so even if you complete the whole 30 days in 30 days, the stuff you dig up will still stay with you, and you may find that revelations or new understanding pops up a month or even a year later.
Q: What is journaling? Do I need like a 'Dear Diary'?
There are SO many ways to journal. At its core, journaling is you recording your thoughts, feelings and experiences. You can choose the medium that best suits you.
You can use a pen and journal, your phone, your computer, video, audio – whatever is your personal preference!
Regularly doing this process will help you make sense of what's going on with you and it exponentially increases your self awareness – one of the big keys to changing any behaviour.
When you start journaling about one of the prompts you might be surprised at what you find underneath your conscious actions – the only requirement is that you stay curious and follow your own lead.
Allow the thoughts and feelings that bubble up to come without trying to alter or filter them in any way, it's the only way you'll find out what's really there. As long as you find some kind of thought or feeling that comes up for you, you'll have something to work with.
Journaling is a great way of getting what's inside of you to the outside, and it helps you make huge shifts in your mindset by reflecting and shifting your focus to what truly matters to you.
Journaling is a personal development too that anyone can use, whether you like writing or not! It helps with all kinds of things, like productivity, organisation, confidence, positivity, you name it!
Q: Why is the course 30 days? Can I get all the materials in one go?
Research into positivity and happiness has shown that in order for there to be a change in your brain, it takes at least 21 days of repetition to start turning an action into a habit.
I designed this course to be 30 days long precisely because I want you to walk away from it and have your brain on board with this change. Once you can get your brain to work on the issues for you, creating lasting change becomes a whole lot easier.
Inner work is also the kind of thing that needs time. Simply dumping it all on you at once would mean that you'd get fatigued before you ever really got started. So instead, I've paced it out over 30 days and designed the course so that the new material always builds off what you've already learned.
Once you've gone through the whole 30 days, you'll have the materials if you wish to revisit them in the future, and re-do some of the exercises to see what new stuff you can uncover.