Morning and Evening Journal

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about mental health. It is a topic I hold near and dear to my heart as it is something I tackle every day along with many, many other people.
Thankfully it has become easier to talk about mental health online, and many people have bravely opened up with their own battles to
help others feel less alone.

I wonโ€™t go into detail about my own mental health journey in this post, but I do want to share something with you that has helped me significantly through harder times.
Journaling. Now I am not the first to discover the benefits of using a daily journal. I took inspiration from many other people to start doing it myself. I found that by starting my day with a few minutes to sort out my thoughts I could break through some of my anxious brain fog.

Most of all, I found that reflecting again at the end of the day I could observe my thoughts from a distance and without judgment.
Sometimes, oddly enough, I didnโ€™t feel quite ready to answer certain questions in my morning journal, but when I revisited them at the end of the day I felt like I had more clear answers. I also noticed that my level of anxiety in the morning was always far different than how I felt at the end of the day, and it gave me some optimism for the future!

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite questions and exrsizes for journaling all wrapped up in a cute aesthetic post!

I hope everyone is having a happy and healthy October!

Happiness Journal Promptsโ€ฆ

Hello everyone ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

Iโ€™ve been in and out of doing my happiness journal and I loved reading through all the prompts that they offer in books and online.

As I was reading them though, I was inspired with my own that I absolutely loved and I thought everyone would love too!

I love questions that not only make you think, but make you think it different ways than you normally would!

Think of the questions that kids ask, they are so honest and unafraid to ask, it always throws you off guard in the most wonderful way!

Itโ€™s definitely been one of my favourite ways to start the day, especially with a cup of tea or coffee. โ˜•๏ธ

Here is my list of questions to make you smile, snicker and scratch your head:

๐ŸŒธ What is your favourite plant or flower? Why is it your favourite? The colour? the smell?

๐Ÿ” When was the last time you ate your favourite food? Where were you? Who were you with?

โœ๏ธ Write down 5 not physical traits you like about yourself.

๐Ÿ˜† Do you remember the last time you made someone laugh? Or the last time you had a good laugh? What was happening at that time?

๐Ÿš— What is a favourite road trip or vacation youโ€™ve been on? This could be as a child or recent.

โค๏ธ What is something selfless you did today that was out of the kindness of your own heart? It could be as little as saving a spider.

๐Ÿค— Who was the last person you hugged? How did you feel? Was is a goodbye hug or a hello hug?

๐Ÿค” What is one challenge you faced and overcame today? It can be big or little!

๐Ÿ’• When was the last time you helped someone? What were you doing?

๐Ÿญ What is your favourite candy and why? Or if youโ€™re more savoury, whatโ€™s your favourite savoury snack?

โœจ Who is someone you truly look up to in your life and why?

โœ๏ธ Write down 5 pivotal moments in your life so far, and write a short explanation of how theyโ€™re important.

๐Ÿ’ฆ When was the last time you happy cried at a movie? Which movie was it? What was happening in the movie?

๐Ÿป What is your favourite animal and why? I know this is a simple question but I think it tells a lot about a person ๐Ÿ˜Š

โฐ If you had a stopwatch that could freeze time, what would you do with it?

๐Ÿ’ƒ If you could learn any skill instantly what would it be?

๐ŸŒˆ This is a first thought exercise, there are no wrong answers… What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you see the colour yellow?

๐ŸŒฑ What is your first thought when you think of the smell of fresh cut grass?

โ›ˆ What is your first thought when you think of a thunder storm? This could be a memory, or even something like a scene from a movie.

๐ŸŽ„ What was your favourite holiday growing up? Do you still love the holidays as much now?

๐Ÿ• What was your favourite childhood pet growing up? Can you recall a favourite adventure with your past pal?

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ If you have a sibling, what is your favourite memory of them growing up?

๐Ÿ“– Do you remember your first book you read as a child? Or your favourite memory of a book that was read to you?

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป What little habit would you like to work on for yourself? Write down 5 action steps you can work on every day this week.

๐Ÿ—บ If you had the chance to re-write history once, what change would you make? This can literally be anything you want.

I hope these questions inspire you to start writing in a journal , or even jot down your thoughts on a napkin. ๐Ÿ˜Š

My Favourite Healthy Meal: Tuna Poke

Oh my gosh do I have a good one for you. Just the thought of this recipe makes my mouth water ๐Ÿคค

This recipe combines all of my favourite things: fresh fruit and veg, seafood and so many sauces to top them off.

The best thing about this recipe is you can mix and match with so many different veggies and toppings it will always be delicious.

When I make Tuna Poke I always make enough for two because it is one of my boyfriends absolute favourite meals. Iโ€™ve been perfecting it for a while and I think I get a little better every time.

The ingredients are:

250 grams of Ahi Tuna (however much you enjoy really) or about $10 worth.

2 cups of Prepared sushi rice or regular is good too

2 Avocados

2 Mangos

1 cup of bean or pea sprouts

1/2 Cucumber sliced thin

The Marinade for Tuna:

1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil

1 Teaspoon Wasabi

A pinch of Salt and Pepper

Splash of pickled ginger juice

1 Tablespoon of chopped pickled ginger

And some assorted sauces!!! This is the fun part where you get to make a custom dressing to top your Ahi Tuna.

One of my favourite and most simple sauces is mixing a 2 to 1 ratio of wasabi and mayonnaise. Just so easy and tasty. You can mix it to your taste too if you like a more spicy Mayo, just add more wasabi.

I also use an in store Chipotle Mayo as a topping and then lots of ginger to garnish the side.

With the actual plating of the food you can display it in so many different ways. I use my handy bamboo boards but using a regular bowl and placing all your ingredients on top is just as lovely.

I tend to mix up all the ingredients when I eat it, so the display never lasts very long anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‚

When I first had a Poke bowl is when I learned that healthy food can taste good, be enjoyable AND be within budget.

While we might not eat it every week itโ€™s still a fairly budget friendly meal. Especially with the amount of takeout that is being ordered right now during this whole Pandemic, itโ€™s been relaxing to make a really nice meal to sit and enjoy at home.

I hope this inspires you to take the time to make your own meal and sit and enjoy! There is something very therapeutic about cooking and then enjoying your own food.