23 Entrepreneurial spirit quotes to inspire your journey

March 14, 2021

 


If your dream is to start your own business, you might be in need of some smart tips and inspiring quotes to help you achieve your goals and not give up. Although in previous blog posts I already gathered some motivational quotes for a fruitful career, in this post I want to  focus on giving positive energy to aspiring entrepreneurs and young CEOs who just started their business. Therefore, I have compiled the best entrepreneurial spirit quotes that will put you in the right mindset to start your project, choose the right attitude to conquer difficulties, and trust your own personal journey.

Mindset Entrepreneur Quotes:

Mindset is essential for success. Most people would agree that out of all the qualities you need to achieve your goal and become a successful entrepreneur, having the right mindset is the most important one. So, psychological preparation is a must when starting your own business, because you might have all the tools and skills to succeed, but the wrong thoughts and lack of preparation will hold you back in times of difficulties. The following are some of my favourite quotes for an entrepreneur mindset to help you build a positive mentality.

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was” - Muhammad Ali, professional boxer and activist

“All great things have small beginnings.” - Peter Senge, founder of the Society for Organizational

“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” - Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos

“High expectations are the key to everything.” - Sam Walton, Walmart founder

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar, American author, salesman, and motivational speaker

Entrepreneur Attitude Quotes: 

Even if you come in with the right mindset and are convinced you can manage adversities, every aspiring entrepreneur knows they are going to fail at least once, if not twice. Therefore, it is going to be a deciding factor how you learn from your mistakes to end up running a prosperous business. Attitude is so important, this is why in this entrepreneurial spirit quotes list there had to be quotes that remind you that a strong work ethic, flexibility and passion are the key to success.

Read the following quotes of encouragement for entrepreneurs to acquire the right attitude in times of doubt and hardship.

“I suck at 99 percent of stuff, but I go all out on that 1 percent I’m good at.” - Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of Resy and Empathy Wines

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” - John C. Maxwell, author, speaker, and pastor

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” - Robert H. Schuller, motivational speaker and author

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  - Thomas A. Edison, America's greatest inventor

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle, Greek philosopher

“Spending time perfecting things and ‘getting ready’ always keeps you at the gate. You need to get in the race.” - Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group

“If you do things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.” - Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook


Entrepreneur Journey Quotes - Trust the Process:

If you’ve also tossed around the idea of quitting your 9 to 5 job to start your very own business, you might be skeptical to do so because the journey from start to succeeding is not easy. And more often than not, there is no shortcut to success, and you have to trust the process and methodology of your business to get to where you want to be. To remember that each business has its own path and that consistency is key, I’ve gathered the following quotes about entrepreneurship spirit that will help you value your journey.

“Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” - Brian Tracy, motivational public speaker and self-development author

“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” - Julie Andrews, actress, singer, and author

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” - Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and former CEO

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” - Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain, “the father of American literature”

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” - Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company

Motivational quotes for young entrepreneurs:

To round up this long list of entrepreneurial spirit quotes, I want to include some aimed specifically at young and hopeful entrepreneurs that have a big idea they want to launch. The truth is that launching a business is hard, especially for young entrepreneurs who most likely just started their journey and might lack the experience to overcome problems or make the best choices.

If you’re a young entrepreneur like myself trying to bring a project to life, jot down these aspiring entrepreneur quotes to give you motivation.

“Everything started as nothing.” - Ben Weissenstein, CEO of Grand Slam Garage Sales

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” - Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist

“People will stereotype all day long. But if you forget your own age, you’ll get so focused on the business that you become ultra-confident and people will forget to question how old you are.” - Gurbaksh Chahal, founder of RadiumOne

“Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.” - Mark Cuban, American billionaire entrepreneur

“Don’t be threatened by people smarter than you.“ - Howard Schultz, former chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company

Career advice for young adults: tips from a 25 y/o

March 7, 2021

 


When I’m 50 I’ll probably look back at this article and think how naive and young I was to think I had so much figured out in life. And it’s true, because the older we get, the more experience we gain and the more we know about everything. However, I recently turned 25 just a few days ago and the experiences I’ve gone through like working abroad, being an intern, working full-time jobs, balancing work and a long-distance relationship, amongst other things, have taught me a lot. Therefore, I have some career advice for young adults and people starting their career that I would like to share in this post.

Most of us turning 25 are kind-of-possibly-most-definitely going through the infamous quarter-life crisis wondering if we’re on the right path in life and living up to our younger self’s expectations. And even if I’ve only been in a grown-up job for a few years, I feel like I can give the career tips for college students I wish I had gotten when I started my first internship and had no clue what I was doing.

Here are 10 of many tips I’ve been given since I started my career:

1. Don’t obsess over money

The first piece of career advice for young adults worth mentioning is to not be fixated on money. Whilst the whole purpose of working is to make a living, when you’re in your early 20s and starting out you should be focused on getting experience, rather than a good paycheck. So don’t choose your starting jobs based on how much you can make, but rather based on what skills and competences that job position can provide you to grow your level of expertise and land your dream job in the future.

 2. Ask 3 important questions at the end of every interview

During interviews, we are usually so focused on trying to impress the employer, that we often leave without knowing anything about the company or if we want to take the position we’re interviewing at all. And because I’ve done my fair amount of interviews and thus my fair amount of research to ace them, one tip that has stuck to with me since day one is to ask the following 3 key questions  to see the values of the company, what you’re going to get yourself into and a clear insight of the office culture and environment. The questions are:

  • What Will Be the Biggest Challenge for the Person Filling This Position?

  • Why Is This Position Available?

  • What Would Other Employees Say Is the Best Part About Working Here? 

3. Don’t wait to be motivated. Motivate yourself

This is probably one of the most valuable tips for young professionals I can give you. Have you heard of the quote ‘If you start when you’re ready, you will be waiting for the rest of your life’? This quote is basically saying that you shouldn’t wait to be motivated to start, but rather seek motivation because it only comes within oneself. Our goal should be to be driven by intrinsic motivation and take opportunities to learn and to feel good with ourselves rather than to gain external rewards like money, prices or praises from your boss.

4. A degree doesn’t assure you a job

This piece of career advice is for young adults and for anyone that does not have a degree in their field or a degree at all. I'm definitely one of those, and I am currently about to reach my 2-year mark at a marketing agency where I enjoy my job a lot. What has gotten me this job is the various internships I’ve done in the field, my passion for writing and my dedication to pursue opportunities. And yes, I have gotten hired over people with marketing degrees and masters. Titles that ~sadly~ I don’t have but that I compensate with other very valuable skills and accomplishments.

5. Don’t stop learning

 As a young professional, you should continuously be checking job offers in your industry to see what companies are asking for. That is because your goal should be to keep building your CV with skills like languages, personal projects and specialized courses to have more to offer to future companies and become more competent.

6. Take care of your mind the same way you take care of your body 

An article giving career advice for young adults would not be complete without the number one thing I’ve learned how to do since starting my full time job. And that is acknowledging and managing anxiety and stress. More times than not, and because we spend the majority of the day at work, stress comes from something related to our job. So the same way we go to the gym to keep a fit and healthy body, we should also journal, meditate and even see a therapist to cope with our emotions and ensure we are dealing with them properly and change whatever we have to change to live a happier life.


7. Learn that your career is not always linear

Graduating at 22 and finding a full time job right after college doesn’t always equal success. Your career is not always linear, meaning that there will be lots of ups and downs until you get where you want to be. One of the best career tips for college students I can give you is to not compare yourselves to other people and learn from your mistakes. If you are consistent and hard-working you will eventually land your dream job, even if you encounter some setbacks and fail along the way.

8. Work abroad if you get the chance

 Speaking from experience, I have to say employers like it a lot when they see you have spent some time abroad. After working in Scotland for a year, in every interview I had back home I would get asked TONS of questions about my experience.  Working abroad benefits your CV immensely because it not only shows personal growth and your ability to appreciate a new culture, it also gives you the possibility to stand out from other candidates in interviews!

9. Say Thank you!

‘When it comes to succeeding as a young professional, it really does take a village, and you’re not getting there on your own’. A huge piece of career advice for young adults that cannot go unnoticed but usually does is how important it is to be grateful. If someone is taking their time to help you, teach you, helps you get an internship, etc., you should always thank them because they could give you job references in the future even if you’ve lost touch with them. Having connections and friends in the field is something that we young professionals don’t appreciate, but that is extremely important and valuable.

10. Only take advice from people who have what you want

 Some people love to give their opinion on how you’re living your life and unless it’s your parents, your partner or your boss, you shouldn’t listen to them because most of them speak out of jealousy. Trust me, the amount of times I’ve had to deal with comments from a close family member saying that I should study this and that to get here and there and that speaking languages won’t get me far without a degree… These comments sometimes get to me, but mind you she’s no Steve Jobs or is nowhere near close to where I want to be in life! 

So one of the most valuable tips for young professionals is to take advice from people who are where you want to be, that work in the same industry as you and that can help you grow and better yourself.

The 5 TV shows you need to watch for career inspiration

January 31, 2021

 


If you’re anything like me, then you’ll probably enjoy watching shows that unfold the story of a normal guy that ends up becoming a successful businessperson after hard work and dedication (and a few relationships and breakups somewhere in between). You might enjoy workplace TV shows because you feel represented by the main character, or they might give you motivation and hope to work hard and also become a successful person! (Because, hey, if the girl next door became a millionaire in only two seasons so can we, right?)

In this article I suggest 5 TV shows that talk about the strange dynamics every workplace has as well as give you inspiration and encouragement to work hard and get your dream job.

1. Younger

Based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran, ‘Younger’ follows the life of Liza Miller, a 40 year-old divorcee that wants to get back to the professional world after a decade-long hiatus. She then pretends to be 20 years younger in a job interview and lands a job in a book publisher. The whole plot revolves around her navigating the competitive world of publishing, getting promoted, keeping her biggest secret and falling in love. Starring the brilliant Sutton Foster and the talented Hilary Duff, this is without a doubt one of the best TV shows about careers I’ve ever watched.

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2. Start-up

Probably featuring in the top 3 of my favourite TV shows of all time, Start-up (스타트업) is a Korean drama that tells the story of young growing entrepreneurs and how they try to jump-start their business by getting into the fictional Silicon Valley of Korea, Sandbox. The story does not only revolve around the struggles and failures one faces when starting a company, but it also focuses on their personal lives showing the characters handle a truly devastating love triangle and going through grief. The dynamic of their business and the journey they go through categorise it as a workplace tv show that you will for sure be able to relate to and love!

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3. Workin’ Moms

The Canadian series premiered in 2017, and since then has offered their fans a total of 4 seasons. The show revolves around 4 friends who are trying to balance their jobs with taking care of their kids. It perfectly captures the struggle of new moms trying to grow professionally, get a promotion and focus on their passion but also having to take care of their family. With friendship betrayal, infidelity and sacrifice being recurring themes, this sitcom is one of the best TV shows about jobs to watch and enjoy.

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4. Silicon Valley

Since its debut in 2014, Silicon Valley has been claimed to be one of the best comedy shows off all time. Not only is it hilarious and witty, but it really manages to portray the ins and outs of Silicon Valley, which is considered the tech heaven on Earth. You get to see what happens behind the apps and smartphones we use on the daily and get to laugh whilst learning which, in my opinion, is why it makes the show such a sensation. If you enjoy workplace TV shows you’ll enjoy the story of these 4 programmers who’re friends and decide to create an app with little to no idea on how the business world works. There’s comedy, suspense and there are unexpected scenarios that keep coming up which definitely keeps you on your toes!

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5. Romance is a Bonus Book

‘Romance is a Bonus Book’ focuses on gender-related issues women have to deal with at work such as discrimination, the stigma behind being divorced/unmarried woman, etc. And whilst I personally am not a divorcee or have a young daughter to take care of, I did relate to main character Kang Dan-i when struggling to find a job, adapting to her new office and colleagues, handling her not-so-nice boss and trying to prove to the company what she's worth. 

The workplace where most of the story takes place is a book publishing company, which is fantastic and captivating if you’re a bookworm like myself who’ll enjoy seeing how books are made. However, if you’re the type of person that enjoys suspense and a fast-paced show, this workplace TV show might not be for you. ‘Romance is a bonus book’ does not have a set story and rather focuses on the character’s real-life issues and day to day lives.

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Journaling For Manifestation And The Law Of Attraction

January 4, 2021

 


With manifestation, you can make your thoughts become a reality. And contrary to popular belief, it is usually not enough to just speak them into existence and hope for the best. That is why it is encouraged to use journaling for manifestation as this practice will draw consistent attention to your goals in a way that is relaxing, organized and effective. It is also really helpful and highly practical if you create a mood board that acts as the visual side to your journal. So, if you want to make your dreams and projects come true this year, start a journal and use my following tips to exercise the law of attraction.

What is the Law of Attraction?

Do you fully understand what the Law of Attraction or manifestation is and why many people swear by it? The Law of Attraction is basically the ability to use the power of the mind to materialise our dreams and whatever we focus on. So if we aim for something big and think positively about it, we’ll end up achieving it. It basically feeds off the concept that if we implement Gratitude, Affirmation and Conceptualization in our daily lives, we will attract the things that we want.

How do I implement the Law of Attraction?

By knowing and thinking that you can do something you will motivate yourself to do it. It kind of follows the ‘fake it ‘till you make it’ concept. However, simply thinking about the things we want to achieve isn’t enough and, in my opinion, and the LoA becomes more effective if we keep a Law of Attraction diary. This is essentially a journal thought for writing down your goals and dreams and helping you get through the process of achieving them.

Why You Should start a Law of Attraction Diary

When journaling you automatically engage your subconscious mind. It helps you with clarity and to stay focused and productive. Journaling for manifestation is, therefore, the best practice to turn your thoughts into reality because it keeps you accountable, helps you stay on track and helps you realise what exactly you want to achieve.

Manifesting through journaling is easy if you think of what you want and make a list of objects and experiences that you wish to attract into your life in the future. Then, jot down each step and a short description of how you’re going to get it and keep a record of your attempts to do so. You can also go more in depth and write from the following journal prompts and make it a daily habit, so you ensure you are really putting the LoA to practice.

Journal prompts for manifestation

1. Explore your goal thoroughly

The idea behind this prompt is to answer as many questions about your dreams and expectations as possible. Ask yourself ‘why do you want this?’ ‘Why is it so important to you?’ ‘What will you do when you have it?’ and ‘How will you feel when you finally accomplish it or get it?’ 

2. Gratitude

Journaling for manifestation shouldn’t only be about asking. It should also imply being grateful for everything that you already have. Gratitude prompts come in many shapes and forms: you can write a line a day about people and things you’re grateful for, you can write a list of 10 ways you can share your gratitude with others, or a list of 10 things you take for granted, for example.

3. ‘You are what you think’

Another excellent journal prompt for manifestation is to talk to yourself as if you already had achieved your goal. For example, if you want to attract the job of your dreams, you can write a journal entry pretending to be in that job. What does your day-to-day consist of? Talk as if you were already the person you want to become, and you will most definitely attract the aura and vibes and see change in no time.

Journaling for Manifestation tips

The following are just a few tips that I personally follow to make my manifestation journey more powerful and profitable. After taking a look at them and now that you know how to bring your LoA journal to life, don’t hesitate to start and make all your dreams come true!

  • Make it a daily habit!: Set 5 minutes every day to manifest your desires, and you’ll unconsciously have them in your head at all times. Thus, you’ll constantly want to work towards achieving them and speed the progress.
  • Begin your manifestation entry with a date: It is important you do that so you can look back and see how far you’ve come. And, for future manifestations, seeing the time it took for you to accomplish something can help you estimate future goals.
  • Create a mood board: Manifesting through journaling should also be accompanied by manifesting through a vision board. Vision boards are effective for any types of goals as they help us to better visualise them.
  • Set realistic goals: You have to be able to believe it, for the universe to also believe it. My best piece of advice when journaling for manifestation is to set smart and attainable dreams. This way the universe will work alongside you to bring them to life!

How to Make a Resume With No Work Experience

December 29, 2020

 

Whether you’re applying for an internship or your first real job, writing your first resume can be tricky if you don’t have any relevant work experience or none at all. But considering your experience is the ‘meat’ of your CV, employers know everyone has to start somewhere. So the objective behind writing your first ever resume should be to highlight your skills and motivations and create an effective enough CV, so you find a job with no previous experience. With this being said, keep reading to learn how to make a resume with no work experience.

Write an impressive RESUME SUMMARY

It is very tricky to know what to put on a resume for your first job so that it stands out when you don’t have any work experience. And a key section that has to appear on your CV is a brief introduction about yourself, also called a resume summary. Thankfully, you can write a resume summary even if you don’t have any experience as the idea is to highlight your skills and education and link them to the job position you are applying to. The following is an example of a resume summary for a marketing job.

Digital Marketing recent graduate of a highly ranked university, passionate about promoting brands and marketing products to businesses and consumers. Highly-capable leader having led multiple class projects and therefore gained knowledge in sales and marketing integrated skills such as Website Analytics tools, SEO tools and Content Creation tools.

In this example you’re highlighting accomplishments as well as the relevant skills for the job. You’re also showing you’re a motivated candidate. Most importantly, you’re including digital marketing keywords such as ‘Website Analytics’ tools that will help you enormously when trying to catch your employer’s attention and passing an automated application system that the company might use to select relevant CVs. This leads me onto the next crucial aspect to consider if you’re wondering how to make a resume with no work experience and that stands out.

Include Resume KEYWORDS

Including resume keywords is important when you write a resume for your first job. As previously mentioned, some hiring managers use an Applicant Tracking System to scan resumes and get rid of the irrelevant ones. It is important that, in order for your CV to get through this system, you look for the main keywords that suit the position you’re applying for and include them all throughout your resume. It is as simple as googling a list of these keywords and strategically inserting them in every section of your CV.

Show your relevant SKILLS

How to make a resume with no work experience and fill a whole blank page is the top question first-time job seekers ask. Thankfully, companies are looking for much more than work experience. They want to hire someone that shows they are a perfect fit for the job with not only work experience, but also an exceptional educational background and a proven relevant skill set. The skills, tools and essential qualities that you’ve learned when taking a course or completing a degree can help you demonstrate to your employer what you have to offer if hired. A good tip is to tie your skills to your education and evidence you’ve practiced them, for example, in a project at school.

Here is an example of how you could show your skills:

Content Creation: Created 10 SEO-optimized articles for a potential Clothing website as a project in my last year of college.

STRUCTURE your CV correctly

A recruiter will spend only a few seconds scanning your CV. Hence, why your goal should be to create a resume that’s easy to read and that highlights the most important and relevant skills for the job opening. Your contact information should be at the very top followed by a strong summary statement, that would be your resume summary, that grabs the reader’s attention.

Let each section consist of up to 5 bullet points describing your skills and achievements. A good piece of advice is to create an impact by adding numbers to as many bullet points as possible. Finally, make it chronological as it is more likely to pass the ATS scan. Read more in depth on how to structure your resume here.

Yes, you do have EXPERIENCE...

Volunteering experience, attending networking events, extracurricular activities and academic achievements all count as some sort of experience. The same way your skills will help you land your first job, your accomplishments can help you stand out from the rest of the candidates and grab the company’s attention.

Hopefully this article has answered ‘how to make a resume with no work experience’ in detail so you can put my advice into practice in your next job search. Remember everyone has to start somewhere, so it is not out of the ordinary or strange at all to submit a CV with no previous experience. Of course, it is up to you to make your resume as professional and as eye-catching as possible to amaze your employer and get called in for an interview!

The 80 20 Theory (a.k.a The Pareto Principle) Can Change Your Life

December 8, 2020


Entrepreneurs, diligent employees and successful people usually have their hands full trying to get a number of different tasks done in their day. And with so many things coming their way it is sometimes hard to label priorities and know what to dedicate more time to so that they are not wasting their time. This is where the 80 20 theory (or the Pareto Principle) comes in.

Where does the 80 20 theory come from?

The Pareto concept was discovered by an Italian economist and philosopher, Vilfredo Pareto. The Italian native, when analysing wealth and income distribution trends, one day found out that 80% of the land in his country was owned by only 20% of the population. This made him study other countries and other industries and realize that in the majority of the cases, 80% of results came from only 20% of the efforts.

The Pareto Principle can be applied to various situations, and business owners, workers and students can benefit from it to become more aware of how they spend their time and help them be more productive.

The Pareto principle explained

We understand the Pareto principle, but, how does it impact productivity? Well, the idea of the 80 20 theory is to get more done with less effort. This means that when you find out that the majority of your results are being generated by a small percentage of your efforts, you can pinpoint what they are and focus all your attention on them instead of wasting time and resources on things that don’t really give you any results.

I think we could all agree that, at least up to now, we thought that the effort we put into something correlates in a straight line to the results we get. That is simply not true. This distribution is rarely ever balanced and to prove it, the following are some day to day examples of how the eighty twenty rule takes place.

80 20 rule examples

When it comes to business, usually, 20% of employees are responsible for 80% of the productivity, 20% of the clients account for 80% of the profits and, when you take a look at your marketing strategy, you’ll see that only 20% of your efforts assist 80% of your customer’s purchase decisions. Other 80 20 theory examples not related to business are the fact that 20% of drivers cause 80% of all traffic accidents, and that 80% of pollution originates from 20% of all factories.

Tips on how to work with the Pareto Rule

Once we determine which tasks are majorly contributing to our final results, it’s time to learn how to prioritize them. My first tip is to identify if a task is urgent and important. If it’s both (which will rarely be the case) do it first! If it’s only important or only urgent, delegate it to someone else, leave it for last and spend only a few minutes on it. If it’s neither, then forget about it!

My second tip is to use the Pareto Principle to discover common characteristics of those tasks or employees that bring you the overall results. What is that 20% doing differently and can we apply it to the rest?

For example, if you are a blogger you might notice that 80% of the traffic comes from only 20% of your posts. Why are those posts succeeding? Is it their structure or what they talk about? The idea is to optimize the 80% of blog posts that aren’t doing so well by looking at the posts that are attracting visitors to your site.

And my third and final tip is to know when you’re most productive. For me, it is bright and early so this means I’ll tackle the most important tasks (aka the tasks that bring me the most results) early in the morning when I’m full of energy and focused. So on top of prioritizing what I have to do once I've taken into account the 80 20 theory, I’m also making sure I’m focusing on the key tasks in my prime time, so I give them my 100%.


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8 Weekly Journal Ideas For Winter

October 26, 2020

 

We’re at the very start of the coldest and final months of 2020, which means finding something cosy and indoors to do is a great idea! And since we are approaching the end of the year, what better activity to take part in than journaling and putting into words how we feel, reminisce old times and think about what we are going to do to make next year even better. So, in this article, I’ve compiled a series of fun and motivational weekly journal ideas for you to write about during winter.

Weekly journal ideas for Winter days:

1. Describe your perfect winter day

If you could spend one day in winter in any way, what would you do? Would you choose to spend it in another country? Maybe trying a winter sport you have never tried before? The idea behind this weekly journal prompt is to let your imagination fly! Go ahead and describe from the second you open your eyes to the moment you go to sleep, your perfect winter day and be as creative and extraordinary as you want!

2. Describe your favourite childhood winter memory

Personally and as a child, Christmas holidays were my absolute favourite! So from time to time, writing about the activities we enjoyed as a family and just trying to remember every single detail gets me in an incredibly good mood. This is why as a soothing and relaxing weekly journal idea I suggest you put your memory to the test! What was your favourite family activity? What traditions and festivities did you partake in? Do you remember waking up to a White Christmas?

3. Recall your dreams

One of the best ideas to journal about is jotting down your dreams! Many people keep a dream journal on their nightstand so that whenever they have a crazy dream they can write it down the minute they wake up. Writing down what you dream about is fascinating especially if you like analyzing your dreams and finding meanings to them. It is also a quick and easy journal prompt as you don’t have to put much thought into it other than noting what you have dreamt!

4. Write a book review

Have you recently read a book that has caused an impact on you? One of the best weekly journal ideas that I use is writing book reviews. And, if you’re like me and love reading you can write a summary of your favourite book or the book you’ve just read as a journal entry. I love going back to these entries, especially when I re-read books, to compare my initial thoughts on a story and character to my thoughts now!

5. Create a ‘wish list’ of movies, books and activities to do this season

Another engaging journal idea to write about is to create a list of movies, books and activities to do during winter. Kind of like a bucket list but for winter! Are there any movies you’ve wanted to watch this year that you haven’t? Well, the coldest months of the year are perfect to finally watch them as the weather makes the perfect excuse to stay indoors. There are also plenty of activities you can only do during winter like going ice skating, visiting the Christmas markets, etc. So create your ‘wish list’, share it with your friends and start ticking it off!

Motivational Writing prompts:

6. Write a letter to your future self

What better season than winter to reflect on yourself and think about what you want to improve in the coming year. For that reason, as a great weekly journal idea, I recommend reflecting and writing about your present in the form of a letter to your future self! This is a great way to talk about your state of mind at the moment, any mistakes you’ve made that you want to avoid and any goals you want to achieve in the future.

7. Jot down one thing you can do to be more sustainable

Our goals for the new year should include some to take care of our environment and leave a nicer and cleaner planet for the future generations. For this reason, I encourage you to write a motivational writing prompt on 1 thing you can change before the year ends to be more sustainable. It doesn’t have to be a big change, but a big enough one to help you start a more sustainable lifestyle. What about taking a reusable water bottle to the gym from now on? Or maybe even pack your snack for work in a reusable bag instead of disposable tin foil? The ideas are endless!

8. Write down 3 goals you’ve achieved this year

Finally, one of my favourite weekly journal ideas to write about and that will make you appreciate how far you’ve come and how hard you’ve worked is to simply note 3 goals you’ve achieved this year. It can be anything from fitness goals to self-care goals to work related goals. Make it a habit to regularly reflect on everything you’ve achieved as this will help you push through any hard and difficult times that come your way.



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