A Journal Exercise to Own Self-Expression

          “I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

– Frida Kahlo

It’s important to know ourselves and our needs, and to express them.

Why? Because genuine self-expression can be really powerful. It’s disarming.  It has always had the potential to be radical. Even small acts of authentic self expression can have a profound effect for us, and the people around us, and beyond.

If we want to make marks on the world, have meaningful relationships, and demonstrate influence in the spheres we operate within, it’s up to us to take control of our self-expression. To make it a priority. To practice it. To own it. Here’s a journal prompt to firm up the intention to own self-expression:

List 10 new things you want to do for yourself that could make it easier for you to give outward in a high-quality way. For example:

  1. I could delegate tasks at work differently.
  2. I could let myself declare myself off limits after 7 PM, one or two nights a week, and use that time to write / paint / etc.
  3. I could revisit my to-do list and ask myself what do I really want to do? What do I actually hate?

Come up with 10.

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How will you keep yourself accountable to the intention?

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This is an excerpt from my e-zine, How to Write Until You Feel Better for Real which you can find on my Etsy shop.

Image via Artodessy 🙏

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