Self Discovery Journal Challenge

Self Discovery Journal Challenge

During October, I completed Ell’s self discovery journal challenge. The thinking behind it is to dig deep and explore what you really want out of life. It was the first time I’d done something like this, but I really enjoyed it!

The reason I decided to do this is that the future has always freaked me out. I’ve never had any idea what I wanted to do, or the direction I wanted my life to go. My usual tactic is to avoid thinking about it but, lately, it’s been popping up in my thoughts more and more (possibly because I’m on a few years away from turning 30). With the help of my counsellor, I’ve been trying to identify who I am, and what I want. This activity was perfect to accompany and aid that process.

Writing in journal

There is a great mix of questions which are general and left up to your own interpretation. They cover different aspects of life, both personal and professional. I doubt I’ll ever put much emphasis on career so I loved that the questions weren’t too focussed on that.

There are 31 questions, so doing it in October seemed like a natural fit. It was a great incentive to use one of the many unused notebooks I have lying around. At the end of September, I wrote each question out, and left a couple of pages for my response.

There were a couple of things I enjoyed about this:

  1. It was an activity that didn’t involve a screen. Given that I spend most of my day on my laptop, it was refreshing to have somewhere else to focus my attention.
  2. It became “me time”. After the first week, I began looking forward to those 15 minutes of deep thought and reflection. I mostly wrote my answers in the evening, but I did include it as an act of self-care on a couple of afternoons.

3 of your strongest traits question

I did struggle to answer some of the questions. This, for me, highlighted things I need to think about a little more. For example, I’m not very good at giving myself credit so any question that asked me to note things I’m good at were a little tricky. In all honesty, some of these are either unanswered or half answered, but I’m working on it! I managed to come up with some answers and doing so made me feel good. It made me realise I need to invest more time in thinking about what I’m good at, rather than what I think I’m bad at.

My answers would have been completely different if I’d done them before I started blogging. My enthusiasm for blogging popped up on several occasions which was a nice reminder of how much I love it.

Several of the questions also encouraged gratitude and these were my favourite ones to answer. Thinking about what makes me happiest, and what I’m most grateful for, gave me perspective on how lucky I am. Unsurprisingly, my family, Neal and Juno were the most common answers here.

I found the self discovery journal challenge encouraged me to think about who I am right now, and who I would like to be in the future. It highlighted what’s really important to me. Although there weren’t any surprises and what came out was more or less what I expected, writing it down helped me to regain some focus.

It will be interesting to look back at my answers in a few months to see how things have progressed or changed!

Self Discovery Journal Challenge

Self Discovery Journal Challenge
Learn more about who you are and who you want to be with this self discovery journal challenge.
Feeling lost? Why not try a self discovery journal challenge to identify who you are and what you want in life?

Have you tried, or would you try, a self discovery journal challenge?

38 Comments

  1. 5th November 2018 / 12:05 pm

    This is so cool! It’s so easy to forget to take a step back and analyse who you are and what you want and what you’re good at. I’m definitely guilty of just keeping going without taking stock of what’s actually happening, and this seems like such a nice, easy(ish) way to do that and take that time for yourself!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 10:39 am

      Exactly – I feel like I’ve changed a lot over the last few years (some good, some bad) but I haven’t stopped to think about who I’ve become, or the direction I want to go now, so it was a great exercise.

  2. 5th November 2018 / 1:24 pm

    This sounds like a really good idea. I feel I need some focus at the moment (though I’m way, way past the 30 mark, lol) so this might help me to get my priorities right. I’m definitely up for giving this a go!

    Tracy x

    https://bloggerbythesea.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 10:41 am

      It definitely helped me to hone in certain things I enjoyed and wanted to pursue! Would love to hear your thoughts on it if you do it!

  3. 5th November 2018 / 1:49 pm

    I’ve never kept a journal like this for a prolonged period of time. I did start one after my blogger box swap with my penpal, Lydia, but predictably, life got in the way. I think it’s really interesting what you say about regaining focus as well as finding the good in yourself. I think I might have to try again with mine and see what that shows me. Thank you, Ruth! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 10:42 am

      I haven’t, either. I’m the same as you – I’ll start with the best intentions but then it gets away from me. I loved the fact it had things ready for me to answer, rather than me having to think about what to write.

  4. 5th November 2018 / 4:14 pm

    Such a good idea. I’ve begun to do this with pre-laid out journals and I’ve learned a lot about myself.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 10:55 am

      That’s awesome πŸ™‚

  5. 5th November 2018 / 4:26 pm

    This seem like an amazing journaling idea. I usually write down a few sentences about how I’m feeling, and that too not every day, just sometimes when my thoughts are bothersome. But I might give this a try. I like the idea of self-discovery through journaling. I can handle one question a day! Thank you for sharing your experience! πŸ™‚

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 10:55 am

      No problem at all! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  6. 5th November 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I love this idea, and I am the exact same at not giving myself credit for my positive traits. I’ve been thinking about buying one of those mindful/happiness journals for a while now that are a similar concept, but this seems like a cheaper alternative! (and like you said a great way to fill one of the hundreds of notebooks I have) Loved this post, I will definitely be doing this!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 10:57 am

      I was the same, I’d seen those books in a few places and thought they’d help because I never really know where to begin when I’m writing in a journal. Then I discovered this and it did the job just as well! Hope you enjoy doing it, too. πŸ™‚

  7. Ell
    5th November 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Thank you so much Ruth for taking the journaling challenge & for your honest review!! I can totally relate when you say it’s hard for you to give yourself credit. I think that’s one reason why I created the challenge. To help give myself more credit and help me to lift up my confidence! You are an amazing person and you deserve to realize that!!!! I am glad you enjoyed the exercise!! Love you lots!!!! πŸ’•

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 11:06 am

      Awww, thank you, Ell! It was such a brilliant idea, so thank you for creating it. LOVE YOU LOTS!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

  8. 5th November 2018 / 6:12 pm

    I love this idea and think it’s a brilliant thing for you to have done. Taking the time to focus on yourself is important but it’s such a hard thing to do! If only more people had enough support to build enough of a self-esteem to focus on themselves – just think how brilliant that would be!
    It’s such shame that society literally penalises people for thinking about themselves. It isn’t selfish to concentrate on ourselves and try to explore who we really are and what we want from life. Life is short and difficult and we should be able to do anything that might make it a bit easier without feeling judgement!
    Loved this! X

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 11:07 am

      Couldn’t have said it better myself! There’s an expectation to keep going and going and going, without ever pausing to question if the direction we are heading is even right for us. Glad you enjoyed it – thank you for reading and leaving such an awesome comment.

  9. 5th November 2018 / 6:44 pm

    I love journaling so I need to try this challenge! Great post!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 11:07 am

      Hope you enjoy it!

  10. 5th November 2018 / 7:23 pm

    Love this! It’ll be so good to see if your gratitudes are the same or you’ve accomodation more in months to come but also to see a difference in all your answers! I suck at remembering to do something each day, but I guess 15 minutes of solid no screen self time would be amaze! X

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 11:08 am

      Exactly! Maybe set a reminder on your phone? That’s what I did, because otherwise I’d have done it for a couple of days and then forgotten about it, too! πŸ˜‚

  11. 5th November 2018 / 7:44 pm

    I really love this idea Ruth! Self-reflection is such a helpful way to put everything into perspective. It’s great that you made time for this activity every single day and it is such a good way to get away from the screens. I like that there is a question to focus on each day over the course of a month. This exercise would be really interesting to look back on in a few months/years time to see if the responses are still the same. Thank you for the inspiration, I think I am going to give this a go as well <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 11:10 am

      The questions were a huge help for me. One of the main reasons I don’t keep a journal is because I feel like it’s repetitive, or I don’t know where to start, so I loved having the structure to follow.

      Yay! I’d love to know what you think of it if you decide to do it!

  12. 5th November 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Wooow such a nice post. Sometimes, we need to take a step back and reflect on ourselves. I am definitely considering to do this in the next few days.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 11:11 am

      That’s awesome, I hope you like it!

  13. 5th November 2018 / 8:36 pm

    The gratitude aspect of this sounds lovely! Something I think I want to start soon is a gratitude journal, or just adding something I’m grateful for in every journal entry I make, even adding something I’m grateful for in every blog post!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 11:12 am

      Oooh, I love the idea of adding it into your blog posts! πŸ™‚ I have a similar journal of happy things and I love it.

  14. 6th November 2018 / 1:17 am

    I like this type of confidence booster, it shows you how to appreciate yourself and realign your thinking for bettering yourself in the future. I think I’ll buy a Christmas themed journal and start this challenge in December! I too need to give myself way more credit on the good things I do vs resting in my weaknesses and struggles.

    Natonya | https://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th November 2018 / 11:12 am

      Yessssss! That’s a great way to end the year and go in to the new one! πŸ˜€

  15. 7th November 2018 / 2:23 am

    This sounds like a great opportunity to look inside yourself. I will definitely have to give this a try at some point. Plus anything that gets me away from a screen for a bit is always nice.

  16. 7th November 2018 / 8:47 pm

    I love your approach to this idea Ruth! You’re so clever and hardworking, you definitely need to give yourself more credit !! Stopping by was a pleasure as always πŸ™‚

    Rach

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      8th November 2018 / 5:05 am

      Aww, thank you so much, Rachael! πŸ™‚

  17. 8th November 2018 / 4:29 pm

    This is such a great challenge! Like you, I am close to 30, I am going to be 28 in February and I am always worrying about the future, am I going to be happy? Will I be in the same job role? Etc. I would love to do this challenge! I think this would help my self confidence and self esteem. Thank you for sharing this post xxx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th November 2018 / 1:19 pm

      No problem at all. It’s a very high pressure stage of life, I think! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if you take part! πŸ˜€ xx

  18. 10th November 2018 / 7:23 pm

    I love the idea of this. It’s a great way to reflect on your strengths (and areas you want to develop further or learn more about). I think this would be a really interesting – and positive – reflective task. Great idea!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th November 2018 / 5:38 am

      Yeah, it was definitely interesting! πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting, Stacie!

  19. 10th November 2018 / 10:54 pm

    This is awesome, what a great idea! I have very little sense of identity and this seems as though it would really help. I’m glad you found it useful. It’s definitely something I should consider making more time for – who am I and what do I actually want? Great post πŸ’–πŸ˜»

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th November 2018 / 5:38 am

      That was my issue, too – I felt like so much of who I thought I was had been built by what other people think and it was time to think about it from my own perspective!

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