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Commit to Be Fit: Start a daily journal to dream big

Niche journals are available for specialized journaling Thursday, May 18, 2006, in southeast Cedar Rapids.
Niche journals are available for specialized journaling Thursday, May 18, 2006, in southeast Cedar Rapids.

Last week I attended a life-changing personal growth conference with Rachel Hollis, New York Times bestselling author of “Girl, Wash Your Face,” and “Girl, Stop Apologizing.”

Hollis built her multimillion dollar company with only a high school diploma. What I find most admirable about Hollis is her dedication to her dreams, marriage and her four young children.

Needless to say, trying to choose only one idea to write about from this conference has been difficult. Where do I even begin? I decided to share a practice Hollis does every morning: identifying 10 dreams for the future and writing them in a “Start Today” journal. This practice has totally lit my heart on fire, and I hope you find it just as exhilarating.

You can buy a “Start Today” journal at Target or thehollisco.com. However, Rachel encourages you to “start today” and do this writing practice in any notebook you have at home. All you need is paper, pen and permission to allow yourself to dream big — I mean really big!

Do I even have dreams?

I used to get embarrassed when I was asked, “What are your dreams?” For years I have had a vision board, but honestly, those dreams were never in the forefront of my mind. I never have been able to share my dreams at a moment’s notice.

However, after writing in my “Start Today” journal for a week, I now can easily share what my dreams are, because I think of them daily.

Why have dreams?

Dreams give direction to daily living. I once read, “You are never given a dream without the ability to make it come true.” If you dream it, you can achieve it. Your dreams will help you use your God-given gifts to become the best version of yourself. Why is this important? So you can show up as your best self for others and your community.

Identify your dreams

If the idea of having dreams excites you, before you begin writing in your “Start Today” journal, take a moment and imagine your best self in 10 years. Do not skip this step. In Rachel’s words, “Imagine that a decade of time has gone by, and you are living your best possible life. Dream big! Don’t put any restrictions on it. Don’t overthink it; just allow yourself to envision the most magnificent possible future version of yourself.”

Get specific: How do you go about your day? How do you speak to those you love? What time are you waking up? What exercise do you do consistently? What kind of books are you reading? How are you sharing your gifts? How do you give back to your community?

Use this writing prompt: “In 10 years, I will be ” Write down everything you can think of — and then write some more. Have fun dreaming, and don’t hold back.

Next week I will share the “Start Today” journal’s three daily writing prompts.

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Other take-aways I had from attending this conference include: the importance of escaping everyday routine, creating space for personal reflection, and the value of nurturing special friendships. It’s a joy being around like-minded people who also are daring to dream big.

Kylie Alger is a certified wellness coach and co-owner of the Well-Woman: Body, Mind & Spirit. Comments: kylie@thewellwoman.org

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