Two Best Mom Journals: Rediscovering YOU
Hey Mom! Do you remember when people actually called you by your first name?! When you spend most of your time with your kids who use your awesome “MOM” title, it can be rare! Right now with the year it’s been with shutdowns and not seeing people, I feel like I go days without hearing my name. Somewhere along the way, only being called “Mom” can make a person feel a bit lost. A mom journal is a great way of dealing with that feeling.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love being called Mommy and all its variations! I’m so thankful and blessed to have my kids. But sometimes a mom needs to remember and rediscover who she is as a person outside of that role.
Taking Care of Mom
Now, before we go further I need to remind everyone that I’m NOT in any way a mental health professional, I’m just sharing my own experiences here and resources that I found helpful. Nothing from me is or should be seen as actual medical advice – take care of yourself and contact your doctor for mental health resources and referrals.
Being a mom can be so overwhelming, you automatically always put someone else before you forever. Add more children to the family and it can be even more challenging to find any time for yourself! You’re not alone feeling that way either. In their annual survey on motherhood, the website Motherly found 93% of mothers reported feeling burned out at least occasionally.
It is so important to take time for yourself but what if you don’t even know what to do with that time anymore?! Enter the mom journal!
Getting Reacquainted With Yourself With a Mom Journal
The idea of how so much has changed can bring up a lot of questions about who you are now, who you want to be, and how everything fits together. Taking the time for self-care is something necessary but us moms don’t always prioritize it which can actually lead to not even being sure how we would use such time to ourselves.
Ask yourself this one question:
If you had a whole day to yourself, what would you do?
What would your answers be? Does something pop out right away as what you’d do?
For me no answer was obvious (other than sleep!). There were the things that I felt like I should do because I felt like they were the “right answers”: exercise, read, go for a walk, etc. but nothing stuck out as something I wanted to do.
So that was my mission, and maybe it is yours – to get reacquainted with yourself outside of being a mom. A lot has changed, so who are you now?
Luckily I happened upon the following two books by chance and have enjoyed both a lot to do just that. I want to share them in hopes they may help someone else too!
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Mom Journal One: 3000 Questions About Me
If you feel like you can barely remember three things about you as a person, not just a mom imagine taking the time to figure out 3000 things about yourself!
I’m so thankful for the awful weather the day I bought this because otherwise I wouldn’t have been doing our walk in the mall. I saw this and thought, maybe I just need to ask myself the right questions. So I bought three thousand of them!
It is a perfect and easy first step in the right direction. Think of it as kick-starting your self-care with just one book! You don’t have to think about what to do or where to start, just answer the questions in front of you. It will take awhile to get through 3000 questions, but it is so convenient to just do a few if you have 15 minutes or several pages if you have more time.
The Journal Questions
The book is an excellent balance of deep thinking questions like “Do you know your own worth?” and light ones like “Do you think Bigfoot is real?”. This was awesome because it never got overwhelming. Just when you might think one question was intense, the next there was something to laugh about.
For moms rediscovering themselves, the questions help you put yourself first. All questions ask only about yourself or your opinion so you will actually focus on yourself for some mom self-care when you have a bit of free time.
The mix of questions in this mom journal was also perfect because personally I would sometimes get mad at myself thinking “I have no idea what the answer is, how could I not know this about myself”. But then there was a question like “Do you always wear identical socks?”. Seems like a light, silly question, but it is helpful because it has a concrete answer to know easily. This provides a feeling of success that when you string a few of them together creates a happier outlook.
Three Surprising Benefits:
- Sharing the Questions & Answers – It actually becomes fun answering the questions so share them with your spouse, your mom friends or your own mom! It’s so interesting to hear each others’ answers no matter how different or similar they are.
- Revisiting and Revising – A lot happens quickly when you’re a mom. You can come back to it anytime, or even on purpose in a few months or a year. Read about yourself again later to see how some answers have changed even just within the year and others are the same.
- Journaling – This book is a great way to start journaling because it is all prompted, like so many great journals you can find now. If you’ve never been good at being consistent with journaling (I’m still not) but this is a good introduction if you’re interested in getting started!
Mom Journal Two: The 52 Lists Project
This mom journal was gifted to me at Christmas from my sister. She is much better than me at keeping a journal, but she knows I love a good list – who doesn’t? That feeling of crossing something off as done is so good!
The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal isn’t to-do lists to cross off, it’s about making lists based on weekly prompts. You explore your own interests and experiences and then it gives an action to complete based on what you’ve written. This makes it twice as good for rediscovering yourself outside of your role as mom. You not only think and write, but also act on it!
Like the questions book, having the prompt takes the guess work out of getting started with a mom journal. You can do a bullet point list or go into more detail depending on how you feel. I found myself doing my list, thinking about it during the week and going back to add to it.
The best part of this journal is that 52 lists are one year, but not dated. You can start anytime! It separates the lists into seasons – start doing the one you are in. If you’ve left it for a bit, just come back in where you are in the year.
Bonus Mom Journals & Resources for Rediscovering Yourself:
- The 90 Day Gratitude Journal – Three daily question prompts – two repeated and one random everyday. This time the focus is on loving the life you have and recognizing what makes it great.
- 52 of the Best Journal Prompts for Moms – Jen at Curly Bun Mom has compiled a great list of prompts specifically about being a mom. This would be great for meshing together both sides: you on your own and your role as a mom.
So get yourself started on some mom self-care and take a little time to think about yourself!! It’s good for everyone!
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