today, I've decided to stop

TODAY, I’VE DECIDED TO STOP….

Staring at my blank journal page this morning, thoughts flooded my mind of things I want to stop doing. This year. This Month. Today. This is just one of the many reasons I love journaling.

As a writer, it feels like a natural extension of my work. It fuels my professional work but also brings blurry corners of my life into creative and productive focus. 

Here’s a quick writing exercise for you: take out a pen and paper (or open a digital document) and list 10 things you’d like to stop doing.

Then, pick just one thing and decide today to stop. You can revisit your list every day (or week) and keep making tiny, incremental changes to your life.

Tiny steps conquer mountains.

Here’s my list (incidentally, it came out semi-poetic; I’m thinking to add the list to the upcoming Little Book of Joy):

Today, I’ve decided to stop

Ignoring my voice

Restraining my laugh

Staying back

Holding in

Hiding truth

Covering up  smiles

Listening to nonsense

Scrolling through time

Walking backwards

Fearing forwards

Sitting still when I want to move

Moving when I need to sit still

Nodding when I disagree

Accepting what I need to reject

Staying when I need to go

Dulling my shine

Quieting my voice

Regretting my life lessons

Criticizing my mistakes

Stepping on my dreams

Sleeping on my talents

Selling my heart

To strangers masked in gold

Today,

I have decided

To stop.

What have you decided to stop doing? Share below in the comments.

-Alicia-Joy

 

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alicia-joy

I'm a writer and storyteller currently living in London and juggling multiple creative projects. I’d like to say that it's always easy, but the truth is there are times when things get messy. Still, it's the life I've chosen, and I love it. My intention is to keep my projects spinning and stay true to my voice.

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