Welcome to Day 22 of my #100DaysofBulletJournalIdeas Project!
Idea 22: Write a letter to yourself
Write a letter to yourself
Part of the fun of Bullet Journaling is how you can store your memories in it. You can do this by journaling, by writing snippets of your days with simple note bullets, or in a myriad of other ways.
One of the loveliest practices I enjoy doing is writing a letter to my future self, marked to open a year from my current self. I did this this year, last year, and I believe the year before. Before that I think I may have also done it sometime as part of an assignment many moons ago. It's something that's come to be my special little tradition in encouraging my future self based on my current self's belief in me. It's also fun to see what was important to me and the aspirations I held for my future self.
I like writing out letters with a paper and an envelope, but this year I decided to write a letter to my future self in my Bullet Journal. I did also end up writing another letter and placed it in an envelope to read in a year because I love that little tradition of mine. :)
Things to write to your future self:
Here are a few ideas that I tend to write about, you are welcome to add your own ideas to the mix as well.
- How you are currently
- How you've been feeling lately
- What projects you're currently doing
- What you look forward to from yourself a year from now
- Encouraging words and love from yourself to yourself
- Your relationships and your gratitude towards them
- Where you aim to be in a year: professionally, financially, project-wise, skill-level, etc.
- What you aim to do now to get you to where you want to be.
- Wrap up with words you would say to someone you hold in high-esteem, directed to yourself.
This little practice is a neat way to send yourself much needed love and affection. It's a form of self-care, but it's also a practice that allows you to delve into the things you may be putting off thinking about or creating an action plan, such as breaking down your goals. It doesn't have to be a novel-length thing for it to make an impact or to get the gears turning in your mind.
Imagine you're writing to your best friend, or someone that you're always excited to talk to. Share your excitement with them, that is, with yourself. We are the only person with us our entire lives from day one. Day in and day out, we are the ones who we wake up to every single day.
Wouldn't life be more enjoyable if we treated ourselves with as much kindness as we treat others? If not more, perhaps. If you're forgiving of others, but hard on yourself, try this exercise to give yourself that TLC you're probably craving. We could all use a little more tenderness to ourselves, from ourselves.
Writing a letter to yourself is a sweet treat that you give to yourself because in a year, anything can happen, it's fun to imagine the possibilities and to see how reality unfolds.
Do you write letters to your future self?
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