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365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self

It’s finally here! 365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self!

I’ve been working on this, well ever since the idea came to me and so I spent about a month creating the pages and start putting it together.

And it’s a monster!

What exactly is 365 Days of Becoming?

It’s a journey into self. Think about it like as if you are born every single day. Something new to explore and discover about who you are!

Growth always happens from the inside out and it requires courage to be you.

And this journal is so much more because it is also a coloring book. And I wrote about doodling and journaling to give you an insight of how I got started and hopefully conveyed why I find this important!

So how do you use this journal/coloring book?

The pages are filled with quotes, mantra’s and affirmations so you can really feel into the words.

Use them as prompts if you are not sure on what to write.

Color them in any time you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and just need to calm yourself.

What will this journal help you achieve or what will it do for you?

  • It will help you to be more present in each moment. All too often we are scattered all over the place and forget to feel and be.
  • It will help you to unlock your own creativity and tap into the parts that perhaps you have been hiding.
  • It will help you solve your own problems. When you venture into sitting down every day and uncover what is holding you back, you are opening the door to your solutions.
  • It will help you become more confident as you are diving deep into your soul and go on to discover who you are.

It’s 365 Coloring Pages and 365 Writing Pages! This thing is HUGE!

Here’s the thing, life is an adventure and this book is your companion along this journey!

Get your Copy of 365 Days of Becoming on Amazon Today!

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

journal prompts

Journal Prompts for the Year – 365 Ideas to write about

Journaling has become such a big part of my life and every day routine. It wasn’t always this way and I really struggled to commit but at one point I decided I wanted this to change. So I set out to journal every day and just free write every morning. I call this dumping my brain and now I journal throughout the day just about anything that comes to my mind.

I know getting started can be tough because what the heck do you
write about right? Allow this journal prompts to guide on your journey. Journaling is useful for gaining insight on yourself, solving issues, gaining clarity and learning to express how you feel.

As you look at each prompt, do allow yourself to write the first thing that comes to mind. Use the prompts in order or jump around.

And if you are feeling brave enough use them for your blog inspiration!

Happy Journaling!

1. What has flowed easily to you this past year?
2. What new things did you learn?
3. What are you grateful for? Make a list of a 100 things!
4. What didn’t go so well this past year?
5. What would you like to let go of this year?
6. What do you dream about?
7. Imagine your dream is already a reality. What does it feel, taste and sound like?
8. What is the one thing you need to do to move your dream forward?
9. How will you commit yourself to you?
10. Describe a day in your life now.
11. describe a day in your ideal life.
12. How can you nurture yourself more?
13. Describe 5 traits you like about yourself.
14. How do you limit yourself?
15. Where would you like to be 3 months from now?
16. How do you see yourself?
17. Describe a situation in which you felt guilty that was not your fault. How does it show up now?
18. What causes you to procrastinate?
19. Write a letter to your inner child.
20. Write a letter to your 90-year old self.
21. What is your favorite quote and why?
22. When was the last time you felt helpless? What did you do about it?
23. How do you self-sabotage yourself?
24. List 5 things you have achieved in your life.
25. How do you respond in a crisis?
26. Describe something you learned that didn’t come easy to you.
27. Are you dreaming big enough?
28. What are your unspoken dreams?
29. Write about your pet peeve.
30. Describe your parents.
31. What have you learned from your mom.
32. What have you learned from your dad.
33. Recall a happy moment in your life. Describe it in detail.
34. Write about the saddest moment in your life.
35. Free write about the first thing that comes to mind.
36. You need to make a change in your life. Do you do it cold-turkey or pace yourself?
37. What does courage mean to you? When does it wane?
38. What things drain you?
39. Remembering what you wrote about draining you, how can you manage this better for yourself?
40. What do you value in your life?
41. What are the things that get you excited?
42. What is something you are putting up with?
43. What do you belief about money?
44. What does your intuition tell you?
45. What scares you the most?
46. What are you committing to change today?
47. What adventure would you like to take on?
48. Write about something you could do, but you don’t.
49. What is your biggest struggle?
50. What do you want to be known for?
51. What consumes your life?
52. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
53. What do you believe about yourself and where did this belief come from? 54. What would a day without complaining look like?
55. What are your passions?
56. Do you have a mentor? What did you learn from them?
57. Write about 5 exciting things about yourself.
58. What was your first thought this morning?
59. What does success look like for you?
60. If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do?
61. What drives you?
62. What is a goal or dream you gave up on or put off?
63. What is frustrating you right now?
64. What is the principal guiding your life?
65. What was the last disagreement you had. Why? What was the outcome? 66. What is your comfort zone?
67. What is your favorite thing in your life right now?
68. What makes you feel safe? How do you know that you are safe?
69. What do you desire in your life right now?
70. How do you make decisions?
71. Name 5 favorite things.
72. What are you willing to give up in your life right now?
73. What would you do if you know you couldn’t fail?
73. What does success and failure mean to you?
74. Describe your ideal job.
75. Write about your ideal vacation.
76. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you were grown up? 77. What kind of friend are you?
78. What is your priority in life?
79. Who are the cheerleaders in your life?
80. How do you feel in a crowded room?
81. What was your most embarrassing moment in your life?
82. How do you communicate?
83. Are you a pessimist or an optimist?
84. What is a secret that no one knows?
85. What would it mean achieving your dream?
86. What do you like about other people?
87. What do you dislike about other people?
88. Where will you be 5 years from now?
89. What idea is in your head right now that needs exploring?
90. Who in your life knows you best?
91. What motivates you to take action?
92. How do you feel about love? What does in mean in your life?
93. What was the first sight, sound, smell and sensation you experienced getting up this
morning?
94. What was the most profound help you ever received?
95. How do you feel about receiving?
96. If you were to make a change, how would other’s react?
97. What was your wake-up call in life?
98. What is your highest achievement in life?
99. What will you do this week to embrace self-care?
100. What is your most destructive behavior?
101. What pleasures bring you joy in life?
102. How do you feel about sex? Write about the positive and negative. 103. What transition are you experiencing in life right now?
104. What opportunities are standing before you?
105. When in your life have you felt the strongest?
106. What old habits do you fall back on?
107. How has not living your dream impacted your life?
108. What is your attitude about others who appear successful?
109. How do you feel about being rich and wealthy?
110. What is your biggest challenge in your relationships?
111. How do you feel about conflict? What do you do?
112. When I say no to someone, I feel…?
113. How can you think different about an issue in your life right now? 114. What is the worst possible thing that could happen right now? 115. What is the best possible thing that could happen right now?
116. What life lesson would you like to pass on to others?
117. What lie have you told to someone?
118. Write about your favorite way to get lost in an activity.
119. What is your zone of genius?
120. What does normal mean to you?
121. Describe a personality trait you want to get rid off.
122. What is your mantra?
123. How do you feel about affirmations?
124. What old habits do you fall back on?
125. What compromises have you made?
126. Describe yourself as if you were writing a letter to someone who doesn’t know you.
127. Do you have your own sacred space?
128. Have you stayed in situations that you shouldn’t have?
129. Write about your typical day.
130. What causes you the most stress in your life?
131. What in your life do you need to let go of?
132. What habit would you like to have in your life?
133. Who are the people you reach out too when you need understanding and support?
134. Who is the most important person in your life right now?
135. Who is someone who is no longer in your life? Why? Would you want them in your life? 136. If you could spend the whole day pampering yourself, what would you do?
137. Do you still have some unfinished business you would like to take care of?
138. What impact have you had on someone?
139. Write a letter to someone you are angry with.
140. Write about your favorite memory.
141. What are your most empowering beliefs?
142. Are you living an authentic life?
143. What do you love about your life right now?
144. What was the most difficult time in your life? What did you learn?
145. What are your most limiting beliefs?
146. How do you feel about forgiveness?
147. Have you forgiven yourself for any events in your life?
148. Do you ever feel overwhelmed? What do you do to remove the overwhelm?
149. If you could spend a year in someone else’s shoes, who would that be? Why?
150. Do you agree or disagree that your thoughts become your reality?
151. What would be the first realistic step towards your dream?
152. What do you want to change?
153. When I look in the mirror, I see ….
154. If you could be a fly on the wall, when and where would that be?
155. Are you truly happy?
156. Do you keep your word to yourself?
157. How does fear show up in your life?
158. Do you feel like it’s too late to go after what it is you want?
159. Are you a sensitive person?
160. What is your relationship like with your parents?
161. Where do you want to live? Why? What can you do to make it happen?
162. How can you step out of your comfort zone?
163. What is your best advice to someone who is struggling right now?
164. How do you like to connect with people?
165. What do you do for fun?
166. What do you know about mindset?
167. What is something you always wanted to do but haven’t?
168. What is one experience that shaped you into who you are? 169. How are you different now than you were as a child?
170. What is your greatest achievement to date?
171. How do you limit yourself?
172. How is your life different from you imagined it?
173. What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
174. What are you most grateful for?
175. What are your most positive attributes?
176. What makes you laugh the most?
177. Write about a time you laughed so hard you cried.
178. What do you think you should do in this life?
179. My closest friend is…
180. Free write about whatever comes to mind. Don’t hold back.
181. Who has had the most impact in your life?
182. What does journaling do for you?
183. How do you feel about love? Love at first sight?
184. Write about a place that you will never visit again. Why?
185. What bores you?
186. Do you show the world your true self?
187. Write about a time you were moved to tears.
188. Write about a time you stood out. How did that feel?
189. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone?
190. Are you on the right path?
191. What have you been putting off? Why?
192. Are you a spiritual person?
193. What do you believe is the secret of success?
194. Are you a funny person?
195. What is something you can’t live without?
196. How do you show gratitude?
197. Do you have boundaries in place? Why or Why not?
198. Describe an experience you thought was unfair.
199. Do you have any junk in your life that is ready to move on?
200. Do you belief in regrets? Why or Why not?
201. You get some amazing news. How do you respond? What do you do?
202. How do you feel about technology?
203. What’s the thing you fear the most? What would it take for your to do it anyway? 204. What drives you crazy?
205. When was a time you felt unsafe?
206. Do you have room for fun and play in your life?
207. Are you good at what you do?
208. What irrational fears do you hold onto?
209. How do you talk to yourself?
210. Write about the things you are grateful for in life.
211. You have 15 minutes of fame. What is your message to the world? 212. What is your learning style?
213. What causes you anxiety?
214. Write about something unexpected. What do you do?
215. Write about a time you flew into a rage.
216. Write about a time you did a random act of kindness.
217. Write about a time you felt guilty. How did you overcome this?
218. Write about a time you had a moment of clarity.
219. You’re a winner. What did you win?
220. What is the best idea you’ve ever had?
221. I believe in magic. Yes, Why? No, Why.
222. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan?
223. Are you a worrier?
224. Nobody knows that I …
225. What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?
226. The most disappointed I’ve ever been….
227. Three things you want in a relationship.
228. If you had to evactuate your home, what would you bring. Why?
229. What is the dominant emotion in your life right now?
230. What made you feel good on this day, week or month?
231. What are you learning right now?
232. What’s your wildest dream?
233. What makes you unique?
234. How would you describe your best friend? How would your best friend describe you? 235. What would make you feel spiritually fulfilled?
236. What is noteworthy about your upbringing?
237. Who in your life is a hero? Why?
238. Write about a time you struggled with a choice.
239. Where in this world do you want to travel to?
240. Write about a jealous moment.
241. What is your hobby?
242. What belief do you hold on firmly?
243. Write about something minor that became a big deal.
244. Write about a time you were talked into something.
245. Did you ever forget something really important?
246. Write about being a misfit. A moment in time where you felt like you didn’t fit in. 247. Write about a time your parents embarrassed you.
248. I really hate it when ….
249. How forgiving are you when someone lets you down?
250. Describe you fight you had with someone you love.
251. Write about two things that your family taught you.
252. How do you know if someone loves you?
253. How do you know that you can trust someone?
254. What kind of day are you having? Why?
255. Free write about the first thing that comes to mind.
256. What do you like to do? How does it make you feel?
257. What do you consider to be your culture?
258. Do you have a philosophy of life?
259. Who is someone you miss? Why?
260. What is a mistake people often make about you?
261. What is something you disagree with about the way you were raised?
262. Write about an event that has changed you.
263. What is your idea about a dull evening?
264. What do you think the world needs now?
265. How do you want to feel every day in your life?
266. Describe a time you felt vengeful.
267. When was the last time you cried? Why?
268. Which is the least important to you? Money, power, fame and so on. Why?
269. Nothing can be worse than …
270. I felt the most inadequate when ….
271. Describe a dream that came true.
272. Everything went wrong…
273. How do you feel about being alone?
274. Dating is…
275. I’ll never forget when…
276. Write about a moment or time you were not authentic.
277. Do you hide your feelings? Why or Why not?
278. Did you ever hold an unpopular belief or opinion?
279. The world’s greatest feelings list
280. I am the one who…
281. I believe …
282. It makes me blush when …
283. I never forget the day when __________ (name/event) did ____________
284. What compliments have you given ou this past week?
285. Make a list of 30 things that make you smile.
286. The words I like to live by …
287. I couldn’t imagine living without …
288. When I am in pain (physical/emotional) the kindest thing I can do for myself is …
289. What does unconditional love look like?

290. I really wish others knew this about me…
291. What does “enough” mean to you?
292. What surprised you the most about your life?
293. Make a list of what inspires you.
294. Write the words you need to hear.
295. Make a list of what you need to say no to.
296. Make a list of what you need to say yes to.
297. Why does _____ drive me crazy?
298. I could never …
299. Free write about whatever comes to your mind.
300. Find a quote and make it your journal prompt.
301. What really matters most to me?
302. What’s on my mind right now?
303. Do something fun today and write about it.
304. Name something you lost or gave away that can never be replaced. 305. If I knew then what I know now.
306. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
307. What did you learn today?
308. Name something you would like to devote more time to.
309. Quality or Quantity?
310. What is your favorite time of the day?
311. I love my name because …
312. Good friends are people who …
313. It really puts me in a bad mood when …
314. What are you grateful for?
315. How you and your parents alike?
316. What have your parents taught you about money?
317. How much self-control do you have?
318. Are you hard or easy on yourself?
319. How do you perform under pressure?
320. How impulsive are you?
321. What annoys you?
322. What challenges have you overcome?
323. What are your survival strategies?
324. What’s cluttering up your life?
325. Write a thank you note to someone.
326. What do you need to forgive?
327. What is the best book you read? Why?
328. Why do you write?
329. What word do you overuse?
330. How do you feel about cursing?
331. What new skill do you want to learn? Why?
332. What are your long-term interests or passions?
333. What investment will you make for yourself?
334. What hidden talents do you have?
335. What is the most meaningful relationship in your life?
336. What do you think your clothing says about you?
337. What are your sleeping habits?
338. What is your comfort food?
339. What are your eating habits?
340. Do you love to cook? Why or Why not?
341. What are your holiday traditions?
342. What would you risk your life for?
343. No one in my family knows or remembers this … 344. When I was a child, I didn’t realize that…
345. When I witness my own life story, the patterns I see are… 346. Are you content?
347. What is your best memory of the year?
348. Can people change?
349. Tomorrow will be better because …
350. My house is a home because …
351. What was the last thing you apologized for?
352. What was the last new thing you tried?
353. What mood are you in today?
354. What is your super power?
355. What rituals do you have or hold?
356. What do you like to do in your free time?
357. What is your current state of mind?
358. What is one of you life goals?
359. What is the best decision you ever made in your life?
360. Write about not being able to see ahead of you.
361. Write about something you don’t want to do.
362. Write about being quiet when you feel like shouting.
363. Write about the power you felt when you told someone no.
364. Free write about the first thing that comes to mind.
365. Turn to an entry in your journal from the beginning of the year. What has changed and what has stayed the same?

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

How to get started in writing your book

Have you ever thought about writing a book? Is your imagination riddled with plot twists or maybe you’ve overcome challenges worth sharing and you want to show other people what is possible?

And maybe all you know for right now is that you want to write a book because you feel called to do it, or it excites to call yourself an author.

Either way, you’ve been procrastinating because

  • you don’t know how to begin
  • you worry anyone will read your book
  • you don’t know how to get it published

Well, good news because I am going to share with you how to get going so you can stop just wishing and dreaming about a book and get it done!

Find your story

So, let me ask you, do you want to write a fiction or a non-fiction book?

Now that you have an idea of the genre, it’s time to brainstorm.

For fiction books, mind-map your story.

For non-fiction books, brainstorm ideas of the things you want to write about that you have lived through, experiences and maybe you want to teach.

Commit to writing

Now that you have a story to tell and know what you will be writing about, commitment will be key. how many words or pages a day can you and are you willing to write that doesn’t overwhelm your already existing life activities? Commit to that.

Start writing

Now it’s time to start writing. Whatever you committed to, you need to start taking action. Plan and schedule, it into your week and stick with it. This, not the time to worry about perfection, grammar, and spelling. This is the time to make it happen.

Edit and proof-read your work

Once you have completed your story, it’s time to worry and work through the grammar and spelling errors. Print it out, and read it aloud to yourself. Or you can ask a friend to help you or maybe even hire someone to do this part.

Get it published

The world has changed and we no longer need to wait for rejection letters to our manuscript. Instead, we can self-publish our books through createspace.com or lulu.com and many other places that I don’t know about. The two I mentioned are the ones I use.

Voila!

Now go and be off and write that masterpiece!

If you want some more guidance about how to write a book, there is a course in the Rebel Soul Connection just waiting for you!

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

Lennon Steps

Lennon Steps was like having a baby

LennonstepscoverLennon Steps are similar to baby steps, except that these are infused with spunk and spirit in Lennon who sneezed himself into the world.

In my new book, Lennon Steps, I share the journey of my son Lennon, diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder and what would be years of not knowing what life will be like after liver organ transplantation.

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And in a few days, Lennon Steps will be published and it occurred to me that this whole process of getting this book together is like having a baby.

It starts with the conception of an idea that lingers for months and sometimes even years until you realize that birth is inevitable. You are nurturing your baby, putting words on paper just to spend a month of being tired from editing, reviewing, re-editing and proofreading before coming to the realization you need a due date.

Once of course, you have a due date, you are beginning to feel the stress of making everything perfect for the baby to arrive. You pick out a name and even the idea of a cover photo but leaving the final decision until the baby arrives. You worry yourself ill about if this baby and wonder if it will be well received.

During the final days of the book pregnancy, you are filled with anxiety about formatting, having the perfect cover. You are thinning about the book signing, so everyone can meet this beautiful baby of yours while trying to figure out how many books you will need to have on hand.

You are getting more anxious as you are waiting for the proof to return and just want the process to be over with because it’s been a long pregnancy.

I will cry tears of joy when I hit the button of approval and again when I hold my own personal copy of Lennon Steps.

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 Lennon Steps

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

Who is Petra Monaco?

Seems like it’s an odd post to an already somewhat established blog and it boils down to the fact that I always like to challenge myself and go to the next level – though I never know what the next level really is. I committed to Blogging for the own journey and I have said some time ago that I wanted to be a writer. I am already an author, but I wanted to be a writer.

But aren’t you a writer when you have already authored a book? Well, yes sort of – kind of – I think.

I don’t practice writing enough and with this, I am stating this goal publicly.

I want to write more.

I also want you to read it. I think I have some things to say that are meaningful to some of you – maybe even inspirational in some quirky way. I also have stories locked inside my mind that need to be unleashed.

But Who am I?

I am a 39 – ok well almost 40-year-old mother who was born in Bad Homburg Germany and lived in foster homes since the age of 2. It has caused me great pain but also amazing victories in life. I became pregnant for the first time at the age of 17 with my first boy and at age 30 I gave birth to my last and fourth boy. I have been to college and attempted to pursue every dream or goal I have ever had – and all too often changed my mind on the dream or goal itself. I am currently doing exactly what I want to do and allow myself to simply follow the flow of the sunrise to sunset.

One of my goals to blog more consistently is to release the inner beast of the imagination but also share some insights that I have gained over the years through various experiences. I find that sharing what I have to say in a public place that I have a way of reaching out to someone who may have had or had similar experiences. I also hope to write short stories of fiction as I continue to challenge my own mind. So, you will probably continue to see a variety of topics on this blog from personal to fictional and even poetry in some form.

By undertaking the commitment to Blogging is that I will expand on my writing skills in the English language. Since English is my second language, my written word often differs from my spoken word and I hope to find a way to mesh the two if for nothing else to be clearer in my writing.

I feel like I’ve been trained too much in academic writing that somehow, I lost my voice with also the tiny realization that I am just now finding my own voice.

So here is to me sharing my world, you perhaps find a way to connect with what I have to say.

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.