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Life Handbook and Journaling

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I feel like writing on paper is becoming a lost art in this age of emails and text messages. I've always liked receiving letters in the mail from friends and family. I've kept all the ones I've gotten throughout my childhood. Paper and the handwritten word seem more precious and personal to look back on. I've recently been getting into stationery again. I picked up some cards and a few journals at TJ Maxx a few months ago. The store was closing and everything was 40% off. The journals aren't in perfect condition, with small scratches and dents on the covers. But I got everything for about $13. A total steal! So I don't mind. The journals inevitably get banged up anyways, traveling around in my backpack and accidentally falling off my desk.

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So this year, I wanted to start something called a life handbook, which I learned about on Personal Excellence. The life handbook is basically a guide on how you want to live you life. It includes things like your life mission, values, goals, strengths & weaknesses, and inspiration quotes or pictures. Though for me, over the past few months, it's become this curation of quotes I like. 0.o

One of the things I found most helpful was the life mission. I love how Celestine talks about the difference between imposed purposes and liberating purposes. As someone who is still trying to figure out what I want to do for a career, this has really helped me since I feel like I've been following an imposed purpose. One that has been laid out for me by society and people around me. The "do good in school, go to college, get a degree which will get you a good job and you'll be successful". While I value education, having a college degree did not guarantee a good job. Which is why I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do now.

How did you choose your career? Anyways, if you take a look, let me know what you think about the life handbook idea in the comments below please!