Journaling can help you elevate your self-image and raise your vibration to manifest your deepest desires.
Journaling is a powerful tool to gain clarity and insight especially during challenging times of loss and uncertainty. Writing can cultivate a deeper connection with yourself and provide an outlet for calm, resilience, and mindfulness. When my mom passed on, I found writing to be cathartic. When I read through my journal years later, there were thoughts that I developed into poems, and others just provided a deeper insight into myself. In this series, I’m speaking with other leaders who use journaling to become more mindful and resilient.
As a part of this series, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Morgyn Weber.
Stephanie is a holistic transformation coach, 200-hour registered yoga instructor, meditation facilitator, and sound healer from Chicago. She empowers unfulfilled women to find their purpose & create an intentional, soul-aligned life they LOVE. Her goal is to help women who are feeling stuck to find their passions, discover their purpose, and step into their power so they can create a life that lights them up from the inside out!
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! We really appreciate the courage it takes to publicly share your story of healing. Before we start, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your background and your childhood backstory?
Thank you so much for having me! I grew up with parents who were successful in their respective corporate careers, and I always thought that I would grow up to do the same. However, I ended up spending the majority of my early 20s feeling unfulfilled, stressed, and burned out. I always did what I thought I was “supposed” to do: I went to college, got a business marketing degree, and started corporate ladder climbing with my 9–5 career. On paper, my life looked great, but on the inside…I was MISERABLE!
I would spend my Monday mornings curled up on my bed, dreading the week ahead. I cried on the way to work and numbed myself with wine and Netflix every night. I felt stuck. I felt lost. I knew there had to be more to life than running on this endless hamster wheel — doing the same mundane, meaningless work every single day.
I had no idea what my purpose was on this earth, but I KNEW I was meant for more!
When we aren’t fulfilling our purpose, when we aren’t adding value to the world in the way we’re meant to, it expresses itself in many ways.
For me, it looked like severe stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression. My hair fell out by the handfuls, I gained a substantial amount of weight and got sick all the time. I would try to escape my unhappiness in all kinds of destructive ways…food, partying, alcohol, shopping, you name it! I was always searching for something to fill the void and the emptiness that was there from not doing the work that I was put on this earth to do.
Everything changed for me when I discovered yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and sound healing.
I remember originally starting my yoga practice because I thought it would help me lose weight. However, I learned rather quickly that it was so much more than just a workout. The lessons I learned on my mat were easily translated into my everyday life, and they helped me grow and become a better person. Yoga helped me overcome my crippling depression and taught me how to love myself. I even started taking better care of myself including what I choose to eat, what products I consumed, and where I focused my energy. My love for yoga continued to evolve, and I decided to register for Yoga Teacher Training.
I eventually left my soul-sucking corporate 9–5 marketing agency job to pursue my passions full time. Since then, I have received 3 separate yoga teacher training certifications (Vinyasa, Sculpt, and Hot), my meditation teacher training certification, as well as my mindfulness coaching certification. I also became a sound healer and went back to school to pursue my dream career path in holistic health coaching and nutrition. I’ve transitioned to a plant-based diet and am the healthiest I have ever been. Not saying that I’m perfect in any way of course, but I’ve come a long way and am continuing to grow and learn every day!
My healing journey completely transformed my life, and I want to help other women do the same! I remember being so frustrated because I knew I had a bigger purpose in this world, but I didn’t know what that looked like or even where to start. That’s why I decided to become a coach — to help others uncover their passions and create their own path to happiness!
I’m on a mission to help as many women as I can to leave their soul-sucking jobs and create a life that they’re excited to wake up to EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Let’s now shift to the main part of our discussion about journaling. Have you been writing in your journal for a long time or was there a challenging situation that prompted you to start journal writing? If you feel comfortable sharing the situation with us, it could help other readers.
For a long time, I actually had an aversion to journaling. I didn’t see the point and I always had “better things to do” than sit down and write about my feelings. But when the pandemic hit, my life did a complete 180 and I found myself very unsure of my next steps and what I wanted for my life. I had been managing a yoga studio for several years up until that point and when I was laid off, I felt completely lost.
The pandemic allowed me to slow down and really listen to what my heart was telling me. For years, I had been so caught up by the fast-paced hustle and bustle of life that I never gave myself the chance to tune into my emotions. I was always busy working, being social, and jam-packing my day full of activities that I didn’t have much time to sit and be mindful of what was going on in my head. I suddenly had this abundance of time to slow down and sit with my feelings and I realized that I wasn’t happy with where I was in life, and I was craving something more for myself. I turned to journaling as a way to help me figure out my next steps, and to deep dive into my soul to find what my true purpose was on this Earth.
I remember the first few times I sat down to journal I felt a bit silly, and I was worried about what I was “supposed” to write (P.S. there’s no such thing). But with practice, I started letting my thoughts flow and I found myself writing pages and pages until my hand hurt. I let my heart pour out onto the paper and I found it so freeing to write down my unaltered thoughts. I began to tap into different feelings & sides of myself that I hadn’t even realized before. Journaling helped me uncover my passions and take an honest look at where I was in life vs. where I wanted to be. It eventually became a regular part of my daily morning routine, as well as my personal healing journey.
How did journaling help you heal, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?
Journaling has helped me heal in several ways. First and foremost, it gave me an opportunity to be honest with myself about my emotions and how I was feeling. There is so much noise around us these days, it’s rare that we actually get a chance to step away from other people’s thoughts, opinions, judgments, etc., and just listen to what’s really going on in our own heads. I believe that journaling is a window to our soul because it gives us an unaltered, honest look into our most true & authentic selves.
My journaling practice helped me realize that I didn’t want to continue down the same path I had been going pre-pandemic. I had been wearing myself down to the point of extreme burnout, and I found that I was craving something more meaningful in my life. I still have the notebook where I had one of my biggest breakthroughs while writing about what my dream day would look like 10 years into the future. It was the prompt that literally changed the course of my life and helped me decide to start mediation teacher training, enroll in nutrition school, purchase a set of sound bowls, and start taking aligned action towards my goals!
Journaling also helped me shift into an abundance mindset, raise my vibration, and become an energetic match for the things I most desire in life. Since I began journaling consistently, I have experienced many powerful breakthroughs for overcoming my limiting beliefs and deep-seated fears. It’s interesting when you look back at your old journals and start to see patterns of negativity or lack of confidence in yourself. Journaling helped me become more mindful and aware of my repeating limiting beliefs or negative thought patterns in my life and then investigate those thoughts further. I love to use my journaling practice to help me create new beliefs to replace the negative thoughts that are holding me back from becoming my highest self, rather than operating from a place of scarcity & fear.
Did journaling help you find more self-compassion and gratitude? Can you share a story about that?
Absolutely! One of the main reasons I originally started journaling was because I wanted to include it as part of my daily gratitude practice. Part of my non-negotiable morning routine includes taking time to sit down and write in my gratitude journal. I like to write down 5–10 new things that I’m grateful for in my life every day. This can be as small as “I’m grateful for waking up this morning” or “I’m grateful for this cup of coffee”. I also like to take it a step further and write WHY I am grateful for each of these things to help me cultivate a stronger feeling of deep appreciation and connection to them.
It started out as quite a challenge for me, but I realized that there are so many incredible things that we have in our lives that we take for granted every single day. I could write forever about all the things in my life that I am thankful for. When we shift our focus from what we don’t have to all that we DO have, everything changes. Gratitude also allows us to shift into an abundance mindset, which helps us make more empowered decisions from a place of clarity and groundedness, without letting other people’s opinions and our own limiting beliefs get in the way.
What kind of content goes into your journal? For example, do you free-write, write poems, doodle?
Typically, I will do something called “brain dumping” where I write down all the thoughts that I have in my head — mostly around challenges and things that I need clarity around. This can look like freewriting, bullet points, or even a simple pros and cons list. I will often journal after my yoga & meditation practice to reflect on my learnings and experiences. When I’m feeling stuck or uninspired, I like to use prompts that give me a gentle push to go deeper within myself. There is something so profound about writing out the answers to questions that help you get curious about your limiting beliefs, your daily habits, etc. You might be surprised at what you find!
How did you gain a different perspective on life and your emotions while writing in your journal? Can you please share a story about what you mean?
When I was going through a tough transition period in my life, journaling was a HUGE part of my healing journey and helped me gain clarity on my direction. The truth is that we as humans almost always know where we want to go, what will make us happiest, etc. However, society and our thoughts about what others will say or think often get in the way of that. When you’re journaling, you aren’t “putting on a show” for anyone else. You can be your most authentic self when you put pen to paper, which is unfortunately something we all don’t get a chance to do very often these days.
In my own journal writing, I ended up creating poems from some of the ideas and one of them won an award. Do you have plans with your journal content?
Sometimes I will share my journal posts publicly on my social media channels when I have an insightful breakthrough or realization. I think it’s important for people to understand that coaches & healers are humans too and that we also struggle with our own shadows and things in our lives that we are working to overcome.
I also save my old journals and go back to read them every so often. I’m a big advocate of focusing on moving forward in life, but it’s fun to look back and see how much I’ve grown over the years. I don’t think we always realize how much we are evolving day after day when we’re in the thick of life. But even reading my journal entries from just a few months ago shows me how much I have learned and progressed in a short period of time. One of my big 10-year goals is to write a book and I would love to share some of my entries and big mindset shifts there as well!
Fantastic. Here is our main question. Can you please share with our readers “five ways that journaling can help you to be more calm, mindful and resilient”?
- Journaling can help you reduce stress and create a solid foundation for your day.
Writing in your journal first thing in the morning is a powerful tool to help you cultivate mindfulness and create a solid foundation for your day. The first hour that we wake up is the time that our brains are most susceptible to programming in our subconscious mind, so it’s important to use this time to create conditions that are supportive of our dreams and goals. If you wake up and watch the news, check your emails, or scroll social media first thing in the morning, you are putting yourself at risk for triggering your stress response and it can bring you into a state of heightened stress for the rest of your day. Writing in your journal first thing is a great way to start your day and foster a sense of calm and groundedness in your life. I also find that I’m most creative and thoughtful in the morning, and my biggest breakthroughs often come shortly after I wake up.
2. Journaling can help you overcome limiting beliefs by allowing you to become more mindful of the repeating patterns and programming in your thoughts.
Part of being mindful is realizing that we are not our thoughts. I often tell my clients to observe their thoughts as if they were an outsider looking into their own brain. When you write down your thoughts and beliefs on paper, it helps you to get a better idea of the patterns, loops, and playlists that you have on repeat in your head. Often you will start to shine light on your own limiting beliefs, and you can begin to pay attention to when they show up, what you’re doing when they appear, who you’re with, etc. You can also use journaling as a tool to practice coming up with NEW beliefs and to rewrite a new narrative for yourself.
3. Journaling can help you make better, more informed decisions.
When I am struggling to make a big decision, I frequently turn to my journaling practice to help guide me. I will start by writing down a pros and cons list of each decision on a separate piece of paper. From there, I will sometimes write a letter to myself as if I was the future me looking back to the present version of me. It’s really powerful to envision the highest version of yourself helping you make a decision. It’s also very helpful for me to journal on all the thoughts that are coming up for me around this decision. I find that journaling allows me to make better, clearer judgment calls in my life once I have all my thoughts out of my head and down on paper.
4. Journaling can help keep you accountable.
Journaling is a great way to help keep yourself accountable when you’re working towards your goals. I love to write down all my goals and then create flow charts of smaller, more manageable steps that I can take to help me achieve those goals. One of my favorite journal prompts is “What is ONE thing I can do today to help me get closer to my dreams?”. Prompts like this encourage me to be really intentional with planning my days, rather than just going through the motions on autopilot. I also like to write on what my experience was the day before, if something went well, what didn’t go as well as I had hoped, and what I’m going to change or shift moving forward. Writing my thoughts down on paper helps me get out of my head and decide on actionable steps that will allow me to create positive forward momentum in my life.
5. Journaling can help you elevate your self-image and raise your vibration to manifest your deepest desires.
When it comes to achieving our goals, we must become an energetic match for the things we want to call into our lives. And to do that, we have to become the next level version of ourselves who already has achieved that goal. One way to practice this is to write in your journal as if you have already achieved what you desire most in life. Then, write about what kind of person you must become in order to reach those goals. What kind of daily habits and routines does that version of you have? What do they eat? Where do they work? How do they carry themselves? Get down to the real nitty-gritty details and then work to embody those characteristics in your day-to-day routines. I guarantee you will start to see major positive shifts in your life!
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of peace to the greatest amount of people, what would that be?
Thank you so much! If I could inspire a movement, it would be to empower as many people as possible to learn the tools they need to overcome their limiting beliefs and create a life that they love. I think so many people in our world today don’t go after their dreams due to fear, lack of confidence, and limiting beliefs. I know that we are ALL capable of living a life that makes us feel fulfilled, passionate, and excited to get out of bed in the morning. My biggest mission is to help others realize their potential, stop doubting themselves, and create a lift that lights them up from the inside out!
We are very blessed that some very prominent names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them. :-)
I would love to sit down with Marie Forleo. Her book “Everything Is Figureoutable” changed my life. She is incredibly inspiring, and she has encouraged me every step of the way in my business journey. There is something so refreshing about people who are honest about their struggles and are willing to share their stories of growth and overcoming challenges. She also has some great journal prompts in her book in case you’re interested!
How can our readers further follow your work online?
Yes, please come say hi, and feel free to send me a message so that we can connect! You can visit my website at www.StephanieMorgynWeber.com for information on my coaching programs, courses, free meditations, blogs, and more!
You can also follow me on Instagram at @StephanieMorgynWeber
Thank you so much for sharing these important insights. We wish you continued fulfillment and success with your writing!
Thank you for having me!