Becoming Us

Image: from my journal

‘Becoming Us’

has been our quote theme for

August 2023

Below…you’ll find all of the quotes from August along with some of my thoughts, journaling prompts, suggestions and questions to get you thinking and your Journaling Juices flowing…


I hope you enjoy exploring this months quotes,
questions, prompts & suggestions…


There are a lot of thoughts, suggestions, questions, prompts in here….all my rambling ideas collected together

Maybe just pick one, the one that stands out to you




For me this month began with a thought/ a question really…

  • When is the right time, when is a good time, to stop clinging to certainty in the vain hope or belief that it will protect me & keep me safe ?


In August I happened upon a TV programme about the making of the film ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ based on the book of the same name by Charlie Mackesy.



I subsequently watched Charlie Mackesy’s Ted Talk ….

‘Abandon the Idea of Being Good and Just  Try’   

Why not watch it here and then head over to your journal

Maybe that’s enough for this month ?




  • in our journal…nothing has to make any sense ! (even to yourself)


My favourite quote from The Boy the Mole the Fox and the Horse….

Imagine how we would be if we were less afraid

Charlie Mackesy


Week 1


We have to dare to be ourselves

however frightening or strange that self may prove to be

  Mary Sarton


Try working in your journal to process these questions…

  • what does ‘being yourself’ mean to you ?
  • Is the idea of ‘being yourself’ ever frightening or strange ?
  • how do we navigate ‘being ourselves’ while also needing to ‘fit in’ and/or have a sense of ‘belonging’


I highly recommend Brene Browns book ‘Braving the Wilderness’ which talks about our desire to ‘fit in’ and our need for ‘belonging’.

   Here’s a link to it on my ‘Have you Heard About’ page



Week 2


The things that excite you aren’t random

They are connected to your purpose

Follow them




Journal Prompt…

  • The things that excite me are ….?



  • Write a list of the things that excite you
  • Write it out again and stick it up somewhere you’ll see it often as a reminder to yourself to connect with those things often because they’re important to you !



Week 3


Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty

       Erich Fromm

Reference my question at the top of this piece !



  • What does ‘creativity mean to you (writing, painting, drawing, sewing, cooking, gardening, photography, signing, acting, dancing,  you get the idea !)
  • How does it show up in your life ?
  • Do you agree with this weeks quote ?




Week 4

Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything

Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you

so you can become who you were meant to be in the first place

Paulo Coelho (from his book ‘The Alchemist’)



What did you think to this weeks quote ?  I’ll be honest, after I chose it I had serious doubts about it. I wondered if it was just to ‘intense’ too philosophical, too ‘deep’  but I resisted the urge to change it.  SO I’d love to hear your thoughts about this one in the comments below


Journaling Prompt…

  • What would it mean…to ‘un-become everything that isn’t really you’


I wonder if there is a school of unlearning

Charlie Mackesy (The Boy the Mole the Fox and the Horse)



  • This is such a ‘heady’ topic, I think maybe this might be a great one for the visual journaling process
  • with this question in mind…
  • go on a treasure hunt for images
  • look for images that speak to who you are, who you think the world wants you to be, the ‘real’ you
  • think of colours that inspire or connect with you in some way
  • search for words &/or phrases that feel relevant to you
  • collage all these things in your journal




Finally folks…A quick flick through my mini journal for August…

(I’m afraid I suffered major tech issues this month , I’m still learning, which means this months mini journal video is not all I would have hoped for…sorry !)




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‘Finding our own Inspiration’


Thanks for reading

Sharon X


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