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Pencil Case Prompts: Goals, Lists, and Important Experiences

Activity

What’s an important experience you’ve had this year?

As we head into the home stretch of 2022, let’s reflect on something important that we’ve experienced thus far. It can be an experience you’ve learned from or an event/moment that’s impacted you positively or negatively.

My Reflection

I’ll go first! An important experience I’ve had this year was getting closer to my mom and building a safe relationship with her.

Check out this prompt here in The Pencil Case on The Mighty.


Activity

Make a list of three words or phrases describing your goals for the end of the year.

My Reflection

My three phrases are:

1. Content with my progress.
2. Calm and at peace with myself.
3. Organized and ready to take on another year.

What words are on your list? 🙂🌟

Check out this prompt here in The Pencil Case on The Mighty.


Activity

Write a reminder list to guide you through the week ahead.

Let’s prepare for the week ✍️.

Either in your own journal or in the comments below, write a reminder list of important things you want to remember or accomplish this week.

My Reflection

Here is my list:

  1. Therapy
  2. ETS Presentation with NAMI-NYC
  3. Food Shopping
  4. Paying the bills.
  5. Mighty work
  6. Sparkly work and projects

Check out this prompt here in The Pencil Case on The Mighty.

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Self-Care, Self-Talk, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Mid-week Encouragement Check-in and Proud Moment Reflections

Activity

Mid-week Encouragement Rest Stop: Supportive and Motivational Messages

Write an encouraging or motivational message in the comments below for yourself or someone who may need support today. 🌱💌

My Message!

Take your time and rest if you need to. You are doing what you can right now. I’m proud of you ❤️.

You can find this post in The Pencil Case on The Mighty here.


Activity

Finish this sentence: My proudest moment was when __________.

Think of a moment in your life when you felt the proudest you’ve ever been. What moment comes to mind?

My Reflection

My proudest moment was when I graduated college even after experiencing the lowest I’ve ever been with my mental health. I strived to get that degree and I got it WITH magna cum laude honors AND distinction in the writing program 💃. I did that!

Check out this post in the Cheer Me On group on The Mighty here.

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Check-Ins and Free Writes

Activity

How was your week?

How was this week for everyone? Any highlights, challenges, or victories you would like to share?

My Reflection

My week was OK. I’m proud of myself for getting all of my work done! I’m struggling with insomnia again, though 😩. I’m currently powering through the tiredness and ruminating thoughts.

What about you?
Feel free to share in the comments below 💌

You can find this post in The Pencil Case on The Mighty here.


Activity

In the comments below, in your own Pencil Case post, or in a personal journal take a minute or two to just write ✏️. You can write about what’s been frustrating or challenging for you recently, something that you’re proud of yourself for accomplishing, a goal that you have, a poem that you wrote or something that you created, perhaps even a word of encouragement or what’s been helping to keep you inspired or motivated.

My Reflection

Here’s my free write!

Today I want to share about what I’m working on in terms of my growth and progress. I went to therapy recently and realized I have such a hard time being proud of myself and not rationalizing my achievements as expectation. My goal for the rest of the year is to look at my accomplishments as wins no matter how “big” or “small” and allow myself to feel good when I do something great. I deserve to feel good.

You can find this post in The Pencil Case on The Mighty here.

Posted in Self-Care, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: What are you looking forward to this week?

Activity

Finish this sentence: This week I’m looking forward to ____________

What are you looking forward to this week? What are you prioritizing? What do you want to accomplish or work toward?

My Reflection

I’ll go first!

This week I’m looking forward to spending time with family as well as prioritizing sleep, meditation, time management, and peace of mind.

What about you? 🙂🕊️


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Posted in Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Victories and Mindful Moments

Activity

What’s a challenge you’ve worked extra hard to overcome?

Let’s share our victories together today!

Is there a challenge you’ve been faced with that’s taken a bit more effort and consistency to work through or overcome? What has that challenge been like for you? Has the challenge taught you anything thus far?

My Reflection

For me, my biggest challenge was learning how to love myself and put my needs first. It’s taken so much work on my part, and I’m still working on it, but I’ve made so much progress in the past three years! I’m so proud of myself 🌻.

What about you?

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Activity

A 3 Step Mindful Moment: Gratitude and Intentions

When you come across this message take these three mindful steps:

Step 1: Pause ⏸️ what you are doing and take three deep breaths. Count for three seconds as you inhale and three seconds as you exhale.

Step 2: List two people, places, things or ideas you are grateful for.

Step 3: Set one positive intention for the rest of your day.

Note: Feel free to share your gratitude list and intention for the day in the comments below if you would like 🌟🙂.

My Reflection

Here is my gratitude list and intention for the day:

I am grateful for my bed and food to eat when I’m hungry.

My intention for today is to go slow and listen to my body as I navigate high anxiety.

My affirmation: I am allowed to take my time. There is no rush for me to get through the day.

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Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care, The Mighty

NAMI-NYC July Virtual Expressive Arts Event and Mighty Reflection: Feelings of “Home” and Self-Care

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month!  This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link in the flyer here. On the day of the event click the Expressive Arts Zoom link for July 30th.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted. 
Here are some details for the event:

Title
Me and My Self-Care

Description
“Me and My Self-Care” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting about self-care, love and what “home” feels like to us. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch an image and write about our favorite type of self-care. The main activity will then be to pick one of two activities. The first activity will be to draw a self-care toolbox with a list of your favorite and most helpful self-care practices and the second activity will be to write a poem describing what “home” feels like to you and what it’s like for you to experience love, support and acceptance.  Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art.

Materials
Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).

Hope to see you there!


**Sneak peek for my NAMI-NYC event activity.

Activity

What does “home” feel like to you?

If you wanted describe what “home” feels like to you, what words would you use? Does the feeling have a color, an experience, or remind you of a person? Is home a place or an idea?

My Reflection

For me, home is when I feel at peace and when I’m calm. Home is when I’m with my family and friends and I feel safe. Home is when I fully accept myself for who I am. Home is in the present moment.

What about you?


Find this activity in the Self-Care Lounge group on The Mighty here as well.

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Self-Care, The Mighty

Pick a Shooting Star!

Activity

Pick a shooting star!

Which Mighty star is shinning for you today? Which Mighty star can use a bit more sparkle in its shine?

Blue 🌟: Motivation and getting work done.

Yellow 🌟: Rest and relaxation

Pink 🌟: Reflection, progress and working on your needs

Purple 🌟: Self-advocacy and seeking support

Don’t see the Mighty star that’s shinning for you? No worries! Feel free to share your own Mighty star or what’s going great for you today in the comments as well 💫🌠.

Affirmation for the week:

I do my best and my best is always enough. I begin each day inspired to continue moving forward 💎.


You can find this activity in the Daily Inspirations group on The Mighty here as well!

Posted in Creative Writing, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Self-Care, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Activities and Encouraging Words Reflections

Activity

What is your favorite outside activity?

What is your favorite activity to do outdoors? Perhaps you like to ski in the winter, go to the beach when it’s warm out, or even take a walk in the rain in the middle of spring. What activity do you love to participate in the most?

My Reflection

For me it’s taking a long walk in a park on a breezy spring afternoon 🌳🏞️.

What about you?

Feel free to share your favorite outdoor activity in the comments below!

Join the conversation here in The Pencil Case on TheMighty.com!


Activity

Write an encouraging note to yourself for the week ahead.

It’s the start of a new week Pencil Case family! Let’s start off the week with encouraging notes to ourselves 🌱🌟. Feel free to make your note an affirmation, reminder, song lyric, quote, funny saying, letter, or pep talk!

My Reflection

Here is my note:

Dear Nina,

You are worthy of good things, love, and happy moments. Continue to do your best! Don’t forget to meditate and drink water this week 👀🚰🧘♂. I love you.

-Nina

Bonus: Write your note on a piece of paper or somewhere where you can see it as a daily reminder this week!

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Posted in Mental Health, Reflection, Self-Care, Self-Talk, The Mighty

Choose A Heart!

Activity

Choose a heart and follow the prompt that goes with that heart 🧡💛❤️.

❤️: Finish this sentence: I show up for myself by __________.

💛: What are three things you are grateful for this week? 

🧡: Write a thank you note to something or someone that’s had a positive impact on your mental health.

My Reflection

I’ll go first! 
I’ll challenge myself and do all three 😁.

❤️: I show up for myself by knowing my limits and doing what’s best for me even if that means saying no to others. 

💛: Three things I am grateful for this week are my dog who lifts my spirits everytime I leave my bedroom, my mom who continues to support me, and my comfy bed where I rest.

🧡: Thank you Kat, Ben and Carla from The Mighty team that continues to support, encourage, and help me to do my best work! 

Your turn! 
Pick a heart ❤️💛🧡.

If you’re up to it, feel free to share in the comments below 💌


You can find this prompt and reflection activity in the Let’s Talk Depression group here on The Mighty. Feel free to join the conversation!

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Self-Care, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Weekly Goal Check-In

Activity

What three words describe your goals for this week?

Do you have goals you want to prioritize this week? Maybe get something done ✅, do less of something ➖, or perhaps make some changes to your schedule 🗓️? How would you describe those goals using three words?

My Reflection

I’ll go first! 
My three words are rest, time management and self-compassion 🌟.

What about you? 
Feel free to share in the comments below 💌


Join the conversation here in The Pencil Case on The Mighty