It can be tough to remain grounded when you have a busy schedule. For television host and nutritionist Charlotte Mei, journaling is her way of constantly keeping in touch with herself. Alternating between two physical journals and one digital journal, Charlotte has been penning down her struggles, achievements and gratitude for the people around her for six years. “Journaling helps me ‘hear’ myself,” the 28-year-old quips. “Our daily lives are filled with so much noise from the people and things around us. It can be tough to find your own voice and make the right decisions amid all of this!”
Charlotte Mei,host and nutritionist
WHEN I WRITE, I FEEL SO MUCH MORE SELF- COMPASSION AND EMPATHY FOR MYSELF AND WHAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER
When you’re fighting a lonely battle, journaling offers a listening ear with no judgement, reckons Charlotte. Her habit of recording and taking down bits of her life started when she was going through a tough period in university. Her mind had been clouded with many thoughts about school work and relationships. “Writing out my thoughts helped me find clarity and navigate these issues better. Sometimes, even if nothing came out from it, simply writing it down made it seem like I was talking to someone about it,” she reminisces.
Having multiple journals allows Charlotte to record her thoughts in several formats. One journal acts as a thought diary where she records her daily ramblings and Charlotte Mei, host sets her intentions. The and nutritionist other is a vision board where she applies a more structured method of notation and sets her goals by asking critical questions about her accomplishments.
As for her digital journal, she uses the Notes application on her phone to record her thoughts on the go. Some of these are transferred to physical journals when she gets home. She adds: “I journal at night on weekdays and in the early morning on weekends. I like the peace and quiet of those moments. When I write, I feel so much more self-compassion and empathy for myself and what life has to offer.”
FINDING BUSINESS INSPIRATION
Dr Teo Wan Lin, dermatologist and founder of Dr. TWL Dermaceuticals
As an accomplished dermatologist and entrepreneur, Dr Teo Wan Lin attributes her success to journaling – a habit she picked up as a teenager. To date, the medical practitioner has had a multitude of business and dermatology research ideas spring up from her journal entries.
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