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Writing Prompts

The Ultimate Self-Exploration Journal by Gerald Confienza

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Cover of Gerald Confienza’s Book that I will be using on my journey purchased on my Kindle through Amazon Books.

January 20, 2020 was my beloved Fiancé Austin’s 26th Birthday.  We should have been together for this Birthday and we would have been having our wedding next month on Valentine’s Day.  We rearranged our wedding the first time from February 14, 2019 and now, once again we must rearrange our wedding again from February 14, 2020 to February 14, 2021.  It is difficult to have the U.S. Government and the Department of State at the U.S. Consular Embassy digging deeply into our personal lives for approximately 5-10 minutes and making a judgment about a person’s bona fide or not relationship and digging into their financials.  As of now, I can no longer discuss our personal case, but I have some things in store for this year in an effort get some additional content on our blog.  I have decided to break up our blog to include several different things throughout this year, rather than focusing on only our immigration case.

However, while we are in waiting to see what might happen with our case, I have decided to start a daily challenge, as well as, a yearly challenge.  For my yearly challenge I want to read at least 20 books; however, this could change to increase and add more should I complete this challenge early.  Check back frequently to see some new changes and subject additions.  I am in start-up mode, currently, but I am starting my own business creating personalized craft ideas.  I will be providing my Shopify account and some of the products that I am able to create for any event or just for your own personal use.  Next, for my daily challenge I purchased a book to give me some writing prompts until I can safely discuss our immigration case again.  I have purchased, “Writing Prompts: The Ultimate Self-Exploration Journal; Who Am I? & 199 Other Transformational Questions and Creative Writing Prompts for Self-Reflection and Personal Enlightenment by Gerald Confienza.”

The premise of this book is that journaling is “one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal for self-discovery.”1  When you feel like you have no one in your life during the toughest of times, there is always a notebook available to write about what is happening in your life.  Never throw away your notebooks or journals, because they offer a great platform to see the changes in yourself over the years.  Secondly, handwriting is emphasized.  Lastly, there are a few other reasons why Journaling is beneficial:

  • Heightened Creativity – This teaches us to put ideas in order and brings out our creativity muscles, making them stronger.  The more used, the better the performance.
  • Prolonged Retention and Comprehension – Helps the brain retain things longer and helps structuring abstract ideas and concepts improving understanding on any given topic.
  • Emotional Intelligence – A person experiencing grief or happiness use journaling to channel their emotions and mitigate their anxieties and depression.
  • Better Penmanship and Creative Writing – Journaling can also assist in better penmanship and improves writing skills.

Mr. Confienza wants to instigate change in his readers, as stated by him, “If there is no change, there is no progress.”  His hope is that the questions in his book will instigate “true change” in each of us.  Throughout our lives we will have to make decisions that will cause change and effect and Mr. Confienza hopes that reading his book and answering the questions he has put in the book will not only be entertaining, but one of personal change, as well.

        I want to add that I have no idea where this journal will take me in this journey, but I plan to follow Mr. Confienza’s instructions provided and answer each of his questions and write as if no one is looking, while opening myself to all of you, who read and follow my blog.  I know that I have not been very active on this blog, but that is about to change.  I will fit time in every day, as per one of the instructions.  I am in the process of starting my own business and I also want to make some changes to our website again, also.  I hope that you all enjoy this, and I hope that you will provide me honest, yet respectable responses, so I can not only learn about myself through this journey, but improve my writing creativity, as well.

        2I want wish everyone a wonderful day as you wake up from wherever you lay your head at night and that you have a wonderful and beautiful day.  2“Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Dear God we know that all good things come from You.  You have blessed us with more than we need.  Forgive us for the times we have been selfish and have not used what we have been given to help others.  Give us generous hearts so that we may bless others so they will thank you, O Lord.  Thank you for all you have given.  May we use this bounty to bring others to You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. (Verse of Today; King James Bible App)

References 1Gerald Confienza – Writing Prompts: The Ultimate Self-Exploration Journal; pg. 5 2King James Bible App (Online) Verse the Day

Author:

I am an American woman and my fiancé is Nigerian (African)nET U FAJ FFFFI from the Igbo Tribe. We were aquaintances in a Christian Facebook group where we followed each other's postings regularly. On April 30, 2016 Austin sent me an official Facebook friend request. For 3 days, I checked his Facebook profile thoroughly (always very important no matter the connection to be established) and I prayed to the Lord for guidance, as I was married to another Nigerian from the Yoruba tribe, but we had been separated for almost a year, since his arrival in the US (never saw that one coming in a million years - story to be added later). I felt the Lord leading me strongly to accept Austin's friend request; therefore, on March 3, 2016 I accepted his friend request; and the rest, as they say, is history. This was the beginning of Our True Love Story and we have been planning our White Wedding for celebration on February 14, 2020 to be held at the Newman's Castle and Newman's Bakery in Bellville, Texas. This has been a long journey for us and we decided to share our story in an effort help other's in relationships similar to our story, to assist them in learning how to navigate the Immigration Process, learning how to keep their relationship alive, and how to communicate and compromise to make it through this long journey, stronger than when they began. We also want to assist with resources whether you plan to file for a spousal visa or a fiancé visa. Making these types of relationships work and last is a journey, in and of itself, not to mention the journey of a lifetime and will certainly be an incredible story to share with friends, family, and especially their children, whether you are a blended family or are planning your future with children. I am a Social Worker by degree with a Bachelor's of Science in Social Work, I love children and I am a true cat lover, owner, and fan; however, I love all animals. I am a devout and faithful Christian with a strong faithful heart, but I am also human. Currently I am on permanent disability and dealing with multiple health issues, but have faith that God will heal me. I own several wonderful cats and I am looking forward to welcoming my wonderful fiancé to the US for the first time and to getting married to my soulmate and love of my life, Austin, within 90 days of his arrival and celebrating our official White Wedding with our family and friends.

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