Danielle Richardson: The Glow Up Journal

Everything you Need to Set Goals, Create Inspo- and Make It Happen!

Everyday Design: Routines + Scheduling

The key to a lasting glow up is to have Manifesting a solid foundation. In Chapter 1, you’re going to create just that! Your routines and schedules set the framework for your glowed up life because you can’t manifest your best and baddest self if there’s chaos under the hood. Glowing up doesn’t happen overnight; it happens little by little, building lasting change. So it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to it!

In this chapter, you’ll create the perfect schedules and daily routines that will help you glow up. You’ll be able to better understand your energy levels and at what times of day you are most productive. You’ll also focus on designing your days in ways that feel right for you. This is your life, so you get to make the rules for your glow up!

Take the First Step to You 2.0

Let’s kick things off by getting clear about where you are right now. If you’ve picked up this journal, chances are you’re probably not satisfied with where things are at in your life. Instead of feeling stuck, use your current state of mind as a starting point! In this activity, you’ll take a quick assessment and use it as the start of creating the 2.0 glowed up version of yourself. No matter what brought you here, just know that you are capable of creating change and manifesting a better life! When you finish your Glow Up Journal, come back to this activity and compare where you were when you filled it out to where you are once your journal is all done. By committing to this glow up process, you’ll leave feeling empowered, inspired, and more fulfilled in your life!

Journal Activity: FULFILLMENT

Mark your current level of fulfillment in each area of life:








[Journal prompts]

  • Do you lean more toward Not Fulfilled or Fulfilled?
  • Why do you think you lean in that direction?
  • How would you like to feel in these areas of your life?

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Channel Main Character Energy

Main Character Energy (n): The vibe you exude when you feel like your best self a.k.a. the most iconic — the baddest — version of yourself!
Life is a movie, and you aren’t in the supporting role — you’re the main character! The main character is the one whose story line viewers follow and who is most connected to the plot. Even if you don’t feel like the main character of your life, you are! No matter your circumstances, you can always choose to view them in a way that is beneficial. Today you’re going to choose to view yourself as the main character and get to know your main character energy.


For this activity you’re going to brainstorm and create the main character version of yourself. Let your imagination run wild and think of the most fabulous, confident, and amazing version of you! How does the main character version of you show up…(Think of how you feel, look, smell, etc.)

  • At the library?
  • At the office?
  • At a party?
  • At a workout class?
  • With family?
  • With friends?
  • With a romantic partner?
  • On vacation?

Main Character Inspo

  • Who has this energy? (List either IRL or fictional characters you love.)

See It to Believe It: Visualizing + Preparing for Your Dream Life

If you can see it, you can be it! Your thoughts and imagination are a powerful force that give you the ability to create your dream glowed up life. The problem is that most of us are not using this power wisely. Instead, we are often complaining about what’s going wrong (hey, it’s easy to focus on the bad and forget the good!) and feeling helpless and stuck instead of feeling empowered to make changes to get what we want.

In this chapter, you’re going to get unstuck from your current reality. It’s time to let go of limiting beliefs and start to dream big. What would your life look like if there were no limits? What would you do if you couldn’t fail? The activities here are going to help you expand your mindset and create a road map for your dream life.

Get Creating (Instead of Complaining!)

When we want to change something in our life, it’s often because we’re over it … our job, our money problems, our love life, and just about everything! And when we’re in this type of funk or rut, we tend to complain — a lot. But complaining is an energy drain. It sucks the life out of you. What if you shifted your energy from complaining to creating? What if, instead of thinking about everything that could go wrong, you could focus on what could go right? What if you let go of limiting beliefs and opened yourself up to limitless possibilities? You have the power to flip your mindset and create the life of your dreams! For this activity, you’re going to let go of where things currently are and focus only on the awesome things that are to come.

Journal Activity: YOUR DREAM LIFE

What would your life look like without limits? What choices would you make if you could not fail? Imagine your fully glowed up self in the future and write all about what you see. For this particular glow up vision, centre your happiness: What will make you the happiest? The most important part of this activity is that you let yourself imagine a future as big and bright as you possibly can, and put that image down onto the page. Let go of limits and allow yourself to dream!

This activity requires a timer. Set it for ten minutes to give yourself ample time to brainstorm answers to these questions. It may feel challenging, but commit to using the full amount of time. Feel free to bounce around between categories or move section by section with bullet points, full sentences, or even drawings. Set your timer and let’s go!

  • Who I want to be
  • What I want to do
  • What I want to have

Imagine Your Life as a Movie

Imagination is what separates humans from all of earth’s other living creatures. We have the ability to bring our dreams into reality! But we tend to lose this spark as we grow up. We start to become more jaded and “realistic,” and limit ourselves to the world we can see in front of us. Let’s rediscover the power of your imagination by creating a movie of your life! If you were writing a movie starring the glowed up you, what would the movie be like? Whatever the mind can see and visualize can happen IRL.

Journal Activity: YOUR GLOWED UP MOVIE

It’s time to start manifesting the glowed up life you want by using your imagination to create a vision for Future You.

  • Where do you live?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What do you do for work?
  • How are you dressed?

There are no limits here! Use these questions as a guide and brainstorm the best version of your life at different time periods. Get detailed, so you can really see it playing out like a movie. Ready…action!

  • My life in one year:
  • My life in five years:
  • My life in ten years:
  • My life in twenty years:


Excerpted from THE GLOW UP JOURNAL by DANIELLE RICHARDSON. Copyright © 2023 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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