Thursday, December 30, 2010
Before we get started take time to think about the reason you are journaling. It will help to direct you as you write or create.
There are so many reasons to jouranl. We journal for our health, for our mental health, for creativity, for release of stress, to heal our wounds, to document our lives for future generations, to SHOUT SHOUT get it all out, for self exploration, to find out what holds us captive so that we can break free. What ever your reason for journaling in 2011 I welcome you with open arms.
Please send me a note or post a comment when you have your journal ready and are ready to begin.Remember a journal can be anything from paper stapled together to a store bought blank book. We will start on January 1st of 2011. It will be easy to catch up if you miss a day or a few days by simply looking in the archive post.
I am busy getting organized for you. I will let you know what that means on the 30th.
Monday, December 27, 2010
I have the entire 2011 Your Life Spelled Out written so I should be able to stay on track.
The past few months have been a roller coaster and I want off. If ever I needed to journal through a time, it was then. There has been joy but also much sorrow and grief.
If you plan on journaling through Your Life Spelled Out in 2011 be prepared to forget about the fluff. We are going to dig and dig deep to discover all the things that we have spent years burying . That is the only way to be free of them.
Hope to see you here on the 1st. Let the journey begin!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
A Christmas Letter to the People I Love
The Christmas letter will be a little different this year. The focus will be on lessons learned instead of what has happened in our family this past year.
My little friend Olivia passed away on December 11th. She was a light in the lives of so many. She taught me so many things in our few years together. She taught me that
· You must love with ALL of your heart ALL of the time, even if you know you may hurt in the end.
· If you don’t like the way they cook your bacon, send it back.
· If you want to create art you should stop talking about it and just do it.
· Always think of others before yourself.
· Some rules really are there for a reason.
· No one else but you can put a voice to your opinion so voice it often.
· It’s alright to have more than one favorite color.
· You can love many people at the same time, all for different reasons.
· Some people are brought into your life for a special reason. Pay attention so you don’t miss it.
· Rocket Popsicles ROCK. Why have just one flavor when you can have three!
More than anything she taught me that one life CAN make a difference in the world. She left me with the desire to try to make a difference in someone’s life each day of 2011.
Oh and the family is beautiful and well. We wish you all a blessed Christmas surrounded by people you love.
I leave you with a favorite poem of mine. I was not surprised to find out that it was also one of Olivia’s favorites.
I will not play at tug o' war.
With Love and Hugs Too,
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
On average we have around 55o in attendance. This project, on top of my other schedule complexity takes over my life. We also have 25 children with cancer that attends and it is my job to make it an extraordinary memorable night for them in every way.
In addition to this a child that I am extremely close to is terminal and I want to spend as much time with her as I can.
So with all of that being said, I apologize for not posting prompts. I will start on Thursday and post prompts to update you.
I am also very behind on my Design Team duties. VERY UNLIKE ME! Again those of you that know me know that I am a SHOW UP girl and really have little tolerance for those that commit and do not follow through on things. This has been a lesson in humility , judgment and PRIDE for me. Ouch. I apologize to my design team peers and to Kelly and Luisa (owners of the teams I design for).It is so difficult to admit that I can not do it all.
Please stop back on Thursday with updates on ScrapFit and Scrapbooking Divas as well as some prompts to start you on the process of catching up!
Love to all,
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Define what Too Busy is to you. How do you know when you are?
Monday, October 11th
Name one thing that you would like to accomplish by the end of the week.
Tuesday, October 12th
Today is your official GET OUT OF YOURSELF DAY for the month of October. Purposefully do something for someone else. Write in your journal what it was and how it made you feel.
Have a amazing day!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Write down one thing that you want to accomplish this weekend. It could be to finish a book (a fun thing) or to complete a project around the house that you started. Just write it down and then..Do it.
Saturday, October 9th
Imagine you woke up to sunshine and birds singing outside your bedroom window. You feel great. Life is good. You can do absolutely anything that you want to do all day long. What would your day look like?
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Our prompt for today is TRUTH BE TOLD. What truth do you need to share or write about?
Wednesday, October 6th
Our prompt for today is I NEED TO __________________. Fill in the blank and write it down. This is the first step in making it happen.
Thursday, October 7th
Our prompt for today is THE MOST STRESSFUL SITUATION IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW IS ___________________.
Have a blessed day.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Today write down what you do to become centered. Do you pray, meditate, be still? What do you do? If your answer is nothing, think about taking just 5 minutes at the beginning or end of your day and try implementing one of the above.
Monday, October 4th
Today we will practice being STILL. Ly or sit quietly and relax your body for 5 minuets. Pray , meditate or just be still. Now write about the experience. How do you think adding this to your daily routine would change the way you feel?
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday (last week)
Today we will reflect on forgiveness in our life . Is there anyone you have not forgiven? How do you think your peace relates to your unforgiveness?
Mind, Body and Spiritual Health
Today we will focus on our mental health. How healthy do you feel? Are you depressed(I do not mean clinically), angry all the time, anxious, worried, pessimistic, mean, edgy, unhappy, constantly complaining? How would a friend describe you. How do you think that you mental health effects your physical and spiritual health?
Write down the sentence Where your mind goes your body follows.Write down what it means to you. List an example in your own life that comes to mind!
Since we are studying the relationship of Minda Body Spirit, we will revisit this statement WHAT GOES INTO YOUR MIND COMES OUT IN YOUR LIFE!!
Time to check ourselves again. What are you putting into your mind? What are you reading, watching, listening to or participating in?
Today we are move on to BODY. So, how are you taking care of yourself? How are you eating? Are you exercising? Time for self examination. I will share with you from my own experience. I have been sick too often this year AND I had not been taking care of myself at all. I made a drastic life style change and decided to fast by going macrobiotic for 40 days and to also commit to exercising everyday. I didn't really know how badly I was feeling until I started feeling good again. It has been so long since I woke and and really felt good that is was foreign to me.
NOT recommending that you make a drastic change, but I am challenging you to commit to making one or two small changes for 40 days and see what a difference it makes in your life.
So what changes did you commit to yesterday? How are you going to stay on track? You need to have a plan and write it down. Do you need to share with someone so they can support you during this process?
Name the absolutely worse thing for your body that you eat. How often do you do this?
Name the one food that you never want to give up.
Good news! you do not have to give up your one food . It is all about moderation. Decide if having this once a week will be enough. For example, if you say I never want to give up sugar in any form. Decide what that looks like to you and write it down.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Have a fab day!
Monday, September 20, 2010
I am really sorry that I have missed posting on Saturday and Sunday. I am traveling and have had challenges connecting. I am including three prompts in this post to catch us up.
Write this in your journal and complete the sentence.
I AM REALLY PROUD OF MYSELF FOR ______________________.
Get your journal out and write in detail about one thing that is going on in your life right now that you have no control over. How are you handleing that? What can you do to find peace in the situation?
Imagine you have just found that magic lamp that you have been seeking all your life. You rub the lamp and your personal genie appears. What are your three wishes going to be?
I will be back on Tuesday. Again sorry for the delay.
I have thought of you all often over the past few days.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Have a lovely day. Sending Love,
Thursday, September 16, 2010
have a Fabulous day!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Wow..I can relate. I really want to have down time, create art, work on my charity, spend time with my husband but there is always that pesky work thing. I find that all work and no play really does make me a cranky girl.
The key is balance. There must be a balance . So..take out your journal and write down the area of your life that are in balance and the areas that are not. Now write down what you can do about that.
Have a wonderful day.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Those of you that have followed the blog from the beginning know that once a month we have a random acts of kindness day. We send a card, buy a stranger behind you in line a cup of coffee, give someone a sincere compliment , lighten someones load or any act that would qualify for a random act..we do the act anonymously and then we write about it in our journal. How did we feel? If you know how the other person responded write that down too.
Let this quote spur you on.
We wildly underestimate the power of the tiniest personal touch of kindness. —Anonymous!
Have a fantastic "out of yourself" kind of day!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Your prompt today is to list at least five ways you can simplify your life. Now write how you intend to implement them into your life.
Learning to say no is one of the ways I have been simplifying my life this year. I was just asked to be on another fund raising committee for The Veterans Memorial (a wonderful cause) and since my husband is a local politician, community involvement at this level is almost an expectation. However, I am learning my limitations the hard way. I already am on two Boards and plan and execute a dinner/auction each year for pediatric oncology patients through our Children's Hospital. This is in addition to being wife, daughter (I am blessed to have my mother live with us), mother (of 5) and Nana of (3). My plate is full so I said NO! An amazing achievement for me!
Your turn. Pick up your pen!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
SO...think of September through December as your new beginning . Start today what you promised yourself you would start in January. Don't dwell on the fact that it has not happened yet, after all..there is still four months left in this year.
WRITE it all down in your journal. What do you want to change ? What are you going to do to make that happen?
Have a lovely Sunday.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Some people exercise, some have hobbies or sports they participate in. There are several other positive outlets.
There are also many not so positive or negative outlets. Some examples are excessive drinking, excessive shopping and excessive eating. When we choose a negative outlet to relieve the stress we are feeling we actually create more stress in the process.
Our prompt today is to write what out outlets or stress busters are. Examine them closely. Are they healthy? How often do you do them. Are you doing them enough?
Have a beautiful day where ever you are.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Have a Serene Wednesday!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Each month we journal a list of 10 things that we are thankful for. We detail how we are blessed. They CAN NOT be the same ones that you have written before. At the end of the year you will have 120 things that you are grateful for down on paper . This is a wonderful list to refer to when life is difficult.
Have a Fantastic Sunday !
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Have a wonderful Friday.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
So our prompt today is to write down 3 things that we would like to accomplish or start in September.
Maybe you have a non fiction book that you have been wanting to read. Read it in September.
Maybe you have pounds to shed. Start shedding them in September.
Maybe you keep saying you are going to get into a fitness routine, have lunch with a friend, start a book club, tell some you are sorry, tell someone THANK YOU, remove clutter from your house. Do it in September!
You get the idea.
Write your thee things down. Share your three things here if you wish because statistics have proven that when you share your goals you are much more likely to follow through and stay committed.
You can do anything for a month..right?
Have a beautiful day.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Our prompt today is to write down a few times that you had choices to make , what they were and how you think it created the day that you had.
have a great day!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Have a sunny day!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Food for Thought...
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me,
For I can do them quickly, correctly, and profitably.
I am easily managed; just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a
machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then...do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Did you know that what you watch , read and listen to becomes part of how you feel mentally and sometimes physically. Science proves this!
What do you feed your mind with daily? Think about it and journal about it. Journal about what is going into your mind and how you think it is acting itself out in your life.
Do you read before you go to bed?, What are your favorite shows? What are the words to the music you are listening to? Really THINK about this prompt.
When I journaled this prompt I found that going to sleep with Criminal Minds or NCIS on was probably not the best idea. I found that waking up and reading something positive was working very well for me. At the end of my jounraling the final conclusion was that I need to put more positive, uplifting, true things in my mind each day and need to choose what I watch more carefully. No..I did not give up Criminal Minds or NCIS...but I do record them and try not to let them be the very last thing I watch before I sleep.
I think you will be surprised at what you find at the end of this assignment!
Please share anything you wish!
Friday, August 27, 2010
And the award goes to _Diane______ for being the most faithful friend. The award goes to __Lisa______ for her amazing artwork. The award goes to __Emily_______ for enduring great hardship and yet always thinking of others.
You get the point. It could be anything. Your prompt is to write down what the award is for and why.
Have a GREAT day.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Most of the things that I listed are good things. They only become unhealthy when we use them to hide from or escape from pain or the pressures of everyday life. Everything is a balancing act. It is important to recognize harmful behavior, otherwise we will never address it and change it and nothing will ever change.
On Friday our topics will lighten up and will be fun for a few days. You have worked very hard this week and I am proud of you.
Have a fantastic Thursday.
Sending You Love,
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
You have a fantastic day. I will see you back here on Wednesday!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Whatever it is has pushed you around and taken it's tole on you . It is time to push back.
You, my friend have no idea how precious you are. There is only ONE you and I promise you you were created for a purpose. The other good news is that no matter what your circumstances are right now they will change. You are not how much money you have, what you look like, how much you weigh, what your job or title is, who you know, who you are married to, where you live, or what car (if any) that you drive.
It has taken me almost 50 years to get here and I often need reminded.Over those years So today I am reminding you. You are such a valuable part of this blog, you are special and you are loved. More importantly than that you are precious to many (even if you do not see it).
Today your prompt is to write down exactly how you feel about yourself and your life right now. Write about how external things in your life are effecting you (stress, schedule, health, money problems if any)..then take time to write about who you are to those around you. Your children, significant other, parents....
Your are irreplaceable(even if you do not FEEL that way. Feelings are just that..feelings, they do not necessarily have any truth associated with them.There is never going to be another you. You have a purpose in this world . I promise!
Have a blessed day!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
What are your lions and tigers and bears right now?
Are you feeding off of someone else fear or is it your own fear.
Are you facing your fear or running from it?
Questions to ponder on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I am right in the middle of organizing the 16th annual Project Ed Bear Dinner Auction for about 550 people. (Project Ed Bear is an all volunteer 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to providing comforts and needs for pediatric oncology patients)
I have been feeling overwhelmed with details. But, the REALITY is children like SAM are who I do this for. This is what it is all about. So...I will let go of the frustrations, I will not feel sorry for myself, I will not complain when things are not going as I think they should. I have been refocused.
Today we will journal about an area in our life that needs refocused. Have you gotten off track? How can you refocus and get back on.
Have a blessed day!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Winners will be chosen by a group of five of my peers each month.
The way we submit has also changed. Instead of posting to the flickr group you will now post via Mr. Link at the right hand side of the blog.
Since it is already the 20th of August we will start this on September 1st. SO , tell all your friends the news that this blog will be hosting an ART JOURNAL Challenge each month and have them post here and tell me that YOU sent them. Make sure that you are a follower of the blog.
The person that refers the most people between now and the end of the month will receive a gorgeous $40 kit that I have assembled just for this event.
I look forward to creating with each of you each month.
See up on September 1st!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Now we will look at our own relationships and examine if we are following the outline we have written.
Prepare to be enlightened.
Have a stress free day!
Please email your full name and address to email@example.com and I will put your stamps in the mail on Monday.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO GET IN ON THE HOP!!! HAVE YOUR ANSWERS POSTED BY MIDNIGHT!!
YOUR LIFE SPELLED OUT is a journal blog. You will find a prompt for your written journal everyday (365) of the year as well as weekly art journal prompts. I am also a member of a couple Design Teams and show the work I am doing and talk about the newest challenges and prizes offered there.
SO LET'S TALK ABOUT ScrapFit! I am a new design team member there!
ScapFit is celebrating being ONE!!!! To celebrate Kelly is hosting a blog hop. I am one of the newest ScrapFit Girls so I invite all of my readers to check it ! If you are arriving here for ScrapFit Blog Hop you should have just left Shana's blog. Here is the list of all the blogs on the hop schedule. You will find all the answers to the scavenger hunt questions on these pages.
ScrapFIT (you start and end here) Dayna Jenny Kelly Kimmie Kristin LJ Mikki Norine Sara Shana Susan (YOU ARE HERE)
Now to the Challenge...
- Always send a card-- use cardstock for your background!
- Wrap those presents really good---use bright colorfull patterned paper!
- Don't forget to put a bow it---use some ribbon!
- We R 1 lets use 1 photo, 1 button, 1 brad, 1 rubon, 1 embossed item!
- Kelly loves confetti so let's mist that LO like confetti falling!
Now to our Scavenger Hunt
- Who has the black/white picture?
- This LO has been squared.
- Who has a rainbow of colors & numbers?
- This LO is glitter happy.
- Watch out you might get wet--this one if full of splash!
- It is not stars & stripes, but circles & stripes in this one.
- I see spongebob--do you?
- I really think this one is HAPPY!
- This one could toss you a lifesaver!
- This one is green with envy, wait green with circles.
- This one may not be the Twisted Sister, but it does have sisters!
Okay find the answers while u hop and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org --Kelly will put all the correct names in a hat and draw a winner!! You will win some Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Alpha Stamps and a few other fabulous things in your grab bag, I mean grab package!Now hop on over to ScrapFit (by clicking the ScrapFit button on the right of the page or the link above) and let Kelly know how much you love ScrapFit and make sure to email her your scavenger hunt answers.
The above layout is the page I did for this challenge. I can't wait to see yours1 Make sure you leave a comment here and become eligible for a new rubber stamp set that I have pulled as a prize just for this hop!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Today I want you to get you journal out and write down people you know (or have never met) that are hurting in anyway you can think of. Need inspiration? Turn on the news or pick up a newspaper. Now write down something you can do to help one or many of the hurting . If you choose to follow through , write down the details. If you choose NOT to, write down why.
Are you involved in service or charity work? What made you choose this charity or this line of work? Post a message on this post and share your story. I will randomly pick one person at the end of the day to receive a beautiful journal.
Here is one of the charities I am involved in. I started Project Ed Bear with my son Ede 16 years ago (he was 11 then) when we discovered he had bone tumors.
Have a blessed day!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Today we are going to look online, or in your local paper or on your television news and find a story that captures your attention. Write in your journal what the story is and how you feel about it. What made you pick that story or article? If you do get it from a newspaper or magazine..cut it out and place it in your journal as well.
Have a lovely Monday!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Come on over to ScrapFIT and enter Challenge #26. We have a fantastic prize from a very special sponsor this month.
Don't forget that you have until Wednesday at midnight to be involved in the blog hop. Instructions are on ScrapFit and right here if you scroll down a few days.
Make sure you let me know when you enter the challenge so I can pop over and admire your work!!
Challenge #26 is DRESS IT UP
For those of you that are new, we have a day each month where we write 10 things in our journal that we are grateful for and why you are grateful if you wish. Then at the end of 2010 you will be able to look at 120 things that you are grateful for or that you consider blessings in your life. What a great way that will be to start 2011.
Have a Peaceful Sunday.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
If you are here from the ScrapFit blog hop scroll down a bit to find the links.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Our Art Journal Prompt Today is the word FINISHED.
Can't wait to see your ART.
Have a spectacular day!