Sunday, August 21, 2011
For the month of September I will offer the same intro class that I will be charging for FREE but the class size is limited to 15 so that I can be attentive to individual needs.
If you are interested just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with JOURNAL CLASS in the subject line.
Once the class is full I will post it here.
Have a GREAT day and keep working it out by writing it out!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I decided right then that I would not people please my way through life again.
I started my journey back by asking myself "If I could take a year and do anything I REALLY WANTED TO DO, without responsibilities or in regards to others needs and wants what would I do? What does that year look like?
That your journaling homework for today.
I want you to free flow this (Write without thinking too deeply) just write the first things that come to you and continue until you have nothing left to say. DO NOT WRITE AS IF OTHERS WILL READ IT. This is a very private journal entry.
Sending Sunshine and Love,
Monday, July 11, 2011
Great News! Your Life Spelled Out will be avaliable in Journal form soon for those of you that prefer to write instead of type your journaling. I have been working very hard on this project and it has paid off. I will keep you updated.
We will start back into our journaling with a subject that is familiar to everyone. We will write about our broken heart. What is breaking your heart right now? What or who broke it in the past? Are you in pain now? How did you work through your pain before? These are all questions to prompt your journaling today.
I suggest free form journaling for this prompt. Free form journaling is simply writing from your heart without editing anything in your mind before you write it down. In other words write it like no one will ever read it. Write it and throw it away if you must but this is the only path to true healing.
I will do this assignment with you as it is a very appropriate prompt for me in my life right now.
Let your pen and your tears flow. You will feel better. I promise.
Sunshine and Peace,
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I can be something like sharing a secret, letting your guard down, confronting someone or going through chemo. Whatever it is, take a moment to ponder it and to record it.
What a TRUE statement. This is your monthly Random Act of Kindness prompt. Today your prompt is to uplift, encourage and edify someone with a few sincere words. You have no idea of the impact this can have on their day. Words have the power . Use your wisely. Write in your journal about how this made you feel and how the other person responded.
For those of you that have shared with me that they do not like the random act of kindness prompts or the count your blessing prompt that we do one day of each month I suggest that you use those days to write whatever you wish in your journal. However, I must tell you that two of the surest ways to experience true happiness is to get out of yourself and do something for someone else and to recognize and focus on the blessings in your life. This is the reason I have incorporated these two prompts once a month.
For our prompt today we will write a entry that gives a bit of a character sketch about you.
What does that look like?
Here is a little example:
She loves theatre, musicals, watching basketball, being creative, sitting by the ocean,New York City,good food, good music, God, her husband and her family
She is put off by narcissism and mean spirited people.
She is now considered an uptown girl but lived most of her life as a downtown girl and has experienced life on both sides.
You obviously can get way more detailed and I did but that was just a few lines from my own journal.
I would LOVE to have you post and share anything you write on this subject. This is always one of my favorite prompts. It really makes you think about who you are.
Have a beautiful day!
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!
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.
Short but deep topic today.
Have a blessed day.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Today list at least ten of your favorite things. Make your own list. Make it uniquely yours. Please share with us if you feel comfortable doing so.
Here are a few of mine:
The smell of fresh cut grass
Sunrise over the Ocean
My Bed (or maybe I should say my mattress)
Holding my grandchildren in my arms
Hugs from my children
Watching Basketball (My Akron Zips)
My work with children with cancer
Being artistically creative (this takes many forms)
Quiet Time at a Spa
Have a Fantastic Monday!
Well I won't back down, no I won't back down You could stand me up at the gates of Hell But I, won't back down No I, stand my ground, won't be, turned around And I keep this world from draggin' me down Gonna stand my ground, and I, won't back down Hey baby! there ain't no easy way out Hey yea! Stand my ground And I won't, back down Well I know what's right, I got just one life In a world that keeps on pushin' me around But I'll, stand my ground, and I, won't back down!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Today we will pretend we are the stars and we are writing our contract..what comforts would you insist on? I know this may be difficult as most of s are not demanding by nature but today I want you to put on your DIVA hat and have fun with this.
"I’ve learned that: goodbyes will always hurt, pictures can never replace being there, memories forget the hard times, words can never replace feelings, and heroes often go unsung." ~ Unknown
Today write a quote of your own that describes the profound things you have learned along your journey.
"I must learn to love the fool in me the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries." ~ Theodore Isaac RubinWrite down everything you feel after reading this quote. Are you learning to love the fool in you?
Today our quote is:
"I’ve learned that: goodbyes will always hurt, pictures can never replace being there, memories forget the hard times, words can never replace feelings, and heros often go unsung." ~ Unknown
Today our quote is:
"Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
OH YES I DID!
From your findings over the last couple days what did you find out? Are you verbally abusive?
If you answer yes I encourage you to do something about this. Get some help. You have no idea how your words can destroy another person.
Flipping over to the other side, have you ever been verbally abused? If you answer yes write out what was said and how it made you feel. You know its not truth right? If not, then you need to seek help.
People that verbally or physically abuse others do not feel good about themselves. That is not a theory it is a fact. If you are an abuser you need to look at that.
and seek help so that you do not play a part in the destruction of another human being.
Verbal abuse is just as harmful and devastating as physical abuse. The are no physical mark but the scars are deeper.
Now stop reading and write how all of this makes you feel in your journal.
Ask the people you are around most often how they feel when you talk to them. Ask them if you say anything that makes them feel bad about themselves or small. Dont be afraid. Ask..
Write everything you find out in your journal today.
What areas of your life do you feel the need to control and how do you feel when things and situations are beyond your control.
Freestyle about this in your journal today. Freestyle journaling is simply streaming your thoughts onto the paper without concern of someone one day reading them or spelling, grammar..etc.
If you are like me you sometime will cast (blame) your own poor choices on someone else. Example...well I wouldn't have said that if they had not hurt my feelings ...PLEEEAAASE!!! Quit blaming.
Today in our journal we will get painfully honest with ourselves and look at some of the areas in our lives that we are blaming other people when the TRUTH is we have choices on how we act and react to every situation everyday.
Today will Never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound. Today will Never come again.
Write this out in your journal and write about any emotions that come or what you feel when reading it. Does it prompt you to action? What is it?
Today in your journal look up the definition of what TRUTH means and write it out.
Are there areas of your like that needs truth to shine on them?
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Do you have a secret keeper?
I went most of my life without a human Secret Keeper. I have always had God (who is enough) but now I have someone that is my secret keeper to.
If you don't have one maybe you need to start out being one to someone.
Today we will journal about our Secret Keeper. If we have yet to be blessed with one, we will think about and write about who we can become a secret keeper to. There is no more precious gift.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
From a personal account I can share that the only way I have ever been able to break free from harmful habits and struggles is to lay it down daily to God in prayer. Seeking help from the only source of real POWER is the answer.
Only YOU know what your struggles are. Do NOT keep them a secret. Find someone you trust and share with them today. You are only as sick as the secrets you keep.
Lay It Down!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
What would you like to cover?
Any specific areas of your life?
Would you like to include photographer and /or art?
I am looking for feedback so that I can customize the workshops to your needs and request.
Do your struggle with shedding pounds?
Do you struggle with being true to yourself?
Do you struggle with being a perfectionist?
Do you struggle with eating too much?
Do you struggle with NOT eating?
Do you struggle with relationships??
We all have our own struggles. Today we will write about one of them in detail in our journal. This can be a revealing exercise and a first step to doing something about something that keeps us in chains.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Write in your journal what you did and how it made you feel.
I am traveling home today on a red eye. I hit the ground running on Tuesday with several appointments scheduled so Tuesdays post will not go up until very late on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Today you will write in your journal your commitment to do ONE new thing before your next birthday. Then when you do it make sure you come back to this page in your journal, write out what you did and date it.
For example, on my skill set list would be the following two things:
I LOVE to write. I am good at Networking but Love it?? Not so much!
After you have made your list look at the list of things that are in your skill set or that you are good at that you do not like to do and see what, if anything off that list you can eliminate.
For example, if your skill set and perhaps job involves number crunching but you do not like it and would rather be connecting with people..maybe you need to consider changing careers.
This is just a self discovery exercise. Don't get too worked up over it.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
If you do this please share with us to encourage all of the other readers that find themselves in the same boat. We need to be there for each other.
Oh and by the way...I said NO to changing my schedule to accommodate a last minute get together that I was invited and expected to attend. This is huge for me. I am such a people pleaser that no is most often too difficult to choke out. But I was able to do this without hesitation. Practice makes perfect! AND I am worth it.
Now look them over and write down all of the things that you said yes to when perhaps you should have said no.
A yes can be harmful anytime that it is at the expense of our health (both physical or mental). For example, a yes to add one more thing to your already stuffed schedule could be harmful to you. A yes to something that you know (in your heart) that you should say no to is most likely going to be a problem for you mentally somewhere down the line. Saying no is often more difficult for women as we tend to be care givers and nurturers by nature. Learning to love ourselves enough to say no is not an easy task but one worth pursuing.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Today we will write about a time (or times) that we have said yes when it really has gone beyond not being in our best interest but has also hurt us.
Today we will write about a time (or times) we have said yes when we wanted to say NO. Then we will ponder WHY we say yes when we want to say no and write about that as well.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Tonight we will have peace when we lay our head on the pillow. That is a priceless gift my friend.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Think about things you are passionate about and write out the things that you have courage of conviction to stand up for.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I give myself, sometimes, admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it. - Author, Unknown
Today I want you to look at your life, your challenges, your achievements and anything you might be struggling with. Then I want you to advise yourself as to what direction to take as if you were giving the advise to someone else.
you will be surprised by how often we really know in our hearts what the direction and answers are but something inside of us refuses to act on it.
Write it all out!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Today we will fess flow write about our fears and how we think they impact the decisions we have made or are making.
Free flow writing is simply putting your pen to paper and writing exactly what you are thinking and feeling without taking time to think it through or worry about spelling, grammar or anyone else reading it.
For example, fear of rejection will often keep people from pursuing the job, relationship or dream they have.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I recently had a friend say to me "You must think you have to be perfect all the time"! Wow, that really resonated in my soul. The more I thought about the more I was sure that they were right. So I have decided not only that this will be the year of self discovery but have also made my word for this year IMPERFECTION. I created art and journaling to reflect that.
Today you will choose a word for this year and journal about WHY it is the word for you for this year. Oh and please feel free to use imperfection for your own word if it applies to you.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Prayer and Meditation HEALTHY
Creating Art or anything else HEALTHY
The following list, healthy? Not so much!
Anything that is unbalanced (for example spending all your free time creating art when you have other responsibilities is out of balance)
Today we will look at our list of stress busters from yesterday and see what category they fall in. Are you actually creating more stress in your life by responding to it in a negative way?
If you stress release is found on the not so healthy list it is time to seek help or think of ways that you can release your stress in a healthy way.
Write your thoughts down.
If your stress busters are not found on the above list..please share with us what they are.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Nothing lifts a spirit like reaching out and doing something for someone else. This works in two ways. The result of helping or encouraging another human being makes us happy and while we are doing this we are also switching focus from ourselves to someone else.
Today we will do a random act of kindness. It can be for someone we know or it can be a perfect stranger. They can know you are doing it or it can be anonymous.
After you have done this, write in your journal what you did and how it made you feel.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
This is a short but important prompt. Don't pass it by.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
For example, I have a dream of writing a novel as everything else I have ever written has been journals, poetry, magazine articles and self help pieces. Now goals to reach the dream of having a novel published would be to
Write x amount of time every day
Update my query
Inquire to publishers
Perhaps seek an agent as I have never used or needed one in the past
I will never realize my dream of writing that book unless the goals are set and followed.
This is just one example. I have a list of 17 dreams.
Take those dreams one at a time and start writing goals that you need to set to reach them.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
2011 The Year Of Self Discovery
Are you ready??
For those of you that wish to Art Journal I will have two prompts a month. One will be on the 1st and the other on the 15th. The first prompt will run an entire month so that you are able to get supplies together and have time to work on it.
We will create the cover to our journal for 2011.
Remember, this is YOUR JOURNAL which means you can do whatever you wish. You can make anything your journal you wish. You can use any medium you wish.
I made my cover from a sepia photograph of an old typewriter that we own. I wrote 2011 The Year of Self Discovery across the from of it. The typewriter was perfect for my journal because it represents how I will be discovering. Through writing and through journaling.
I have several ways you can share your work. We have a flickr group, A Mister Linky and my favorite way through the group I run here
You can access all of the links directly on my blog.
I know the first time I did this it was difficult.
I always wanted to be a photo journalist . I even went to our local newspaper to talk to several journalist and photographers when I was 14.
I didn't major in photography or journalism in college.
I also wanted to fall madly in love in a fairy tale type way or at the very least a burning passionate romantic kind of way with the perfect men (for me) and have children and live happily ever after.
I have been divorced TWICE.
After reviewing the facts I asked myself if my dreams today reflect the ones of my youth. They are similar but not at all the same. I looked to see if any part of the original dreams had lived or if they had turned to dust completely.
I am not a photo journalist but I am a published photographer and a published author.
I have four beautiful children.
So all was not lost.
Today after reflecting as above we will write down what are dreams look like today. If you are in a place where you cant even put down a dream because you have given up on them I want you to write out a page of what you would like you life to look like today if it was in your power.
Let the journey begin!
Friday, January 14, 2011
It is small because so many of our dreams have shattered, were forgotten or died somewhere along the journey. We will sit down with pen in hand and start to recall childhood and teenage dreams. What did you want to be when you grew up? Was there any place you wanted to travel? Did you dream of having a spouse and x amount of children? Whatever they were, write them down. We will spend a few days on dreams of the past , present and for the future.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Forgiving is not a feeling. It is a choice. You can choose to live in resentment and bitterness or you can choose to forgive. Just an FYI..NOT forgiving only hurts you. The person you are not forgiving will not loose sleep, get an ulcer, experience stress or experience poor health because you refuse to forgive them. You will! Not forgiving only hurts you and it hurts you in several ways.
Some of you are thinking.."Well you just don't know how badly they hurt me" or "You wouldn't forgive them either if they had done this to you".
Some of you are struggling to forgive the hardest person of all...yourself.
I suggest if you can not reach forgiveness on your own that you find a good book on the subject, talk to your pastor or priest about it or seek therapy.
You MUST forgive if you are to live in peace and in health.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I know you are thinking "DON'T GO THERE" but to unpack, look at and clear away baggage we must.
Write down the heartaches (Heart breaks) in your life time. The ones you carry with you into your life now. Into other relationships.
Have you ever made someone else pay for the actions of someone in your past? We do this by not trusting, putting emotional walls up and in many other ways.
I am very guilty of this myself. So this is one thing I can talk about first hand.
Free style journal this prompt. Free Style writing is where you put your pen to paper and let your thought flow onto the page without worrying about spelling or what it sounds like. Just get it all out.
Be kind to yourself after this prompt. We will talk about feelings on Thursday.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
As you look at your list of bad habits ask yourself if you are really ready to let go of them. Do this with each one. After all, you may have the bad habit of drinking too much coffee(oh yeah, that's one of mine) but not be ready to give it up. If you are not ready to change the habit this exercise will not be productive.
However, if you are ready to let go of habits that are harmful to you or holding you back it is time to begin.
After you have decided to remove the harmful habit from your life write down exactly how you will do this. If you really wish to succeed I suggest you find someone that you can be accountable to. Share your desire to stop this habit and ask them to check in with you once a week to see how you are doing.
Time to purge.
Monday, January 10, 2011
You can not expect to have real change in your life if you continue to fall into the same bad habits and routines that you always have.
Today we will simply identify them. Nothing else.
We will work through them on Tuesday.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Do not be hasty in your writing. Really think about what you are afraid of. We will work on why on Monday.
Fear takes on many forms. Some forms are disguised as anger, apathy, depression and procrastination to name a few.
Ask yourself "What am I really afraid of"?
The first time I did this exercise and was able to become very honest with myself I was shocked at the results.
One of my fears was that if they(meaning anyone) really knew me, they would not like me. So I spent a great deal of time trying to be what everyone else wanted me to be.
Another fear was the fear of success. Yes, that is a real fear. I would constantly sabotage myself and therefore enable myself to stay where I was and not move forward with the goals and dreams I had for myself.
This may be one of the most important prompts we have this year. It can be life changing, so take your time.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I have always thought my life would run just a little more smoothly if everyone in it would just follow the script I have made for them...lol
After all, I know how they should act towards me, what they should say to me and how they should treat me.
I love the serenity prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change (other people, places, things and circumstances), courage to change the things I can (myself), and the wisdom to know the difference.
Today we will make three list. The first list is the one that states everything and everyone that we think we are in control of in our life.
The second list will be the things we feel that we are not in control of.
After looking over each list and filtering it through the above pray we will write our third list that will reflect the truth, what we are and are not in control of.
Praying before for guidance is something that I recommend.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Well you will be delighted to know that I am back home and for the next week and a half you will be opening up places in your soul that you have not been in touch with in a while or perhaps that you have never opened.
Today I want you to take that back pack of garbage you have been carrying around off your back and start unloading it.
The first thing you will pull out is anger. Write out everything and everyone you are angry at. Write out WHY you are angry. Don't forget to include yourself. The one person that most of us are angriest at is ourselves. I promise. Don't forget to write out WHY you are angry with yourself. BE SPECIFIC. Be heartrendingly honest or this exercise will be of no use to you at all. We will explore more on Saturday.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Today I want you to list 10 of yours.
I like to do this prompt each year as my favorite things at the time often are different than they were in the past. Some are always the same.
What are yours?
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Imagine your life written down in the form of a book. Every book has chapters so name the chapters for different times in your life.
The title of the book is The Life of ________(you).
Share your chapters here if you wish.
Monday, January 3, 2011
After you have completed that list write ten things down that you want to do or complete in the next decade.Again, more if you wish but at least 10.
This can be a very revealing exercise.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I will lose the remaining 53 pounds I want to lose this year. I will achieve this by staying on track with what I eat and by working out a minimum of 4 days a week.
I will continue to eat healthy and will go macrobiotic once a quarter for 30 days which equals 4 months of macrobiotic eating.
I will finish the book. I will do this by working on for a minimum of 15 min everyday.
OKAY! Now that we have tackled that lets talk about one of the reasons why we sometimes make resolutions but fail to follow through on them.
When I became very honest with myself I had to admit that one of the reasons in the past that I have not followed through on weight loss was FEAR. I have addressed the fear and write down exactly what it was that I was afraid of. I have not conquered it but I have power over it now. So each time I am tempted not to follow my plan I look at why and if it is due to fear..I work through it and conquer that fear one day at a time.
I had to be very specific about what I was afraid of when it came to being thin again. It took a few journaling sessions and was not pretty but I was determined not to let fear of ANYTHING hold me back from living the life I was meant to live.
Your prompt today is to think about something that you are not doing or not addressing because of fear. Write down exactly what you are afraid of. Be very honest with yourself. Write it down even if you don't want to and then read it out loud to yourself. This is the first step in conquering your fears.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Many of us make a list of resolutions for the year only to be disappointed with ourselves by the end of January for no "sticking to them". Let's end that madness right now.
Today we will resolve three things that we want to change in our lives. Just three. We will be both realistic and clear.
An example of a realistic resolution is : This year I will lose a total of 53 pounds. I will do that by eating a healthy balanced meals and by finding an exercise program or physical activity that works for me and I will stick to it.
An example of an unrealistic resolution is: I will lose 53 pounds by March.
Did you notice how the unrealistic resolution is not only unrealistic but also vague? HOW does she plan on losing 53 pounds by March? She has absolutely no plan.
An example of a clear resolution is: In 2011 I resolve to will finish the book I am
writing by committing schedule and hour each morning to write and work on the process of getting the book published.
And example of an unclear or vague resolution is : I am going to finish that book I have been working on this year.
YOU MUST PUT A PLAN OF ACTION TO YOUR RESOLUTION
Another key ingredient in following through on resolutions is to share that resolution with someone. Someone that will ask you how you are doing and hold you accountable.
You don't have anyone you trust that much?
You can always use me as your accountability partner.
If you don't feel comfortable posting on line you can reach me at email@example.com
So are you ready to tackle this?
Write them down.
I will share my three with you on the 2nd before posting the next prompt as I would NEVER ask you to do something that I am not willing to do myself.