Journal entry: Changes ahead. Surrending and allowing.

I sense big changes ahead.  For many of us.

Tomorrow I am sitting down with my daughter and with large boards and pens and laying it all out.

Where am I in this moment?  I will make a complete list of all debts owing, where my accounts stand today, and three months projections ahead.  I will make a fresh to-do list and a fresh wish-list and a fresh “this is what we need” list.  I will dare to look at it all.

Only when I get it out of my brain and aching heart, can I quiet the internal chatter, and with a clear head, weigh the options.

Only by accepting that all is ok in this moment, no matter where all the accounts stand, can I weigh those options, make bold moves, and ALLOW CHANGE.  It’s time to manage the moola…

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Working on the mindmap the other day, really allowed me to uncover my heart.  No wonder I had a tough sleepless night after that.  My heart was truly exposed and open.

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Open to accepting that I don’t need to fear change and uncertainty.

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Jennifer Lyons joined me in today’s reflection.

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Part 25 daily journal workshop. TAKE YOUR JOURNAL OUT. #arttherapy

Now that we are pretty far into this journal [notice how I’m taking you all the way to the end of mine, and we’re half way there], shove your journal in your bag, or thrust it under your arm, grab some pens and get the hell out of the house.

Make your journal your best friend.  Your image-idea file, your to-do list, your companion.  Invite people to write in it.

Today's guest speaker is youth artist, Jacob Vestergaard!

Mess it up a bit by accidentally spilling on it at the coffee shop, shove reminders in it, recipes, save some clippings.

Make it a daily routine to check in with it, to review it.  IT’S YOU.

 

Anaïs Nin by Irving Penn

The morning I got up to begin this book I coughed. Something was coming out of my throat: it was strangling me. I broke the thread which held it and yanked it out. I went back to bed and said: I have just spat out my heart. – Anaïs Nin

 

Daily Journal Workshop:

Part 1 JUST WRITE

Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS

Part 3 HEART

Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE

Part 5 NAKED SCREAM

Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND

Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S

Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN

Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT

Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT

Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING

Part 12 DEAR WORLD. SECRETS

Part 13 NEGATIVE – POSITIVE

Part 14 BE THE MAP

Part 15 GUEST SPEAKER

Part 16 COMICS!

Part 17 ALTER

Part 18 SURVIVOR

Part 19 CANCER

Part 20 WORTH

Part 21 SELF-HARM

Part 22 EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE

Part 23 GYPSY

Part 24 BODY IMAGE


Part 1 daily journal workshop. JUST WRITE. #arttherapy

Spend 15 minutes writing.  Writing anything.  ANYTHING.  Even writing “I’m writing…”  Keep the pen going.  Make marks on the paper.  Let your thoughts flow.  Don’t worry about neatness or wit or good grammar or sense.  Just move the pen over the paper.  Open up.  Unpeel some layers.  Be ugly.  Let your arthritic fingers cramp up.  Don’t censor.  Don’t make sense either.  Keep writing.  We’ll be using the pages in part two tomorrow.

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. – Anaïs Nin