It has been the most amazing couple of weeks meeting the most interesting people. I took valuable time to get to know new folks in my life, and we found our interests to be similar. Like attracts like. I have heard this cliche' throughout my life, not having the experience to the degree I have recently. It appears to be gaining momentum. What a wonderful season of 'Meet and Greet' this is.
My journal remarks have been lessened as my valuable time being spent on my new acquaintances is not 'new' time. The reapportionment is made possible by choosing the desired outcome ahead of the actual time spent. Many of the words in my life lately have been more read than written. They continue to inspire and assist me in returning to the heart center of my personal growth and development where I invest in peace and memories that I collect and nurture.
We all have time that we decide to make valuable. "What is the best use of your time" is a question I ask myself on a daily basis. And it always comes down to choice. Ahead of the choice is the desired outcome, the plan to get there and the roadmap to the goal. All along the way are these brilliant little snippets that I want to remember. For me, journal writing is the way I scrapbook the interesting details of life. Unless I do it in some manner each day, the finest details are not as easily recalled. There seems to be only some much space in my brain. Journal writing allows me to transfer some of that data onto the page and gain valuable space for more details to discover. The cycle continues and the rhythms establish the day to day routine. I make sure to use my valuable time to the best of my ability. The best laid plans usually have a mind of their own, however. I rarely have that much control over all the details of my life. I write something every day, even if only a short prayer or blessing for someone on my heart. Over time, the value of these remembrances is priceless
Happy October Everyone! I am loading you up with plenty of journal-writing prompts that offer something for everyone. My blog is a journal-writing classroom (of sorts) this month. Print the PDF's of the classes. Add a notebook of your choice and that's all you need, along with a commitment of the time to take the journey. Take 15 minutes each day to explore the words that are on your mind. Journal-writing connects them with your heart. That is where the magic happens.
This week we are looking at "Awareness"
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This week was monumental for me and for my writing adventures. My personal journal writing has been reduced to bullet points, mostly of reference to where things are and what I did with what. It has been one of the most productive and rewarding times of my journal writing focus that began from such humble, small beginnings. You may notice subtle changes in appearance of my website, blog and email newsletter. Sign up here and on the Home page if you want to get started on a writing escapade of your own. Start small. Begin to capture memories and create ideas that become significant change agents. It is that time of year when change is in the air and combining energies engages your super powers. It all starts with the beginnings of where you want to start. You just have to begin.
I saw a post on facebook this morning about a movie I hadn't seen since childhood. Just the mention of the film made me smile. It was a physical reaction to words that someone wrote. This may not have been the same reaction that would have happened before I began to take journal writing to heart. I experience written (my own and other's) words. Yes. Experience. I have a physical reaction to them. When was the last time you got goose bumps about something you read? Now that I have planted that seed in your mind, it is my hope that the experience can be yours also. These experiences start out small, almost unrecognized in the beginning. We often rush past things we are meant to linger with. "Why," you ask, "would anyone care about the physical reaction one has to words?" I believe we are meant to experience so much more that we are experiencing. One day soon I am going to share the physical reaction I had to an invitation to play the 'candy' saga-thingy. It was only my reaction, but it turned the page on my journal writing and journal coaching practice. The next chapter was titled and the words began to hit the page like a flood. And not only one chapter or even one book. The creative force that was unleashed via that reaction would have likely passed me by and not gone on to help others who are finding a similar awakening by noticing the small details that abound. Things that begin to matter. The small things. The small beginnings.
Earlier this year my husband and I traveled to Cozumel, Mexico. We toured the San Gervasio Ruins. This was possible, due in no small part to some one who intentionally began to record information about this place. The Wikipedia link references go back to 1518 when the island was discovered by the Spanish. A mere 495 years ago.Originally not recorded in my language, but I can find the information and reference it to other important people, places and things, very simply put.
Since the moment my foot struck the cautiously navigable stones here, a beating in my chest about #legacy continues. My calling as a #journal coach for the purposes of awareness, wellness, plenty and peace was made concrete during this visit. I feel pressed to create an urgency for the discovery of your stories, and the intentional literary legacy that your life and your life's work represents.
I am alarmed at how some things are rapidly disappearing from out collective human nature. Scrapbooking is barely alive, almost a subculture of folks that know the power of having a physical, well-thought-out compilation of memories that can be passed between people. Held in their hands and shared around the coffee table when they get together, they recall other times, other people, and things. There are great new scrapbooking tools that allow for greater creativity and encourage the common sharing of the most simple treasured photos to milestones achieved over the course of time.
Then along comes the sweet treats and all the 'villes, and for the time spent doing these things, memories could be recorded on the same device. Record your memories for the purpose of sharing them with someone the next time you see them. For instance, write your children a story based on a memory from your childhood. Recall your favorite date with your lover for your next anniversary celebration. Buy a card and send it to someone just to say hello!
We are becoming more disconnected from each other by the minute, if we continue to be 'numbed-down' by the rewards of points, levels, and aquisition. Things that have no real physical value. Things that only exist in the 'bank of time spent' that we can never get back. I encourage you to make your moments count by leaving your mark on the world, for your family or for a purpose larger than yourself. Give a gift that continues to give. Something that others will treasure and hold dear. Your own awareness matters to others when you embrace it literally! Create through #journaling literacy legacy that shows where your footprints are.
The big rocks in the forefront of this photo are symbolic to me personally. Just getting to the house was a struggle. This culture made the best of what was a rocky situation. At these ruins, we saw hand prints on what is left of the buildings that were thought to be homes. They left their mark. Intentionally. And the literary legacy began. Something to write home about.
As promised, I am sharing my favorite high tech digital journal gear that I use most often. The reasons I use them are that they all sync with my computer, iPhone or iPad, and I can make little notes along the way; when and wherever the #inspiration occurs. Quite often, that inspiration comes in a single word that I later expand upon after meditation, research, or just plain rolling it around in my brain. This week's picture is my favorite mind mapping program Simple Minds+. What you see is an actual project that flew from my finger tips over the course of a long weekend, and nowhere near my laptop. One thought leads to topics, and then the words lead to lists. All was transfered off my iPad, to my desktop and then into a Word Document, where polish and shine was effortless.
I also use iDo Notepad (Diary/Journal). My favorite feature here is ease of search and see many notes at once. I email myself and others. I enjoy adding different fonts and colors to these notes, which often takes my thoughts on a different path. I can also make the font bigger while working on it and reading it if I need to. Sometimes my eyes are tired and need a little help! I can also do this in the dark, without disturbing my husband. I like to journal the last thoughts of the day.
I have recently discovered the Evernote family. Each time I use it I learn something new. That in itself makes me warm and fuzzy! There is a lot of information available in getting the most out of these applications available on the internet. We used it at work this week to document, photograph and email/include team members. I can see great potential in my future #listology (my term for part of planning process as well as progress), #JournalCoach client files, and my blogging production in general. There are many times when the creativity flows, in many forms. The process of using the creativity to #LeaveALegacy comes with shaping the ideas into something of value. To myself, and to you. What high tech digital gear you use is a process that helps you accomplish what you set out to do with your legacy. Next week I am writing about a #LiteraryLegacy.
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Guess what time it is?
It's back to school time! That means all of the journaler's tools are on sale! Oh, happy day for the journal enthusiasts!
These are my must-haves:
Your journal dollars go along way during this time. Please leave a comment about your favorite implement of
#art-ic-U-lation! Send this over to a friend who may be needing a little inspiration to make progress on their own journal journey. This is a valuable use of your time. Continue to leave a legacy in your writing. Create memories that bring you joy. Pick up the pen, and write!
I can only think of, oh let me be conservative, a thousand things I used to think I would never do. The older I get, the more important I look at the never-ending possibilities of what is being realized every day by so many people. When I came across this article today about late blooming artists, hope sprang eternal. It (hope) does that, alot with me, I know! And I am compelled to continue to beat the drum in these times of needing it more than ever. I believe I can influence at least one other person today to look at the bright side. In my gratitude for the many things that surround me, I know that I can make a difference in my own world that has a positive spin on the rest of the world, even if only a nudge.
So, if you need a little departure from what is spinning in your own mind, or the wah-wah-wah that the news KEEPS on tauting toxic ICK!, consider the talents of the artists mentioned in this article. I mean for it to inspire you, if you could use some of that. I encourage you to journal your thoughts if they are taking up valuable space in your mind. Get them out on paper where you can see them for what they really are. These are the things that you are telling yourself. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good-will and betterbfriendship? Is it beneficial to all concerned? Are you using your God-given talents to the best of your ability?
Deep questions. Do the real work. Make room for good things to think about. It's never too late for that.
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I am creating a journal series that asks questions that you respond to by creatively writing about what the question stirs up in your thinking. These are all born of my own experiences. I ran into this one that I cannot keep to myself until the journals are published.
Have I stirred something up in your thinking with this scenario? Leave me a comment below.
How do we get there from here? I have been totally seduced by this ships wheel. In my mind, it likely traveled many an adventure, going to many parts unknown. I am a lover of stories where the ship sails off into the sunrise. I do have my own bend on all the stories, as they all change based on my perspective. Just as the voyage can be changed by setting a new course, our story can change according to the plan we make, the roads we travel, the thoughts we think. Positive thinker that I am, can you imagine the places that I can go in my mind? That is exactly why the most important part of any journey is setting a course.
The ships wheel has a special significance for me. 8 A's come together in the center. Artful and Acknowledgment are two of the eight. I set a course 8 years ago that has taken me exactly where I wanted to go. I had no idea that I would visit the many places I have been since. I am not only referring to the physical destination travel that I have enjoyed with my husband during this time. I am also referencing the sobriety that has set the course for a life I could not even comprehend.
I am currently making all kinds of future plans. Making plans, setting a course, star-gazing to the next dream level and for navigational support. There is a central point where it all starts before the journey can proceed. The adventure lies ahead.
Janet L Arnold
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