I feel ridiculous calling you “my new project”. I mean you are so much more than that. But I don’t know what else to call you.

Do you have something you want me to call you?

[crickets]

Right. You don’t care what I call you.

No it’s not that I don’t care. It’s that it isn’t the question for you to focus on right now.

Alright then.

So. I wanted to talk to you today because I feel like I need to bring everything together. I mean I have been journaling with/about you in my huge giant journal and also in my huge art journal and also in my normal Year of Dreams journal and also in the tiny project journal.

project journals

You’re everywhere! I wonder if you are too spread out and I should consolidate.

Well you know that you’re on the right track. And I don’t care which journals you use – that’s more for your own sense of organisation and clarity.  I’m glad you’ve been doing your best to connect with me and create space for me to grow into what I am, instead of your usual pattern of wanting to control and shape what is coming through.

Yeah, I think I am getting better at this part.

Well – you’re ready now. You trust yourself and your work and you’re standing on a firm foundation. You couldn’t have worked in this way until now.  That’s part of why you feel the weight of this new project so heavily – you’re shifting how you work. This is a big deal. You’re opening the door to your best work.

I get the sense that “my best work” is a moving target.

Well of course it evolves as you do.

OK so it makes sense that making space for this project has been such a huge deal. It’s taking so much of my own energy plus it’s making a lot of demands in terms of me changing things up in my business to make space for it.

I am here to help evolve your work, yes.

So now I’m kind of laughing at myself for asking about what to call you. Yes – I have much more important questions to ponder. I’m also seeing how I need to make better use of my energy and not follow the questions that don’t matter.

Like leaving Facebook.

Yeah, feels like that will free up a lot of energy that was just wasted.

It’s not like you’ll take every second you used to spend on Facebook being super productive. It’s more like you’ll be forced to look for higher quality sources of down time.  I mean literally sitting and staring out the window is already a much higher quality way to spend your time – you can feel that already. It opens up possibility, it protects your energy because you’re not being inundated so everyone else’s stuff.

Everything that you already know about holding and using your power. Do that.

Well yeah. I’m excited about finding my next steps with this.

So I guess, when I said “So. I wanted to talk to you today because I feel like I need to bring everything together” I mean – I want to check in and make sure I’m on the right track.

You are.

Because these next steps feel really big. I mean it’s a ton of small steps that need to be co-ordinated together to create this shift.

And as I’ve been sitting with this and exploring all of it I am amazed at how it addresses my needs but also addresses the needs of the people who work with me. Like it makes everything better for everyone -me and the people who engage with my free stuff and the members of the Creative Dream Circle.

It also addresses some of the big shifts I’ve been seeing in how people engage online and I think it will help new people find me without me doing the “business things” that I am not comfortable with. It’s like it’s a way to cut through the noise with vulnerability and authenticity and the actual power of creative energy – instead of being louder or making ridiculous promises to draw people in.

I mean – it’s magic.

Well yeah. That’s how this works. You know that. One idea can serve many different things. These are the kinds of ideas you get when you slow down to listen deeper in the way that you have been these past few weeks.

OK so now I feel more sure that I am on the right path. I guess I wanted to check-in before diving into the “work” part.

I do want to dive into that and just run wild with my creativity while getting all of this work done while trusting that this deeper, quieter, planning work I’ve done has created a strong enough structure to hold and shape my creative flow.

Yup – that’s what I think is going to happen. That work of creating a strong enough structure to hold and shape your creative flow – that’s why you’ve been so exhausted lately. You built a real sturdy thing there, it’s just invisible.

Wow. OK so I’m going to get to work then.

I’m also circling back to my question about the journals – I want to keep this connection to you. So I will do that in my project planning journal. A daily check-in.

That sounds perfect. And again – that’s for YOU, not me. So if you want to change how you do that – that’s cool with me. Do what you need to do to connect to me – I am always here and always open to you.

We’re doing the Hello Day Journal Practice together, every day for 30 days. I’ll share the prompts here on my blog and also on Instagram – where you can join in with pictures of your Hello Day journal, using the hastag #hellodayjournal

I’m using my Hello Day Guided Journal + Coloring Book for this – it has a “Hello Day” doodle to colour and a different prompt for each day. You can get your own copy on Amazon:

USA: Amazon.com | Canada: Amazon.ca | Great Britain: Amazon.uk | Europe: Amazon.de

Or you can play along in your own journal.

Our prompt for Day 30 – I am ready to:

The past 30 days were a journey.  Where did it take you?

What’s next on your path? What are you ready to do now?

This is the thing I love so much about journaling – how the simple act of meeting yourself on the page can bring you to where you need to be.

I hope you have experienced some of that magic too – I know I have really enjoyed sharing this with you!

This is the end of the 30 days but hopefully not the end of your practice!

What parts of the Hello Day Journal Challenge would you like to integrate into your journaling practice?

 

 

We’re doing the Hello Day Journal Practice together, every day for 30 days. I’ll share the prompts here on my blog and also on Instagram – where you can join in with pictures of your Hello Day journal, using the hastag #hellodayjournal

I’m using my Hello Day Guided Journal + Coloring Book for this – it has a “Hello Day” doodle to colour and a different prompt for each day. You can get your own copy on Amazon:

USA: Amazon.com | Canada: Amazon.ca | Great Britain: Amazon.uk | Europe: Amazon.de

Or you can play along in your own journal.

Our prompt for Day 29 – I feel hopeful about:

We started with hopefulness and we are ending with hopefulness.

After 30 days of making quality time for yourself in your Hello Day Journal, what are you hopeful about now?

Has this changed from what you were hopeful about in the beginning of this journey? After you finish journaling today, look back to what you wrote on Day 1 to compare them.

 

We’re doing the Hello Day Journal Practice together, every day for 30 days. I’ll share the prompts here on my blog and also on Instagram – where you can join in with pictures of your Hello Day journal, using the hastag #hellodayjournal

I’m using my Hello Day Guided Journal + Coloring Book for this – it has a “Hello Day” doodle to colour and a different prompt for each day. You can get your own copy on Amazon:

USA: Amazon.com | Canada: Amazon.ca | Great Britain: Amazon.uk | Europe: Amazon.de

Or you can play along in your own journal.

Our prompt for Day 28 – Today I’d Like To Pretend:

I like this way this prompt can stretch your perspective.

There are a lot of ways you can play with pretending that actually help you in practical ways, like:

  • If you have a difficult work situation you can spend the day pretending that it’s easy or pretend you enjoy it and see what ideas come out of that.
  • If you have a dream that feels impossible you can pretend it’s already here and see what you can learn about it that way.

I am not a big believer in “fake it till you make it”as a dream strategy.

Fighting reality is just not a pleasant way to live. Pretending to be someone/somewhere you’re not actually cuts you off from your power.

Being where you are while staying committed to moving along the path that leads to where you want to be – that is powerful.

But I do like “fake it for a day and see what you can learn about it”.

This kind of pretending can shift your perspective to show you new solutions to the obstacles you face on the path to your dream.  Or it can help you fill up on the energy and qualities of your dream.

Or it can just be fun to play make-believe sometimes.

Our next (free! online) Journal Party is happening TODAY! Our special guest is Connie Solera from Dirty Footprints Studio!

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

We’re doing the Hello Day Journal Practice together, every day for 30 days. I’ll share the prompts here on my blog and also on Instagram – where you can join in with pictures of your Hello Day journal, using the hastag #hellodayjournal

I’m using my Hello Day Guided Journal + Coloring Book for this – it has a “Hello Day” doodle to colour and a different prompt for each day. You can get your own copy on Amazon:

USA: Amazon.com | Canada: Amazon.ca | Great Britain: Amazon.uk | Europe: Amazon.de

Or you can play along in your own journal.

Our prompt for Day 27 – I Hope I Get To:

This is a “gently optimistic” question to explore as you start your day.

We all know about the magic of setting intentions for how you want your day to go. But that kind of work can easily go overboard into trying to control the universe, beating yourself up when things don’t go your way or becoming a slave to your to-do list. It can close you to the magic of life.

Playing light and loose with intention tends to open up space for helpful things to come in. Like knowing what you want and being hopeful about it and open to it – instead of trying to force it into being.

Our next (free! online) Journal Party is happening tomorrow! Our special guest is Connie Solera from Dirty Footprints Studio!

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

We’re doing the Hello Day Journal Practice together, every day for 30 days. I’ll share the prompts here on my blog and also on Instagram – where you can join in with pictures of your Hello Day journal, using the hastag #hellodayjournal

I’m using my Hello Day Guided Journal + Coloring Book for this – it has a “Hello Day” doodle to colour and a different prompt for each day. You can get your own copy on Amazon:

USA: Amazon.com | Canada: Amazon.ca | Great Britain: Amazon.uk | Europe: Amazon.de

Or you can play along in your own journal.

30 Day Journal Challenge! Day 26

(Those are my Journaling Cards For Magic + Insight in the picture)

Our prompt for Day 26 – If I Could Change One Thing I Would:

I know it can feel silly to imagine like this.

Like that’s the point? I don’t have a magic wand that I can wave and have things change.

Well that’s true. But as a creative being you actually have the power to create what you want in your life.

It’s not as easy as waving a wand. You’ve got to work for the things that matter.

Personally I think living your true, authentic live is a thing that is worth working for but that’s a thing that each of us has to decide for ourselves.

For today – let’s just pretend and play around with this prompt to see what it leads you to. Imagination can open up new doorways…

Our next (free! online) Journal Party is happening June 13 – our special guest is Connie Solera from Dirty Footprints Studio!

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

We’re doing the Hello Day Journal Practice together, every day for 30 days. I’ll share the prompts here on my blog and also on Instagram – where you can join in with pictures of your Hello Day journal, using the hastag #hellodayjournal

I’m using my Hello Day Guided Journal + Coloring Book for this – it has a “Hello Day” doodle to colour and a different prompt for each day. You can get your own copy on Amazon:

USA: Amazon.com | Canada: Amazon.ca | Great Britain: Amazon.uk | Europe: Amazon.de

Or you can play along in your own journal.

30 Day Journal Challenge! Day 25

Our prompt for Day 25 – I Want To Feel:

The “normal way” to live in our world is so disconnected from our feelings that we don’t know how we feel or how we want to feel.

This leaves us all tangled up inside and unable to access our real power to create our lives.

And of course we disconnect form our feelings – they’re really uncomfortable sometimes! There are a lot of things in the world to be afraid of and frustrated about and angry with.

But there are also a lot of things in the world to be delighted and inspired by and to get all lit up about.

And your life happens inside you – how you feel is actually everything, it’s how you experience life.

So how do you want to feel? Please don’t say “happy” or “good”.

Dig deeper. Be specific.

See if you can invite these feelings and qualities in right now.

Our next (free! online) Journal Party is happening June 13 – our special guest is Connie Solera from Dirty Footprints Studio!

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

We’re doing the Hello Day Journal Practice together, every day for 30 days. I’ll share the prompts here on my blog and also on Instagram – where you can join in with pictures of your Hello Day journal, using the hastag #hellodayjournal

I’m using my Hello Day Guided Journal + Coloring Book for this – it has a “Hello Day” doodle to colour and a different prompt for each day. You can get your own copy on Amazon:

USA: Amazon.com | Canada: Amazon.ca | Great Britain: Amazon.uk | Europe: Amazon.de

Or you can play along in your own journal.

30 Day Journal Challenge! Day 24

Our prompt for Day 24 – I Am Looking Forward To:

Today we’re back focusing on the positive.

Looking forward is a form of calling in. I look forward to good things happening and I become a magnet for good things that are looking for a place to land.

Now, we always start with Hello Day which is all about being present. So then when you write about what you are looking forward to – try to hold that energy with you, here in the present.

Don’t zoom off into the future.

Stay here and build that energy of expectancy in your present moment.

See if you can tell the difference in how it feels to stay present in the present and look forward to something, and focusing on the future and not staying present.

Living in a state of expectancy is powerful but living in the future is not.

Our next (free! online) Journal Party is happening June 13 – our special guest is Connie Solera from Dirty Footprints Studio!

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

—> Reserve your spot here (this gives you access to both the live event and the recording)

Journal Parties are free, one-hour creative playdates where we hang out together with our journals and chat. I’ll pick a few journaling prompts to get us started and then we’ll just play together… journaling, chatting, exploring.

The magic of journaling plus the support of community.

Journal parties will happen live online on streaming video. Plus they’ll all be recorded so if you can’t be there live you can journal along with us while you watch the replay.

Even though we’re all in our own homes for this, it’s amazing how we all end up feeling less alone by the end of the hour.

I’ll host them, and each one has a special guest (a journaling teacher that I admire) and *everyone* is invited to play with us!

Our next journal party is happening June 13 and our special guest is Connie Solera from Dirty Footprints Studio!

—> Click here to reserve your spot now. (This gets you a spot in the live event plus access to the recording)

Connie Solera is an artist, writer, and creative instigator with over 20 years experience teaching art professionally, a lifetime of slapping paint around, a fervent entrepreneurial spirit, and a burning devotion to all things creative, wild, and true.

Connie is another person I have known since I started out online – a true creative kindred spirit. If you don’t know her yet, I know you’re going to love her.

We’re going to have a great time together.

—> Click here to reserve your spot now! (This gets you a spot in the live event plus access to the recording)

We’re doing the Hello Day Journal Practice together, every day for 30 days. I’ll share the prompts here on my blog and also on Instagram – where you can join in with pictures of your Hello Day journal, using the hastag #hellodayjournal

I’m using my Hello Day Guided Journal + Coloring Book for this – it has a “Hello Day” doodle to colour and a different prompt for each day. You can get your own copy on Amazon:

USA: Amazon.com | Canada: Amazon.ca | Great Britain: Amazon.uk | Europe: Amazon.de

Or you can play along in your own journal.

Our prompt for Day 23 – I Am Tired Of:

Yesterday we focused on being positive and focusing on what you want to enjoy in your day.

Well, taking some time to vent what you’re tired of is really helpful too.

When I first started journaling  I mostly used my journal as a place to complain about things.

My journals didn’t help me change my life at all. They gave me space to vent but not much more, because I didn’t have the skills yet to change things.

When I first discovered the book Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain it quickly became my “life bible” and I started filling my journals with collages and dream boards.

After a decade of visualizing and thinking positive and dream boarding with very few positive results – I decided to look deeper. I started taking more in-depth classes and exploring my blocks to understand how to make my dreams real for real.

And my journals changed again.

It was in embracing my wholeness that I found the power to make my biggest dreams real.

Meeting myself where I really am. Facing my fears and doubts as well as my gifts and strengths.

So that’s why this prompt is here.

What are you tired of? Let’s take a look at what’s not working for you anymore so that you have a chance of changing it – because you can never change what you won’t acknowledge.