Journal Party! Feb 21. Free, Live, Online. You, me + Susannah Conway!

—> Grab the recording here!

Community. Creativity. Magic.

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.

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.

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

Our first Journal Party is happening on February 21, our special guest will be Susannah Conway!

—> Grab the recording here!

Susannah Conway is the author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart and LONDONTOWN: A Photographic Tour of the City’s Delights. A writer, photographer and teacher, her classes have been enjoyed by thousands of people from over 50 countries around the world. Co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids, Susannah helps others remember their true selves, using creativity as the key to open the door. Visit her at SusannahConway.com and say hi on Instagram.

OMG you, me and Susannah – we’re going to have so much fun!

This is free but you must register to get your link into our online party room:

—> Grab the recording here!

See you there!

 

I was going to release my book today but…

I don’t know if it’s in spite of everything that’s happening in the world and how terrified I feel by it all – or in LIGHT of it – but I feel more inspired and motivated right now than I have felt in a long time.

I am working CRAZY hours and loving every second of it. It feels important to me that the Creative Dream Incubator be working overtime right now to send out more inspiration, light and magic into the world.

This week I did the Creative Planning + Project Management group coaching circle (you can still grab the recording right here) which was so fun and inspiring I want to do a LOT more of these…

So the next one will be on LAUNCHING Your Creative Project Out Into The World and it’s happening on Feb 28.

(Find out more + reserve your spot here.)

And while we’re on the subject of putting your creative work out there…. I had a message prepared to go right here to go here to let you know that my book is launching today.

Edited to add: It’s there now!!!! Go looooook! 

You Got This. Guided Journal and Colouring Book for Dissolving Doubt and Bolstering Your Capacity to Believe In Yourself.

you got this guided journal and coloring book

Except now it’s not.

Since this is my first time self-publishing, I have things to learn about the process!  I was waiting until today to click the final confirmation, because the site said once I clicked it, the book would be available.

So then I clicked it this morning, and now it says the book will be available on Amazon in 3-5 days.

So – these are the things you learn when you do something new for the first time!

And again – it’s there now! OMG! Go look!

It’s on sale until Feb 14 for $10 as a Celebratory Introductory price, the regular price will be $15.

As always, I want to share the REAL stories of making my dreams real – including the parts where I mess up and things don’t quite work out.

Because you don’t stretch out of your comfort zone without fumbling around a bit.

And the more comfortable you can get with fumbling around the more you can stretch that comfort zone so it can fit more of your dreams inside it.

Creative Planning + Project Management Call is tomorrow

You want a plan that makes you excited to bounce out of bed in the morning and get to work, yes?

Or, at the very least, you want to feel like you know what you’re doing.

Because the curse of creativity is also the gift of creativity: an abundance of amazing ideas. And the creative mind which comes up with all of these ideas tends to have a difficult time corralling them into finished projects.

I love this idea but what do I DO? How do I plan? What do I need to do to make sure I get the work done this time?

You want to have enough of a plan to give you the direction and support you need, but you also want enough freedom to make space for the magic to happen. Finding that balance can be tricky, to put it mildly.

You want to believe in yourself, your project and your creative voice.

But sometimes the planning process itself can be a challenge, I mean there is nothing like planning to step out of your comfort zone to wake up your inner critics!

And then you’re tangling with self-doubt instead of drawing up a plan. And you wind up just stuck.

We’ve all been there.

Tomorrow’s call on Creative Planning + Project Management we’ll explore this together.  You’ll get:

 

Clarity on where planning mishaps come from and what to do about them. Plus a healing process for releasing fear/shame/guilt/frustration about past planning mishaps so you’re ready to plan from a fresh slate.

 

I’ll share how I used to plan (like an absolute maniac and then I’d work my tail off to keep up with my to-do list while still not hitting my goals and getting crazy stressed) and how I plan now in a more creative, nourishing, holistic way that honours my creativity and energy levels.

(Since I started planning in this way, I actually work less and accomplish more – plus I think I do better work.)

Plus, of course the magic that comes from gathering with creative kindred spirits to explore and grow together, including the chance to get on-the-spot coaching from me during the call to help you transform your personal planning pitfalls.

 

Find out more + reserve your spot here.

 

Looking forward to exploring this with you,

The “anti-plan” plan. How to get things done when you can’t make a plan (or just don’t want to)

the anti-plan plan

Last week I wrote about how I tend to make detailed plans.

Detailed plans are usually necessary for me, since I have so many projects on the go at once, plus I have all of the regular tasks of running a business by myself.

Having a thoughtful and organised plan helps me get more done with less effort – every time I sit down to work I don’t waste time figuring out where I’m at and what really needs to be done, because it’s all right there in my project management software.

But some projects don’t need that kind of planning.

Some projects have so many unknowns that making a plan is kind of ridiculous.

And sometimes you just don’t feel like planning.

But you still want to do move forward with your creative projects!

Introducing the anti-plan creative project plan.

This is the planning approach I use when I’m doing something I’ve never done before and have no clue how to make it happen so really can’t make a plan.

First you ask yourself how much time you can devote to your project.

An hour a week?

Ten minutes a day?

A day a month?

Two evenings a week?

Doesn’t matter how much or how little, just write down how much time you can (and will!) devote to your project.

If you use a daytimer then schedule this “creative project time” into it.

If you don’t use a daytimer write this down on a sheet of paper and leave it where you’ll see it, to remind yourself of your commitment.

Or set up reminders on your phone – whatever is going to work for you so you don’t forget that you’re doing this.

Then: spend time with your project.

When you get to this time in your schedule while you have allocated to your creative project, work on your project:

  • If you’re inspired to do something specific – do that. Don’t worry about the finished project and how all the different parts will need to come together- just create forward movement by doing what you are inspired to do in the moment.
  • If you have a bunch of ideas of what you could do and aren’t sure what to do to – list them then do the one that feels the easiest or most fun to start in the time you have allotted to it.

ALL that matters is that you’re doing something.

But what if you’re stuck?

Well, the aim is to spend time with your project.

Actually working on it is usually the ideal way to spend time with your project – but not always and there are lots of other fun ways to hang out with your project, like:

  • Writing a love letter to it.
  • Creating a vision board (or page in your journal) of your completed project.
  • Writing about why you want to do this project and what you hope will change once you’ve done it.
  • Writing out all of the questions you have about the project.
  • Doing the practice that I teach in my free class Give Your Dream Wings to connect with the essence of your project or just meditating on your project
  • Visualize your completed project and really get into how you’re going to feel while you’re creating it.
  • Research! Find out how other people have made similar things happen.  Explore what all of your options are.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Your devotion to your project will turn into creative momentum if you keep showing up and hanging out with it.

Spending time with your project, even when it’s not “productive work time”, is vital.

Working on a creative project is the same as any creative dream – there is this invisible process happening that is much larger and more important than the “real life physical work” part.

By spending time connecting with your project you keep yourself in this process.

It’s through this invisible process that you stretch and grow into your project.  You become the person who can make this happen through this process – you don’t start out already as that person.

And you certainly can’t WAIT to become that person first! If you feel inspired to do something that means you’re ready to begin this process NOW.

You’re ready.

Go hang out with your project and see what happens…

And if you want to explore more about making your creative projects HAPPEN – I’m hosting a Creative Planning + Project Management call where we’ll dive in deeper so you can understand more clearly where planning mishaps come from and what to do about them.

I’ll be sharing detailed stories of my own planning pitfalls and successes plus answering questions, offering suggestions and coaching people through the places where they get stuck in their planning process.

It’s happening Feb 7.

Find out more and reserve your spot.

How to plan so you actually follow through – even on those days when you don’t feel like working.

I’m writing a lot about creative planning to help me get ready for a special Creative Dream Coaching Circle I am offering on Creative Planning and Project Management on Feb 7.

Last week I wrote about why planning is so hard sometimes. Today’s post is about making detailed plans – but this isn’t applicable to all kinds of creative projects.  My next post will be about a super-simple “anti-planning” plan that works really well too.

plan and follow through

Do any of these sound familiar?

I want to write a book, but I’m not sure where to start. Get an agent? Get a book deal? Write the thing? I don’t know, and it makes me uncomfortable so I don’t do anything.

(Books get written when writers write.)

I have a business plan for my creative business but, I don’t know, I haven’t done anything yet. I guess I’m not sure I know where to start, so I don’t start.

(No one will find your creative work if you don’t put it out there. Starting anywhere is better than not starting at all.)

I have this idea for a series of paintings I am CRAZY inspired about, but I can’t seem to, like, get to work. I don’t know, I just don’t have time. How do you fit a really big creative project into your schedule anyway?

(You do the work by doing the work. There really is no way around that.  If all you have is ten minutes a day – then do ten minutes a day. That will certainly get you there faster than waiting for your “ideal conditions fantasy” which is never going to come true)

What’s going on?

First: there is this creative tension between planning for what you want to create in the future and being present in your creative energy in the moment.

You want to direct where you are going by having clear intentions.

But you don’t want to become a slave to your to-do list.   I mean you’re an artist! You want to be free and creative.

This creative tension is why so many creative types resist planning, but on some level I think we all know that when you resist structure, you sabotage your dream (follow the link for a video I did on that).

Second: your creative project is likely connected to a creative dream of yours.  So all the normal “OMG I HAVE A DREAM” stuff tends to come up, like: inner critics, limiting belief systems, comfort zones that are impossible to get out of, etc.

(For the sake of simplicity, consider a creative dream the big picture of how you want to live your life and your creative project is a specific project that supports your dream. For example, my biggest dream is to move towards my creative and spiritual potential (AKA be who I actually am) and one of my creative projects is the Year of Dreams 2017.  A dream can have a lot of different projects.)

Whatever your personal issue with planning is – it’s likely more about those two things than it is about planning itself.

Planning is simple.

It seems complicated when something else is tangled up.

Usually facing that something else is so uncomfortable that we just say “Oh planning doesn’t work for me, I’m too creative” and in doing that we shut the whole thing down.

So then you don’t have to face the uncomfortable thing.  But you also don’t get to move forward with your project.

If you’re willing to get uncomfortable in order to bring your creative projects to life, read on.

Here is how I handle it:

First, the completed project is my guiding light, the plan is NOT my guiding light.

My plan is a map I draw of what I think the path to my completed project looks like. But I keep in mind that I could be wrong.

Each time I take a step – my perspective changes and I know more about this project and what it needs.  So the steps that I map out before I even begin the work are just guesses.

I need to make these guesses to give myself some kind of idea of where I’m going and how to get there but I have to be willing and able to change the plan as I move along that path.  So I stay VERY flexible.

To keep my completed project as my guiding light, I connect with the essence of my project every day and find out what it needs.

This is similar to what I teach in my free class Give Your Dream Wings about learning how to connect with the essence of your dream.

That process, done for 5-10 minutes a day, keeps the flow of inspiration, motivation and magic moving strong.  It’s not a substitute for doing the work of course, but it helps make the work more possible on days when it feels impossible.

That process is also how I get the intuitive ideas and information about what next steps to take to move my project forward. – and then I adjust my plan accordingly.

Staying flexible and able to adjust the plan is easier to do when you are super organised.

To organise my tasks, I group my work by different types.  For example, this is what is involved in most of my current projects:

brainstorming
planning
writing: rough
writing: editing/final copies
admin prep: website, shopping cart, back-end stuff
drawing/creating

(You will have different categories depending on the kind of creative work you do and how you like to group tasks together)

So when I talk about planning out the project, it means I have written out what needs to happen for each stage.

First I list everything I need to do.

This includes writing out questions like “figure out how to do ____” and “research what is the best tool for  _____”.

Don’t let “not knowing” stop you! There is no reason to already know everything before you start – you learn as you go.

And then I give each task a deadline.

Some tasks have to follow other tasks. Some tasks have natural deadlines. Some tasks I have to pick deadlines for (if I put a task without a deadline into my planning system that means I’ll never do it).

If it’s complicated I draw out a flowchart first to help me see how it will all fit together, then I put everything into Asana (I like Asana but use whatever you like!) with sub-tasks and due dates.

I know this is boring and annoying.

I do it anyway because when all of the details are scheduled I can relax.  And when I can relax, I make space for my creative genius to come out to play.

Some people can be totally relaxed without being organsised.  That’s great – except that those people tend to get stressed out at the next step – when they start dropping balls because they’re not organised enough to move the project forward.

So – get organised.

It’s MUCH more annoying and time consuming the first few times you do this.  Once you get used to organising your projects in this way it gets much faster to dump all of the details into some kind of project management software.

And be practical about how much work you can actually do.

I give myself lots of white space in my schedule.

I set deadlines that don’t feel tight. I say no to a lot of opportunities in order to have lots of space for my own creative projects.  I put some of my projects on hold to give my attention to other projects.  I do what I need to do to protect that white space.

I’ve also been working at this business full time for the past 6 years so I have a good sense now of how long things will take me to do. When I started out I did NOT have that sense, and I consistently planned to finish work much faster than I was actually able to and then trying to keep up with my plans was a bit of a nightmare.

So I recommend being generous with your timing.

If your deadlines are too tight and something comes along and derails you (as life has a tendency to do) it’s a lot harder to get back on track.

Shit’s going to happen, be committed to keep working the best you can anyway. It’s the only way to get your project done.

One really cool thing about being super organised: you get to be super picky.

When I am uber-organised like this, that means I can pick and choose what I do on any given day.

See, the deadlines are there to let me know when a task really needs to be done by, but, with lots of white space in my schedule, I tend to complete my tasks at least a few weeks before that.

This means I am free to choose each day what kind of task I want to do – so I get to work with where my creative energy actually is on my given day!

This is how you get more work done with less effort.

This is also how you get to feel free and creative while staying organised and on track.

  • Some days I’m just in more of a brainstorming kind of space, I just want to drink lattes and explore in my journal.
  • Some days I feel like I am swimming in ideas and I want to organize them into groups.
  • Some days I want to take all the brainstorming and rough writing and put it together and edit it into something useful.
  • Some days I just want to drink tea and draw.

It really depends on where I’m at. Forcing myself to be somewhere I am not has never worked for me.

When my daily routine gives me lots of space to focus on the kind of work I want to do on a particular day – I don’t rebel against the tasks that I don’t like so much, like the admin stuff.

I do it cheerfully because I see how it’s supporting the rest of my work.  And because I’m spending most of the day doing what I feel like doing, so it’s no big deal to spend an hour doing something kind of tedious.

And because I am still connected with the essence of my project every day, and deeply committed to getting the project done – I tend to gravitate towards wanting to do the things that most need doing.

(This is one of the magical side-effects of connecting with the essence of your project)

Again – the key is being VERY organised while also staying VERY connected to the essence of your project.

I know – it’s more complicated than this!

For one thing – your inner critics and (mostly unconscious) limiting patterns are going to influence both how you plan and how you implement your plans.  So doing the inner work is also necessary to keep your project moving forward.

And some projects have so many “unknowns” that there just isn’t a way to make a plan.  (I’m going to write about that in my next post – how to make a simple “anti-plan” that gets you moving forward anyway).

I mean – creative planning is SUCH a big topic.

If you want to explore this with me – I’m hosting a Creative Planning + Project Management call where we’ll dive in deeper so you can understand more clearly where planning mishaps come from and what to do about them.

I’ll be sharing detailed stories of my own planning pitfalls and successes plus answering questions, offering suggestions and coaching people through the places where they get stuck in their planning process.

It’s happening Feb 7.

Find out more and reserve your spot.

Creative Planning: Why is it so hard sometimes?

why is planning so hard sometimes?

You want a plan that makes you excited to bounce out of bed in the morning and get to work.

Or at the very least, you want to feel like you know what you’re doing.

Which is a pretty small dream to have so why is it so illusive sometimes?

We tend to think if we can just get our shit together and come up with a good plan – then we can make our creative dreams real.

But it’s a lot more complicated than that.

Planning is where the invisible ethereal essence and vision of your dream coalesce with outer-world action and work and transform into a real, live, fully birthed creative project.

I mean that’s kind of a big deal.

So even thought we’ve all failed at creative planning I think we should pat ourselves on the back just for stepping onto the field and giving it a shot.

This is brave work.

And over the next few weeks I’m going to be blogging about creative planning in hopes of offering some insight and ideas to help you brave the many pitfalls of the creative planning process.

Starting at the beginning.

Before you can make a workable plan you have to know WHY you want a plan.

I mean I know this seems obvious, but give this a chance – really give this some thought.

  • I want to feel sure about how to make this happen.
  • I want to feel organized.
  • I want to feel confident that I know what to do.

Then, once you have some answers that feel true – dig deeper.

  • I want to feel sure about how to make this happen BECAUSE: I’m worried that it’s not going to work out. I need to see it all planned out in black and white before I am going to believe that I can really do this.
  • I want to feel organized BECAUSE: I feel so disorganized and like I just don’t know what to do or how to do it. When I think about this I feel chaotic and frustrated.
  • I want to feel confident that I know what to do BECAUSE: I don’t trust myself to follow through. I have tried and given up so many times before.

You need to work with the uncomfortable feeling that gets triggered when you dig deeper, otherwise those feelings will take over and sabotage your planning process without you even noticing.

You want to create a plan that is supportive of you, your creative process and the result you are looking for.

To get there you need to do your planning from a place of deep alignment with your inner wisdom, your creative genius and the heart and soul of your creative project.

Because otherwise you are unconsciously planning from your inner critics, un-helpful patterns and limiting beliefs.

So you start by clearing out those feelings, first by naming them.

Everyone wants to skip this step but it’s the most important step.

So – go do it.

Now.

Ask yourself WHY you want to plan. And then dig deeper into your answers.

And, as I said, I’ll be writing about creative planning for the next few weeks so we can keep exploring this together.

Then, on Feb 7 I’m offering a special Creative Dream Coaching Circle on Creative Planning and Project Management.

Crystal clear clarity on where planning mishaps come from and what to do about them.

 

Find out more and reserve your spot right here.

Did things kind of fall apart for you this week too?

So I had a live streaming video class planned on Tuesday, I’d worked hard on it and was excited to share, and 500 people were signed up to attend…..

and then I couldn’t “go live”

It was a known glitch that I had not encountered yet in the software I was using. There was an update available which would have fixed the glitch, but upgrading to the new software meant a whole new system – both for me and for the participants.

Since this was the fifth class in this series, and the people attending live were getting comfortable with the system, I didn’t want to change over for the last one.

I thought my luck would hold.

And I checked with my intuition and also with the heart and soul (essence) of both my business and this free tele-class series and all beings were in agreements that this was the way to go.

Which is why I felt so stressed out that it “didn’t work”.

(Didn’t work in quotes because, of course, when you are doing your best to do the inner work of growing into your own potential and your creative dreams – life happens FOR you, not TO you. But that’s easy to forget in the moment when things don’t go the way you think they should!)

So I sent out the email with notice that the class would not happen and that I would record it on my own.

I hate to disappoint people, and I know people had booked the time and made plans to be there with me live, so I decided to share the recording for free for 3 days instead of 1 day, as I had been doing with the other classes in this series.

When I record classes on my own without an audience, I am more focused. I mean obviously! I’m not reading what people are saying and responding to comments and getting distracted as new comments keep coming in while I’m responding to a different comment.

I mean a LOT of magic comes out of that connection too and it’s an ideal format for when we are exploring together, as we were doing on the dream-finding and obstacle-releasing and intention-setting classes and magic-making classes that we did in this series.

But for the altar class, it was ok for me to be there on my own, showing you my altars and talking you through the process.

And, because the recording is available longer – more people have a chance to see it! In the last 24 hours I’ve been inundated with emails from people who got to see the class because I had it out there longer. So that’s awesome.

Creating and working with altars is a big part of my own practice for how I live with my dreams, so I am happy to be able to share this more widely.

And, as I share in the class – it’s how I shifted one of my own biggest “stucks” and went from being single for over a decade to finding my soulmate. (And while I was very happy alone, I am even happier with him.)

So this class is available to watch for free for one more day!

Watch it here!

And if you had things not go the way you’d planned this week, maybe you can explore the idea that life is happening FOR you and not TO you to see if you can find some gifts in it.

Yes – for all of your astrologers out there we are in mercury retrograde and technical problems can be expected. I actually LOVE mercury retrograde because it’s an opportunity (often a forced opportunity) to slow down and look more deeply. When I work with it I learn more about myself, I get important information needed to untangle limiting patterns – and I end up more free.

Some new ideas have come out of this experience for me, the EXACT new ideas I needed to solidify what I want to do next in my business – so now I feel more grounded and clear about my plans for what to do in 2017.

And I do believe with all of my heart that when we dig in and explore the places where everything falls apart – we can find magic there.

You. Your dream. 2017. Yes.

It’s New Year’s Eve.

I can’t be the only one who struggles a bit with New Year’s Eve, right?  I mean I love to hang out with my friends and have fun – but starting a fresh new year all worn out because I was out way past my bedtime has never really felt right to me.

This year that came into balance for me – my best friend had a party at her farm which started at 11am.  We had games and skating and bonfires and cute animals and I had a great time and I was home, and in my PJs, by 6:30 (!) for a beautiful evening of tea and journaling.

AND none of my neighbours had a party! It’s blissfully quiet in the Dream Loft.

Tomorrow, Jan 1, 2017, I am celebrating my 6 year anniversary of leaving my day job to live my dreams full time.

So this time of year always feels special to me.

I mean obviously you can take the leap any time you want, but Jan 1 does have some special magic to it.

And if you’re using Jan 1 as a diving board into your dreams, I want to invite you to join me for the Year of Dreams Dream Planner, Guided Journal and Colouring Book.

The Year of Dreams is is a magical year-long journaling collage kit I made that helps you make your dream real.

You can watch the video below or find out more about it here.

I do hope you’ll join us for this – when it comes to making dreams real, we are definitely stronger together.

We’ve already got a group of delightful and inspiring creative dreamers gathered for this and YOU will fit right in.

BUT no pressure!

We start tomorrow, but the doors will stay open so you can join when the time is right for you.

And if you’re interested but not quite ready to take the plunge – you can follow my journey with the Year of Dreams on Instagram where I’ll be sharing photos and stories.

Wishing you all the best in 2017!

Free Class Jan 3: Building Your Dream Altar to Focus and Direct Your Magical Intention for 2017

This is the LAST class in the series of free classes I’ve been doing to help you build your solid foundation for a magical and fulfilling 2017.

I’ve been running these classes since Nov 29 and we’ve had such an amazing time – I can’t wait to get together with you one last time.

build your dream altar

Your mission: to have the most ridiculously amazing 2017 ever

Your dream altar is a tool that can help you get there.

Your dream altar helps you collect and stabilize the energy of your dream, which helps to invite the physical manifestation of your dream into your life.

It’s also a place to do your dream-growing practices, and a reminder to do them every day.

It’s a fun and creative way to keep you in the magic of making your dream real. I think of my own dream altars as miracle-generators because that’s how they have worked for me.

 

So let’s do this. The Dream Altar class is happening on Jan 3 and it’s free.

** Click here to register now **(this class already happened – the recording is now available only inside the Creative Dream Circle)

This class is perfect for you if:

  • Some parts of your dream feel impossible and you feel like you need some extra magical support
  • You don’t always have enough time to devote to your dreams
  • You want to feel more connected to your dream
  • You just like the idea of having a dream altar and want to explore more

 

** Click here to register now ** (this class already happened – the recording is now available only inside the Creative Dream Circle)

In this class I’ll share photos of my altars and talk more about how I use them.

I’ll lead you through a process of connecting with the essence of your dream to get your dream’s help in how to build your unique altar.

We’ll have time for questions, though one isn’t as much of a coaching circle as a how-to class.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

All classes will happen on Tuesdays at 1:00pm, Central Standard time, North America – when you register there’s an option to see what time this is in your time zone.

Classes will be about 60 minutes long (they may go longer if there are lots of questions but they will definitely not be more than 90 minutes).

These are live streaming video classes in a private classroom. You’ll be able to type questions, or if you want to talk to me I can bring you onto the line as long as you’ve got a microphone on your computer, have a google account and are using a headset or earbuds.

YES all classes will be recorded and the recordings will be available for free for 24 hours.

After 24 hours the recordings will only be available inside Creative Dream Circle.

And when you sign up, if you’re not already on my email list, you also get my free 10 day class Give Your Dream Wings – I highly recommend starting that class right away as it will help you get more out of the other classes.

 

 

And – of course – the Year of Dreams 2017  is starting Jan 1!

The Year of Dreams 2017 Dream Planner, Guided Journal and Colouring Book is a magical year-long journaling collage kit that helps you make your dream real.

Find out more here. I hope you’ll join us for this!

Creative Journal Prompts For The New Year: 2017

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These prompts are for playing and creating with.

Use them as little diving boards to dive off into other things to explore – the most important part of creative journaling is following your creative impulse, not answering all of the prompts perfectly!

Use different coloured pens, markers and pencil crayons (when you engage your creativity in your journaling you access your creative genius, the part of you that knows how to bring your dreams to life – plus it’s more fun that way!)

Use collage or make your own art to illustrate your answers.

As you get creative with this pay attention to your inner voice… once you’re in your creative flow it’s much easier for your intuition to speak to you.

If getting creative in your journal is new to you – check out my free art journaling e-course for loads of videos & ideas to help you get started.

When you’re not sure about your answers – draw mandalas to help you connect to your inner wisdom.

The prompts are divided into 2 sections: looking back and looking forward.  Start with whichever one you feel drawn to.

Goodbye 2016. Looking back:

What was amazing in 2016?

What did you do in 2016 that you’re proud of?

What did you learn/discover that you want to bring into 2017?

What do you want to leave behind in 2016?

What are you most grateful for about 2016?

How did your dreams grow in 2016?

What did you do to help your dreams grow in 2016?  What worked?  What didn’t work?

How did YOU grow in 2016? What gifts and strengths do you have now that you didn’t have in 2015?

Is there anything you need to do to complete your year? Any unfinished business that you’d like to finish, and leave behind as you move into 2017?

Hello 2017! Looking forward:

List 5-10 things (impossibly big or microscopically small or anything in between) you’d like to have happen in 2015, in each of these different parts of your life:

health
relationships
creativity
purpose/career
money
self-love/self-care
spirituality
happiness
adventure/play

I know that seems like a lot, but the act of listing TONS of things can really open up your sense of possibility.

And remember that as you get creative with this pay attention to your inner voice… once you’re in your creative flow it’s much easier for your intuition to speak to you – so as you write this list brilliant ideas may come to you for how to bring these dreams to life.

Go back through your list and imagine how each of these things will make you happier in 2017.  If there is anything on your list that won’t make you happier – consider crossing it out.

What is your Big Dream for 2017?

Why do you want this?

How will you feel when you have it?

Do you already know how to make this dream real, or is this something you need to learn more about first?

What’s your plan for giving this dream what it needs to thrive in 2017?  Brainstorm 10 things you can try.

What do you want to STOP doing in 2017?  And what are some things you can you do to make that as easy as possible? How will not having these things in your life make you happier?

Then imagine yourself at the end of 2017 (You might want to draw/collage/doodle an image of you from one year from now).   How are you different?  How did you grow?  What new strengths and skills do you have?  Does you-from-one-year-from-today have any messages or advice for you?

Here’s to a sparkletastic New Year, for all of us.

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Carrie Anspach, DirtyGirlPottery.wordpress.com

Carrie Anspach, DirtyGirlPottery.wordpress.com

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