This is the email I just sent out to everyone who has signed up for the Dream Lab. (If you’re not signed up for the Dream Lab I think you should try it!)

I am also posting it here, publicly, for my own accountability.
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In case you missed it last week:

*** Printable Dream Altar is now available in the Dream Lab!  ***
The Dream Lab has been open for just over a week.

And I’m a bit stuck right now!

As I said in one of the Dream Lab videos – the Dream Lab is less of a class and more of a lab. A place to explore the miracle of your dream – which is an ongoing process.

 

I believe, more than anything, that when you stay engaged in the inner work in this way you will find your miracle.

 

I’ve seen it work too many times to not believe in it! But I do understand that staying engaged in the process can be hard.  There is a whole lesson on this in the Dream Lab (right here).

So I want to offer ongoing support in my weekly emails, plus almost-daily on social media.

I do believe that when you have enough support – the work gets easier.

But… well… I’m a bit stuck about how, exactly, to do this.

My initial idea was to share stories from my own personal practice. In fact I already started doing this on Instagram with little photos and stories of my own visits to meet my dream in the Dream Lab.

(If you’re not on Instagram, those posts also show up on Facebook – but you have to make sure to select to follow the Creative Dream Incubator or else they won’t show up in your feed)

But I’m feeling really vulnerable about this.

This is deeply personal work and social media is not always the safest place to share this kind of thing. I mean that is exactly why I put the Dream Lab in a private classroom that you have to log in to see – so that we can create a supportive atmosphere together.

But – my dream is really clear. This is what it needs. For me to go deeper into the process of sharing my own practice. Publicly.

[gulp]

So I am working on that. And I’ll keep sharing my stories as I do.

I also want to do a live Q+A session with you in August!

I know inner work is tricky and especially if you are coming into the Dream Lab regularly – you’re going to have questions! Also it can be really helpful to do this work in a group to help you get the hang of it.

So I hope to have the details for that out to you in next week’s email.

(If you have questions right now – please do post them in the Dream Lab so we can discuss them together)

Until next week, I’m wishing you the magic of living in tune with your dream,

Andrea

PS: Do your creative dreams include being self-employed?

One of my favourite and most trusted business teachers – Mark Silver from Heart of Business – is offering a special “pay what you can” offer on his really beautiful and helpful program: The Heart of Your Business.

You know I am extremely critical of a lot of the online marketing sleaze out there. Mark is the antidote to all of that. He teaches ethical and effective business strategy that takes your heart and spirituality into account.

I have been taking class with Mark on and off for the last eight years and I’ve always been impressed with how helpful they are, and so I am an affiliate for the Heart of Business.

I have found that the only down side to working with Mark is the price – his programs are on the expensive side (though his classes have always helped me make more money in my business – it’s can still be nerve-wracking to spend so much on training). Which makes this “pay what you can” offer even more special!

>>> You can check it out here.

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!  If you haven’t been to a Journal Party before you can watch replays from past parties right here.

 

Our next journal party is happening August 1 and our special guest is Hali Karla from Hali Karla Arts!

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

Hali is a contemplative artist & guide who loves inviting others into heart-centered presence + growth through holistic creative practice and birth chart explorations.

Hali is a true kindred spirit – you’re going to love her.

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

Click here to register now or read on for more details.

The video class and playbook will show you how to go miracle seeking inside your own dream.

This is the basic practice that I teach as the foundation for making your dream real.

Once you get this – you see how you really are ready, right now and you have everything you need to take your next step towards your dream, right now.

This class explains why this is hard and how there are miracles hidden in that hard stuff too.

Click here to register now.

I’ve been working on my new class (Dream Lab: Exploring The Miracle Of Your Dream) full time for seven weeks. This is insane, in my perspective.

But necessary, in my dream’s perspective.

And I have learned that when my dream and I do not agree it’s always best to do what my dream wants, even when I don’t “get it” because my dream always see the bigger picture.

(Like how it was my dreams that brought me my husband – I was definitely not looking for one but he has sure made my life a lot better)

So this past seven weeks has been about a lot more than planning lessons, recording videos and creating playbooks.  That’s the easy part.

The hard part is the inner work.

See – I am not creating this class just to have a new class.

I mean I don’t even need a new class – this class replaces my Give Your Dream Wings class which is still beloved both by me and the participants – many of whom have written me to ask why I’m replacing such a fantastic class.

I am creating this class because my dreams are pushing me to grow as a creative being – to take my next steps to move towards my creative and spiritual potential.

Your dream is how your soul calls you towards your truth, your authenticity and your full potential.

(This is messy sometimes.)

I’ve been working on a plan to create a whole series of new classes, and the Dream Lab is the foundation for those classes.

So it’s been a big perspective-shift about how I work, how I share my work and what is possible around my work.

And it’s been an opening to more of my own potential and purpose.

And – a bit of an ass-kicking from my dreams, really.

It’s like we’re in this life-long struggle where I think certain things are impossible for me and my dream just laughs and tells me to do it anyway.

I mean – I have been working on this for the past seven weeks.

I never thought I’d be in a position where I would be able to devote myself to exploring a creative project for long stretches of time without worrying about where my income is coming from.

And it’s not like I am super-wealthy, which I had assumed I’d have to be to be able to do something like this. It’s pretty simple – I have steady income from my Creative Dream Circle and I live simply and below my income so I can afford to focus on non-income-generating-work right now since my dream is insisting it’s what I need for my future and I trust my dream.

(And I have found that living simply is actually living much more happily – like I have distilled my life into what really matters to me)

But, back to my story.

My dreams have been wanting me to look at my work from a new perspective and that was hard to do.

So every day I would meet with my dream (the way I taught in the Give Your Dream Wings class, which is also in the new Dream Lab class) and do my best to just listen.

What does my dream want me to know? What is it showing me?

It was so frustrating!

It’s like I was looking through fog – I could just get this vague sense of everything.

And I would brainstorm and mind map and journal and meditate for days and not get any closer to seeing it.

Until, one day, it started to get clearer.

And clearer and clearer and clearer until I could finally see it: the new vision for how I want my work to be.

And that’s when I got to work.

But getting to work meant facing all the details and I could still only see the big picture vision of how I want this all to look.

So I had to keep repeating the process as I explored all of the details of turning this vision into reality.

So I would do the work, then find out more and have to re-do everything I had done.

Over and over.

This is how I work from my depth. By not just doing whatever seems inspiring or obvious to me because that’s working from the surface.

This is why I took the time to go into a deeper connection to the heart and soul of my dream (which is also the heart and soul of my purpose, creativity, authenticity and, well, my own heart and soul). That’s where miracles come from. That’s where magic comes from.

That’s where my best work comes from.

This is how I have created all of my classes – but usually it’s been a smaller/shorter process because I’ve just been doing one thing at a time.

Right now I’m building a new foundation for a whole series of new things – plus a new way of talking about and sharing my work on a daily basis. All of this is connected.

This is my seventh year of doing this work full time.

Of course I was doing it for years while also working an office job to support me financially. But it really changed when this became my full time job.

And the seventh year feels significant because seven is a magic number for me – it’s always felt meaningful to me somehow.

So it feels right that this is the year I start re-building.

I feel good about where this process is taking me – but right now I feel exhausted by the it.

And that’s why I’ve been so quiet – it’s taking everything I’ve got just to stay in this process.

But I am hoping to have the Dream Lab ready to share by the end of this week.

I mean – that’s not a promise because I’m not in charge of this process. But it’s what I am working towards at this point.

On Thursday my husband is going out of town for a work thing – right near my favourite beach.

So I am planning to have the Dream Lab ready by Wednesday night, then go with him on Thursday, drop him off at his work thing and spend the day at the beach: meditating and journaling in my favourite place as a blessing to the Dream Lab and everyone who uses it.

And then on Friday – send it out.

But – again – I am not in charge of this process. That’s my plan. We’ll see what actually happens.

 

I wrote this post in Janaury 2017 and then didn’t post it.

I just found it now, in June 2017 and – holy crap! I don’t remember this. At all. 

This is a post about how I didn’t get what I wanted for my business 2016.

But honestly, this whole year I’ve just been feeling grateful that even though my business has grown slow (by internet marketing standards) it’s grown steady every year. I’m grateful for how sturdy it feels.

In fact, lately I’ve been focused on my bigger long term vision and haven’t been focused on making money right now.

I’ve even accepted that I may make a little less money this year than last year, and that would be totally worth it to have this time to focus on where I want to go with this in the future.

This is the magic of this kind of inner work. The liberation of a truly shifted perspective.

Reading this post I am amazed that I was ever upset about my income from last year.

And that’s exactly the point. When you take the time to process your feelings about the dream you didn’t get – this opens you up to the dream you really want.

Journal Prompts for When you Didn't Get Your Dream

Things do not always go the way you want them to. I mean – you may have noticed that you don’t actually control the universe.

And, especially if  you’re getting out of your comfort zone and going after your dream, you’re going to stumble and fall along the way.

You’re going to go after some dreams and not get them.

Since that’s where I am today, I thought I’d share some helpful journaling prompts for working through it and getting back on the path.

Journal Prompt: How do you feel?

Really dig deep and explore how you’re feeling and write out everything that comes out – you may have a lot of conflicting feelings and that’s good! Get them all on paper in some way.

So I am stuck. I did not get the sales goal I wanted for 2017.

I feel kind of frustrated, in that my business has always grown slower than I have wanted it to.

And yet, when I look at what people do to make businesses grow faster – well I don’t want to do any of that.

And I do make more than enough money!  I mean I got to go to San Francisco and Cancun in 2016, I got to live how I wanted to live. I put money into savings and have no debt other than my mortgage which is over 50% paid for.

I don’t actually need more money.

But for some reason I do want more…

I mean have big dreams for the future that include some things that will cost a lot of money. And I had hoped that this year I could make a lot more than last year, to put myself on track to get there.

Oh wow.

Writing it out like that I see it.

There is no soul in that goal.

I mean yes there is a LOT of soul in what I want to do with this money further down the road but there’s no soul in how I had wanted to get there.

I have no love for growing my business at this point. I have so much love for nurturing what I already have!

So what if I nurture nurture nurture, follow creative instinct and flow and trust the process? I mean that has got me to here, and I love being here.

Journal Prompt: What do you want now?

Now that you’ve vented your feelings and can see things more clearly – Do you still want the same dream? Or is that dream leading you to something else now? You may need some time to explore this one.

I want to chill the fuck out!  I want to not put pressure on myself.

I want to remember how much slow growth has served me. I want to be proud of myself for how I have built this business and the impact it has.

MOSTLY: I want to look to the future with expectancy and delight.

I want to trust myself to handle the stuff that needs handling in order to build the big thing I want to build.

Journal Prompt: What does this situation have to teach you?

This is the biggie!

And this one you want to explore after you’ve had a chance to process your feelings about your dream failing – because there is no such thing as failure!

You have a dream, you set a goal, you do your best to move towards it – what happens as a result either moves you towards your dream or it teaches you what you need to know to move towards your dream.

With each step you learn and you grow and you refine what it is you really want and how you want to get there.

For me? As I write this all out it feels silly to call this past year a failure. I feel more faith that I am moving in the right direction.

What it’s teaching me is to remember to stay in tune with the magic.

And to stay present!

I have this big dream which is a future dream which I can start planning and saving for but I also have to live here in the present and really be here.

But the big thing is: TRUST.

I don’t control the timing of when my dream comes to me (no one does) but I can control how I show up for the process and how long I stay in the process.

Like, I can show up faithfully for my dreams.

I can do my best, right here right now.

And, right here right now, all the frustration I was feeling is gone.  I feel full of trust for myself and for my dreams and for my future.

If there was a failure in this, it was a failure to set the right goal.  But even that was not a failure because I did what I felt called to do and that led me to here – seeing what I need to see.

Sometimes a dream failing puts you on a radically different path.

Thirteen years ago, I had a similar “dream-fail” of not making the money I wanted to make from my creative work.

Except back then I didn’t make the money I needed either, and had to actually give up the artists’ life and go get a job.

That job put me on a new path which led me to where I am today: now celebrating six years of successful self-employment.  In hindsight I can see that the path I was on 13 years ago was NOT going to get me here.

I needed that dream to “fail”.  I needed the things that that job brought me. That’s how I got here.

It’s not the end until you give up.

Some more helpful prompts for exploring + processing the dream you didn’t get:

What went wrong?

Did you do everything you could to make your dream real? EVERYTHING? (There is usually quite a bit of magic and possibility hidden in the places we avoid)

Then the next thing to explore is: What’s next?

Taking all of this into account: how you’re feeling, what you want, what this let-down has taught you – what are you going to do now?

I’m going to celebrate that my business did grow in 2016.

I’m going to let go of wanting more.

I am going to honour my wish to nurture what I have and follow my intuition and creativity about what to do next.

My goal for 2017 will be to feel good in my business. To be proud of me work and how I put my work out there. To push myself to be the best I can. To look towards my future with expectancy and delight.

I will trust myself to do the best job I can to take care of my business and trust my business to grow at the rate that is appropriate to it and not try to push it to look like I think it “should”.

You may need time to grieve your dream that didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped – taking time to grieve in whatever way feels appropriate to you will open up space for your next dream to come to you.

You may need to clean up a mess left by this dream-fail.

You may need more time to find the lesson here.  You may need to cycle through these questions a few times before you find some clarity.

But trust me – it’s not the end until you give up. Keep going.

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)