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New Year Journaling + Meditation Class: What do you want to DO in 2022?

By Andrea Schroeder | December 7, 2021

What do you want to do in 2022 is a part of the Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA of mini-classes, happening all month long.

Get all the details here.

This is a 9 minute Meditation + Journaling Class for creating the dreamiest to-do list ever.

So have your journal and pen handy and let’s do this! A quiet interrupted space is great – but not necessary. Work with what you’ve got – don’t waste a bunch of time “waiting for the right time” just do it!

In Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 we are working with the journaling prompts from the Year of Dreams Weekly Planner, Visioning Journal and Creative Dream Playbook.

Get your copy here.

Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 is sponsored by Dream Book!

Find out more + join us here.

New Year Journaling + Meditation Class: What do you want to DO in 2022?

New Year Journaling + Meditation Class: Visioning 2022

By Andrea Schroeder | December 3, 2021

Visioning 2022 is a part of the Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA of mini-classes, happening all month long.

Get all the details here.

This is a 10 minute Meditation + Journaling Class for capturing the essence/vibe/energy of what you want in 2022.

So have your journal and pen handy and let’s do this! A quiet interrupted space is great – but not necessary. Work with what you’ve got – don’t waste a bunch of time “waiting for the right time” just do it!

In Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 we are working with the journaling prompts from the Year of Dreams Weekly Planner, Visioning Journal and Creative Dream Playbook.

Get your copy here.

Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 is sponsored by Dream Book!

Find out more + join us here.

New Year Journaling + Meditation Class: Visioning 2022

On wanting to do a thing, but not doing the thing

By Andrea Schroeder | December 2, 2021

On wanting to do thing, but not doing the thing

I want to do 11 simple tasks.

So why am I not doing them?

I just don’t want to

Ummm no, I know you DO want to.

I do want it done. I don’t want to do it.

Don’t you want it done MORE THAN you want to not do it?

No, obviously. Or else we wouldn’t be here.

Right.

I don’t want to do it. End of discussion.

No, actually, that’s the beginning of the discussion.

Heavy, dramatic sigh.

This is the work. We know this. We’ve got to keep showing up, and our next steps for showing up are doing these 11 things.

ARGGGGGH!

Yeah, you can feel that way about it, that’s valid. But I am REALLY curious WHY you feel that way about these particular tasks.

[draws a blank]

It’s interesting, isn’t it? Because these tasks are actually enjoyable. So I don’t think it’s true that you LITERALLY don’t want to do them. I think you want to do the task AND ALSO there is something about COMPLETING these tasks that you are resisting.

Ugggghhhhhh.

Yeah, that’s how it feels, to shine a light on resistance.

My back and shoulders are all stiff now. Can we just have lunch?

We can have lunch right way, but before lunch we have to work this out. We can’t keep avoiding these tasks all day.

I think we can.

And then what?

Then the whole project gets delayed.

Oh, so you don’t want to do the project.

I mean I want it to happen, I just don’t want to be the one doing it.

That is a FASCINATING attitude to have about your own creative work. Who else would do it?

I just want to be done, I don’t want to be doing.

Is that even true? Feels like a “resistance trying to make things more complicated than they are and saying ridiculous things to do so” kind of vibe.

No, of course it’s not true. Of course I like to do this task, and I want to do it, and I’m just terrified that this will flop.

There it is. Can we deal with the terror? I really don’t want to circle around it all day in avoidance, I want to just get this done.

OK. I am terrified of doing my best, and it being a flop and that meaning that I AM a flop and then then not having any options for what to do next. This is a sharp, painful sensation in my chest.

Let’s offer it some light, healing, love, patience, validity and acceptance.

[we do this… the sharp sensation turns to candy floss]

And now?

I still feel like there are a ton of excuses to not do this, I can just juggle them all day.

OR

I can start doing these 11 tasks.

And then a lightbulb went off in my mind.

I was starting with the most logical one to start with, which is the one I am stuck with. How about starting with the easiest one to do?

Oh, sure, I can do that.

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These are notes from the Un-Sticking Station in my Dream Book from a few days ago.

Since then, I finished those 11 tasks which meant I could start the Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA on time, yesterday.

This is the inner work that makes the outer work possible. Dream Book offers the support to keep showing up, and keep doing this work consistently enough to get the momentum you need with your dreams.

Join us here.

On wanting to do a thing, but not doing the thing

Goodbye 2021! New Year Journal Prompts

By Andrea Schroeder | December 1, 2021
Dream Book Members! Click here to get this inside Dream Book – where you have checklists to help you work through ALL of the Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA content.

Goodbye 2021 Journal Prompts

We begin the Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 New Year Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA with these journal prompts for looking back on 2021.

It’s actually REALLY HARD to keep making new goals for the New Year if you’re not taking the time to reflect on and learn from what happened with your plans for the year that is ending.

By taking some time to reflect on the year that has passed, you’re gathering up the gifts and lessons so you can carry them with you into the new year.

These New Year Journal Prompts are for reflecting on the year that passed, and using what you learn there to look ahead to the new year.

The purpose is to create some space for processing and healing the hard parts of the year that is ending, and getting clarity on what you want to let go of, to make space for what you want to receive in the new year.

We’ve had a couple of rough years in a row and this work feels more important than ever.

New Year Journal Prompts For Looking Back On The Year That Is ending:

What did you try with your dreams in 2021?  What worked?  What didn’t work?

What was amazing in 2021?

What are you most grateful for about 2021?

What did you do in 2021 that you’re proud of?

What did you learn/discover that you want to bring into 2022?

What was hard in 2021?

What do you want to leave behind in 2021?

How did your dreams grow in 2021?

How did YOU grow in 2021? What gifts and strengths do you have now that you didn’t have in 2020?

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 2022?

Find out more here

Go deeper with the Goodbye 2021 Alchemy Releasing Ceremony.

This is an alchemy class for releasing all the things you want to release, before stepping into 2022.

The class is part of the special bonus content that is available to Dream Book members.

Dream Book Members! Click here to get this inside Dream Book – where you have checklists to help you work through ALL of the Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA content. Goodbye 2021! New Year Journal Prompts

Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA starts tomorrow!

By Andrea Schroeder | November 30, 2021

Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 New Year Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA

We’re going to spend December journaling, dreaming, visioning and creating the best new year ever in this series of mini-classes.

We start tomorrow with some journal prompts for reflecting on 2021.

Get all the details here.

 

We’ll be using the prompts from the Year of Dreams 2022 Planner, Visioning Journal and Creative Dream Playbook.

The Year of Dreams 2022 is available as a full colour printed book, or a DIY printable version you can customize to your heart’s content.

Get your copy here

Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA starts tomorrow!

When Life Is In The Way And You Can’t Even

By Andrea Schroeder | November 28, 2021

Plan your week from your ✨MOST✨ wise, brave, and creative self.... even when Life Is In The Way And You Can't Even

Creative Genius Planning Sessions are about doing your weekly planning from your most wise, brave and creative self. You get to your next level with your dreams by being your next-level self, doing next-level things.

Do them with me every Monday and you’ll AMAZE yourself.

There is a 15 minute Basic Creative Genius Planning Session right here (meditation + journaling class) for planning your amazing week.

AND I am creating a full “expansion pack” of extra videos that address specific situations that you’ll come up against with your planning. I’m sharing a new one, with a new theme, each week.

This week we’re looking at how to approach your planning when life is in the way and you can’t even:

If you’re in Dream Book – watch this on our private blog, with a link to the Making Your Trust In Your Dream Bigger Than Your Fear Alchemy Practice – plus a private comment section for sharing your goals for the week, asking questions and getting extra support.

If you’re not in Dream Book – if you like the Creative Genius Planning Sessions you will LOVE Dream Book.

Check it out here.

When Life Is In The Way And You Can\'t Even

I want To Meditate ✨and✨ I Don’t Want To Meditate

By Andrea Schroeder | November 27, 2021

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A conversation between:

I want To Meditate

and

I Don’t Want To Meditate (in italics)

So, I want to meditate. Like, I really want to meditate. I want to enjoy that feeling of meditation and then also have that spaciousness in my day that comes from meditation.

I want to just check my phone.

Check it for what? You already checked it.

Check it for what’s new.

Nothing is new. It’s 5 am. You already checked it. This is meditation time.

I just can’t. I’d rather check an already-checked phone.

Can you tell me why?

Just so I can avoid everything?

Really? How so? How does not meditating avoid everything?

It’s not just meditating I want to avoid. I want to avoid everything.

Oh.

Like – fuck! There’s too much happening.

Well, so much of it is good stuff though. Stuff that is happening because I put it into motion because I want to do it and now you feel overwhelmed by it?

Oh.

Yeah. And if I could meditate for longer, then I’d have more of that mental clarity and just, that energy I need to do these things I want to do. This “avoiding meditation” makes everything else harder so then you just end up with more things you want to avoid.

You mean avoiding is not helping?

No, definitely not.

I thought it was helping. I thought avoiding was like taking a break.

No, taking a break is taking a break. And I don’t think taking a break from meditation is really what you want. What do you want to take a break from?

Overwhelm.

Well, meditation is really a perfect break from overwhelm.

Well….

So…. can we try again?

🧘🏻‍♀️

Update: yup. We did it. Meditated for 30 minutes.

I want To Meditate ✨and✨ I Don\'t Want To Meditate

Is the New Age/Wellness/Live Your Best Life Industry worth saving?

By Andrea Schroeder | November 26, 2021

I have been accused of being overly critical.

But it’s BECAUSE of how much I see the good and potential of the New Age/Wellness/Live Your Best Life Industry, that I can’t turn a blind eye to the bad.

For every white person who found it empowering to just focus on the positive and not let the news (AKA reality) get them down, how many Black, Indigenous and People of Colour who couldn’t see beyond the blind privilege of that approach were shamed for not being more spiritually evolved? And them had to process those feelings ON TOP OF all the ways systemic racism makes life harder for racialized people?

For every person who’s NEVER experienced a serious health issue who could feel empowered by the idea of “I am responsibility for the state of my health. I create a healthy body with healthy thoughts.” how many people with disabilities or chronic illness felt shamed, blamed, and like they were not positive enough, and so deserved their symptoms? And them had to process those feelings ON TOP OF their health challenges and ON TOP OF all the ways our culture makes life harder when you have any kind of challenge?

Also – given that underlying victim-blaming attitude – how many organizations were truly open to meeting everyone’s accessibility needs?

(I say this knowing that the Creative Dream Incubator is NOT a role model for meeting everyone’s accessibility needs)

I mean, personally, I was fat shamed as a normal part of any kind of “healing experience” I attended in the New Age community. Even though I never once brought up the subject of how I felt about my body, I was told repeatedly that if I would just love myself, the weight would be gone.

No one, not even once, asked about my blood pressure or blood sugar reports – more accurate measurements of health than weight.

No one, not even once, asked me how I felt about my size. I feel good! I eat healthy, I exercise, I LOVE carbs, I have the metabolism that I have, and I’m enjoying my life.

All of the shitty things about the culture we live in, now live in the culture we created in the New Age.

But then we added some extra layers of blaming and shaming because we use the “your thoughts create your reality” concept from a place of blind privilege AND a complete political disconnection to the realities of the world – which IS actively encouraged as a way of “focusing on the positive”.

A LOT has already been said about that complete disconnection from politics made it possible for the far right Q Anon conspiracy theories to take such a strong hold in the new age. And there are some really eye-opening ideas about how the new age was founded on white supremacist principles, that once you see it, it’s hard to un-see it. (If you want to know more – conspirituality is a good place to start )

It’s because I believe so completely in the potential of our creative power that I speak out about this.

I believe we can do better.

My hope, with everything happening politically in Canada right now as we continue to discover more children’s bodies buried under former residential school grounds, is that we use this time as an opportunity for RADICAL DECOLONIZATION.

We, white Canadians who have been so gifted at turning a blind eye, are being faced with the reality of what colonization is.

It is my hope that we open our eyes, be present to how violent and destructive colonization is, and become actively engaged in the process of truth and reconciliation to stop the violence.

It’s because I believe so completely in the potential of our creative power that I know we can do this.

If your healing tools and practices are not sturdy enough to allow you to be present with the real pain of the world – you need to upgrade your tools and practices.

(Dream Book can help you do this, and process the layers of feelings that come up as you AND get more clear about wha you want to DO in response to what you learn – our members are doing amazing work at confronting privilege and cultural appropriation and finding better ways to do things)

Spiritual bypass tools are not going to get us where we need to go next.

All they can do is help individuals feel more comfortable leaning into their privilege to “feel good now” while we watch the whole world get destroyed. Which isn’t even hyperbole at this point.

Colonial culture is violently oppressing and destroying Indigenous people every day. But it won’t stop there. It will destroy us all, by continuing to squeeze every penny out of resource extraction until most of this planet is no longer livable for humans.

It’s because I believe so completely in the potential of our creative power that I know we can create a whole new world.

One of the ways I have most benefitted from learning anti-racism and taking actions outside of my comfort zone, is how my perspective has shifted to include seeing that there are so many more solutions that it seems like there are.

When we stop seeing the world from our own places of privilege, whatever they may be, and instead learn to see from the perspective of those with the least privilege, so much opens up.

Making the world work better for people with less mobility makes it easier to navigate for people with more mobility.

Since the majority of my readers are women – I think you can see that if we eradicated sexism everywhere and made the world safer and more supportive for women – this would benefit men as well.

Following that logic, making the world safer and more supportive for trans and non-binary people would serve all of us in ways we can’t even currently see. I mean can you even imagine a world where your gender doesn’t determine ANYTHING about who you are or what your potential is? It goes beyond the end of the “pink tax”.

This works for literally every marginalized community.

And that’s why all of this matters: Because we can get to a better world – but only if we don’t leave anyone out.

And the New Age, with the blaming and shaming and blind use of privilege and spiritual bypassing, leaves a lot of people out.

It’s time to do better.

Is the New Age/Wellness/Live Your Best Life Industry worth saving?

Let’s make your dream INEVITABLE in 2022

By Andrea Schroeder | November 24, 2021

I believe your dream is not just possible, but INEVITABLE – as long as you stay engaged with it.

The Creative Dream Circle membership turns 10 in the summer 2022, and my business turns 11 in January 2022.

In all this time, one thing has been totally consistent: if you stay engaged with your dream work, you find the way. Insights, miracles, healing, growth, those huge shifts that change everything – time and the again I’ve seen them come at just the right time, for the people who keep showing up consistently.

So I am going to do everything I can do to make it easer and more fun for you to stay engaged.

For the last few months I’ve been working with the members of Dream Book, to find out what they need to make it easier and I now have a huge pile of amazing ideas that I am working on to make this group the best it’s ever been for the 10 year anniversary.

2022 is going to be OFF THE HOOK at the Creative Dream Incubator…

Starting with: Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 Journaling EXTRAVAGANZA

This is a series of mini classes for digging deep into the magic that is available to you now, and using it to create your best new year ever, starting at the beginning of December.

Most will be available for free on my blog – with some extra bonuses just for Dream Book members.

Details, and the first classes, to come next week.

2022 – we are coming for you.

PS: We will be using the prompts from the Year of Dreams 2022 Weekly Planner, Visioning Journal and Creative Dream Playbook – so if you’re getting one, get it now! We’ll work on the visioning journal in December, so that when January comes we are ready to go.

You can do the classes in your own journal or planner, so you don’t NEED the Year of Dreams to do these classes and create your amazing vision and plan for 2022 – but the Year of Dreams will be RELENTLESS in reminding you of your goals so you keep working on them all year long.

Let\'s make your dream INEVITABLE in 2022

Creative Genius Planning Session For Those Weeks When You Have Obstacles In Your Way

By Andrea Schroeder | November 21, 2021

Creative Genius Planning Sessions are about doing your weekly planning from your most wise, brave and creative self. You get to your next level with your dreams by being your next-level self, doing next-level things.

There is a 15 minute Creative Genius Planning Session right here (meditation + journaling class) for planning your amazing week.

AND I am creating a full “expansion pack” of extra videos that address specific situations that you’ll come up against with your planning. I’m sharing a new one, with a new theme, each week.

This week we’re exploring how to approach this when you’ve got two things competing for your attention.

Often it’s your dream and your job that compete.

Sometimes it’s two different dreams or two different creative projects.

There’s lots of different ways this happens, and that competing thing can make it harder to focus on anything and get your stuff done!

So that’s what we’ll work with in this week’s Creative Planning Sessions Video:

 

If you’re in Dream Book – watch this on our private blog, with a private comment section for sharing your goals for the week, asking questions and getting extra support.

If you’re not in Dream Book – if you like the Creative Genius Planning Sessions you will LOVE Dream Book.

Check it out here.

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