Journal of crazy stories from the night.

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If only my dreams were like a television series, each night adding to the story. Instead they are a glimpse of a story, leaving me wondering the next day what it all means. The other night I had the most magnificent dream, about buying a new house, a renovators delight close to the city, next to a cemetery, and with a painting as a feature wall. It also included a distressing experience with me having an emu on my back. Maybe it is a very Australian thing to feel weighed down by an emu. The rest of the story was delightfully weird, and really silly. One for my dream journal, which I may re-name the journal of crazy stories from the night.

Wishing you all sweat dreams!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

Journaling provides inspiration from within, my Artist’s dates provide inspiration from around me.

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With journaling I find inspiration from within, with my Artist’s Date I find inspiration around me.

 

 

The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play.” ~Julia Cameron

 

 

I am a week behind with this blog post, however I want to continue to record my outings. My most recent Artist’s Date was to a group of display homes. I just love looking at the way these homes are decorated, let say the interior design aspect of these homes. I wanted to notice what I liked and what I didn’t like. I was looking  at the colours I was drawn to, and how they made me feel. To the furniture and how it was set out. I was noticing how much I love open space, and a house that allows lots of light into it. One of the signs I read on the way in was to “Make it your own”, I think that was what I was doing taking ideas and transferring them to my own housing situation. Things like I think my linen for the beds needs freshening up and modernizing. I noticed that indoor plants make me feel good.  Also how adding big beautiful pictures around the house could make a difference. Noticing trends, it appears TV’s are mounted on walls, not like mine free standing with a multitude of cords coming out from them. Dreamscaping ideas like, what a wonderful idea it would be to get huge sliding doors that open up bringing the inside to the outside. I say dreaming because that would be a huge home project. It was one enjoyable frugal artist date, costing me nothing, and allowing me to create lots of inspirational ideas for my own home.

 

 

Today I will be  finding time to go out and play on this weeks Artist Date.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

FRAN DISHON

Playful creative escapism!

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There has been plenty of journaling fun this week.

 

The old couch was thrown out for hard rubbish day this week, leaving a huge blank space in my teenage children’s rumpus room/teen cave space. So I have been dreaming up ideas in my journal for decorating the room. This is the fun part of journaling, idea creation, brainstorming and going wild creating wonderful possibilities on the page.

 

I have also been playing in my art journal, experimenting with a new style of letter writing, and drawing with my beautiful pencils. It been a little bit of playful creative escapism from the everyday.

How are you using your journal for creative escapism from the everyday?

Wishing you a wonderful day!

 

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

 

Artist’s Date

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Currently I am listening to Donavan Frankereiter’s album Move by Yourself, I am just loving it. This year I aim to do 52 Artist’s Date and I plan to record them on this blog. I hope to inspire you to go out on your own Artist’s Dates, to discover new places and experiences. I hope it also helps you to discover more about your authentic self, and gives you permission to enjoy life and spend some time doing the things you really love to do.

 

 

After reading the book the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, I was introduced to her tool of the Artist’s Date to unblock creativity blocks and droughts. Since then I have been regularly going on my weekly Artist’s Date excursions. It has become a beautiful ritual in my life, I have seen many beautiful things, gone on many excursions and participated in activities of all different sorts. It has broadened my horizons, opened up possibilities and allowed me to enjoy and embrace my creativity again.

 

 

An Artist Date can be simple described as “Me Time”, that is time just for your-self to do something you enjoy or are interested in simply for pleasure without any guilt.

 

 

It is a tool that I have use to get out of a rut, or simply to re-energize myself, to relax and enjoy life and to re- inspire my creative juices.

 

 

You do not have to be an artist to use this tool, we are all creative and our creativity affects our work and pleasure every day. I am a mother and work part time as a nurse. Being creative in my thinking is essential in both my roles. Whilst being creative in my social and pleasure time makes life so much more juicer and satisfying.

 

 

Julia Cameron states: “An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist. In its most primary form, the artist date is an excursion, a play date that you preplan and defend against all interlopers. You do not take anyone on this artist date but you and your inner artist, a.k.a. your creative child.” ~JuliaCameron, The Artist’s Way.

 

 

My first Artist’s Date for the year was to the kikki.K shop to pick up a daily planning pad and some inspirational stickers. I love beautiful stationary and visiting stationary shops and looking around buying the odd item to add to my collection. This year I want to be planning out my days, so having a beautiful planning page each day to put my action steps on then tick them off as I do them puts a smile on my face. Also I love the stickers which I can add to my diary or yearly planning book.

 

Do you have any good ideas for an Artist’s Date? Have you been on an Artist’s Date recently? Please share your thoughts  and experiences about Artist’s Dates in the comments.

 

Wishing you a wonderful Artist’s Date of your own.

FRAN DISHON

 

Update: Vacation break and reading No Ordinary Moments by Dan Millman

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Oh wow it is mid February, and it has been a while since my last blog post. No I have not given up on my blog I have just been away on vacation.

 

 

I have been on an exciting vacation to Vietnam, discovering new places, trying new foods, relaxing and experiencing a traditional Vietnamese wedding. I had to face my fear of crossing roads, and learn to trust that the traffic would go around me, it did, yet it still felt so scary to me. It was lovely to experience a different culture, visit beautiful and interesting places, whilst the people were very friendly and helpful.

 

 

I have a confession to make, I tried to start a travel journal, however it just didn’t happen. Yes, no journaling for three weeks. I was too busy experiencing Vietnam.

 

 

Whilst I am feeling super good and healthy, I am feeling more like myself and are jumping back into life. I am back at work. I am back to journaling daily. Back to school council and Toastmasters. I attended my first Toastmasters meeting for the year last night, took on the role of Toastmaster, performed an educational talk, and an evaluation. Total Toastmasters immersion and it was super fun.

 

 

I am feeling good and loving this year.

 

 

Today is project day, so I have been working on this blog post and some images. I have also been enjoying life attending my Sh’bam class, because exercise should feel like fun, and Sh’bam feels like a Friday morning party class. Lots of laugh’s and lots of fun.

 

 

Currently started working through the book No Ordinary Moments- A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life -by Dan Millman. This book provides many questions to explore, which I am doing in my journal. The first chapter is about the three selves, the basic self, the conscious self, and the higher self. It provides questions to explore to get to know those parts of ourselves a bit better. I am exploring these questions in my journal. I have been reading a few pages of the book in the morning, then pondering on the questions in my journal. Interestingly this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a number of years, it has been on my bedside table for many months. For some reason I just was not ready to read it, it just seemed to overwhelming to pick up, and open. However, now I feel it is the book I need to read, the resistance has lifted and I feel deeply able to delve into it.

 

 

I will share with you the first exercise, go to a mirror and gaze into your eyes and know that you are looking into the eyes of a peaceful warrior.

 

 

I will let you know as I read through this book and do the exercises some of my thoughts and experiences. I feel I get so much more out of a book when explore my thoughts about it on my journal pages.

 

 

Are there any books that you are reading that would be good to explore with journaling. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

Have you read Ordinary Moments by Dan Millman, please share with me your thoughts on the book.

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

FRAN DISHON