Finding an hour a week for an Artist’s date can be challenging. Do you take yourself out on regular artist’s dates, why or why not?

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The Artist’s Date is an idea from Julia Cameron, a date with yourself, an hour a week where you can do anything you want, as long as it’s fun and not related to work. It is your time, no companions allowed, just you. Whether or not you are an artist or not, we all have a creative side to us, that gets depleted and needs re-filling.

 

 

This week I made one of my adventure walks my artist’s date. This time I took my camera for a walk with me. It was about playing with my camera and seeing what images I could create. The funny thing was some one stop to ask me if I was a photographer. I thought I must have looked serious and in control when taking my photo’s.

 

 

I found a new path to follow and discover the nature of Autumn and suburban parkscape. I noticed an empty playground and I wonder where were all the children playing these days. I discovered places to sit and rest. I enjoyed being out in nature and listening to the sound of birds. I found a path to walk along and capture images of the suburban parkscape. It was a fun learning and creative experience.

 

 

It was a fun learning and creative experience which had been planed. I had this block of time scheduled in my calendar for Friday.  However, it almost did not happen, there were so many other things I could have done, more washing, a newsletter, weeding the garden, calling a friend. I stopped myself and said this hour for myself is going to happen, one hour of play to exercise and play with my camera. Finding an hour, a week for an Artist’s date can be challenging. All those to do’s like to get in the way.  Yet this hour a week leaves me feeling refreshed and inspired. It makes me feel alive and puts a bit of spark back into my week.

 

 

What’s your favorite artist’s date activity to spark your creativity?  Do you take yourself out on regular dates, why or why not?  Please leave a comment would love to know your thoughts.

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day?

Ten Blessings Of The Week

Ten Blessings of the week

The highlight of the previous week was the fact it was school holidays, and got to spend lots of time with my two teenage boys.  Feeling gratitude and blessed about my previous week is something that makes me feel so much more appreciative about my life.

 

 

This weeks 10 blessings are as follows:

 

  1. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with a student sharing my clinical experience and knowledge.

 

  1. I am so blessed that they now offer a supportive holiday program for teens with disabilities, and that Mighty Mouse got to have two great days out.

 

  1. I am so blessed to have lovely music to listen to everyday, there seems to be enough music for all my different moods, from inspirational, relaxing, laid back to upbeat. Music just brightens up my day.

 

  1. I am so blessed to have access to an abundant library for of wonderful resources, this week I spent time in the magazine section and discovered some new magazines.

 

  1. Enjoyed a visit to the Museum and to see Jurassic World with my son Mighty Mouse, the dinosaurs where so big and dramatic. I really felt like we were on a tour at Jurassic Park like in the movies. So I am glad none of those dinosaurs escaped. I love how Mighty Mouse still gets super excited to go to the Museum.

 

  1. I am so blessed for lots of adventure walks around the lake with Little Miss Popularity and the boys. It been school holidays so they have been coming for walks with me.

 

  1. I am so blessed for all the sleep in’s this week, it has been so nice to wake up, enjoy my coffee and remain in my bed a bit longer.

 

  1. I am so enjoying the leaves from the lipstick maple tree changing colour, from green to yellow and red, and are now falling from the tree. It so beautiful watching them blow around the back yard.

 

  1. I am so blessed to be able to get together with my extended family for a happy occasion, a birthday party lunch.

 

  1. I am so blessed to have a healthy body it lets me get so much done and enables me to enjoy my life.

 

 

This quote of the week is for Autumn: “Every leaf speaks bliss to me. Fluttering from the Autumn tree.” Emily Bronte

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

FRAN DISHON

Living A Beautiful Life!

 

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Everyday for me is about finding a way to live a beautiful life, even when challenges arise, and even on days when I feel extraordinarily ordinary. I work as a nurse, and my work is meaningful and purposeful. Nursing is hard work however it is extremely rewarding and I have had the opportunity to meet so amazingly brave and courageous individuals. My work as a nurse has made me realize the importance of living a beautiful life. As one of my clients advised me,’ enjoy your life today, because you don’t know what tomorrow will have install for you.’

 

 

When I think about this blog I think about living a beautiful life. So I have done some re-branding. Initially it was all about journaling and walking. However, I also love talking about my artist’s dates and weekly gratitude practice of ten blessings of the week. It is about so much more.  Journaling and walking will always be the main focus of this blog.  I have so many thoughts to express about living a beautiful life, and I want to include them on the blog too. So  I have now re-branded it Living A Beautiful Life.

 

 

So today I would like to share a short video The Lake about todays walking adventure around my lake. I live by a lake, I call it my lake, but it really belongs to the local community. Today was one of those mild Autumn days with lots of blue sky and beautiful sunshine. So myself, Mr. Serious and Little Miss Popularity headed off on our adventure walk. For me a beautiful life includes adventure walks.

 

 

The Lake

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

Ten Blessings Of The Week!

Ten Blessings of the week

It is April already, how fast this year is going, and I continue to try and get the most out of every beautiful day. One way to appreciate the brightness of everyday is through the practice of gratitude. For myself a great place to appreciate gratitude is during my daily journaling practice. A daily gratitude practice helps me to see all the good in my life.I also like to share a my weekly Ten Blessings of the Week, this is where I look back on my week and see what stood out to me to be grateful for and blessed in my life that week.

 

 

It was a week with time away, school holidays, work, and enjoying the daily pleasures of life. As I sit here listening and enjoying some lovely chill out jazz music I want to share my Ten Blessings of the previous week with you. They are as follows:

 

 

  1. Enjoyed Easter Monday ‘s escape to the country and enjoyed a visit to the Albury Library Exhibition.
  2. Was extremely blessed for a safe and uneventful journey driving home on Tuesday
  3. Was very grateful that Mighty Mouse’s visit to the optometrist indicated his vision is improving.
  4. School holidays is always full of exciting activities, enjoyed a movie day out with my boys to see Superman vs Batman.
  5. Loved that my parents came over for morning tea Wednesday, so lovely to catch up with them and have cuppa and chat.
  6. Enjoyed a day at home Thursday just catching up on house work, cooking and spending time with the boys. ‘
  7. Fun washing my dog Little Miss Popularity, now she is a beautiful clean fluffy dog to cuddle. Have been enjoying lots of doggy cuddles.
  8. Enjoying home made meals, and grateful for the abundance and variety of great foods available to me to cook and enjoy.
  9. Ho ,Ho off to work I went this weekend. I am feeling blessed to have my job.
  10. Feeling blessed for everyday moments, enjoying a cup of tea, hot showers, cosy bed, rain, sunshine, and family.

 

 

I always feel so good after doing my Ten Blessings of the week, it reminds me that I am living a truly blessed life.

 

 

Here is a quote I love about gratitude: “The struggle ends when gratitude begins” by Neal Donald Walsh.

 

 

What were your Ten Blessings of the previous week?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Sparkly Journal Prompt Jar

journal prompts jar

Morning chill out music infused through my living room. A table full of crafting materials and paint. A beautiful hour is spent creating a sparkly journal prompt jar. Today I managed to combine my Artist’s Date with journaling. Now I have a jar full of beautiful questions, ready to be plucked out and answered.

 

I was inspired by a blog post at, Daring To Live Fully on  119 journal prompts, I encourage you check this post out. It certainly inspired me to make my own journal jar and full it up with journal prompts. One way to use it is to pull out a prompt and spend 10-30 minutes on answering the question. Another possibility is to  pull out a question, paste it in a art journal and answer the question with pictures and words.

 

 

Currently in my journaling I have been inspired by Laura Hollick’s beautiful post on 10 great questions to use as journal prompts to create transformation in your life. I encourage you to check out her questions. These are the questions I am currently using in my own journal. These questions have me journaling deep. I am really enjoying the process.

 

I love this quote by Laura Hollick, “ Be brave and creative. Your journaling can open space for a wildly transformative experience. Imagine possibilities.” 

 

 

I am also happy to share music that is inspiring me this week, Morning Coffee Lounge, by Lounge Music Cafe, lovely instrumental chill out music. A wonderful way to start the day.

 

 

Can not believe how fast the year is going. It is April 1st and it is time to do a quarterly goal check in,  so today’s journal prompt:    How am I progressing with achieving my goals?

 

Note: I have not been posting much recently, I took time out to spend  a few days in the country to relax in nature. Also it is school holidays and by boys have been keeping me busy. Yes I have been too busy enjoying life!

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON