Collage journaling and the joys of life!

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My beautiful life is full of days of listening to music, today I am listening to Cornelius Dufallo‘s (Violinist) album Journaling. It is a beautiful quirky, creative, and playful selection of instrumental songs. This music with a difference distracts me from the mundane of my life, and transcends my living space into a magical and mystical place to sit and write.

 

Music is one of the joys of life, and books is another. Recently I  was also gifted with an interesting book, Albatross book of verse, edited by Louis Untermeyer. This book used to be part of the school curriculum many many years ago. It is old!  It is full of verse from some of the best poets of all time, and I am enjoying reading a poem here and a poem there, it is such a delight and food for the soul. It also has the smell of a book, and I love putting it up to my nose, breathing in and smelling it’s old book smell. It is a simple joy.  Ok maybe I am a little strange.

 

 

Today I took time out to do some collaging into my art journal. I asked my intuitive self what it is that I needed to know. I simply grab a couple of random magazines, cut out some pictures that I felt drawn to and created a collage. I love how the pictures inform me of what it is that my soul wants to know. Yes, my intuitive self has the answers.  It is allowing me to discover what I want to do, and it is also telling me to get out and walk.  One of the surprise images was of clothes blowing on the clothes line, it made me realise how beautiful my home life was, and that washing blowing in the breeze in the suburban back yard is so representative of my life. Taking care of my home and family is part of who I am, and I need to start valuing it more. I am a home body and I am proud of it.   The other thing that stands out is exploring my creativity more and finding my craft, and I hope to be focusing on this more in the coming weeks. Whilst I want to be that lady spending time each day lying back in a comfy chair with my head in a book reading. That image just delights me.  I love the insightful and fun nature of collage journaling, and  even its bossiness. Mostly it is a wonderful self-discovery tool, and gives me an idea of the direction I should be moving in.

 

 

I am continuing with my journaling prompt of what opportunities do I choose today, and if I say yes to an opportunity will it add value to peoples lives, my family, my community or even the world? I feel it is worth while continuing with and that I am more mindful of the decisions I am making.

 

 

Happy journaling, and if you are looking for inspiration try doing your own journaling collage, whilst if you are stuck on what to journal about try using a journaling prompt.

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

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Ten Blessings Of The Week.

Ten Blessings of the week

Today I was sitting at the window, the sky was grey and all I could see was sheets of rain pelting down. All I could hear was the sound of rain hitting the roof of my house. All I could think about was how wet I was going to get. Normally I enjoy a rainstorm, however today I put my car in for a service, and it was a 3o minute brisk walk to pick it up. I waited for the rain to die down, and headed out the house with my big black coat on and purple umbrella. About five minutes into my walk, the rain started to pelt down again, the wind blew wildly and my purple umbrella fell apart.  Not even a umbrella and coat were going to protect me from this heavy rain. When I reached my destination I was completely soaked, also the rain finally stopped. The really annoying part was the sky cleared and the sun came out. I walked into the car dealership soaking wet, and left a number of puddles on their floor. I just smiled and told the man  I got caught in the rain and my umbrella broke. It was quiet a drama to pick my car up today, however I am so happy to have my car back, it makes getting places so convenient in suburbia.

Life has been very good to me lately. I have a lot to be grateful for, so here are my Ten Blessings of the previous week.

  1. I am so blessed to be given training at work that helps to prevent injuries and helps me to work smarter as to protect myself and my clients from injuries.
  2. I am so blessed to have the experience of having a student to work with, to share my knowledge and skills, also to think more deeply about my own work practice.
  3. I am so blessed to have the wonderful experience of doing the Mother’s Day stall with a group of amazing mum’s. It was a delight to watch the students picking gifts out for their mums, and grandmothers.
  4. I am so blessed to be back into my sleep routine, and finally getting some decent hours of sleep. The right amount of sleep helps me think more clearly, and wake up with energy. It is not until I have sleep issues that I realise how valuable a good night sleep really is.
  5. I am so blessed to have a  warm comfy  cozy bed to sleep in every night.
  6. I am so blessed for some amazing sunny days that I could go for walks around the lake and neighbourhood. Walking really uplifts my spirits, and I love seeing the changes in the bush around the lake, and even in people’s gardens. There is always something new to notice.
  7. I am so blessed to have a car to drive around in, it makes getting to places so much easier. I also don’t have to worry about the weather.
  8. I am so blessed to have my parents over for Friday night dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day and catch up. Another family dinner and cherished loved ones celebrated and enjoyed.
  9. I am so blessed  to have two lovely teenage boys that still enjoy spending time with their parents, and going out of family outings.
  10. I am so blessed to go camping this weekend. I had a wonderful family camping trip to Healesville , visited the wild life zoo, sat around a camp fire, went out for lunch for Mother’s Day.

I am very blessed indeed to have such a wonderful family, and to be able to enjoy spending time with them. That is something I really do treasure, because my wonderful family is the most important part of living a beautiful life. They make my life beautiful on a daily basis.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

What opportunities am I choosing?

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Yesterday I had the privilege to help out on the Mother’s Day Stall at my son’s school. I gave my energy and time, and generously the children showed me their delight and enthusiasm. It made me think when I wake up in the morning do I see the opportunities that the day has for me, and when I choose those opportunities do I choose opportunities that add value to peoples lives, my family, my community or even the planet?

 

When I reflect upon my week their have been days when I was selfish, and lazy, and their have been days when I have been generous with my time, energy and knowledge. The realisation for me is that it has been haphazard and random. I am not waking up in the morning thinking about this question. I am not planning my daily, weekly planner thinking about this question. I think it is important, important enough to be asking the question in my journal each day? What opportunities do I choose today, and if I say yes to an opportunity will it add value to peoples lives, my family, my community or even the world?  Or if I say yes to this opportunity am I being selfish, lazy or simply entertained?

 

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I am curious to try this in my journal and to see if it influences who I show up as each day, and what I do each day. I want to be more intentional about how I spend my time and what I say yes too. To be honest too many times I feel annoyed with myself for wasting my time on watching too much television, or flicking aimlessly through the internet. Yesterday reminded me I want some things to change and how I want them to change.

 

The biggest question will be for me,  when I look back in 4 weeks time will I have asked the question each day and did I make that change I wanted to make? Living a beautiful life is not living an easy life, it is about doing what it takes to live a more purposeful and meaningful life on a daily basis.

 

A life without devils would be just awful, which is why today I continued my financial support for the devils by continuing to adopt a devil via the Tasmanian Devil Endangered Programme by Zoo’s Victoria. Go Devils!

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON