Finding Water- The Art of Perseverance

Week three

Reading! Journaling! Walking! and working through week three of Finding Water- The Art of Perseverance of Julia Cameron.

Week three is all about Uncovering a Sense of Support, and as I work through this chapter it only highlights the lack of support that I have in so many areas of my life. I often think that is what makes me feel so tired and exhausted at times. I look at other mothers with grown teenage children and see them enjoying their freedom to go out in the world and do the things they want to do. I see myself tired up, stuck in this same place trying to construct a life around my son who has a disability. I often feel most people around me are oblivious to my circumstances. Anyway, a sense of support is certainly an area I need to work on now and for the future.

Supports are not always available to us, and when we need it. Another way we can gain support is to read the biography or autobiography that details the deceased writers (artists) life. We can often find comfort from learning about their journey and understanding their struggles. Julia suggests choosing one of them as a mentor, having some quiet time and listening to them for guidance. I must confess this is still on my to do list. I am still in the process of deciding about which five writers I will read about.

Another way to gain support is a great journaling exercise of writing yourself an encouraging letter and highlighting all the things you have done well.

Finally, time to take action. Julia states a well known saying, ” most of us accomplish too little because we are expecting to accomplish too much.” She suggests focussing on daily manageable action steps, and committing to that every day, even on the days you don’t feel like it. When it comes to writing she suggests committing to writing three pages every day.

Week three was very challenging for me, and I feel that I am still working through it. It is one of those chapters that I feel I need longer to work on. I will be spending two weeks on this chapter and trying to implement some of her suggestions.

Savvy Learning Resources

Today I am watching a great online class on Creative Live,
called Starving to Sucess: How To Become A Full-time Writer by Jeff Goins. I love watching Creative Live, I can watch the class for free when it is live. It is an awesome learning site, and provides lots of opportunities to learn new things.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

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Journaling Through Books For Reflective Self Discovery ~Finding Water- week two

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Reading! Journaling! Walking! and working through week two of Finding Water- The Art of Perseverance of Julia Cameron.

Week two of Finding Water, was about uncovering a sense of reality. Some of my take aways was the importance of being in the now. This is coming up a lot in my reading at the moment. Cherishing the moment and taking small steps each day to progress.

One of the exercises recommended in the book is to take time each day to complete this statement ten times.

I cherish……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

for example:
I cherish sunshine beaming through the window onto the kitchen table where I sit, bringing warmth to me on this cold winter’s day.

I cherish this kiwi fruit, its colour and pattern, its fresh taste, and smell. It adds zing to my lunch.

It is about cherishing those things right in your life right at this moment that are worth noticing and appreciating. I know that sometimes it is easy for me to get caught up in all the drama and problems in life. Then life seems stressful and overwhelming, and all the good stuff isn’t even on my radar. This why doing and exercise like I cherish, or ten blessings of the week bring all that good stuff back to the front of my mind and refocus my day. It brings that sense of optimism back into life.

The second exercise that I thought that was good is that we need to take some action to work towards the little bit of progress each day. We need to keep working on our skills and talents. No matter what is going on in our life we need to take some small step towards doing that thing we want to do. I neglected my blogs this year. At the beginning of the year, I intended to work on them, improve them, and to practice my writing. Nothing happened, because nothing was going to be good enough, or I didn’t have big chunks of time to spend on writing posts, I had nothing interesting to say. So for me working on them each day, even though I haven’t posted each day, I feel like I am bringing them back to life.

So decide what it is you want to do, and working on. Then write down 5 small actions you can take to move forward. Often taking small actions adds up, this leads to a sense of real progress and optimism. I love the practicality of these types of journaling exercise.

1. Brainstorm some ideas and collect them in one place.
2. Attempt to write a potential blog post each day in Grammarly. The more writing I do the better I will become at it.
3. Create some images for my blog posts.
4. Edit my potential posts that I think could work as real posts on my blog and post them.
5. Learn more about blogging by listening to Pro Blogger podcast once a week.

 

This week I did one long and also a couple of short 20minute walks. I missed one day of my morning pages exercise, and my artist date was decorating a shabby folder with collage into something I love and makes me smile.

I find it hard to focus on all the ideas and exercises I tend to just pick a couple of things out that I feel would be really helpful and work on them.

If you want to know more about my Journaling Adventure with this book check at my post about week one.

If you have worked through Julia Cameron’s books Artist’s Way or her other books like Finding Water, what were some really useful exercises that you continue to use? Please share in the comments.

Wishing you a wonderful Day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Journaling Through Books For Reflective Self Discovery and Personal Development~Finding Water

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Some books are really good for being part of the journaling process and discovering parts that you can apply to real life. I recently got Julia Cameron’s book Finding Water- The Art of Perseverance, this is the book I have chosen to do over the next 12 weeks.
Like Julia Cameron’s other books you need to know about a number of tools, Artist’s Dates, Morning Pages and Walking. You can find out about the tools in a previous post I did for Walking in this World.

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I have already done the Artist’s Way and also Walking in this World and have found the prompts and exercise excellent for exploring in my journal. Also each time I work through one of her books I discover a new perspective and initiating changes that make my life so much enjoyable and in a much more positive direction.

In the next 12 weeks I will be doing a series about this book, my artist’s dates, morning pages and walking.

Today I have chosen this prompt from week one a chapter on uncovering a sense of optimism. It is easy to focus on the shoulds, however, those shoulds can limit us and get in the way of what we really want to be doing. This exercise is about focusing on the coulds to discover new possibilities. This is about completing the following quote and doing it as fast as you can. It is important not to overthink it or try to rationalize rather for the answers to just flow on the page unedited.

Often we do things because we should, what this is about the things we could do. Julia suggests we come up with ten answers to the following prompt.

Journal Prompt: I could try…………………………………………………………..

I really recommend taking a book and not just reading it, but also live it and see what works for you. What book could you read and apply to your life today?

Happy journaling! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Ten ideas of the day journal prompt.

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(It is so amazing I can go and take a photo with a mobile phone, use a app called Brushstrokes and turn it into a painting. This is what I know, I imagine there is so much more I can do that I don’t even know about. The possibilities are so exciting these days!)

I love asking a question and coming up with 10 ideas. This is a really great journal prompt. I think you can use this technique to quickly explore so many questions. I find this technique to be quick and easy, it also helps to move my thinking in a more focused direction. I thought I share the following question, it was very uplifting.

What 10 things  make me feel good about life!

  1. Happy surprises come to me each day I look with wonder and curiosity at the day before me.
  2. I am surrounded by the people I love and who love me.
  3. I live an abundant life and I am grateful for all the abundance I have.
  4. I love learning and have abundant opportunities to learn and grow.
  5. It is what it is, accept and move on.
  6. I have avalanches of books to read, enjoy and learn from daily.
  7. A picture a day capture something about my life and creates a collage of the life I am living.
  8. My dog Little Miss Popularity is my daily pick me up!
  9. Cooking has gone from drag to fab. I purchase some fresh food meals to create. Creating new unusual meals has been a creative adventure full of success(Yum) and failures(Yuk)
  10. Sunshine makes me happy, rain is meditative, and thunderstorms delights me.

 

I find doing this exercise each day can be very helpful in building my idea muscles up. Another idea I can use some of these idea statements as positive affirmations.

 

What 10 things make you feel good about life?

 

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Where does journaling inspiration come from?

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Where does journaling inspiration come from?

EVERYWHERE!

 

This is what I wrote in my journal. I asked a bird to tell me a story. It told me once this was a paddock with lots of trees, and covered in grass. Once this place was always peaceful and quiet. Once I had the freedom to come and go as I liked. Then you people came along and built homes, you took my paradise away.

 

I replied to the bird’s story. Sorry birdy I didn’t mean to be cruel. I will plant you some trees and a garden. It will not be the same but it will be something.

 

Inspired by one of those birds hanging out in the trees of my front garden.

 

Where does journaling inspiration come from?

EVERYWHERE!

 

 Happy Journaling.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

The trouble with mornings.

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Do you ever feel like your morning routine doesn’t live up to your expectations of what a good morning routine should look like? Or do you have your act together and have a routine that helps you start your day off feeling amazing?

Wake up sleepy head. The trouble with mornings is I am lazy. It is cold, and my bed is so cozy and warm. I am tired and don’t want to get up. The reality of my mornings. My morning routine has been of sipping coffee, half snoozing until it is time to jump out of bed at 7am and get the boys off to school. Then I come home do 20 minutes of meditation and 4o minutes of journaling, this I am proud of and it really supports starting my day in a positive way.

I love curling up in my arm chair, sipping on a cup of tea, and spilling words from my crazy busy mind onto the page of my journal each morning. It just gets my mind into the right space to start my day.

The trouble with mornings is that I am not a morning person. My ideal day would be to sleep in and start the day at lunch time. Which is why I have always loved working an afternoon shift, it just suits my body clock. I love this quote by writer Libba Bray “The trouble with mornings is that it comes well before noon.” I think this sums it up well.

The trouble with mornings is that I have morning routine envy. I read about successful people’s routines and some of them are up early, meditating, reading, and exercising. Then I beat myself up, why am I not doing that. I should be striving for some ideal morning routine. So I remind myself I have tried this all before and it never lasts. The routine I have keeps me happy, fits into my lifestyle, and works on a consistent basis without a lot of effort. In fact, I look forward to it. Being me is gently unfolding into my day, not bouncing out of bed, and jumping enthusiastically into it. We are all different some of us are morning people and some of us are evening people. I know I am an evening person.

My morning glory is a morning routine that works for me, allowing me to slowly unfold into my day. It is lazy, it’s imperfect, and it shows that I am not an early bird riser.

Please share your trouble with mornings or morning glory routine?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

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

 

 

Sparkly Journal Prompt Jar

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying a sparkly day out with my journal.

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I am currently listening to Cafe Chillout, it is a hot day, and the heavy rain comes down and I can hear the thunder. I love a thunderstorm.  It is a strange day. The fact that I get to sit here and watch it makes me happy. I feel fortunate that I have the flexibility to pick my boys up from school and to be able to take my youngest boy to all his medical appointments. I sit outside under the pergola enjoying nature, music and my glass of ice tea as I write this post. My devoted companion Little Miss Popularity keeps me company, as I wait for hubby to come home. This is how I love my life to feel. It may not feel like this every moment of the day but if I can include moments like this in my day or week life feels good.

 

 

 

This week I have been doing a course by Jen at Journal Wild, her 5- day intuitive journaling challenge, it has been lots of fun to work in my visual/art journal. My big take away was intuition shows up on the page, effortlessly everyday with love. For more information about this go to http://journalwild.com

Explore your own ideas about intuition in your journal, go to journal wild and follow Jen’s instructions. It really is a wonderful experience.

 

 

Whilst earlier on today I was out in the park journaling in the shade of some gum trees enjoying an amazing sunny day. It was an opportunity to relax and enjoy the good weather on my day off.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

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