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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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

 

 

Coffee in hand, journal and pen, reflecting and planning as the new year begins.

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It is 2016 and already the year is zooming by at an incredible pace.

 

Today with my coffee in hand, journal and pen I found some time to reflect upon 2015.  The year can best be described as the big pause, and letting go of commitments. That nasty bug that made me sick was determined to slow my life down, and it won. The theme of the year was focus and action, and when I looked at my 100 things to do for 2015 list it showed up with 75 items being crossed off. I re-discovered a place I used to love visiting, Pt Leo beach. I attended study days, and a work conference and enjoyed my nursing work. I went on two family holidays. Attended some great craft workshops, read books, did online learning courses, and created this new blog.

 

A confession. I absolutely did not achieve all my goals. I let drama’s get in the way. Lost motivation. Was Lazy at times. Disorganised at times. Got distracted by all the sparkly bits of life. Simply was not interested enough in the goal in the first place. So plan for 2016 less goals, and only goals that really, really interest me.

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Then came time to focused on 2016, a time when dreams and yearly aspirations are spread all over the journal pages.  I have chosen to only focus on four major goals for 2016 and have created some vision cards to support those goals. You can bet that health is going to be my top priority goal this year, I am planning to level up on this big time.  I am also having fun working on my 100 things to do for the year list which I have not finished yet, it is so hard to think of 100 things. I have  also invested in hard copy planner, to track the referrals and put all the important pieces of paper in that I need to take with me to my son’s appointments. I am going to be organized in 2016.

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I asked my angel cards for a word of the year, and they gave me Humour. Guess I need to lighten up this year, laugh a little, see the funny side of life. There it is, 2016 word of the year, and theme for the year is ‘Humour’.

What word of the year have you chosen for 2016?

Wishing you all an wonderful new year, filled with lots of delightful surprises.

Happy New Year!

Head over to another great blog Create With Joy ,  at http://www.create-with-joy.com/2016/01/2016-blog-hop-share-your-one-word-new-year-goals-and-resolutions.html, and share your goals and word of the year, also can enjoy reading some great post linked to her blog hop.

FRAN DISHON

Be like a child, ask a lot of questions, by doing the Leonardo da Vinci, 100 questions exercise.

 

 

 

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Children live in the world of curiosity, they love asking questions why, what, when, where and how. Yes, children are expert question creators, and they don’t censor their questions, they are not afraid to ask about what ever they are curious about.   I am currently reading Michael Gelb’s book, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Everyday. This book title got me curious about how I could think more like Leonardo da Vinci, so I am just loving all the exercises through out this book.

 

 

One in particular is a great exercise for journaling and so insightful. It turns out it is important to learn to ask good questions, and to keep asking questions.  From the chapter on curiosity there is one exercise called 100 questions that you find interesting. It just requires a journal or a few pieces of paper, a quiet place to sit and ponder, and about 30-45 minutes to come up with your questions. These questions can be about anything you are interested in goals, dreams, self- exploration, curiosity about the outside world, anything really. At first the questions just flow and it is super easy. Then it gets harder, 100 questions are a lot of questions to come up with, so be curious and keep going. This exercise is best done in one sitting, keep your pen on the page and keep writing. As you keep going the questions will get closer to your real deep curiosity. This is a great exercise for learning to ask good questions, and lots of good questions, like a child.  I loved this exercise and I was thinking it was the perfect time of year to do them.

 

 

The book suggests you identify themes from your questions, and not to judge them just accept these are the things your curious about. Some of my themes were as follows:

  • creativity
  • nursing
  • writing
  • photography
  • Diet and fitness
  • Personal communication
  • home making

 

 

 

Also pick ten questions, the power questions these are the questions that resonate with you the most, and start exploring those questions. A journal is a great place to start, but it may also mean doing some research, reading, speaking to experts on the subject, doing courses, and simply exploring the question in as many ways as you can, and of course asking even more questions delving into all corners of the box and even some outside of it. For example, one of my power questions was, who are the five creative women I admire, and what can I learn from them?  I am excited about exploring this question, which I can break down into more questions, and it feels so expansive, because I can look at it from so many angles.

 

 

Try this exercise and come up with your own 100 questions, identify your themes and pick your ten power questions to explore.

Enjoy creating your questions, and exploring them in your journal.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON