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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist’s Date Excursion~Here are some ideas.

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Recently I didn’t have to go to work, I was given an annual leave day. Such days are holidays, which means they are days to be enjoyed. A day not to be wasted. So I visited the National Gallery of Victoria for my Artist’s Date.

 

 

Like always the art gallery is full of treasures and exhibitions. I appreciated being able to just sit quietly and reflect upon the paintings.  I loved just going out side in the garden, at the moment it has mist happening, and bean bags all around for people to relax in. It is a beautiful space with seating and tables, garden and sculptures, grass and water.

 

 

Above I have included some ideas for an Artist’s Date. You get to choose when, where and what you do. There are many things you can do.

 

 

Plan weekly adventures for your Artist’s Date. Plan something you think you would love and enjoy, a play date for your self. Enjoy.

 

 

Where are you going on your next Artist’s Date?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Artist’s Date~Essential oils that uplift the spirits.

 

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A box of essential oils is tucked away in the cupboard, which is full of my collection of favorite oils. I was looking forward to burning peppermint oil in my infuser. I love peppermint. It is my happy oil, the one that gives me a boost of energy, and gets me focused.

 

 

It had been a tough day. I was suffering from the, ‘sads.’  I really needed peppermint, my happy oil to lift my spirits. However, when I went to use it  the peppermint bottle was empty. This inspired my Artist’s Date, of going out in search of essential oils that would uplift my spirits.

 

 

This weeks Artist’s Date was in search for oils that uplift the spirit and get me back to my happy place.  I headed down to the natural health store, in search of such oils. Smelling essential oils was my idea of fun. There were so many oils to choose from however I choose two, that I thought would lift my spirits. Firstly, my happy oil peppermint, and an unknown oil for me, grapefruit.

 

 

With my infuser out, candle lit, I tested out the unknown oil grapefruit. I infused its cheerful smell throughout my living room. Whilst I blended it with the relaxing sound of Daintree Dreamtime by Ken Davis in the background. By this time the ‘sads’ had left me, and I was feeling good about the day. My mood had certainly been lifted.

 

 

I am not sure if feeling good came from the adventure of my Artist’s Date to the health food store testing out essential oils, or from the the time I spent infusing the oil and listening to music. I have a feeling it was both, and I am very happy to have discovered a new essential oil grapefruit.

 

 

One of the things that gets in the way of me going on my Artist’s Date is coming up with ideas of what to do. Another is I get stuck doing the same things over and over again. I hope by sharing my Artist’s Date I can inspire you to come up with ideas for your own Artist’s Date. What was your artist’s date this week? Please share your thoughts in the comments. I am always curious about what other people do on their Artist’s Date and often find this inspirational for coming up with ideas for my own Artist’s Dates.

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

 

 

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

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

 

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