Saturday, October 24, 2009

the art of making lists

Writing your life is taking your life seriously - that's what I heard on the radio this week.
I love this quote.

Writing lists is an easy way to write your life.
Here are some ideas :
- list your perfumes
- list the places you have visited
- list the best moments of your life
- list your favourite foods
- list your friends
- list the things you want to buy
- list the men/women you have loved
- list your qualities
- list what you are grateful for
- list what you dream about
- list the streets where you have lived
- list what you have to do next week
- list the things you want to get rid of
- list the things you love in your life
- list the things you love in your house
- list your favourite outfits
- list the things you never want to do again
- list what makes you cry
- list the people you admire
- list the reasons you love your husband/wife
- and make a list of other lists you want to make!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

just take a picture you like

take any picture you have at home, in your computer, from the net or in a magazine and get going.
Write the story of this picture.
Invent a story around it.
What happened before and after? Why was this picture taken? Who took this picture? Where was it? Add your senses : touch, smell...
Go grazy with the plot - write a story that you like!
And if your story is boring - that is okay too!

Extra idea : Cut the picture, put in the center of your sheet, glue it and write around it.

Another extra idea : Change pen colour for every word you write so that you slow down your pace and for the way it looks!

Here a few to inspire you if you don't have any close by.
Have fun!

Friday, September 11, 2009

it's a start! yeah!

Write your life.

I have been wanting to write a blog on journaling forever - for the past 3 years I think.  So proud I finally started!

How hard it is to sometimes start new things even things that we like.

This blog is about the joys of journaling. And the hundred of techniques I plan to teach!

Since I have had a baby I have not been journalling as much and I miss it.  Journaling has always been a relaxing but at the same time exciting activity for me.  But the reason why I love it the most is because it allows be to get things done.  My written words given me the fuel to do them in real life.

My wildest dreams have always appeared on paper and have (for most of them) come true thanks to writing them over and over again.

I have been procrastinating about starting this blog...oh yes... but last night when I went to bed I decided I would start today! No more excuses.

I wanted my first post to be engaging and interesting...I wanted to write a find the best pictures, to take new pictures, to read my journaling books again...
But finally I decided to just show up.
Just to show up.
I don't remember which author taught me this but it has been a valuable lesson.
Just show up.
What counts is the process and and not the result. 

So homework #1 guys :
Shopping is involved.  Exciting shopping!  

Buy paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, scotch tape, scissors, glue.  More notebooks (preferably not lined) and more pens...

But if going out to buy all that material is a reason not to start journalling, just use any paper you have at home.

Homework #2

You have your paper and a favourite pen?
Simply write down five things you are grateful for.
And do that every day.
It is the most simple and most uplifiting writing excercise you can do.
It puts everything is perspective again.

I am grateful for :

1.My great art room/office and computer
2.The great lunch I just had : egg sandwich and hot tea
3. Time for me : Mateo is sleeping now.
4. Walking outside for more than an hour this morning.
5. I think I am slowly losing my belly