[and don’t stop.]
For almost a decade, I’ve been waking up early and making daily journal entries. Writing morning pages or painting/sketching in my journal. This practice is everything. This one daily habit informs everything I create.
What one thing can you do – even if you don’t understand exactly where you’re going? What is one thing that you can do to strengthen your practice? Do it. And do it again. And again.
Here are some elephant bites from last week:
12 Jan Every two weeks or so I prep several double page spreads in the journal that I’m using. I love having color and image waiting for me to add layers of text, marks and/or more image. I missed my early morning journal time today, so now I’m curled up in bed with a white pen, a sharpie and a cuppa. #soulwork #morningbirdatnight #makepages
13 Jan I’ve created a new morning nook with no computer and a bigger window. I love to time it so that I’m here reading/writing/praying as the sun rises. The changing light is gentle even if the current of my mind is rushing or kinetic. The soundtrack is birdsong. Thank you @randygarmon for letting my practice move as necessary. For graciously accepting little corners overflowing with paintbrushes and stacks of books. This morning I am tending to my soul with berries, poetry, long lists and beautiful pastels. #gratitudes #laventana #beinyourlife
17 Jan And then @andes_mountain said, “Let me help you with this decision. I’m taking half of the mugs with me. And you LOVE this one…” [insert knowing look from brown, snappy eyes]I have purposed to not only be shed of that which no longer serves, but to choose that which delights and fulfills my desires. No more denial about what I want. No more playing small. Just permission to chose what, when, where and with whom I thrive. Thanks to The Girl for wisdom and bold declarations. Today, I choose ordered spaces, ginger tea in a cute fox mug and time in the sunlight. #beinyourlife #50dragons
19 Jan Tonight I gathered via technology with a some of my favorites. These women share wisdom and inspiration. I fill pages and pages with their reflections and insight. Tonight I get at least 500 #lifepoints for tending to my soul by holding space with them. “Don’t judge your desires.” #beinyourlife #dreamholders
20 Jan the word TRANSITION keeps coming up, so I’m sitting with it. In this season, it is connected to EXPANSION and dreams and birthing new things. So that’s where I’m putting my eyes and heart. I like to know exactly what’s coming my way. I don’t. All I know to do is paint & write daily in order to listen carefully. #atpeace #seekingjoy #chasingdesire #50dragons
21 Jan Moving paint and listening deep at @bucketsofcolor studio. Thanks Jen for the parallel play. #thepagesknow #beinyourlife
22 Jan Current WIP. I’ve made a commitment to invest in my practice w daily pages/paint. These are quick intuitive investments in soul tending, not planned, technical works. Today I painted at the kitchen counter during lunch w @andes_mountain. @joshuagarmon ‘s chocolate wrappers came in handy. #listening #beinyourlife
23 Jan spent the afternoon at the kitchen counter w @teamscott7 talking color, contrast and retrospectives. I love the cross-pollination that happens when two or more creatives are gathered. #beinyourlife #thepagesknow
24 Jan I’ve spent the last several years in classes and online communities that have been amazing support structures for me to build my creative practice. I have shown up to books, courses & groups. I’ve created for years with bits and pieces of time and energy in the cracks and crevices of a busy life of motherhood and service. Classes and invitations have given me voice and a path to daily disciplines. I now find myself with an almost empty nest and a voracious appetite to create without a construct. To paint/write everyday. Period. Whatever I want – from the overflow of my heart. I’ve been painting every morning and at the end of the session turning to a new sheet and spreading leftover paint and gluing down the paper palette. I love how today’s choices and investments in listening are laying tomorrow’s foundation. #ebbandflow #50dragons #paintlikeamuther
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