How to lean into your brave self more often

How to lean into your brave self more often

Haven’t a clue how to lean into your brave self when times get tough. What??? Didn’t even know you had a brave self. Read on to find out how to lean in and reach deep into who you are on the inside. Own your brave girl!

Living Simply

Living Simply

What does the idea of living a simple life look like? Questions to ask….where can you pare things down to just the basics…..what can you let go of in order to bring in more simplicity? I answer these questions and more about how to live a more simple life. Read on.

an adventure in Catching Stories

an adventure in Catching Stories

Catching Stories is a 14 day journey uncovering the stories in you, bringing them to light to create space for them to the new information to take hold. Join me on Instagram for this fun adventure! bit.ly/CatchingStoriesonInsta

Coming full circle :: Putting creativity on hold

Coming full circle :: Putting creativity on hold

I put making books on pause BUT that did not stop the creativity juices from bubbling up. Y'all ever had something like that happen to you? How to let go and still do what you want/need to do.  

holding tight to holiday family traditions

I'm always struck by how the traditions we hold dear carry us through, each and every season. Traditions long steeped in family, love and legacy. Take a peek into ours and don't forget to share some of your own you find dear.  

Own less : Love more : Live simply

Living simply is about creating a life for yourself in as simple and uncomplicated  way as possible while still enjoying your life. In this post I share 5 tips to help you do just that.

daily snippet: july 22

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~ jeanette leblanc ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  ( let's do this! )

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flipping heck! creating art scares me right now.  stand at my art table thinking about what to do or hate what i've create.

what the flip is that about?  i've been creative ALL my darn life and in the last few years the wanting to do art, that drive to create has dulled in me and, at the same time i'm also feeling meh....  can't figure this one out yet. may be because i'm concentrating so much on the business end of things....setting all manner of things up for my coaching practice....that my brain can't focus on creative as well.

but i think i miss it.  i think. nah, i do cause i still get thrills watching artists do their thing.  or is that just my appreciation for art in any form and the work that artists produce.  big ole question mark in this for now.

 

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are you in this blocked phase too?  what do you do to get back to creating? leave a comment below about how you get past this phase.  that’s it for now.

toodles,

G

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Courage to release the familiar and embrace the new

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It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is not meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and the exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power ~ Andy Cohen

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...in change there is power.

mmmmh.....yes.

in yesterday's minisode of Soul Speak with Grace i talk about paying attention and course correcting, and how in order to manifest that change we first need to see, then do.  that means paying attention to what's going on in you and around you, then course correct when needed.

 
 

as i mention in the video, one of my favourite ways to bring in a new season is to check in on my WOTY.  this year my word of the year is "and..." such a simple word but I think it speaks volumes for my life in 2017.  but you might be asking right about now.....

what does my WOTY have to do with paying attention and course correcting?

in order to course correct one needs to pay attention to where you are.  as well, you need to have some sort of inkling of where you want to be.

my WOTY does that for me and it's why i constantly check in with it.  right now in particular because the life coaching training i'm participating in will be transitioning in about a month to a different aspect of the program.

because i want to connect this new adventurous phase of mine with the journaling part of my business, this paying attention gets me to begin thinking about how i want to implement this change { the 2nd part of this 2-parter....course correcting }.  so my question for you is...

what do you need to pay more attention to?

where do you need to hold up the mirror or, better yet, a magnifying glass in your life, in your job or your business, in your relationships, in your health in order to begin course correcting?

because when we tune in, it's these Soul whispers that ultimately guides and steer us along our path....if we choose to listen.

it's your turn.  get out your journal and write the heartwords that will help create a clearer picture for you to begin your course correcting.

[bctt tweet="In change there is power  ~Andy Cohen " username="kgracehowes"]

toodles, Grace

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your gifts & bad-assery {yup, i said it}

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bitsbecause these are a part of the life you live

~ jeanette leblanc ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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After listening to the book "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes these last few days I am blown away by the realization of how many people both famous and regular ordinaries like me have this thing with hiding their light, Shonda Rhimes being one of them. Who the heck knew???? It just goes to show that you can never, ever judge a book by its front cover.

I mean really, look at me, forever in the shadows looking out and only letting the spotlight catch me ever so fleetingly. These last couple of years have been revealing to me in that I realize I won't melt or shrink or even die from exposure (haha). Seriously tho, I knew I wouldn't but the brain is a funny instrument in our lives in how it picks up so well on our insecurities and blows them all out of proportion. We have to work hard at seeing the other more positive side of things more often I think.

I've been figuring out and trying to answer this one question about me the last few years and listening to her book it felt wonderful knowing that I was able to so clearly state in that moment what mine are. Phew! This process has been hard and rocky and stagnant and exasperating had me flailing about at times but it's oh so exciting when I could finally hone in on my soul special gifts. Yes. Yes. Yes, Yes. Yes.

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what are your gifts?

what is it that only you have, that you get to share, that is the awesomeness of you?

if you don't know, your job, today, right now is to go on a quest to find out and proclaim it loudly, often & with intention.  your Soul demands it of you!

know why! cause only you have the gift of YOU.  nobody else is like you, nobody thinks like you do, nobody feels like you do.  know that you are special and be grateful for The Universe blessing you with your gifts, your powerful awesomeness. 

the corresponding mini episode on SOUL speak is about honing in on our Gifts and showing up with some serious bad-assery?  { listen to audio below or click here to watch video }

 
 

that’s it for now.

toodles,

G


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p.s.  i want to share with you a page from the daily om that speaks so beautifully about using your own unique gifts to express yourself and to share with your community.  enjoy the read.  http://bit.ly/dailyOmGifts

 

daily snippets :: nov 14

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bitsbecause these are a part of the life you live

~ jeanette leblanc ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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events of the last week has led me to some serious introspection on my part. one of my takeaways (among a few others I've been thinking about) is to try to listen better to those with differing opinions.

I did that, really listened to my kids while they were growing up and I think I now need to try to impart that same thinking, on a much bigger scale, to the world I inhabit. It's one of the ways I can continue to contribute as an individual living her life the best she can.

soooo many other thoughts swirling about I cannot contain them all in this journal right now. later, later. maybe I can get them all out but for now, LISTEN better.

 

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what about you?  are you listening ...to your heart?  ...to your intuition?  ....to the people around you?  ....to the world collective?  ....to the planet? how can you, in this very moment as you read these words, allow for more listening to take place within you, around you, by you? 

5 tenets to better listening

i share 5 tenets in this minisode about how to be a better listener (+ I go into more detail on each)

  • be curious
  • stay informed
  • allow for silence
  • be open to possibility
  • trust your intuition

I believe in living these everyday.  The one for me that is most important for my daily sanity is No. 3...allow for silence.

For some this is meditation. for me at times, it literally is about just being quiet.  this means each hour in my day doesn't have to be filled with music or audiobooks or a podcast or talking or working. 

Sometimes the best stuff that comes out of me is when I allow the silence of minutes or an hour to envelop me.  It is me and my creativity, whether at my art table or at my desk ...and golden, beautiful silence.

i invite you to listen to your SOUL whisperings.  make it a daily practice and afterwards, go write your heartwords.

That’s it for now.

toodles,

G

the corresponding mini episode on SOUL speak is about listening, or more to the point, how can i be a better listener?  { listen to audio below or click here to watch video }

 
 

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daily snippets :: oct 30

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~ jeanette leblanc ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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A revelation sitting in sb after a walk in Mount Tabor Park:

Tho I love, love making, don't want to be known for the things I make, i'd rather be known for the lives I've changed. This, my dear journal, is BIG. Finally can see the mountains for the trees & why I never wanted to nor felt comfortable pursuing individual recognition and receive accolades for the art I produced. Makes so so much sense to me now. Only took 20+ yrs to wade thru, of standing on others' shores to realise that's not how I want to sail my boat.

Ahhhh....the magic of being open to both your own truth being revealed and perfect destiny. And.......always striving to live thru authenticity.

Yes. This.

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how did this come about?

sitting in starbucks i started reading the magazine i'd brought with me.  because i'm working on a bringing The JOURNAL Collective to life { my new subscription based journal service coming in November 2016, subscribe below to hear about juicy details }.  i don't get much of a chance to do leisurely reading, it's more researching and editing content these days.  today when hubby suggested a walk in the park then a warm up in a coffee shop after i jumped at the chance to just bring a magazine that i'd been eyeing to finish it.  it's only as i read the words of artist cheryl dossey { in her response to somerset life magazine's challenge } that the proverbial penny dropped.....

"being a mixed media artist, this call roused promising ways to add texture and dimension.to my work"

don't know why her words resonated the way they did but geez it was like the old v8 tv commercial where the person thunks himself on the head realizing he "should've had a v8 instead" of whatever he was drinking.  i got thunked y'all.

things were that revelatory.

i had no paper with me { yeh, who the heck knew i'd need paper says the paper junkie!!! } so immediately i jumped on evernote, my go-to digital journal, to record my thoughts above.  for the last 7 mths i've been working on repositioning and redirecting my efforts to get them more aligned with my purpose.

in january i'll start a 9 mth program where i'll get he chance to learn the skills needed to fulfill my purpose and then....watch out world!

that's it for now.

toodles,

G

{ here's a link to a video I recorded as well ... https://youtu.be/Bu1YvO3M124 }

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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work/Life balance: declutter

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for the month of september my co-host ho'o and i are vlogging about subconscious curating. what you say is that?  check this post and to watch our 1st vlog. this week for work/Life balance we tackle decluttering our spaces, both physically and mentally. watch now.....

 
 

how do you declutter your space?

is there a technique you regularly use?

no time to declutter your space?

if not then i suggest first you sit and mentally declutter. as i discussed in the video, 2 of the best ways to declutter is through meditation and/or journaling.  you know which one i want you to try first right?  nope, not journaling.

whoa!

i want you instead to sit quietly for 5 minutes. yup, just 5.  so you can mentally decompress.  sometimes that 's all that's needed to be able to carry on with tasks and  family & home duties.

now think about this, what if you did this everyday?  just 5 minutes of self-love { that's love directed inward btw }. then go and tackle that closet or those containers of "stuff" sitting wanting attention or that fridge like ho'o suggested.

try it.  sit for 5. then go do some decluttering.  and afterwards.....take another 5 to write in your journal how flipping awesome you feel.  yeh that feeling is what we're after when we choose to declutter and release what is no longer needed.  cause you know...

it's all a work/Life balance afterall.

till next time,

G

links mentioned in video:

How to de-clutter and organize your fridgeFinding feathersShop for your 'grace journal"

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daily snippets :: aug 28

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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i've recently populated my studio with a good majority of my artwork.  cman came in and as he turned he said he like it all.  i actually value this 15 yr old kid's opinion cause he's so sincere and is very aware aesthetically of what looks good and what doesn't ( most of his "don't look good mum" i take with a grain of salt cause he is a young 'un after all and i get final veto power for things i ask him about ). 

i looked up from my desk just now and across the wall is my "circle of women" wall of art....women's faces painted by me or another practically fills the entire wall.  def makes me smile when i get a glimpse of it.  behind me is my wall of art for when i vlog from my desk.  love that!  

this all started because my alarm went off to remind me to vlog but i knew i wanted to have my artwork behind me as a backdrop and not a blank wall so found all the pieces and i had been putting aside as i unpacked studio boxes and finally put my art pieces out on display ( note to self: must get back into the habit of creating art for sake of creating cause most of these pieces are at minimum 2 yrs old at least ).  only problem is now i don't have the energy to vlog anymore.  bummer!  best laid plans....

oh well....art calls.

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toodles,

G

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daily snippets :: august 25

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i'm journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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usual lazy slow morn, checking in and getting my tasks for the day listed?  uh uh.  woke up today wired for some good stuff.  had idea for a new class and had to jump out of bed to grab my workshops journal to get the ideas down on paper. ha! still totally about pen and paper... analog all the way for me most times.

btw....physically recording in a notebook helps flesh out ideas & gets my creative juices flowing )

this is def part of me creating the JOURNALing Revolution.  so excited about it i almost popped outta bed to go start but needed to outline and clarify 1st, write down some ideas, flesh it out.

will begin videotaping when Cman goes back to sch next week when i'll get uninterrupted filming time ( altho there is the hubs who hasn't a clue sometime either, lol just pops downstairs and starts talking ).  miss having a door to enter my studio.

mmmh ...what i could do tho is set up for lesson taping in the 3rd bedroom.  that way i can close the door and use my "do not disturb" door hanger.  yup, that's the plan.  Woot! Woot! ok.  back to finishing the outline.

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toddles,

G

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Visual Journaling #4

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choose 1-3 photos you've recently taken and imagine the story you want to tell about it.  grab your journal, a few pieces of cardstock or pages from a magazine, some paint, a glue stick, you imagination and have at it.  enjoy the process.

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close-ups.....

 

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Visual Journaling #4

 

toodles,

G

 


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Visual Journal #3

here's a short and fun visual journal video about a special day our family had last weekend.  we got keys to our new apt and even before we moved the all our furniture in we brought our dining room table "home" and invited friends over for a curry nite.  nice way to christen our home and welcome in the good vibes with family and friends.

toodles,

G


 

 

what the heck does "being in balance" even mean?

are you in balance? reading an article the other day in the magazine 'flow" i came upon this question and, very surprisingly, it actually stumped me for a bit.   what does it feel like to be imbalanced?  this then begs the question....

what does being "in balance" even mean?

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for me, being in balance means there a certain ebb an flow to my day, to my life.   yes, of course, side issues come up and have to be dealt with.  but, for the most part, i go thru my day telling, writing & living one story, my story, one moment at a time.

there are many parts to this story of mine and they don't all happen in harmony.  but guess what?  i believe that that's as it should be.

imagine if everything was even keeled???  what a flipping bore that would be.  then  all the juiciness and serendipity of life will have been stamped out.

let's look at the quiet, serene lives of monks whose lives are all about balance and living in harmony.  at times they, too, must go thru upheaval.  most likely they handle it internally, all thru quiet meditation, but as human beings themselves, it's a given.

we all go thru a gamut of emotions and strife and happiness and solitude { sometimes all crowded into one day i bet }.   monks are just better able to move thru these moments because they practice resting in that state of BE-ingness everyday.

so what, then, is balance?

is it that pinnacle we strive for?  that seemingly out of reach, elusive and intangible frame of mind that, when achieved, life magically switches over to the good and brilliant and wonderful.

balderdash!

balance is more a mindset than a life event.  it is how we encounter and deal with strife.  it's about rationing out one's level of energy so we are not so depleted in the times that we need it.  it's about sustaining ourselves, our lives, our world with sound effort and reasonable thought to move thru with ease and surety.  it's about doing, working with purpose so that we live our lives in a more fulfilled and authentic way.

that, my friend, is living in balance.....not waiting on one side of the scales of life to teeter off and bounce us into the nether world.

so i say live life now, not when you reach it.  if not, you might find life, success and the sweet spots of existing passing you by, while constantly scrambling to achieve the impossible state of balance.

learn to define your balance, your space of happy and content.

live life now live it out loud smile ... be content be there ... in this moment. find your happy

it's your for the taking.

{ tweet that! }

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toodles y'all,

G


today is DAY 3 of shop re-launch and i'm still smiling.  how bout you?  have you gotten a hold of your very own "grace journal" yet?  c'mon....what're you waiting for?  there's lots to choose from.  in the shop.  right now.

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daily snippet :: june 15

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons:1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you & me to commit to something and stick with.  JOIN ME.

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Today is D-day! Numero uno day of my shop re-opening. I say a quick thank you to The Universe for getting me to this point. It's go time. I'm excited.  I can see the booklets and journals are lined up on my shelf and wish for them new homes all. I fricking love these beauties. Don't know why i have a passion for making journals and books but i do.  I'm a maker at heart, i love creating beautiful things, useful things.  Having the shop reopened feels so, so good.  That's all I have...gotta get back to the business of selling. Ha!
toodles,
G

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daily snippet :: June 13

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons:1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you & me to commit to something and stick with { i have issues y’all😜 }

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Spent two 5-hr sessions Sunday uploading and editing over 200 photos. Fingers are sore,  eyes are crossed { haha } and my back is long past holding me up straight. In between these self-imposed get-ready-for-launch sessions i got to play hookie with J and L and J at Collage { yum that store is! }, hung out with D and Cman at the dragon boat races then had a bit of a spy on navy ships that are in town for Fleet week & Portland Rose Festival, no tour of ships tho. Gots no time for alla that. Walked so much my feet hurt like crazy later on but had such a good day, don't think i'd trade it. 

Back to it for that 2nd session and taking more pics { saw ones I missed while editing }. In bed afterwards can feel my whole body is plain ole tired and weary. But, truth be told, I'd have it no other way. Right now I'm working for myself and there's something big inside of me that feels so good knowing that my own efforts are changing my world. Can't be better than this, right her, right now.

Cool thing is hubby is uber aware I'm on a crunch for time so he's been making sure I eat and bringing me dinner wherever I'm working ....can't wait to move into new studio space—getting keys to new apt this week. Fricking heck yes, I am totally stoked! If ma darn feet weren't hurting so much I'd be jumping for joy....right, girl get real.....who are you trin to kid!  Anyway, peace out. 

NOTE:  names i use in daily snippet will be 1st letters only.  altho this is my journal, it is a public one so i am choosing not to use any full names.

toodles,

G

 


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