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How to journal better

How to journal better

What if every week a prompt showed up in your inbox and all you had to do was commit to the practice. No more thinking of what you’ll write (I know that that can put a serious kink the works big time!) 

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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daily snippet :: july 15 (I'm back)

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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a pre-note

my last daily snippet was last year november.  wow,  who knew how shook up i would get about events that took place back then.  i remember being in turmoil for a good few days and knew that sharing my words would be impossible to do because, truly,  i had none....things shook me up and a whole lot of other people that badly.  

if you received the latest JLT Note i sent out this week you will have read about my most recent turmoil and how I want to move forward.  one of those things is getting back to sharing some of my daily  journaling snippets with you.  i've actually continued to journal on and off.  seems i  just stopped journaling out loud. hope you're keeping up with your journaling.  cheers for getting back on the wagon.

here goes.....

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feel so good about the way this week has ended.  well, except for waking up feeling like crap yesterday morn with a drippy nose, irritated sinuses and no energy to do anything.  staying on the couch with my trusty phone nearby to peruse instagram and other such things seemed like the right thing to do.  but of course, because it's down time, my head gets free reign to think all manner of thoughts unchecked. ugh. that's  cause she's not being overtaken by work thoughts.

one the things that made helped end the week on a high was that i managed to get a chance to be on the live call for my magic making circle group and even chose to unmute myself to speak.  love that H was so excited to hear my voice. THAT FELT AWESOME!  to know that just the sound of my voice could induce someone to smile wide at my presence, mmmh..  but one question immediately came up ( cause that's how my crazy head rolls darn it! ) .....I made YOU that happy???? impossible!  but no, still dealing with those worth issues. ugh.

but, omg i love that women. she doesn't know it but she is my spirit and circle mentor and one of these days  will let her know....one of these days. ha!

last month we did the "she was" prompt. thinking i need to create a page in my art journal using it.  maybe later today.

She was afraid

She was scared shitless

She was floundering

She was capable

She was unsure

She was waiting

She was not ready for the profound change she knew she needed but the BIGness of it always stopped her

But that is not who she wants to be anymore

she is..........waiting for the magic

Breath. 

 

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remember, in your journal is the space where you get to be free, open up and write the words on your heart.  be willing to go deep...and deeper still.  that’s it for now.

toodles,

G

 

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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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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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daily snippet :: july 7

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bitsbecause all of these bits 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 don't want to do it.

i don't want to do it.  

i don't want to do it

...and i know i'm gonna have to get over myself real soon cause all the boxes need unpacking and linens need to wash and all storage studio items need permanent places to live and i am only one person and i feel i need to clone myself to get it all done and i know that i can't and despite it i will get it done but.....i don't want to do it.

so i sit at my desk putting off the doing and answering emails and recording receipts and dreaming of  a time away where nothing needs to be unpacked or sorted thru or figured out, where i can walk along the beach in the water watching as it laps at my feet, and read on the porch or dance to happy music with no one watching { just maybe the dog } and plop into a chair exhausted and smiling at the little dance party i threw for myself.

but girl, you know you must get it done because you also don't want to live with the boxes.

that's the thing with moving isn't it....you pack just to unpack and have to find new homes for everything....again. i have decided { yeh, take that! } that no matter what, i won't be packing next time or moving our stuff.  all that sh*take stuff i don't like to do that helps me reach to a more tired frustrated space will be hired out the next time and the time after that and the time after that.....  

yeh.  that sounds about right.  and if i can hire someone to unpack it all as well while i sit licking a salt & straw waffle cone piled high with almond brittle & salted ganache ice cream { my new favourit-est thing to eat...oh the poundage my hips will see } and show them where all things must now live ....yes, that too.  why did i let him convince me we should move ourselves?  dunno.  but enough is enough.

and i still don't want to do it.

so i'm just gonna begin.  darn it!

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toodles,

G

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daily snippet :: june 23

everything that surrounds you is a story worth telling~ Jeanette LeBlanc ~

i'm taking a writing course from the person quoted above.  why would i?  because i want to write a book.  i have never expressed this to anyone before, not even my sisters { one of whom is a published author }.

in my family, my brothers and sisters and i are all creatively inspired { photographer, wedding specialist, musician, artist ...that's me } but the book writing has always been my sister's realm.  so i'm taking this short email course on free writing to loosen up my writing muscles.

that leads me to daily snippets, my new blog post series.

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i want you to write. i want you to write all about you and not be afraid to put your life, your thoughts, your deeds, your desires down on paper.

write it all out.  everyday.

create a practice of recording even the "boring and mundane bits" as jeanette calls them.  yes, even those.  because all of these bits....the most wonderful & joyous occasions and travel adventures and what you ate, and  the 10th load of laundry you loaded even though you are dog tired are all a part of the life you live.

and that's why i'm doing the daily snippets.  to let you in on my daily life so you can see how easy it is to take a few minutes to record something, anything, about who you are and how you go about doing what you do.  every. darn. day.

i bet reading back you'll be surprised not only that you've created a practice of journaling but also find interesting what you've jotted down because as jeanette says  .....everything that surrounds you is a story with telling.

JOIN ME.  It's a JOURNALing Revolution happening y'all!

{ p.s. sign up below to to become a JLT member to get prompts and freebies and coupons by email }

{ thanks to my friend Liz for this awesome recording }

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got really overwhelmed this week. D away on business trip and am doing the single mom thing alll week. i know it makes a difference having both parents around to co-parent and most times it's not an issue for me at all but this week however, i kinda lost it this morn.

walked back and forth in the bathroom crying my eyes out because i had reached a wall....cause i'd just had stupid dealings with the 15 yr old.  why they push our buttons so i cannot tell you why, but oh boy did he ever.  but then again this is a regular occurrence ever since he hit that mark.  

that seems to be the age where they go off the rails, fall off the deep end and seems to need a serious punch in the gut a couple to times to remind them that their feelings are not the only ones that matter. deep breath cause i am not about to cry again. dammit!

1st the dog at the vet. almost $700 later, blood tests and x-rays { that are so way cool i had the vet email them to me } to find nothing definitive on what's wrong with him. lots a gas piled in his system but no idea how it got there but we got meds to help him move thru this...plus some loverly diarrhea to boot. mmmh. joy.

then we get to the boy who we just plunked down some serious money for at a corss-fit facility to get him ready for his sch soccer in the fall and he's out of it fot 2 weeks at least. injured his foot at monday's training and was immediately taken off the floor and sent home.  

doc visit and x-ray revealed no stress fracture but nothing else thank goodness.  assume it's a sprain. hopefully he gets better to get back to training. shame tho cause this time he's really enjoying it. 

then comes to today and wanted to move more things into our new apt but mister woke up late again and because of that found a little stinky treat left for him by the dog. got my knickers in a twist over that and had to hold my tongue { altho why i should have to is beyond me!!! }.  

he did the clean up and  when he began shampooing the carpet, Coop leaves droppings in another area of the apt. Poor dog. Not poor kid. He knows the dog has issues right now { why all these visits to the vet, duh! } and he needs to be more aware and vigilant. Agggrrrh! oh help me, lawdy, lawdy, help me. 

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toodles, G

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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daily snippet :: june 17

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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2nd Ovation coffee visit in 2 days cause Cr really likes her vanilla mocha blended zaza { such a cool name for drink right? }. D and Cman walked with me as we sat and had coffee w/ J too. Off to my fave art store evah...Collage { i get to go again...wholly smokes yes! } in a few but 1st a visit to post office to mail out my 1st orders. Yay!!! Few orders trickling in since shop relaunch. Gots ppl on my side helping spread the word. Loving my peeps a whole lot right now.

On another note hadn't had bread in a while and forgot that my fave treat, almond croissant, is in bread flour form. Feeling the effects darn it. Broke my streak, now starting from day one again and belly striking back.  Much in plans today. Hope she's clear by the time we need to head to the grad party. Crossing fingers and toes cause J's father is smoking some ribs. I know Cman will devour as much as he can the pig-hog { a friendly family term we use }!

toodles,

G


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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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daily snippet :: June 8

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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Omg can I be more upset right now? I cannot find my journal book. Dammit! I remember having it in 2 places and it's in neither place. I have looked everywhere. D has looked everywhere. Cman even came in later when he found out and looked everywhere. I only have a small space to work in in this tiny apt of ours —a 2x6ft space, I mean really!— and I can find this booklet nowhere in this space?

This is where I have all my measurements, all the papers I cut, the boards I cut, the thread measurement not to mention the price point for each of these items to make production easier and pricing easier for me.  Every note on the papers I've used, where to source some things. Everything is in this little journal I have been using for the last five years. E V E R Y T H I N G ! After two hours of searching when I should have been making more booklets I still can't find it. Aggrrhhh!!!!!

I want to scream at the world. I want to scream out loud. I want to kick something. I want to bite on something to get my frustration and anger and everything else out. I need to stop thinking about this. I need to let this go. Omg I need to let this go. Breath. 

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toodles,

G

 


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i might have mentioned before that i want to create a JOURNALing Revolution, a powerful, bold movement that shakes up the world.

 
 

{ thanks to my friend Liz for this awesome recording }

i journal quiet regularly, both by hand and with the use of technology,  in my bullet journal thru out the day, visual journaling and with the art collages i create.  i've been racking my brain for the longest to find a way to do this on my blog but every time i go to write i feel all self conscious and stuff.

as i'm thinking and thinking about it i realised i really only wanted to give you a daily snippet of my life as a help to you, so you can see how easy it is to write your words, journal your thoughts, record your moments.  and as i said the words ...it all came to me.

for the next week { or 2 or 3, who knows} i'll be doing something new i'm called, funnily enough, daily snippet.  it's a peak into my life one snippet, one story, one brief interlude at a time.  the words you read will be as if i'm writing it in my own journal.  so here goes....

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a daily snippet

I got up in such a good mood today despite the fact that I saw 4am this morn. No worries, the body clock says its 7 am and it is time. 

I've asked him to tap me lightly if I'm asleep when he comes in to say goodbye on his way to school and I so appreciate that he's finally getting it. Poking a bear out of sleep ain't good.

Lots of busy stuff to do today...getting ready for shop launch. Whose flipping brilliant idea was this again?  Oh yeh mine. No time for chastising, let's begin. 

Email....Instagram....list for today...shower.  

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toodles,

G