journals

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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a journal addict confession

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well, well, well...... my name is grace and i confess, i am a journal addict.  i own a whole bunch { no, i mean really a lot }.   it all started when i was 12 and received my first journal.  mine was red and it had a lock.  yeh, i know...you had one too right, or something like it?  i think every one had one of these.

btw....i came across mine the other day.  oh boy the musings of a 12 year old!

My 12 yrs Old Diary - journal addict

i remember not wanting to write in it in the beginning.  mainly because i knew my little brother was waiting in the wings to grab it and start reading it out loud to the whole world.  i know this how?  cause i saw his non-poker face when i brought this bright red, life chronicle home.

so i waited him out, sorta, and then began writing my 12 yr old hormonal heartwords down in that book.  i must have abandoned it early on because entries abruptly stop at one point and i don't remember what i went to after that.

i might have gone to school notebooks cause i do have loads of those filled with my musings.  maybe i was trying to trick my nosey trickster brother so he wouldn't read it,  you know...hide in plain site kinda thing.  ha!

over the next years i wrote  in my journals on and off, thru most of my 20's.  the next set of journals i remember keeping, and that i still have, were those i wrote in when hubby and i moved to nc.

those were trying times because we had no family near us { his in england, mine in the bahamas } and 2 small children, aged 6 mths & 2½ yrs.  i remember writing thru tears sometimes, pouring out my sorrow at one thing or another.

i still love to journal my heartwords

i journal more regularly these days and, over the last few years have added other types of journaling to my repertoire..... art &  visual journaling, creating lists after lists of "grateful"s and recording quotes and inspiring words i come across { i still keep a journal just for capturing quotes and words that move or inspire me }. another way i journal is to sometimes collage those words and magazine images in my "Yes, This." composition book.

the journal writing i do these days is more about my life and feelings and ideas and lists and following prompts, so much less about my sorrows—which i still experience but, thankfully, on such a scaled down version.  this i think is due to the fact that i live my life so much more authentically and am more in tune with my inner be-ingness.

"Being able to let things go & not hang on to the angst is the one of biggest hurdles journaling will help you overcome." username="kgracehowes"]

what about you?  what do you journal about?  

how has it helped it you move through your day,  a week, your life?  leave a comment below and let's have a conversation.

toodles,

G

| Did You Know |

....that a shop journal update will be happening next week? Woohoo!!! ...more spaces to hold your heartwords.

....I'm starting something new { one of those "just because" things y'all }.   With every shop journal update I'll also be emailing out a 10% off coupon to use on any item in the shop.   If you're already a JOY Love Tribe member you'll get the discount automatically. If you're not a JLT member yet, sign up here and get in on all the goodies!

....there's something new in the works for the journals I'll be making going forward. More info about this coming up in the next "Updates & Happenings" newsletter.

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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Visual Journaling #4

 

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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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


 

 

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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OPEN ... OPEN ... OPEN!

and just like that,

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.....the shop is OPEN!  Woohoo!

as many of you know i'm a bookbinder at heart...i love the whole process of creating vessels for you to pour your heart into.  so of course the star of the shop re-launch has to be a journal.  my handcut, hand stitched, vibrantly colourfulBooklets will be jam packing the virtual shelves.

last week on the blog i shared a couple videos on visual journaling and a post on writing your gratitudes, both showcasing some of the ways you can use the Booklets.

on monday i recorded a 3rd video, this one on bullet journaling, a daily planing and task management process { from ryder caroll } that has saved my sanity these last few years, especially leading up to the shop launch.

 

now that you've watched this ingenious way to use a booklet journal, head on over to check out all the goodness in the shop.  find 1 or 2 { or perhaps 10? lol } that appeals to you and purchase.  i'm awaiting your email to let me know it's time to head to the post office.

plus, don't forget i'm also doing a grand re-opening giveaway but, in order to participate,  you must be a member of the JOY love tribe { use the form below to sign up }.  i've had so much fun pulling together this basket of giveaway goodies, from art & journaling supplies to original artwork and more.  you don't want to miss out!

now go on.....go do some shopping.  it'll make both you and me happy.

thanks in advance,

G

daily snippets :: june 11

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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[ agrh...forgot to post this  one yesterday ]

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he woke the bear this morn.   mmmmh....  granted he needed to talk ...it is finals this week so he gets a reprieve ....but still.  poor thing is upset cause he woke up too late to do more studying for his last final today.  i know he's a teen but how do i help him not be so darn negative and hard on himself.   there must be something i can do to change this way of thinking.

it's maddening that he sees glass-half-empty first so gets stuck there.   can i even help him get unstuck?   how can i make it better for him?  need to call mummy and see if she has any wise words for me.   maybe i should skype her instead so i can see for myself how she's doing.   sometimes that little rascal likes to play things down on how she's faring but just by seeing her i'll know how things are going.  yeh, 2 birds with one stone.  haha.  sneaky me.

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toodles, G

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Shop re-Launch is JUNE 15th!

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it's the JOURNAL SHOP re-opening y'all!

i've been working like a mad woman, lol, behind the scenes stitching up some new journals i'm calling booklets { don't worry, i can still make you a custom journal }for the shop re-launch.

these simple, totally adorable and vibrantly colourful journals will be part of my new shop unveiling.  check back here in the coming weeks for cool ways to use YOUR booklets.  i'm so, so stinkin excited that i get to create books again, this time with a purpose.... to start a JOURNALing Revolution!

click below.....i dare ya, lol!

 
 

{ thanks to my friend Liz for that shoutout }

YUP...it's real people!

i want to bring people together to share themselves within the pages of a book.  to feel alive right now AND to find their JOY.  i have so many ideas on how these little booklets will unfold my hands can't stitch fast enough.  but that's is a very good thing, trust me.  why?  cause it's all for YOU silly! 🤗

the shop re-opening was announced first to my JOY Love Tribe through my newsletter.  if you have yet to join { what ya waiting for?? } sign up below to be the first in line { a virtual line of course } to get one of my new "grace journals".

in addition i've got a few surprises i'm adding to the shop plus, plus plus i'll be hosting a grand re-opening giveaway BUT { big big but here }, in order to take part in the giveaway you must first become a JLT tribe member { see, no biggie right? }. fill out the form below and let's get this party started!

but 1st, can you do me a favour please?  help me spread the word about my fantastic news { click to tweet or share this post with your friends.  and thanks! ↓

toodles y'all,

G