manifesting self

Comfort zones. . . why you need to ditch them

Our comfort zones are comfortable because they have us not taking risks which means we remain small, and continue to hide our brilliant light. Isn't it time to ditch the comfort zones and begin living LIFE again?  

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 ~


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 your heart? your intuition? the people around you? the world collective? 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.



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 ~


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 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 out world!

that's it for now.



{ here's a link to a video I recorded as well ... }




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new year resolutions again?  wait, there's another way. 

so rather than feeling guilt and shame for the rest of the year because i've failed yet again, i started implementing christine kane's WORD OF THE YEAR { woty }.  what a flipping difference to how my year shows up for me, my life, my business for those 12 months!

Choosing a word of the year is your best bet to manifesting your dreams and goals
— Grace

my woty for 2015 was E X P A N D .  it took its time making itself known { didn't really solidify till feb of last year...i mean seriously right! } but once it showed up it was game on.  it made so much sense in one respect in that our family had already decided to do one BIG expansion ... move from charlotte, nc to portland, oregon this past summer.

yeh, let’s hear it for BIG moves baby!

E X P A N D also meant something to me and my husband, moving from the rut we found ourselves digging thru for the last few years in our marriage to something better and more fulfilling for both of us { next year we will be celebrating our silver anniversary.  booyah! }

E X P A N D was also a catalyst for me in business.  the previous year i took a 10 month long business course that helped me implement ways to be more visible as a creative in business { financially not so much yet but creating a presence online was key } so much so that, without going after it, i was asked to be an instructor in one of the big online class.  so blown away that i opened the email, read the 1t few lines and immediately closed it cause i couldn't believe what i was reading { can i say booyah! again and not be redundant?  ha!}

E X P A N D, on a personal front,  was very freeing for me.  my tendency has always been to hang in the background.  i rarely stepped out beyond my own shadow to shine my own light, but that changed.  i opened the door and things began to manifest themselves, something i hope to encourage others to do in the new new year.

so that brings me to this year, 2016.  my word of the year is...


yeh, i know, it's a phrase but it is what kept showing up this last month of december { which is a bit late as well cause it usually starts making itself known around sep/oct }.

even as i write it my woty, it calms me as i take a deep breath inhaling its essence and all that it means for me for the new year. 



fall reflections :: a month of pausing and reflecting

me walking fall leaves

Fall { or Autumn } is upon us. I love this time of year ...especially the beginning period as the colours change and my favorite colours play riot in trees and on the ground as they waft down.

As the year begins its descent we are left with only a few more months to reflect back on our year, the successes we've had including the missteps along the way. Fall is a perfect time to do some reassessing.

Need some help getting started?


Join me for the month of October as we take a quick look back at where we've been, how far we've come in just 8 short months and how best to move forward as the year draws to a close.  This FREE mini-course is available right now.  Click here to join us.

Each week for the month of October you'll get an email containing easy journaling prompts to help you move through your process of introspection and reflection.  One thing you will need as you go through the weekly prompts is a journal, either a new or old treasured, one but make sure it is one you will want to write in.

Use this time to gather your thoughts on what needs to happen for you, your life and the world around you for the remaining months of 2015, and treat it as a guide for the new year to come. Start now to begin your reflection journey.