self-care

Self-discovery is an ever unfolding process

Self-discovery is an ever unfolding process

Self discovery is all about seeing into that underneath, shadowy space (that's sometimes filled with all the fear and all the doubt) but coming out the other side and finding a brilliant, magical, more powerful you. 

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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time to rain down some fun on this journaling party!

Happy February 29th!

but 1st....

did ya forget we get an extra day this year?  i didn't.  it's not a biggie but then again we don't get one every year so go chink a glass and celebrate your extra day!

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today is the final post of our month long february SELF-Love { whoop! whoop! }.  how did you do last week journaling with the photos you chose?  leave a comment below about it or better yet, leave a link in your comment to share the post you wrote.

{ i have to tell you i picked my photos after i wrote last week's post { so i could experience this journaling at the same time as you } but, with one thing and another i never got a chance to share what i journaled about one of the pics i chose so i'll be revisiting this prompt later in march } 

the art of journaling is about releasing and renewing

SELF-Love Journaling Series Posts

this is, in itself, a form of SELF-love because in order to take care of ourselves we need to deal with some of the heady stuff behind the events we experience in our day to day.

over the last 3 weeks we've journaled 3 different ways { click here to read about each one } and, we've done a lot of journaling.

but journaling can also be a fun activity.  for this last week, and to wrap up this series, we'll be taking it easy and doing a bit of fun & frolick.  and just who will be putting the fun in journaling?  you will of course!

we're gonna round out our month of SELF-love by creating a "LOVE IT!"list.  yup, you read that right...we gonna create a luuuuvvvv list { you have to imagine barry white saying that...well maybe not, lol }.

anyway, sometimes we need to journal in a quick and easy manner and making a list is one of the best ways to do this.  i've included, as usual, some suggestions below to start you off but i truly want this one to be your special baby.  remember.... it's a just a list and it's all about bring F U N to our writing,   ready. set. GO!

~ some FUNLOVELISTideas ~

an A-Z about a person you LOVE....26 fun, silly, gorgeous, make you smile, moment defining things.  as an extra, i dare you to wrap it | frame it | seal it with a juicy lipstick kiss and give it to them as a gift

your list of your 1st's  .....this one can be private...uhm you now what i mean or so random as to be quirky, like the 1st thing you ever spat out cause it was just tasted nasty but heck....now you love it

things i'd rather be doing  ....if you could instantly stop what you're doing right now and head off into the wild yonder, what would you go and do? no holds barred here people!  note: this could also be the start of your bucket list....mmmmh, you say

create a SELF-care list ....slightly different than above.  it's more about creating space for the quieter moments of SELF-love whether that's getting a long overdue massage or sitting in silence thinking nothing, only noticing the ins and outs of your breath.  yes...this.

an -ing list ....you read that right....an -ING list.  you know---- reading, listening, watching, needing, creating, loving, journaling, etc }.  cause you know, you are ing-ing all the time.  is that even a thing???  ing-ing?  can one ing-ing?  mmmh.....

so there you have it.  the raining down of some SELF-love on YOU, the most perfectly imperfect person that you are...because i know and you know too that you deserve it!

i've had a lot of fun putting this series together so much so that i think it might be happening again later in the year.  who says we need SELF-love only in february?  you agree?  good.  i'll give you plenty of notice thru my newsletter.  so if you haven't yet signed up...what you waiting for?????  c'mon now!  { i've even made it real easy for you......just fill out the form below this post to get in }.

before we call this a wrap, 2 things ------ always, always, always take care of your SELF, so there's enough of you to spread around and, continue to write down your heartwords.....cause they matter.

sending loads of love and light your way,

G

dispelling the myths about journaling { part 2 } :: allowing the vulnerability

last tuesday i wrote part one { read ithere } of this 2-part post dispelling a few of the myths that people still believe about journaling. these next 2 are the BIGGIES people.  

getting past these myths are like attempting to jump over a 9 ft wall without a ladder and with your feet tied together BIG.  the ones that, once dispelled, can get you past the vulnerability gremlins { those dang pesky critters } that have tendency to pop up at exactly the time we need to give ourselves some SELF-love.

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on allowing vulnerability

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myth #4:i have nothing to say  or  { a more damaging thought } i've nothing worth writing about

oh dear soul...YES YOU DO! { didn't mean to shout but some of you really, really need to hear this loud and clear }.  YOU are so very worthy of being heard and seen and recognized for the beautiful person you are.  besides which, you are human and thoughts are constantly running through your mind....from what tasks you need to complete, the ideas you need to implement, why you're feeling so blue, to why that guy, sporting a polka dot yellow jacket over purple striped pants, is dancing down the sidewalk { record this little tidbit in your journal and it'll make you smile every time you read it }.

all of these are things you can write down.  where else is it gonna go but on paper { or digitally } so you can get it out AND remember it.  one simple way to start is with lists.  { a list you ask?  heck yeh i say!  don't worry......we'll get to this fun part of journaing in the final SELF-Love post next week }.

myth #5: journaling will do absolutely nothing for me

hold up! wait a minute!  back it up!!!  the power of a regular journaling practice can be totally mind blowingmind blowing i say!  my peeps, my peeps, journaling is the perfect way to map your growth, your changed perspective or clue you into an eye opening revelation.  journaling has the power to reveal that which needs to be uncovered.  i'll say it again...

 
Journaling has the power to reveal that which needs to be uncovered. 
— Grace
 

it helps you find your voice.  it can help you establish better habits and clue you into different parts of the SELF you thought you knew but now you see HER so much clearer.  many a times while re-reading one of my journals i'll hear a little voice in my head say with incredulity "i wrote that???" or "where the heck did that come from?".

all this is available to you by just trusting the process and writing down your thoughts.  begin today.  right now.  just 5 quick minutes is all you need to to begin this SELF-love ritual.

till next time,

G

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journaling can do what???? dispelling the myths about journaling { part 1 }

i know that many people think that journaling is not for them.

"what!  me.....write stuff?  ...like in a journal???!" 

yes you certainly can.  in this 2-part post { click here for part 2  } i want to dispel a few of the myths that tend to hold people back form beginning a journaling practice.  am i talking about you?   mmmh....

Journaling today

misconceptions about  journaling 

myth #1:   i need a special type book.

nah, not really.  don't get me wrong, i can totally fall in love a beautifully bound book full of pristine white pages to write in { my shelves are filled with the ones i've made and ones i've purchased } but a special book is not needed.  i've journaled on the back of a bills envelope before.  the paper DOES NOT MATTER., and i think deep down people do know this.  a book that is special to you is great but if all you have available is a composition notebook or a stack of copy paper you've folded, cut in half and center stapled ......open it up and begin writing.

myth #2:  i'm not a writer and my grammar sucks

nope,  nada.  uh uh.  your journal is for no one else but you.  your thoughts, your way.  your writing doesn't have to be perfect.  your grammar* can take a back seat, this is about you and you alone, getting in touch with your center, your SOUL words and having a sacred place to store them.  oh love, you don't have to have any formal training at all to write in journal, you just need to tap into your heart and allow the words to unfold.

myth #3:  i have no time whatsoever to devote to it

i, too, at one point thought this.  you don't need to devote hours to writing.  i remember when i was the mother of 2 young children with a hubby who was always invariably away on business trips { i called them my single mama days }.  between one thing and another i had allowed my journaling habit to fall by the wayside.  i knew however that writing for me was a release of sorts... a place where i could go for a few minutes and just be meto be with my thoughts, work out a few issues or record the cute saying my kids were forever saying that made me laugh at.  i made it a point one day after getting into bed one night to drag out { yes back then it was a drag to pull out that book and blow off the cobwebs, lol } and write about my day.  just a few sentences.  when i finally tucked my journal away, which back then was a 1-subject notebook i might add,  and prepared to finally go to sleep i remember feeling a sort of  contentment that i'd given myself those 5 minutes to record my day.

in a whole day of 24....can't you gift yourself at least 5 minutes?

G

 

*p.s.  true confession: grammar is one of the more impossible things for me to let go as i'm writing, i blame my mummy & thank her for instilling in me this crazy, nerdy love of words }

 

a february SELF-Love prompt on being grateful

On Being Grateful - Journal Your Gratefuls
On Being Grateful - Journal Your Gratefuls

i am super duper grateful for many things in my life including these:

...each new day

...family { biological and special people in my life i call family }

...eyes that see, ears that hear, fingers that feel, legs that walk, etc

...the smiles, hugs and laughter my kids and i share daily

...my wordy, nerdy tendencies { ha! }

...being open

...contentedness | clarity | peace

...breath

what about you?  what are your gratefuls? 

pop me an email to share or leave a comment below.

toodles y'all,

G

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p.s. this year, part of my gratefuls include being asked to teach in this spectacular workshop,SPECTRUM 2016.....a holistic course that is both inspiring and powerful.  find out more here.*

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