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  ~


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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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  ~


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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3 steps to creating spectacular ordinary moments

recently i gathered with friends to work on our vision boards for 2016.  ho'o, our host/planner, started us off with a visualization as she walked us thru a story that rang so true, individually for each of us even tho we had totally different experiences.

ordinary moments into spectacular

as we each sat with our eyes closed for most of the visualization, the first thing i remember that came to me immediately was a bright light.  and for me, THIS IS BIG because over the last few years i've been making a more conscious effort to shine my own light and to think that this 2016 visualization is manifesting as me in light instead of in shadow was brilliant.

3 Steps from Ordinary Moments to Spectacular Days

once again, in this 15 minutes of quiet meditation where we were being guided to see what we want, what we need, what we will make manifest this year for our businesses, the ordinariness of our day progressed to extra ordinary heights by the time we concluded.

which is what led me to writing this post......

how can you turn an ordinary day into something more spectacular?

pay attention

that's right.  1st....become more aware.  ever so simple right?  it can be the most transformational yet, at the same time, be so flipping elusive.  the thing to do is, as you go about each day be mindful of your presence, be mindful of your surroundings, be mindful of your thoughts,  be mindful of others.  in this one activity the ordinary we encounter can become the profound.

e.g.  for 5-10 minutes sit and watch a child play.  i mean really watch.  observe how the outside world has little bearing on their interactions with their toys, the dog or a cardboard box.  they are keenly and only aware of themselves and this object that has their attention.

they are more aware in those moments of their intentions and attention but most likely are clueless to this because they don't have the reasoning capabilities just yet.  as an adult however, you do.  becoming more aware is a skill you can master.

let the little things go

things get our goat.  they stick in our craw sometimes.  they try our last bit of patience and before you know it our energy is sucked dry by something so inconsequential that if you look back you'll wonder why the thing bothered you so in the 1st place.

let go little bird, let it go.  in choosing to let the small things go you open up all sorts of bigger possibilities { ahhh..... } and allow for more moments of awareness, the kind of awareness that can change your day from bummer gloomy to outright sunshiny and bright or peaceful and content.

for those of us who have not yet made it a practice of letting go { me included sometimes.  shocker right? lol  }, it's hard to push past that stick-in-craw stuff but ...and a BIG but here.....being concerned with the whys and hows of any given situation, the he said/she saids that go on not to mention all the "crazy" people who you have no control over anyway, all of this is sooo darn counterintuitive to being aware and living a more mindful life.

take a B R E A T H right here.  yes!

{ plus you'll miss the darn beauty of those sweet ordinary moments }.

and lastly....

create space for extraordinary to happen

by damn this is a good one!

in a nut shell this means Living. In. JOY.   nah...you're not walking around with a silly happy grin plastered on your face, nor does it mean denying the reality of a situation { sometimes we need to accept and move on people! }.  making space for the extraordinary in your ordinary day means being real with yourself and keeping an open mind despite the crazies that can occur.

if all you ever do is complain or see things from a downward perspective then imagine what you're telling the Universe.  ick!  instead, be open for the possibility of extraordinary to occur.  and then when it does, smile, say thank you, enjoy your special moment and then tuck it in your pocket { or write it in your journal }.

3 small steps that can bring more awareness to you everyday life.  how brilliant is that!

need more help on your journey to extraordinary?  have you tried -ing-ing yet?  whoa! you haven't???  head over here to download my free pdf, The -Ing Factor, a fun slap happy way to journal or jumpstart you on your journey.

plus, don't forget to join the revolution below....the JOURNALING revolution!




btw.....if you are just beginning your entrepreneurial journey or need help jumpstarting and reconfiguring things out my friend ho'o has got you covered.  you will not leave disappointed after working with her.  she is a master at drawing out what you cannot see and starting you off on the right path to success.



photo inspiration { 3/22 }

 Holistic Creative Journaling Inspiration

today's' task ... feast on LIFE.

are you feasting yet?

because you know....

[bctt tweet="It's in the ordinary that we find the extraordinary."]

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the stillness of ordinary days

Stillness of Ordinary Days

some days are just ordinary don't you think?  you wake up, prepare for the day and then you begin. task after task you complete, almost by rote, then another and another as each new day rises up to greet you.

how many of us go thru the same routine...

of waking up, prep for day, work, then home, family/house obligations, only to plop into your bed at the end of the day, totally exhausted with no idea of the activities that made up your day or, for that matter, how these same actions might have contributed to your tiredness or your it's-been-a-good-day feeling?

if you had to think about it...what did you do today, yesterday to appreciate the day?  i'm not talking gratefulness per say { altho being grateful should always be a part of our everyday } but rather, were you aware of the ordinary moments of your day?  i truly believe that without these ordinary moments that make up our day to day, the special ones wouldn't be as special, right?

in this month's newsletter { to sign up for the JOY love tribe news click here} i wrote about the stillness of ordinary days and that's how the month of march got it's theme.  this month we're celebrating our ordinary days.  not in a big way mind you, just being more aware of the days in our life and being mindful of their extra-ordinary beauty, their quiet stillness and the ease in which we travel thru...with...and in between them.

today let's give voice to all those ordinary activities that we probably sometimes take for granted but happen regularly throughout our day.

one of my favourite bloggers { for her extra-ordinary wit and charm of course in being just who she is } cathy zielske writes regularly about it in her present participle list.....you know, the -ing list.

what ordinary things can you notice as you move through your day?

those -ings that make up every part of what we do to live our lives.  today, this is what i want you to journal about.  let your journaling take a different avenue ......let's skip on down the -ing road this time.

let me start.

thinking about my girl as she embarks on the first of her many adult adventures. she's away for a whole month on her very 1st business trip.  my heart aches because the letting go completely will be soon upon me, but my heart also smiles cause i know she is ready .....and is about to soar.

pondering next steps for me creatively, adjusting my sails as the year continues to bring new paths to walk.  loving this adventure i asked the Universe for.

processing an event that occurred recently that had me stymied ...and hurt, knowing i deserved better than was given to me.  after letting it stew i see where my misstep happened...ego showed up where trust and intuition should have.  always, always trust my gut.

needing to do more exercise but letting procrastination takeover,  ugh. it will come.  i know that forcing myself to exercise leads me in the total opposite direction after a few days.   trust me, lol.

using my planner more effectively these days makes this girl very, very happy indeed { might have to do a post about what's working for all you planner addicts like me }

so go on.....

Let the ordinary in your day take on a different glow ...maybe even a smattering of wonder
— Grace

toodles y'all



btw....  to make this journaling prompt even easier, i created a free downloadable pdf { access in the JLT member library } with a slap-happy bunch of -ing words so you can start journaling right away.  how fantastic right?

The -Ing Factor Printable
The -Ing Factor Printable

recording the best days is oh so much about SELF-love

it's day 2 of SELF-love February!  today i'm going to answer the 1st prompt in my FREE pdf* and that is...

what was the best thing that happened today?

officially this best thing happened yesterday but since i wrote that post already { 5 words that describe your YOU-ness } i'll use it for today's post.

i talk to my younger sister { a fantastic wedding and events specialist btw! } about once a week.  she lives in the bahamas where all my family still lives so our phone calls are a must to keep me connected to home.

Me and My Sis

so what was so darn good about about yesterday?

after talking and catching up for 1½ hrs we somehow got on the subject of cartoon characters and started assigning one to each of our family members. now you know that that means we'll be up to no good from here on out right?  yeh...you get the picture.

so it started of with "you know so and so reminds me of scooby doo".  and that began the ball rolling.  the more characters we came up with the more we laughed until neither of us could talk and were gasping for breath cause we just could NOT stop laughing.

i have to tell you, i have not laughed like that in ages and, because we know each other so well, all we had to do was say just one word and that would have us peeling off with endless laughter again.  we must have gone on for a full on 15 minutes this way until we said "no more!"....the rest of the family members will have wait to be assigned a character cause or else our sides would split at any moment.

THIS, people, is SELF-Love ....and the fact that i got to share it with my sis and, as a bonus, released a bunch of endorphins that had me relaxing and not thinking about some issues i've been dealing with recently.  priceless.  couldn't ask for a better way to spend some time.

oh laughter.....you were the perfect salve for a week that has only just began.  thanks Universe.



* if you are just joining this "begin the journaling journey" now check out this post for more info on this month of SELF-Love in February!

forest nymphs do exist ...right?

i try to get out everyday for a walk.  not saying it's a regular thing  { in case the commit-to-something  gremlins start hounding me to stay committed } but let's just say i'm getting better at remembering that the world exists beyond my studio space { ha! } Forest Park high topthe other day hubby joined me and he suggested we check out forest park, a large local walking/hiking/biking park near our apartment.

i have to tell you, hubby is not real technical but lately he's gotten big time into phone apps and, upon a recommendation, downloaded the app for forest park { so very proud he was to show it off to me too }.

Hubby Checking park appafter foot surgery 2 1/2 yrs ago i sometimes still struggle walking for long periods so about a mile and a half in, i told him let's turn around cause i could feel my foot begin to twinge.

on the way back to the car, in between moments of talking and beautiful taking-in-the-nature-scene silence, out of the corner of my eye i spied something off to my right sitting at the edge of the path.  i turn my head and find this....

Forest Nymphi kid you not...a woman just sitting there in a moment of quiet contemplation, facing the sun as it shone down directly on her.   she sat so very still you'd almost miss her as you walked by { well, only if you weren't as obsessively observant as i am i, heehee }.

Forest Nymph Close-upi walked a few paces past her then had to double back and ask permission to take a picture.  one just doesn't encounter moments like this on a regular right?  she acquiesced graciously, closed her eyes and, once again, got lost in her own reverie.  i took a couple of pics, from a few angles  i might add,  and walked on to catch up with the hubby.

ok, so she is the living, breathing, human kind of forest nymph but how cool to have her grace my day.

YES.  this.



p.s.  for interest here are a few varied books on walking.  the first i have on my 2016 reading list because it sounded so interesting; the 2nd i read a while ago and the 3rd i'm about to finish. interesting read all of them.

Wanderlust:a History of Walking - Rebecca Solnit A Walk to Remember ~ Nicolas Sparks A Long Walk to Water  ~ Linda Sue Park

I pulled 3 cards today and oh my!

3 card pull

I believe in fate. I believe in the power of the Universe. I fervently believe in serendipity.

we are 3 weeks into living #ourportlandlife.  it's been a struggle at times with periods of overwhelm for each of us....teary, dreary moments when everything gets to you and nothing is right.  

the light at the end of the tunnel kept moving further away.   o was the first one to get there about 3 days into unpacking.  o knew i was a mess and wanted nothing more than to crawl into bed and pour my eyes out.  so i did.

overwhelm is nothing to shirk at.  it takes hold and, mired in its midst seems absolutely impossible to move forward.  nothing short of making yourself physically climb out that dark space.  

hardest thing was watching each of my kids experience the same thing a week later. i am glad to say, tho that we all survived our big move and are thriving { throwing out a silent high five! }.  

the kids moved across the country to a place they had never seen but trusted me that this place called portland was the place for us.  

we've had some hiccups with the house sale back in north carolina { closing been  postponed twice now. Ugh. } but fingers crossed the new owners will finally be handed their new house keys and take possession tomorrow.

i hadn't been able to access my oracle cards since before we started packing in ernest back in June and this morning came across them....looking for something else of course.

oracle pull 2

sometimes i can so easily have squirrel moments when trying to complete a task, unwittingly at times allowing myself to be sucked into something else and down that other rabbit hole i go.  

i've diligently been working on changing this strange phenomenon of mine { lol }  but when I saw that  box of oracle cards i hadn't seen in weeks, it really seemed like they was calling to me.....so i answered.

the 3 cards i pulled......

i usually pull 3 cards and, according to collete { the cards i have are these } the positions of the 3 card pull is:

  1. the past influence
  2. the present point of vantage
  3. the probable future destination
oracle pull 3

the fact that I pulled "home" for the past indicates to me that my old home is no longer an influence on my life....hence the closing WILL take place tomorrow.

the second and third cards almost blew me away!  last week i had a conversation and planning session with my friend and fellow artist jackie { her new website launched last week...go check it out pronto! } about our routines and schedules and committing to our art and doing more to make our businesses thrive....and in comes these next 2 cards.  whoa! right?

i am light stone

omg i love how the Universe speaks.  even when we're not paying attention or feeling the overwhelm or are just asking for guidance, there are little whisperings of soul speak that guides us on our journey.....if we just pause long enough to listen and tap into our own inner wisdom.

may you each hear the Universe's whisperings and may it touch your soul in wondrous ways,


p.s.  it's real good to be back.   so tell me....what new things are you getting up to as this new season approaches?

westward ho ...as the saying goes

so we are moving.  we are moving to the west coast, us east coasters, to the pnw to be exact.  

this move is a long time in planning and finally the day has come, the house has been packed up, the truck has been loaded and the journey has begun. we will travel thru over 10 states, drive miles upon miles upon miles of highway, stay in 5 or 6 hotel rooms { pet friendly of course cause we have #coopthedog with us } till we reach our destination and settle into our new home.

i'll try to record as best i could but the plan is to drive all day and rest at night....so we will be weary.  all of us are excited...sad that we have to leave our family home { the only home one of my kids has really ever known } but eagerly awaiting our next adventure...in portland, the city of roses and the slogan i love best......KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD.

oh we'll definitely be right at home.  who wants to be the same as everyone else, right?.  "not I" we all chant.

portland.......ready or not, here we come!


ahhhh ...life just got better

cheney's home she's back!

....after 5 long months abroad my girl came home yesterday.

she had a good ending to her last semester at appalachian state u.  i am so very proud of her and that she got to finished out her senior year in trier, germany of all places. { i mean really, how cool is that!! }

the best tho, is seeing her smiling face this morn. yeh, it's real.....my sweet girl is home.

the goodbye continues...

{ written saturday, july 11, 2015 } today was not a regular goodbye.  it wasn't a sad goodbye. it wasn't even a long goodbye.  today was a goodbye that's been 23 yrs in the making.  today we said goodbye to our stuff.  today was garage sale day.

hubby and I had decided more than a year ago that we needed to downsize.  there's only 3 of us really with our youngest son still at home and about to enter high school { my daughter is finishing up her last semester at university this month and will be flying the coop herself soon enough } so we knew that most of the furniture in our 5 -bedroom house would be going.....even all the beds but one.  no, really!

the work to pull off a successful garage sale can be endless and sometimes grueling.  it's one of the reasons we always chose not to take part in our neighbourhood's bi-annual sale and why, over the years, we've always chosen instead to donate anything we no longer needed, wanted or just wasn't serving it purpose for us anymore........like a 5-bedroom house.  duh!  we're selling that too.  { do ya happen to need a house in a nice neighborhood?  pm me }

over the last few weeks, in our quest to take as little as possible with us in our #movetopdx { we're renting a truck, packing and driving it cross country ourselves }, we've gone thru each room in our house and were ruthless with the purging.  what wasn't absolutely necessary for survival in portland or was past its prime { like our 10 yr old beds } did not make the cut.  sentimentality aside, lots of items got put into the donation / sell / recycle { or dump } list.

which led us to today.

garage sale 2015

9am - 4pm ....a somewhat early start and boy did the people show up.  yay for us but oh was it a long and tiring day.   weird things occurred { some way too weird and/or gross to tell here }.  neighbors came by to check out stuff but i knew it was also a chance to say goodbye.  most of our"stuff" got sold and i'm pleased to say went to good homes, even the garage fridge, peaking out in the pic above, that we nicknamed "gridge" { get it? } who was so good at holding the overflow of food and beer went to take up his new place of residence in someone else's garage, lol......long forever to keep things refreshingly cold.

ahhh.....you know the old saying.....one man's trash is another man's treasure.

we ended early, about 3pm, mainly because the open garage door which faces west is directly in view of the hot afternoon sun and it was becoming like a oven in there despite the fan blowing on full blast.  everything that remained, which was mostly household nick-knacks, was packed up into the back of the car for an immediate trip  to goodwill.

nothing that wasn't absolutely necessary, remember.

plus we had already both decided ahead of time that nothing would be brought back into the house if it didn't get sold.  there were still some bits of furniture and household items left plus a ping pong table...those items had been sold already and were waiting on their new owners to pick them up.

truth be told, i have never like doing garage sales.  ever.  for me, the rewards don't usually match the output necessary.   today however,  today's goodbye was good.

new adventures await.  on, on.

toodles y'all,


#movetopdx  #portlandbound  #houseforsale