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Personal Retreat

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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Not the usual kind of “Personal Retreat” but its what I am calling it!

Yesterday – April 27, 2015, after 3 weeks in the Swift Current Hospital, I was discharged!  My pillow and bed never felt so good last night!!!

I had wanted to go on a “Personal Retreat” for ages, but not this kind of retreat but it still allowed me to do the same things I would have done on a regular personal retreat – thinking of the future, making plans, writing, lots of doing nothing but just sleeping & enjoying the extremely GREAT care at the hospital.

I started this post thinking I would write out a long one, but then thought I could tell you better in a video.  Below is a video I did this morning explaining things. If you are unable to view the embedded video below, you can go HERE.

Sleep and Journaling!

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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Can’t sleep because there are too many things going around in your head….

In our busy lives, there are many things in our brains all day, everyday. Its a wonder anyone gets any sleep. Seriously!Journaling

I know that the idea of journaling scares people or people think “How is Journaling going to help me sleep?”

It does!

I used to toss and turn trying to get to sleep, as my brain was too full of stuff from the day, the week or things I need to do tomorrow….even worry.

I started with just a cheap composition book from the dollar store and before I went to bed, I would just write everything that came to mind. It didn’t have to make sense and no worries about correct spelling or punctuation. No one has to see it (you can burn it after if you want).

Then, I discovered “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron who is all about “Morning Pages” – 3 full pages of long hand writing (I use a spiral notebooks that I stock up on during school supplies sale season, they are 8.5 X 11). In those 3 pages, I wrote my heart out – anger, worry, depression, you name it, they were full of it and sometimes, the same story everyday for a week. Eventually, I started to see some positives come into the pages….

That is when I started reading about Law of Attraction (Law of Attraction simply says that you attract into your life whatever you think about.) and those nasty beginning pages were burnt & never to be seen again. 

These days, the Morning Pages are my first thoughts of the day – sometimes its about what I have to do today, who I have to make sure to call or email, etc. but usually, its how I am feeling.

If you are new to Journaling, start with before bed – clear that brain of yours. Write everything that comes to mind and if it takes an hour, so be it. Fill up as many pages as you need to clear that brain of yours…..

Once, you are finished Journaling, think of the positives in your life right now and how they make you feel…..close your eyes and think of those.

See you in the morning after a restful sleep!

The photo above is from my Art Journal, which I also use for journaling my thoughts.

3 Reasons for Starting a Business.

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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Are the C.E.O. of your own business?

Or are you wanting to be?

Why?

I have had several businesses over the years and I also, have worked for several small to large businesses.

BusinessCardsThe more I learnt about business and marketing, the more I felt the need to be my own boss and start my own business.

Why?

MY 3 Reasons for Starting a Business are:

  • I have the flexibility to schedule MY OWN hours, so I could work from 10 am to 6 pm if I wanted to. Or I could work 3 hours in the morning and divide the rest of the day into business, studio and family time. I, also, have the opportunity to schedule Self-Care and Creative Date appointments in the middle of the day.
  • I have the opportunity to create systems, workshops and programs that work for ME!
  • I have the JOY of connecting with students, customers and clients around the world who inspire me to create more and do more of what I LOVE – my Passion and Purpose: Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide!

I’d LOVE to hear Your 3 Reasons for starting your business or are thinking of starting your business.

If you would like some help with starting your business or creating systems for your existing business, we could work together on those…..

Love Notes

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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For when you are needing inspiration.

I used to feel alittle embarrassed when students, customers or clients would give me compliments. I was just doing what I loved doing and it had nothing to do with getting praise.LoveNotes

Then, one day in one of the many trainings I have taken in the past 5 years, it was suggested to keep a “Love Notes” folder in real life (from cards or letters) and on the computer (from emails). In those folders, are compliments, praise, or positive comments that have come your way. You could print off your emails & add to the physical folder if you’d like.

On those days, when you are wondering why you are doing what you are doing or need the inspiration to continue, or plan a new workshop….read those “Love Notes“.

Those “Love Notes” could be part of your marketing – testimonials of sorts.

I’ll share 5 “Love Notes” I’ve gotten over the years that caused me to smile and know that I am on the right path:

  1. Thanks for sharing your e-book. I am having a particularly difficult time at the moment and this has come at the absolute perfect moment in time for me. I hope to start my positive journal tomorrow morning to help me deal with the current challenges life is offering. Barbara
  2. All the best for the year ahead Dale, thanks so much for your support … you won’t ever know how much you have helped me through this year! with love xx Carolyn
  3. Dear Dale Anne:
    So many times you have given me the inspiration and strength to go on; today was one of those mornings!!Thank you for being so positive and teaching us how to gain the foresight to be fighters. We love you. Mary
  4. Dale, I absolutely love the joy and positivity you spread out into our world. There’s so much about you that I truly admire and enjoy. Your creativity, especially your beautiful quilting projects which I adore; your smile and positive words, but also your sharing of what you have learned in your own life and then turning around and finding ways of offering those gifts to us in return. What a blessing!! Suzanne
  5. Your stories and your heart broke me open.  I’ve been having a very challenging time myself–and I can’t thank you for your light and wisdom you shared.  And most of all, you reminded me how long it’s been since I’ve sat down and journaled for myself. Love you Dale.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. Connie

I encourage YOU to start your own “Love Notes” folder.

10 Things

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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10 Things You Might Not Know About Me.

1. I am about to become a Great-Grandmother as I am a step-mother to 2, Mom to 2 GREAT adults and 2 GREAT grandchildren.DaleAnnePotter

2. I am married to Brian (alias Biff) for 38.5 yrs.

3. I was an Office Manager for a District in the 7-Eleven family.

4. I was General Manager of an Inuit Business in the High Arctic – Taluq Designs.

5. I am a 16 yr warrior of Cervical cancer.

6. I was “Diva for a Day” on CBC Saskatchewan TV.

7. I live with one kidney.

IMG_02518. I met, had a photo & talked with the songwriter of my mantra song – Today I’m Going to Try to Change the World: Johnny Reid (told him “to try” should be changed to “AM”).

9. I manifested a 6 day trip to Madrid, Spain.

10. I met & had a photo with Oprah plus had 3rd row front & centre seats for her amazing talk. Oprah&US