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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.

Faith & Persistence

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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As Creative Entrepreneurs, we sometimes come up against a wall….

How do we deal with that and have “Faith & Persistence” to carry on?

If you are like me, you have ancestors who had the “Faith & Persistence” in WenzelFamilymoving from their homeland, coming to North America with little belongings and build new lives here.

When I look through some of the old photos we have of our ancestors, how they endeared the hardships can be totally inspiring. Living in a sod house during -40C temperatures or in what they called the “Dirty Thirties” where nothing would grow because of the drought. Man, if that doesn’t inspire you – nothing will!

Sometimes, its overwhelming when you thought you had everything going smoothly and WHAM, something derails you.  It happens to many and you can not be disappointed in yourself.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

When those times show up, its the perfect time to journal (or start journaling if you don’t already journal) and see what shows up in that journaling. Its also a good time to spend more time on Creative Dates with yourself and learning more about what is deep inside, that has you thinking you are unable to continue.

DOUBT 

Maybe someone has planted some doubt, or you have been beating yourself up yourself. STOP IT!

We each have a story to tell in this world, and we NEED your story to be out there!

You have survived experiences or been creating for many years, that is worthwhile to others starting out. 

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

Start building up the “Faith & Persistence” you need to push through, its worth it!

So many come up to that wall and step back, never to be seen or heard of again. That is so sad, as I said before, we need everyone to tell their story – that’s why we are here.

Some steps to start you on the path to the other side:

  • Write down your dreams/goals for yourself for the next 5 years.
  • Write what excites you about each of those. 
  • How would it FEEL to have those dreams/goals accomplished.
  • Which is the dream/goal you would like to accomplish this year.
  • Start a worksheet with the steps (make them do-able) to start today.
  • See the end and work back to present, each step needs to be do-able.

If you would like more tips, techniques, systems and weekly encouragement, I can be of service – more details HERE.

Have the FAITH & PERSISTENCE to pursue YOUR DREAMS – YOU are worth it!

Local Art Journaling Workshops

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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No Experience Necessary!

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I am starting local (Morse, Saskatchewan and area) Art Journaling workshops. There will be sessions for Teens (ages 13 to 18) and Adults – we will start with Monthly sessions.

If there is interest, I will schedule Weekly and also Ages 6 to 12 session.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!!

What is Art Journaling you ask?

Art Journaling is all about journaling & playing, not perfection! 

Stresses about having a perfect page or having all the latest gadgets & gizmos, doesn’t make Art Journaling FUN!ArtJournaling2

Art Journaling is different for everyone and you will find YOUR STYLE when you just relax and have FUN with each page.

NO ONE has to see your pages – only YOU!

There will be ugly pages, you can decide whether to paint over them or glue something over them LATER.  

For now, ENJOY the journey of finding YOU!!!

YOUR Art Journaling can be all paint and collage, with just a title.

or

YOUR Art Journaling can be all words and a little paint & collage.

or

YOUR Art Journaling can be whatever YOU imagine it to be.

Supplies you will need:

  • UHU glue stick
  • paper scissors
  • your favourite magazine, ready to cut up
  • 3 favourite colours of acrylic paint (dollar store brand is ok)
  • paint brush

I will supply the books you will use as your Art Journals, other painting supplies, the cutting tools for removing pages, etc.

The workshops will be held Morse Senior Centre. The fee each month is $15.

Adult workshops will be Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm, bring a bag lunch.  Teen workshops will be Thursday evenings 5 pm to 9 pm.

If you are interested, please email (email address in the photo above) and I will send you more details.

 

Everyday the sun rises…

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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Its our choice whether to embrace the gloriousness of the moment or not.

SunriseSomedays there are clouds – somedays clear.

Its all about living in the moment and enjoying each moment as it passes.

Right now, I am content with sneaking 15 – 20 minutes in my studio to play, the rest of the time each week is spent clearing clutter of many years, helping Mom or driving Mom to appts. and sometimes going with Biff to appts. (if he allows it.)

I am using this period of time to think over the next few years and truly dig deep inside and find what I truly want for myself. I am hoping to feel like creating more workshops/programs soon but for now I my mind is trying to keep up with the said appts., etc.

Art Journaling has been my “go to” in the past and again, is where my heart releases everything these days. 

Feeling compelled to make “THANK YOU” cards this week as I have so much to be grateful for this month.

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52 You – My Project Life project

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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Still working on finishing 2014, but started 2015….

52 YOU is my version of Project Life. Its a pocket page scrapbook of our everyday life.

Here is the title page for my 2015 album – I have gone to 12 X 12 size album & pages so its easier to add the Stampin’ Up Project Life cards into.

2015TitlePage

I will be doing something more to the top left card as you can barely see the gold stickers for “2015”. That card and the 3 in the second row (on the left) are from The Studio 29 Designs – Take 10 December Kit.  I printed off the “Life is so Daily” card from the internet – it was a free printable but I didn’t keep the info where…sorry.

Week 1 of 2015 was short….

Wk1of52YOU2015

And YES, there is bacon on the page. Our family, for 50+ years, have enjoyed Provost Packers bacon and its a treat anymore when someone goes to Provost (Alberta) and brings us bacon. My brother, Wade, treated us for Christmas to some, but he didn’t arrive until January 2.

In our 52 YOU project life album, I record our everyday – we like sports on TV, I like seeing the changing of the seasons, our landscape, and the other stuff happening is a bonus.

Fridays, I will share my album page(s) and maybe some journaling card ideas, etc.