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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.

Why OCATS?

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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OK – I have been asked alot….Why OCATS?…..so will fill you in.

I was diagnosed with Cervical cancer back in July of 1998, they found it while I was in having some kidney/bladder surgery.  The big “C” word was not new to me as I had a spot of skin cancer on my nose removed back in early 90’s.

It was a shock but upon further reflection, I knew something was happening as I was really in the “Low energy” mode while trying to work full-time up in the high arctic and travel for conferences, trade shows, etc.  I thought it was just all the travel and working overtime.  When I finally stopped and laid in the hospital bed, I could see where I was.

I didn’t go into the poor me or pity mode, I’m NOT that kind of person.  I had started the year before to read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and was into thinking POSITIVE, etc.  This was a little bump on the road – I was NOT going to let this stop me from my plans for the business I was working for or MY life!  I had the surgery to see what extent the cancer cells were and the removal of the area….then was told probably only radiation was needed.  Then, the Cross Cancer asked if I’d like to be part of a Cervical Cancer study where some chemo was administered along with the daily radiation…..might not add to the success but might do some good.  DH was not into waiting, he wanted the radiation to start now…..I was OK with waiting for the chemo drugs to arrive as I was still recuperating from the kidney/bladder surgery.  So, 3 weeks later the treatment started.  We lived 40 minutes from the Cross Cancer at the time and that daily drive was divided up between our son and DH.  Some days it was just the radiation which was less than the wait in the waiting room!  2 days a week I got the full meal deal…..all day chemo with radiation  at the end of it.  I did some sleeping but alot of reading and journal writing.  Also, doing business on DH’s cell for the Inuit craft business – Taluq Designs Ltd.

The nurses & doctors couldn’t believe how POSITIVE I was everyday…I HAD to be for my sanity!  As I said earlier, this was just a little bump on the road of life, I am a SURVIVOR – had been all my life.

Treatment was finished mid October and I was back up north November 5th or some such date.

My world fell apart when my sister, MaryLou, who was 10 months younger than me was diagnosed with lung cancer…..that affected me more than my own cancer.  I tried to stay POSITIVE for her, but it was NOT enough.  (Oh dear — tears are welling up here!).  Why did she get the shitty end of life rather than me?  I’m not a very religious person (long story there about childhood experiences) but I believe there is a higher power of some kind and I guess I am here for a reason.

My life has totally changed since – not only going through my bout with cancer but my sister’s, then my Dad’s last years and some other changes I have put in the recesses of my mind on purpose.  DH’s brush with death 3 years ago was another big change.  I was always one to put myself behind something or someone else, his life changing bout has taught me to LIVE FOR MYSELF!  No one is going to LIVE for me, so I have to figure out where or what I want for MYSELF!

I AM SO HAPPY to be still here and I hope for many more years to come!  I try to LIVE everyday to the FULLEST!  Every minute of EVERY DAY!!!

I firmly believe that being POSITIVE in life instead of dwelling on all the negative is the way to LIVE!!!

So, to be asked to join OCATS and to be included in the survivor’s Art exhibit – The Art of the Matter was a natural progress.

So, that is my story…..

Vision or Dream Boards…

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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There are sites all over the internet with what Vision or Dream Boards are…..

Here is what I did ( a prompt from Julia Cameron in her The Sound of Paper) Link to the book below.

You gather all the magazines you have on hand, glue stick, scissors and a poster (bristol) board.  Set the timer to 1/2 hour and rip or glue out all the images you like from the magazines.  Don’t think about why, just get going.

Once the timer goes off, put the magazines aside and gather the pile of ripped or cut out pages, the glue stick, scissors and poster board.  Set the timer for another 1/2 hour and start glueing the images onto the poster board.  Making a collage.

Once the timer goes off, STOP.  Now, look at it and what do you see?  Do you see similar things, a pattern or ???  Write down everything that comes to you as you look at that Vision Board.

Here is mine.  I see vintage, solitude, bright colours, especially red so far.  I have it hanging on my design wall in my studio, so I’m sure as I work away and then look  at it again, there will be more to see on there.  What is this for?  Its a FUN exercise to do & see what you see!  Sorry with the shiny papers, I couldn’t get a clean photo.

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Vein of Gold…

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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I decided to start reading “The Vein Of Gold – A Journey to Your Creative Heart” by Julia Cameron that I’ve had for awhile. The same author as Artist’s Way.

The winds are howling pretty good around here today and playing havoc with my sinuses – totally unproductive today!! And, to think that the first day of Spring is tomorrow – you sure wouldn’t know it today. Dark clouds are approaching so we will see whether they bring more snow or freezing rain!

Speaking of tomorrow – my friend Jill is getting married again – I won’t say how many times this it. I sure wish her & Derek all the best!

Now, there is a really creative person – Jill. She can paint like you wouldn’t believe and has a natural decorating talent.

Talent – well, we are suppose to all have it but we just don’t look for it or use it. Creating my journal quilts and the little ATCs I am slowly finding where my talent lies. I am having FUN that is for sure!

I was in such a rut for the past year – didn’t feel like creating much of anything. For those who know me, that was not me as I am always doing something.

In November, someone on the Quilt Art list mention Altered Books and I’ve been working on something nearly everyday and even have picked up some of the quilts that had been put aside for awhile. Someone said I was burned out…..could be but I know I did miss quilting and hope that rut never returns.