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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.

Art 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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The WHY and the WHEN plus an announcement….

This past couple of weeks, I have been journaling even more than usual as I work through some opportunities that have popped up and I have to figure out if they fit ME before saying YES or NO.ArtJournalSpread

This week, I was on 21 Secrets LIVE with Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio hosting and in the 90 minutes, I opened up my whole being. I told of when I officially starting journaling (just words to begin with) back in 1997 when I first saw Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) on a TV show I used to watch and then how it progressed to the Art Journaling that it is now, plus how I use it as my therapy. 

Working up in the High Arctic from 1997 to 1999 (alone) made that journaling even more part of who I am. I found out who I really was and that I could handle anything. And, that anything showed up in 1998 when I was treated for Cervical Cancer and when I found out my sister, MaryLou, also had cancer (lung) and that whole next year was about coping with working in the High Arctic, Cancer treatments and the death of my sister.

I started a business that I really had wanted to start for years. The time was right for me but not for the location or time for others so coping with a failed business was another “depend on my journaling” moments in my life.

In 2001, I started using Altered Books as part of my journaling – I say part, because I still did my Morning Pages ritual (3 handwritten pages) but I needed something more. Art Journaling began showing up and now is part of my daily ritual as well.

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Art Journaling is like personal therapy!

Art Journaling was there when I needed to write when in 2007, Brian nearly died (actually he did die in the ambulance but they revived him) and those 21 days of getting him to a place where he could leave the hospital.

Art Journaling was there when I needed to write in 2009 when I had to go through a process of pain and tests before it was finally realized that my left kidney needed to be removed.

Art Journaling was there when I wasn’t sure if selling & teaching Art was where I wanted to be. As you can tell, it made me realize its EXACTLY where I need to be – to be of service to others, not just in seeing my art, but enabling them in creating their own art and also, coaching them through their own processes they need to find to enable their dreams and goals.

Art Journaling is not just about pretty art.

“If you think journaling is only about ranting or chronicling your day….you’re missing out on its true power to pull your biggest dreams right into your life…Dr. Stacia Pierce”

************ANNOUNCEMENT*********

I’d like to start a monthly get-together for Art Journaling here in SW Saskatchewan. We would gather for 2 or 3 hours once a month, talk Art Journaling, share our journals (if you want to) and even learn a new technique or two. Anyone interested? I’d set up the location….YOU DO NOT have to be an ARTIST to begin art journaling. We were all beginners and its about the process not the end result. We grow and find out what we like & don’t like and you don’t even have to journal – use a quote or just a phrase or title on a collaged or painted page. This gathering will be minimal cost – just the renting of the room and coffee.ArtJournalSpread2

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…..