[fullness] sign-posts on the way to Next

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness … and wisdom. If one could but recall [her] vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invents. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. -Robert Henri

Robert Henri’s wisdom guided me through motherhood and continues to guide me through many a creative realization — especially with regard to embracing the quirkiness of my process as an artist/writer.

Creating templates and writing content as a starting point for something as diverse as a journal-planning practice can feel a bit like trying to capture the wind …

Creating a tangible record of my daydreams and blurts of thought with a purpose requires many (many) “behind the scenes” experiments, Braveheart. ♥

But then, there are these moments when it is like there is glitter in the air — and time stands still as I begin to see sign-posts on the way to what may be, to what I know will be!

I offer it rather as a starting point … I want you to act on your own judgment. -Robert Henri, The Art Spirit


Meaning is not in what we have, it is in what we are seeking; art is a way of seeking — a means of seeing what we seek.

  • Seeking is the starting point: to suspend what we know and to listen in-Spirit even as our mind wanders, our body gets fidgety (and our hearts beat faster in the vulnerability of seeking).

I am currently creating and discovering more quickly than I am able to document it. It is invigorating but also a bit unnerving!

As excited as I am about planning the details of future Right Brain Planner® Kits & Modules — I am also dancing with the anxiety of producing original content related to the templates and themes! 😉

I employ specific routines, music playlists, queued viewing on Netflix and Amazon Prime to get me through — and of course, altered books and collage planning!

My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. … My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. -Mary Oliver, Upstream

I have learned to allow this process to take as long as it takes.

I have learned that everything is an opportunity and that sparkly dares & living everything is a means of living free!

tools for color-coding & highlight books as well as your notes and journal-planning pages

I have learned to embrace my scanner-tendencies and ride the waves of my ideas.

Are you a Scanner?

  • Barbara Sher defines a Scanner as a person with an extraordinary wide range of interests and curiosity in unrelated subjects + low tolerance for boredom: “They light up when they see new things, and they’re dying to do something with them.”

My mind is lit up with new ideas each time I reread sections + add notes and art my altered and color-coded copy of Sher’s book!

book art inside my copy of Refuse to Choose! — I added color + doodles to embellish a quote handwritten by Mandy Steward included in her Secret Message Society zine

I hosted a 21-day discussion group for Barbara Sher’s book, Refuse to Choose! offering my notes + my own creative tips for color-coding reading materials and honoring your creative pace.

Module 7 is a compilation of the content discussed in the group:

➡️ [Module 7] “Are you a Scanner?” + Creative Aids

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[fullness] sparkly dares & living everything

Living free is what happens when you compassionately dare to be more of who you already are.

Living free is to discover that meaning — purpose, fulfillment and comfort — is not only in what we have in this moment but what we decide to step into, to seek and discover in the midst of “I don’t know’s” …

And being willing to linger in the messy middle after we decide to follow our hearts.

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[fullness] a practice

Naming your life purposes involves connecting the dots among your desires, your appetites, your dreams, your goals, your values, your principle, your intentions, and everything else pressing down on you and welling up within you. If you were to try to connect all those dots — if, for example, you were to creative a document as long as a manual by which to live — you would likely never dip into that manual or find a way to make good use of it. The better choice, and it’s a really good one, is to keep it simple. -Eric Maisel

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what is in your heart awaiting fullness?

my Full Moon collage art for July

Once your panic subsides and you begin working on each of your interests, one after another, you’ll let go of the dread that life will pass you by. You’ll understand that today, tomorrow, and next year you’re going to use every bit of talent, curiosity, and intelligence that’s inside you. –Barbara Sher

One of the prompts/templates in the “Quarter Planning” Module is to create a full moon vision board (or card, page, etc.)

The full moon phase is a cyclical invitation to notice your own personal “fullness” — your wholeheartedness; a time for self-compassion and declarations, self-honesty and clarity.

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an unfinished story

And here you are. Whatever happened or didn’t happen before now is what was. You can’t live it over. -Jean Shinoda Bolen

The past two days have been about kindred conversations, drive time ponderings and remembering “past lives” (my alter egos). About “knowing my audience” and celebrating the fact that I am okay with needing an affirming nod of acceptance now and then.

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[fullness posts summary] the process of writing as a point of healing

What is important … must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. -Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

For the past two weeks I have been reading pages of Writing as a Way of Healing each morning upon waking; I am in the midst of a “depression self-study” via my writing practice as a scheduled container of time and intention along with making my ICAD art.

Reading was followed by writing and posting excerpts from this book here each morning since the full moon. This is the final entry and includes links to all posts in this series.
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[fullness] promises to ourselves

Current ICAD work station. ♥ Grateful that my hand-me-down desk from my Mimi has a separate pull out work-space. Having everything I need together in one place facilitates honoring my promise to myself to create one card a day through July. [The color wheel was in an envelope of photographs … but I have no idea why it was in there. Perhaps from a stash and dash in the past??]

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. -Peter F. Drucker

Commitment is doing the work after we promise ourselves to try; doing our best to honor our intention, and facilitate our actions, even as we stumble through our doing.

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