{allowing} for serendipity

doubt is a part of knowingWhat the inner voice says will not disappoint the hoping soul. -Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

Maybe it was simply my turn. My turn to dance with sorrow and assorted processing. It has been a week of all-the-feelings, of dancing and varied ♫ music, deadlines and dreams-come-true … So, I allowed for the serendipity of its timing. Continue reading

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Quarter Sessions {planning pages + community + sojourn with stargardener}

01 Quarter Session post

Cover Sheet for Quarter Session One

What an amazing week of conversations about what “Quarter Sessions” will include! :D

Quarter Sessions are in response to women who love the practice of creative planning + my desire to foster community + a practical way for me to share every day glimpses of my right brain planning in-community.

Questions assist me in documenting my various processes, so I readily invite each one! I resist posting tons of information when I begin a new subscription or ecourse because it feels fake, as if I am declaring “I know the answers!” “Buy now!” … :P

Bottom Line for me:

  1. I have frequent requests for “coaching” which I don’t offer — because I consider each of us to the “the coach” {the expert} we need.
  2. My passion is to sojourn {a temporary accompaniment} sharing ideas as we go! ♥
  3. I know most of the answers to my questions, (and I believe you do, too, Braveheart) I simply need to allow time and space to experiment to find what works for me.
  4. I don’t sell. If what I do resonates with you, I am absolutely delighted and welcome {you} into my lab of creative planning. If not, I am delighted to share art and planning ideas with {you} via Instagram, this blog, The Art Journaler Community and The Art Journaler.
  5. Creative conversations always lead to more creativity! :D
Worksheets for Quarter Session One

Worksheets for Quarter Session One

“Quarter Sessions” evolved from journaling ideas about possible ways to both facilitate experimentation + demonstrate how I accomplish right brain planning.

Allowing a 3-month period of time provides space and a deadline — a finish line to begin a new path or continue experimenting. This reduces the urge to perform, to try hard and give up after a week or a month.

Being in-community allows time for you to discover what works for you — while seeing you are never alone in the quandary of trial and error.

I plan quarters {3-months} at a time. This is how I see my personal quarter sessions:

{my quarter session process}

{my quarter session process}

  • Basics for Quarter Session One:
    – monthly creative support via a private, online discussion group
    – weekly e-mail support and supplemental planning prompts
    – planning page sets for November 2014, December 2014 and January 2015

I will share glimpses of my process and answer questions, as well as providing various custom forms for download within the Quarter Session community.

  • Still have questions? You are invited to comment below or contact me via Right Brain Planner Facebook page. I dislike hype and do not believe in a one-size fits all for anything. So — ask away as a means of “trying this on” for size. ;)

✔ Enrollment Deadline — October 21st

This quarterly subscription bridges the frustrations each of us has with any sort of planning and staying near a path that takes in the direction of our dreams.

Community is what seals the deal when we hopscotching our way to anything! The power of the “me, too” when we feel as if we have “wasted” time and energy — when we have an idea and wonder if it will work — or if we will be doomed to less than stellar outcomes! :mrgreen:

  • {print-version, mailed within the United States} Quarter Session — November 2014 – January 2015 session for creative support & planning pages $43 [purchase/enroll]
  • {print-version, mailed International} Quarter Session — November 2014 – January 2015 session for creative support & planning pages $49 [purchase/enroll]
  • {digital-version} Quarter Session — November 2014 – January 2015 session for creative support & planning pages $37 [purchase/enroll]

✔ Enrollment Deadline — October 21st

NOTE: I will refund any overage if you decide convert your existing subscription to Right Brain Planner™ planning pages. However, there will be no refunds for “Quarter Sessions” once you are enrolled.

  • If you would prefer to wait for the next session sign-up for February-April 2015, and simply subscribe to the monthly printed-postal mailed planning pages, click here.
  • If you want to try a single issue of right brain planning pages, click here to purchase a digital download of October planning pages.

Are you a right brain planner? {learn more}

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Are you a right brain planner?

your lifeRight brain planning is not about planning; it is about allowing one’s life to become like art on a proverbial canvas. To observe and utilize the time for living out loud — living free … outside lines and boxes.

a sojourn with your selfIt is a promise to your-self to dedicate time and space for personal discovery and creative noting of what is important to you. It is a promise to your-self to honor your rhythms of energy and inspiration.

the easy chose is allowing the tide to carry youIt is allowing for ease; choosing what feels natural. Opting for the easy choice, the reoccurring choice inviting you onward. The choice that will be like the tide, gently carrying you to your personal Next.

dreams come true

Art for November 2014

… because dreams come true, Braveheart.

dreams you can

Art for November 2014

You can find your way. It is unfolding in front of you — even in the midst of the unknown. Because your dreams are waiting for you to believe.

Your actions and habits are in alignment with your self-belief. You can work as hard as you want, but if deep down you don’t truly believe it’s going to pay off then you won’t be working to your fullest potential. -Chris Brogan

dreams are waiting

You have time. What is yours cannot be missed, Braveheart.

For me, right brain planning began with Post-it® notes and index cards, as well as junk mail collages. It felt liberating to create visuals of my random thoughts with found papers and elements.

Week 4 post

No rules or deadlines, just raw possibility.

Allowing space for my blurts and wishes without forcing my mental drafts into the format of a traditional planner allowed for an invigorating creative-wild to flourish.

My planning style developed into a collection of words cut-out from junk mail, magazines and altered books. I added these syllables to my collage stashes of bits of paper: receipts, mailing labels, cancelled stamps, packaging, etc.

stacksDoodles, collage-visuals, and hand-lettered declarations and quotations eventually found space on my right brain planning pages. I added to these pages throughout each month as a practice; this form of journal-planning came to be my morning pages, and my therapy. ;)

Cover Art for March 2014

Cover Art for March 2014

The first subscriptions for similar pages — templates for like-minded journal-planners — began in May of 2013.

Each month since then I have created art and content for right brain planning pages — visual prompts and hand-lettered syllables to spark thought and inspire jots and notations.

Subscribers receive (3) pages of art + a monthly calendar.

august cover for Right Brain Planner planning pages

Art for August 2014

There is a digital subscription and a limited number of print subscriptions. Print subscriptions are sent via postal mail the third week of each month.

Each monthly subscription includes:

  • private messages from me
  • weekly planning prompts
  • planning pages and monthly calendar
  • the option of joining a private community of right brain planners
October set

Pages for October 2014

Each set of planning pages includes:

  • themed motivation and articles
  • hand-written notations + quotations
  • stamped lettering + collaged word messages
  • art-full {month-at-a-glance} monthly calendar
  • {creative} planning prompts + visual planning ideas

Interested in exploring this as a planning option?

  • click here to purchase (1) digital download of October planning pages
  • click here to subscribe to a monthly postal mailing
  • click here to subscribe to a monthly digital version
  • purchase options for a 3-month enrollment in Quarter Session One* — 3-month commitments relieve us of the pressure to “run faster” and allow us to explore, to become familiar with what we are hoping for, and facilitate a natural, lasting change
    • {print-version, mailed within the United States} Quarter Session — November 2014 – January 2015 session for creative support & planning pages $43 [purchase/enroll]
    • {print-version, mailed International} Quarter Session — November 2014 – January 2015 session for creative support & planning pages $49 [purchase/enroll]
    • {digital-version} Quarter Session — November 2014 – January 2015 session for creative support & planning pages $37 [purchase/enroll]

I have some exciting plans for this new 3-month subscription and support group! Working name right now: Quarter Sessions! Art, journal-planning and support for anyone seeking to move onward and into her Next.

*Quarter Session One enrollment is open through October 21, 2014

  • Existing subscribers may “convert” monthly subscriptions to Quarter Sessions
  • There will be no refunds for “Quarter Sessions” once you have enrolled.


Right brain planning subscriptions vary each month and remains an ever-evolving process of utility mingling with creative expression.

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Week 41 Dailies // fullness {living life as art & knowing purpose}

art to go

{living life as art; allowing collections; noticing clues and inspirations}

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. -Emiliano Zapata

My journal app presented this quote to me this morning. I wasn’t clear about the meaning at first, but since it stayed with me as I worked through my task list … of course, I googled. Continue reading

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Week 40 // defining what is important

week 40 planningYour actions and habits are in alignment with your self-belief. You can work as hard as you want, but if deep down you don’t truly believe it’s going to pay off then you won’t be working to your fullest potential. -Chris Brogan

This week has been a time of naming what is important; journaling-through my want-to’s and must-do’s and my defaults … Continue reading

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Week 40 Dailies // filtering everything with color

filtering with colorClouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. -Rabindranath Tagore

embrace lifeit is better to live naked in truth than clothed in fantasy.
― Brennan Manning, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir

inviting growth

charm prompts “Inviting Growth” // The Art Journaler Community

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most. -John Ruskin

moon sky in colorshe filtered everything with color because Life so frequently felt so faded and black and white -stargardener

lets be colors

“Living Color” collage element // The Art Journaler Community

{be all the colors, Braveheart} … #livefree


♫♫ listening to …

Happy Weekend!

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Week 40 Dailies // using a title of any kind

using the title of any kindThis face just seemed to happen in my journal. I see my Dad’s features — although no one else might. ;) But seeing his face feels adds meaning to that bit of torn paper with words that feel so inviting.

If you know me at all, you know I consider my {living} a canvas. I work within my own personal rhythms and deadlines are typically more like targets to be aimed. But this week was a huge test of my will, both to allow and to abide. I wrote about that at Secret Rebel Club today.

In a fit of keepin’ it real, I googled “being an artist is a job” and found this post by Yuri Baranovsky. Which was a-mazing because I really DO NOT have the time to write such a post this morning! :mrgreen: BUT I want to share it to honor my promise to my-self to write raw and share glimpses of the full circle of my {living}.

Some of my dreams-come-true this week:

If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. -Jim Rohn

What are you willing to risk so as to avoid settling for the ordinary, Braveheart? ♥

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journaling prep for “She Journals”

color prepOwning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. … Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. -Brené Brown

This weekend I begin a personal sojourn as well share weekly prompts {and entries from my journals} regarding third-person journaling in a private group for women utilizing the “She Journals” download for The Art Journaler Community.

This practice is a means of seeing beyond emotions and facing difficult issues. Writing as the observer can prove to be enough distance to gain perspective about a challenge, relationship or situation. As well as aid you in the process of defining your personal focus or a creative endeavor.

If this sounds like something useful for you, you may purchase The Art Journaler Community Journal Guide, “She Journals” and journal on your own — or purchase the sojourn option. Individual sojourns will include private communications via e-mail + a 25-minute video chat as well as have the option to be in-community with other women using “She Journals” prompts.

Note: Private sojourns have reached capacity. But you you may purchase The Art Journaler Community Journal Guide, “She Journals”

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