Counting down … onward

1 dayJust one more day and we will be greeting August under a Blue Moon {a second full moon on the last day of July}! I will be pairing the August planning pages with Doodle Days pages as part of my monthly planning set-up.

I hope {you} will join me for some creative planning and doodle fun during the month of August via a private group on Facebook. It is free and open to anyone who enjoys creative planning or who wants to learn more! {link to join}

onwardFor only by daring to be ourselves can we deeply know others. -Mark Nepo

I enjoy the inspiration of a daily creative prompt because it feels like an open door for beginning {especially beneficial when my own inspiration feels absent}.

Onward is an attitude of showing up, of honoring promises to your-self even when you don’t {feel} like it.

30 week pageOnward.

… trying one.more.time. + being true to {you} + altering and adjusting decisions as Life progresses through its various cycles of ever-widening circles.

29 ICAD cards

ICAD cards from this summer

Daily practices such as Daisy Yellow’s ICAD and my right brain planning {my planner + my practice} facilitates my personal-onward — my ability to “pick one” — to process, to adapt and to choose.

embellished weekly page from June Right Brain Planner™ planning pages

embellished weekly page from June Right Brain Planner™ planning pages

It is space for both essential to-do’s + creative expression:

  • to collect notes for what I want to do and be
  • to track and reference my {living} as I go along
  • to meditate while creating collage or doodling

Creative planning is such a uniquely personal and individual practice, a practice that develops over time as you discover what “feels” best and is most appealing and useful for you.

It is a way to think about, to process your random thoughts while you doodle and add color and collage to “planning” pages.


 

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I expanded the monthly planning pages to include more visual space for notations, collage and doodles. It is a digital download, so you may decide to print it on color-paper instead of white. Or print extra sheets for cutting and collage, for visually processing what you experience and what to keep a creative record of during the month.

You may already have a planner you prefer. Perhaps you have ideas for adapting and altering a book for your creative planning experiments. Simply begin … Anything goes, Braveheart! :)

Counting down … fear & magic

2 daysCounting down to the Blue Moon & August!

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. -W.B. Yeats

Just two more days and we will be greeting August under a Blue Moon {a second full moon on the last day of July}! I will be pairing the August planning pages with Doodle Days pages as part of my monthly planning set-up.

I hope {you} will join me for some creative planning and doodle fun during the month of August via a private group on Facebook. It is free and open to anyone who enjoys creative planning or who wants to learn more! {link to join}

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Allowing time and space for listening and creativity is a way of becoming more aware of what we are interested in, what fulfills the desires of our hearts.

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. -Joseph Chilton Pearce

But … it can be a challenge to join creative groups, to share what we are thinking and creating. We hold back and resist sharing, concerned about being misunderstood and about being seen {exposed}.

A brave one mentioned this oh-so common fear in our group yesterday. It is the most common reason each of us resists sharing. However, it is also the simplest way to build confidence via our experiments with creative planning. Continue reading

Counting down …

3 daysCounting down to the Blue Moon & August!

I hope you will join me for some creative planning and doodle fun during the month of August! I host a private group on Facebook — it is free and open to anyone who enjoys creative planning or who wants to learn more! {link to join}

blue moon

As a community we will be sharing our creative planning pages from various sources, including Right Brain Planner™ planning pages and …

doodle daysThe Doodle Days Musings Adventure

Click here to sign-up and receive a free download that includes:

  • four weeks of pages for the month of August
  • Daily Musings Journal doodling guide page
  • blank musings pages
  • month at a glance calendars for August & September

Each Friday in August there will be new blog posts with ideas and inspiration for creative planning.

I will be posting here on Friday, August 14. I will also be posting images and prompts in the Creative Lab all during August!

Join me, Braveheart? ♥

Summer nights, free-falls and creative rhythms

summers nightThe summer night is like a perfection of thought. -Wallace Stevens


My summer nights have been unique opportunities for thought, for abiding and enjoying fireflies and the sounds of the season. Extended afternoon naps inadvertently allow for capturing images of the night sky and are part of coping with the heat-induced fatigue of MS, one of the many adventures of living with the wellness challenges of MS.

courage doesn't always roar

ICAD Card, Day 28/61

Make your own recovery the first priority in your life. -Robin Norwood

I feel as if I am in a perpetual free-fall. But as complicated and disconcerting as that is, I know we discover more about our creative rhythms within the free-fall of Life’s challenges. I know self-compassion can become a parachute, stabilizing our descent as we begin to discern what grounds us … releasing everything else to the wind.

To decide to view yourself as a complete stranger, someone who has just stepped ashore in your life, is a liberating exercise. This meditation helps to break the numbing stranglehold of complacency and familiarity. Gradually, you begin to sense the mystery and magic of yourself. You realize that you are not the helpless owner of a deadened life but rather a temporary guest gifted with blessings and possibilities you could neither invent nor earn. -John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Evolution

Day 7 “Evolution” // 100 days of planning circles

We cannot change anything until we accept it. -Carl Jung

The process of acceptance is convoluted. Twisty. Complicated. Complex.

And it always requires more time than we expect. Particularly those of us who have a habit of minimizing our daily challenges — and dare to expect more than is “reasonable” from our wild and precious life.

prepped index cards for ICAD

prepped index cards for ICAD

Optimism is my default; accepting that is facilitating positive change but I also keep tripping over it when I resume running as fast as I can.

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. -Anatole France

Melancholy lingers after all the many changes for me during the past several months even as I die to one life and enter another.

planning circles

100 days of planning circles

I have a journal app that cues daily reminders of what I wrote years prior. Four years ago, I recorded this quote from Seth Godin, “The opportunity is simple: the more each individual gives, the more each of us end up getting.”

So … let’s honor our informal, free-spirited tribe and let’s be generous with one another; let’s be generous with our-self and allow time and space for summer nights and free-falls as we notice the creative rhythms that empower and sustain us.

succulent{for She who is freakishly succulent; for She who makes her own rules}


Braveheart, my energy is limited; fatigue has given way to depression and an intense desire to withdraw completely. But this is me showing up, and I hope you will show up in the ways that are best for you, too.

social mediaAlthough I am not posting here during July, I post to my Instagram + art, quotes and links to Twitter via:

  • @rightbrainplan — a daily tweet promoting the practice of visual planning + allowing the mundane to become art in business & personal planning
  • @theartjournaler — quotations & resource links promoting {no rules//just prompts} art journaling & creative planning as a practice // exploring life as art
  • @stargardener — my personal account, and another favorite social media space for connecting and eclectic conversations! {book notes, quotations and random links}

… and I am also resuming the digital collage of Pinterest: stargardener. It is something that can be updated in minutes, and I update this board regularly:

Weekly word prompts are posted here each Monday.

Thank you kindly for your love and support!

musts, shoulds and wholeheartedness

intersection

page view from The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

Should is how other people want us to live our lives. -Elle Luna

must is

page view from The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. -Elle Luna

must - now what

page view from The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

… choosing Must raises very real and scary questions. -Elle Luna

mustDuring my career as a freelancer, I have learned {over and over} that Must will evolve — so it is best to hold on loosely. Even so … I still freak-out a bit {um, a lot!} when I know it is changing.

what if it changes

page view from The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

But once you know your Must, it won’t be ignored. Must will wave wildly for your attention and it will interrupt your ability to focus on anything else.

crossroads

page view from The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

Must will energize you and feel limitless; but it is likely very few people will “get it” when are you starting out and it may not work out in the way you first believe … 

what if it doesn't pay

page view from The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

It may not always pay your electricity bill … But if you will honor your Must wholeheartedly — you will always find a way to have you need.

do you know for sure

What Makes Up Resilience? If you look at the current research, here are five of the most common factors of resilient people: They are resourceful and have good problem-solving skills. They are more likely to seek help. They hold the belief that they can do something that will help them to manage their feelings and to cope. They have social support available to them. They are connected with others … -Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

now whatAuthenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. -Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

I am in the next “hour” of ever-widening circles of my Next — the space of my Life clock that remains to be named for its mile markers.

my life clock

my life clock

I am living differently — there are new and marvelous {and daunting} changes in my life right now, both personally and professionally.

Throughout my life there have been hours of “shoulding” but my Must evolved, bills got paid and I learned baby steps count.

There is a continual focus on letting go of who I think I am supposed to be and learning to embrace who I am.

page view from The Bodacious Book of Succulence, by SARK

page view from The Bodacious Book of Succulence, by SARK

There have been hours when I didn’t define my time, when I kept time with The Have-To Clock. And there will be again — Life is an of ever-widening circle of self-compassion and being true to one’s Must.

There are always lessons hiding behind my fears; there are always surprises and experiments — sparkly dares of trial and error. And there are miscommunications when what I {think} I am saying isn’t being said and/or misunderstood.

iceberg-speak

iceberg-speak

Writing about work earlier this month was intended to be more clearly communicated regarding how elements of my {living}, productivity and outcomes occur in 80/20 ratios. Perhaps the message was clear as a common thread of my posts … perhaps not.

I have been loosely applying The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80–20 Rule, to facilitate my own acceptance of the often perceived loss of time due to MS and other realities beyond my control.

notice cameraI have been reminding my-self procrastination is not a waste of time. It is my spirit whispering to my brain, “S-l-o-w down and notice this.” … “Get close up and capture its facets.” … “What are the secret messages?”

Venn of LifeBottom Line: statistically 80% of our time consists of the mundane, the insignificant and the adventures of moods and fears BUT we limit our celebration and valuing to the 20% we deem “newsworthy” …

100% of our {living} has value — and deserves to be honored & celebrated, Braveheart.

When we can loosen our expectations about being “productive and clear-minded” 100% of the time {aka perfect, like the people we compare ourselves to}, our stress levels decrease {less over-reacting, over-eating, over-spending, etc.}.

listen to your selfA release of expectations facilitates a dance in-Spirit.

Life is a spiritual dance and our unseen partner has steps to teach us if we will allow ourselves to be led. The next time you are restless, remind yourself it is the universe asking “Shall we dance?” -Julia Cameron

Let’s dance. Let’s hold on loosely. Let’s be at ease, Braveheart. 

Let’s name our Must, release the Shoulds and live free — and wholeheartedly! Let’s embrace our work as that of creating space {time, ease, a setting} each day for the purpose of our own becoming.

Work is the activity of both our “80%” and our “20%” …