Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It’s yours. -Ayn Rand
Visual journals ground me; the pages are space for adding color and blurts of possibility. Tore strips of paper, Washi tape, lines of paint or the pigment from color pencils all serve me when words feel absent, inadequate or trite. When I am depressed or in physical pain or emotional overload; or when I am simply rebooting an ordinary day.
In yesterday’s post I mentioned mindfulness and its “woo-woo” connotations when in fact it is simply the intention of being more present in your life.
Adding color, collage elements and hand-written notations immediately follows isometric exercise in my morning routine; each practice aspects of my intention for mindfulness.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for. -Georgia O’Keeffe
Having this colorful booklet and tools ready and waiting aids my morning pace and daily focus. I check task lists and add notes to my weekly page and monthly calendar; I collage lines of text from magazines and add dabs of color.
The focus is on creating — not productivity [performance, expectations, shoulds or running faster].
- Allowing a visual journal to become a form planning facilitates an inviting starting point for entering into each day’s minutia and adventures + mapping dreams.
- Removing the inflated value of productivity simultaneously removes the pressure from getting started — and the default urges for perfection.
The true value of daily journal-planning? It is grounding, meditative; it encourages mindfulness and a pace that is yours to decide.
I add the numerals to the monthly calendar one week at a time as reminder that I am the expert regarding the pace of my life. Slow and steady is my pace of choice; doing what I can each day according to the rhythms of my energy and inspiration.
✔ Here is the main link to the series of posts in which I am sharing my progress + techniques for adding color and elements to your pages; and here is a link a flip thru view of my April booklet as of Sunday, April 2.
✔ I will post another flip here thru tomorrow, April 8.
➡️ April Planning Pages
The April planning pages are no longer available.
The April planning pages include instructional content for getting started with your own creative planning practice.
This set includes:
- original cover art ready for paint, doodles and collage
- instructional content for getting started with your own creative planning practice
- content pertaining to allowing yourself to live free and to progress at your own pace and via your set of choices
- Day One art [a reminder you may begin again as many times as you need, and do so without explanation or apology]
- moon phase art + a prompt for tracking your own phases
- week of the year indicators + tracking calendars for April
- days of the week art + numeral
- hand-drawn visual of how I create a personal buffer zone each day
- week at a glance page [embellish; add sketches, doodles, or daily journaling or task lists
- monthly calendar [embellish; and numerals; use it as a calendar journal]