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About stargardener

Braveheart, I believe art heals — and that art is as simple as abiding outdoors with the morning sky or jotting lists or having a favorite color. I created Right Brain Planner® because I needed a "planner" that offered space but didn't trigger my daily expectations. I needed a planner that was a journal — a place to creatively document my {living} + collect my blurts and random collage. Perhaps you are in need of the same? If so, I hope you will join me via our shared online connections. ♥

[fullness] loyalty to the inner vision

August theme: Dated Chronicling & Mark-Making + Establishing a Morning Ritual [my journal-planner title page with quarter moon art]

This week ushers in the month of August as I continue to experience my dailies with the intention of fullness + making note of sign-posts on the way to Next.

August is month two of the third quarter of 2017; I envision new endeavors in quarters — 3-months at a time (January-March, April-June, etc.) Here is a breakdown of how I see my personal quarter sessions:
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★ August Guide

[adding one of the two cover panels of the August Guide to my composition notebook]

➡️ [August Guide]

Dated Chronicling & Mark-Making + Establishing a Morning Ritual

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This 20-page journal-planning guide represents a significant design change and is the first chapter of a new starting point for Right Brain Planner® resources.

  • It is an invitation to reframe the way you define the word [plan] and to explore your journal-planning as abstraction, of mark-making and ritual.

This guide is actually two separate booklets:

  1. One booklet includes details, templates and prompts pertaining to daily free-writing/expression in the form of mark-making, and guiding content to assist you with establishing a morning ritual.
  2. One booklet can be used to create a separate journal-planner booklet using the dated art and planning elements/content.

Or simply incorporate the art and content from the entire guide to create a customized record for the month of August using a composition journal, altered book or other type of bound journal or planner! 🙂

my desk + my composition book while working on accurate sizing for August cover art panels

Are you in need of “something” but you can’t quite put your finger on it?

I felt that way the first week of July. From there I entered a cycle of feeling as though I was just keeping my head above water. 💦 Water is healing for me. So I didn’t panic …

I did what I know to do: 1) start a new 📚 journal and 2) tear bits of paper. 📒👍❤️

That is literally the origin of the templates, art and journal-planning prompts for the August Guide.

There is always such a wandery backstory to the compilation of these guides. But I often feel as though sharing the mile markers would only be confusing. But there is always a backstory, Braveheart.

Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes. … Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.

-Arshile Gorky, Armenian-American painter

This guide represents a significant design change and is the first chapter of a new starting point for Right Brain Planner® resources. It is an invitation to reframe the way you define the word [plan] and to explore your journal-planning as abstraction.

Instead of planning being about expectations and performance, I invite you to think of it as allowing time and space for time traveling [at your pace] into Next with the intention to seek.

To seek and in the words of Arshile Gorky: “… to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite … the emancipation of the mind … an exploration into unknown areas.”

Meaning is not in what we have, it is in what we are seeking.

Journal-planning is a way of seeking: a means of seeing [noting & making visible] what exists on the timeline of one’s wild and precious Life.

Learning from the past, being intentional and wholehearted in the present — and naming what is being sought after [desired & longed for]; a means of [time travel and living organically] via collage & vision boards; making wishes; verbal processing; visualizing; nature studies; a self-directed education; and all the while: cycling like the moon.

[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 …

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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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