Week 40 // my self-directed study

Week 40 planning page

Week 40 // weekly page from October planning pages

I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way — things that I had no words for. -Georgia O’Keeffe

Week 40: the best and worst of days; color was my language + first days of October; writing a daily post regarding the why and how of a self-directed study.
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self-directed study // the why

Bone by bone, hair by hair, Wild Woman comes back. Through night dreams, through events half understood and half remembered, Wild Woman comes back. She comes back through story. - Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves

“Bone by bone, hair by hair, Wild Woman comes back. Through night dreams, through events half understood and half remembered, Wild Woman comes back. She comes back through story.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. –Jim Rohn

During the month of October, I will be sharing ideas about why and how to create a self-directed study. Paying attention to what has your attention is the essential first step. Followed by compiling lists of books you want to read, topics that pique your interest, activities or skill sets you want to learn more about — all excellent beginnings for your own self-directed study! Continue reading

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


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!