choosing Beauty

We were sent into the world alive with beauty. As soon as we choose Beauty, unseen forces conspire to guide and encourage us towards unexpected forms of compassion, healing and creativity. -John O’Donohue

2017 was a year of introspection, of discovering more about the faceted details of working within my personal rhythms of energy and inspiration.

I clarified my creative vision via sparkly-dare-experiments; I resigned from groups, and discontinued creative offerings and resources.

I chose to pause a work schedule that served me well for over five years.

headerLeading up to that pause I created the newest annual kit. I consider it to be the most authentic and complete version of any annual journal-planner I have ever compiled! ♥ (I worked through three separate versions in order to accomplish that feat. And I couldn’t be more pleased!)

 

I must be a gatekeeper on the traffic in my life. Too much traffic and I grow overwhelmed. Too little and I grow stagnant. It’s a balance that I am seeking and I must be attentive because my needs are always shifting. -Julia Cameron

 

I learned more about the continuous movement required to accomplish balance. I became more attentive to my needs.

I repeatedly learned that less is more. This proved especially true with regard to responding monthly to the prompts I included in the newest annual kit. Doing so revealed common threads of thought and desire, assisting me in identifying what matters most to me + the challenges and actions pertaining to that.

I resigned the “space-holding” duties of dormant relationships and projects. I was able to release the guilt and sense of obligation of “trying harder” and/or repeatedly seeking resolution (forgiveness doesn’t always result in reconciliation). I was also able to delete files, and purge resources, tools and materials saved for “someday” …

 

Never surrender to the flow of time. Never put off what you have decided to do. -Simone Weil

 

All of that lead to a new spaciousness, allowing me to have time and energy to engage in new endeavors and adventures; to learn and to practice new art techniques.

Part of that space-made means I am spending less and less time publishing what I write and create.

 

  • Braveheart, I am ever-grateful for your interest, support and feedback. It is my sincere hope that your dreams are coming true + you are being true to you. Baby steps count — everything counts — and [it] takes as long as it takes.

 

 

    • My Instagram accounts are two of my visual journals, and where I post visual examples of my practice.

2018 will continue to be a year of week-by-week decisions to choose Beauty, to assess and embrace my-self — [as I am + as I am Becoming].

Right Brain Planner® resources are published versions of my process: the way in which I examine my life and deem the circumstances of my dailies as opportunities.

I deem my practice as an ongoing research project. What I publish are compiled versions of my own trial and error, self-directed study combined with journal-planning content, prompts and templates.

 

 

A horizon is something towards which we move, but it’s also something that moves along with us. -Hans-Georg Gadamer