The sin we commit against each other as women is lack of support. -Terry Tempest Williams
Community is something I promote wholeheartedly and yet I know each of us have the same “reasons” as to why we don’t regularly participate in at least a few of the
countless Facebook groups that list us as members.
This past week community was particularly life-giving for me! ♥
Specific creative inspiration and affirmation via a private Facebook group (for creative women participating in a workshop hosted by the ever-amazing and inspiring, Tammy Garcia!) and the Creativity Matters group, where I have been compiling daily lists in response to the CMP List prompt for April posted by Amy Cowen, Host Extraordinaire of the CMP Podcast!
- [If you prefer to avoid the noise of Facebook in general: “Facebook Groups” is an app for smart phones and tablets; it allows you to access only Facebook groups. Simple and much less distracting.]
Color is trending in my life right now.
I officially have paint on most of the clothing I wear daily! And that makes me very happy!
I have been creating painty index cards and I also create “color vents” as starting points for my weekend journaling (or when I am working on particularly agitating projects, like tax records and forms! lol!).
My technique for creating with color? Simple. I start with a gift card, dip it in paint and then scrape the paint as desired. Easy peasy!
All the art of living lies in the mingling of letting go and holding on. -Havelock Ellis
Each month there are marvelous opportunities for adding in art prompts and activities. However, simplicity is the most essential of our options. Determining and naming our essentials — adding in less and trading the good for the best.
The simplicity of list-making and a 4-page journal-planner for April has been energizing and facilitated the ease I needed. It was a last minute option that has led to exciting insights regarding to the essentials of a journal-planner.
Benefits of a 4-page journal-planner booklet:
- ONE place for daily, weekly and monthly notes. [Add in color and extra writing space with page sections or Post-it® Notes, if necessary.]
- It simplifies the compilation of a creative record of a month of your wild and precious life! Simple = doable! ★
I know many of us bump into feeling consistently “behind” and yet …
There is no behind. We are precisely where we are supposed to be.
What is essential? For me, essential is a daily check-in + one main personal, monthly record. The April planning page accomplish that.
- Here is a flip-thru of my April “planning” pages.
- Here is the main link to the series of posts I shared my progress + techniques for adding color and elements to your pages
Creative planning need not be elaborate nor include artistic details that require hours of detail work.
➡️ April Planning Pages
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]
Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. -John O’Donohue