guidance from within

I have been creating an ICAD card a day featuring a randomly chosen family photograph plus notes regarding what I remember about the day of the photo; I am using a ring-bound set of index cards so this will also serve as a small memory book. ♥

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey. -John O’Donohue

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. -Thich Nhat Hanh

I resist quotes such as this as it often feels trite — minimizing {trivializing} the sufferings of Life. And yet … I know these words to be timeless, healing wisdom.

Wisdom of a life vulnerably-lived with intention and a willingness to abide gently in the darkness. The timing of visits with my three adult children (who live states away) coupled with my art card project for Daisy Yellow ICAD 2017 has been ideal.

“star reflections”

Our time together, memories-made and conversations, are the heart-treasures that remain.

The past two weeks has included sorting through boxes of old photographs and jotting notes of meaning and memory for minutes each morning.

My notes include my “depression observations” — compassionate notes to myself as I am able to gently identify and name the real-life reasons for my long-term challenge and co-existence with depression.

Braveheart, if you live with chronic depression it is my heartfelt hope that you will seek support as well as begin some type of daily art practice + invest time in-community. [Sharing your images of daily spaces and/or your art — with or without personal notes — and/or “liking” and commenting on Instagram or private online communities.]

As one who believes that the best guidance comes from within — as long as you sift and sort it in community with people you trust — I like to write my own version of “This is what you shall do…” every now and then. -Parker J. Palmer

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. ♥