[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.

The past several days have included a unique fullness that proved the value of slipping into The Unexpected — wholeheartedly — and then living everything.

A real-time example of cycling-through — living beyond my limits and acting on my own judgment: The guiding truths of the Right Brain Planner® Modules and Annual Kit for this year that have become like receiving a treasure map from my past self.

I offer it rather as a starting point … I want you to act on your own judgment. -Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

a section from the cover art for Right Brain Planner® Modules and Annual Kit for 2017

The communities I host and the resources offered here [original content, prompts and templates] are the result of my personal starting points [my compassionate sparkly-dares]:

1) ongoing experiments with living out loud and creative journal-planning

2) habits of morning solitude, being in nature and listening in-Spirit

3) vulnerable blurts and conversations with {my people} that provide both a container and reframed continuum for living free/living everything

Without that three-cord strand of continuum and support — creativity [artful chronicles], love [self-compassion, vulnerability & friendship] and being outdoors [nature walks, and recharging in the sunshine or under a starry sky] — I would simply be living the same life over and over.

You must be open to all impressions and let your thoughts take color from what you see. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Dear Braveheart: Live everything. There is no behind. You are precisely where you are supposed to be. ~ox ♥

Living everything means living my circles and cycles, and allowing my thoughts to be alive with color:

  • My feelings, situations and dailies may look the same but I am changing — my life-circles are ever-widening revolutions of discovery and living color.

Color can be a language, a non-verbal means of expressing what we may not have words for, or when words feel trite or inadequate.

My planning practice tracks my life-circles using color and moon cycles, collage and visual journaling; my journal-planners are mostly non-dated pages of jotted expression, collaged-thought and color vents compiled as inspired and needed for processing my life choices and daily realities.  

The final outcome of everything I publish regarding creative planning is only possible after I ponder and name, doubt and pick-apart, refine and test my proverbial hypotheses.

Along with a wholehearted devotion to a “no-rules, just prompts” intention to live everything.

You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds. -Henry David Thoreau

Living everything is to hold on loosely, to catch and release as often as needed.

The four-points of living include our actions and beliefs pertaining to: 1) ourselves, 2) our relationships, 3) our work, and 4) our environment [the spaces of our living].

All of which are constantly undergoing change. So, while it is important to name [acknowledge] the facts of our living — it is also vital to hold on loosely to our expectations of resolving “everything.”

Living everything by deeming Life itself as art.

  • Art is a practice of creative expression and making + assigning value to the process.
  • You are the artist; you are who you have been waiting for, your own hero. You are the proverbial “mad scientist” with ongoing experiments in your personal studio-lab of real-life. Therefore resist the pressure to “figure out” what is needed before you begin to live out loud in your wild and precious life.

Living everything is to live free. Everything counts.

  • Changes you make today do not need to be “forever” — and the limiting beliefs of “I always …” or “I never …” are clues regarding starting points and baby steps, and points of letting go in the midst of living more of what matters most to you.

Your version of living everything will be uniquely you, Braveheart.

Each of us has own version of living everything. This is especially applicable to living with our feelings.

My dear friend, Mandy Steward hosted a kindred gathering Saturday; we shared creative space and insightful conversations that included how we deal with our feelings.

“So I’m watching what comes up, InsideOut style, without judgement and getting to play with colour, which pleases the Artist as Magician in me.” -Mandy Steward

Image Credit: Mandy Steward

I need to map out my emotions and see if I can get my brain to reprogram how to deal with them. My tendency is to shut-down, pull in, hideaway and even cancel my own creative plans when my emotions feel negative and I feel threatened by engaging with the Real World. But I believe it doesn’t have to be this way, and there are a few different secret messages I’ve gathered that give me hope. –Mandy Steward, “Inside Out”

PLEASE NOTE: Annual Kit subscribers, check May’s supplemental download for a color chart designed for assigning colors to what you are feeling.

Also recommended: ➡️ [Module 5] — Living Color 💜💙💚💛❤️

Living Color


P.S. I have been working on exciting details pertaining to the future series of Right Brain Planner® Kits & Modules! 🙂

Moon prints, quarter-planners, color-wheel journal-planner pages, options for à la carte items + art mail are in the mix!

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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. ♥