my art: doing what I don’t have to do {to discover & live more of what I want}

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So one of the things about art is, it offers a safe place for you to have quite extreme and rather dangerous feelings. And the reason you can do that is because you know you can switch it off. So art has a kind of role there as a simulator. -Brian Eno

My monthly collections of collage and notations are my art; my safe place for random thoughts, daring feelings and other discombobulations.

And I invite you to explore your own safe place, Braveheart.

My creative journal-planning practice — my art — is not bound by the numbers on a calendar; I relate my progress to moon phases instead of dated deadlines.

(After all “dead-lines” is certainly not a way to live free, Braveheart.)

There are transitional times when I am not what I was nor am yet what I am becoming. -Julia Cameron

The past few months have been a series of days when I felt indifferent and disconnected to what once felt grounding. This detachment has allowed me to drastically purge items from my home, and to accept — at least on a deeper level — that there are endless possibilities but time is finite.

Decide. Begin. [Complete.] Repeat.

Imagine if you pursued whatever it was you felt like doing and you created as much as you consumed. What if you were straightforward and determined about what you wanted to do? What if you just did what you were planning to do instead of talking about it so much? And what if you stored up all kinds of knowledge to use on topics that mattered a lot to you? -Chris Brogan

I believe we see what we seek.

But once we see [it] — it is up to us to acknowledge [it] in a tangible way. To incorporate what we need from [it] and continue onward.

Seeking is a verb: it is to actively [with intention and diligence] show up for ourselves and that which we seek.

Seeking is messy — and we will become discouraged.

[marking my place on a particularly vulnerable day]

We will try and fail; create and delete (and/or forget why and what we created); we will be copied and imitated; we will be forgotten by people who are seeking in other directions (and/or we will “forget” them).

We will thrash with feelings of futility and despair; we will be bitter and resentful; we will blame people and situational realities for our current state of living — and our so-called limits.

Hold on loosely to your plans (and your so-called limits) and be sure to sparkly dare yourself to believe as often as necessary.

Reward yourself for being: [becoming more of who you dream of being by showing up in whatever way you are able to do so].

My May journal-planner practice is completely different than it was in April. And I am okay with that. Because my daily living is completely different than it was in April.

Creative planning is the practice of claiming your life.

It is blending journal notes with a self-decided framework and timeline. Each day is lived differently despite its common threads of activities and interactions. Yet without some type of routine, days quickly become a series of default outcomes that lead to feeling like we are on an endless roller coaster ride.

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. -Robert Fritz

[prepping my fold-over booklet; gathering color 💛❤️💜 and inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s art]

[“Living Color” includes 7-pages of instructional content, 4-weeks of prompts, art elements and quotations to assist you with noticing and creating with color. More details + purchase link.]

Creative planning allows you to live free [instead of living the same life over and over].

Begin by a divide and conquer approach regarding your resistance to the word, plan. Because “planning” is simply your decision to name what you want. 

Creative planning is art. It is play + imaginating. It is the decision to invest time and energy in your curiosities and what matters most to {you} — promoting the work of your becoming to a priority.

[Art] is everything that you don’t have to do. -Brian Eno

[context] — “Now what I mean by that is that, there are certain things you do have to do to stay alive. You have to eat, for example. But you don’t have to invent Baked Alaskas or sausage rolls or Heston Blumenthal. So you have this basic activity that we and all other animals do, which is called eating, but then unlike all other animals, we do a lot of embroidery and embellishment on top of it.” -Brian Eno

color-added: May planning pages

➡️ May Planning Pages

If you are interested in creating a basic journal-planner for May [template pages to fold in half + add color, collage and miscellany elements] purchase this digital download for a special price: $4.26 [the date of the April New Moon].

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This page set includes:

  • original cover art ready for paint, doodles and collage
  • instructional content for getting started with your own creative planning practice
  • quotations to cut and collage
  • prompt + content pertaining to allowing yourself to name what you know about living more of what you want [as you explore and re-wild]
  • moon phase art + a prompt for tracking your own phases
  • week of the year indicators + number art
  • week at a glance page [embellish; add sketches, doodles, or a daily journal, or task list; print weekly copy or use the one page for the entire month]
  • monthly calendar [use it as a calendar journal]

May planning pages

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. ♥