release {perfection is trying again — and again}

my morning pages

[my morning pages] 2015 Right Brain Planner™ Planning Kit, journal/idea book, small bag of collage ephemera, and vent journal — for all things random and angsty in need of space ;)

Life is a process of becoming. A combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. -Anais Nin

I have been actively documenting my right brain planning {visual journaling/collage planning} for seven years. My first blog post, published on February 10, 2008 was entitled, “Getting Started” and simply read: After a day of too much spinning (brain working like a arcade game) I made the decision to begin this process. One of compiling and organizing my notes regarding a Right Brain Planner.

mind map

It has been a process of trial and error — and facing my own perfectionism … over and over and over again. In that time I have realized something: perfectionism is merely the pursuit of new solutions gone awry! ;)

Vision and planning. Anticipation. And fear. Perfection and actionand inaction. Zeal and hesitation. Paralysis. The swirl of self-talk/loathing that screams, “Mistakes are useless and ‘experiments’ {trying again and again} are of no value!” And yet …

Everything offered clues along the way.


[choose your-self] “Sweetheart, this is your office.” -Rocket Man’s response when I apologize for the kitchen being “my art” …

annie dillard

Time is a resource for growth & understanding.

Noticing how we spend our time assists us in defining how we honor what is most important and vital to our {living}.

How we document and creatively note our time also reframes what we are learning, feeling and discovering. And doing that in a visual way creates a map of sorts; a means of reviewing where we have been in order to move forward.

done list

Because every day we are writing pages of a story — our story.

Written via what we see and observe, our blurty thoughts and emotions, the mundane and the periodic-spectacular — our chapters of {living}.

  • Why not experiment?
  • Why not review — and edit?
  • Why not try again — and again?

Learning what works {and what doesn’t} takes as long as it takes.

And everything counts — nothing is a waste of time. We are worthy.

decision journal

[decision log] 3×5 spiral notebook for jots of thought

I consider my {living} to be a laboratory. I enter-in each morning of my life to explore and to invest myself, and to creatively document what is happening; to notice my “doings and beings” with intention. And — I am somewhat ridiculously committed to a lifestyle of intention + art-full documentation. ;)

So much so … It becomes difficult to differentiate the priorities for my Next. At times I catch my-self wanting to include every-thing and every-one.

Cue. Release.

See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary. -Galileo Galilei

Faux Midori Taylor Maide Designs

Faux Midori designed and handmade by Carlene Taylor Simmons, Taylor Maide Designs; Carlene will be soon be offering a variety of covers via her Etsy Shop.

I am in the midst of release, part of my quarterly evaluation of what is working and what could benefit from some adjustment.

I am examining different ways of storing my various pages and booklets and notebooks to facilitate improved visual organization. I typically bind my monthly pages to create a booklet [a version of a glue-book]. But I also do this with my business journal and the journal guides I compile for subscribers of The Art Journaler. so.many.booklets. :shock:

The ideas I am learning from Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time by Margaret Moore and Paul Hammerness are assisting me in this process. I will be presenting ideas from this book during my monthly video session on Saturday, March 21 — plus, Carlene will offer a visual presentation of using her faux Midoris! :mrgreen:

alls well that ends well profile

Let’s get together, Braveheart. The monthly video session I host is this Saturday, from 2:05-3:15 p.m. CST. Space is limited and registration ends today, PayPal links to register are below. (You do have the option to participate with audio-only.)

  • March 21 Topic — I will present ideas and themes from: Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time by Margaret Moore and Paul Hammerness + Carlene Taylor Simmons will present ideas for using a Midori-style planning notebook.
  • Register for Saturday, March 21st only: [link] $10/session
  • Subscribe to monthly topic discussions: [link] $7/monthly
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