you hold a unique gift to share …

Each individual, regardless of circumstances, holds a unique gift to share with the world … -Carolyn Rubenstein

Your unique gift awaits your attention, Braveheart. Attention via your creative experiments, self-directed study as well as your willingness to join a community of like-minded people.

Sharing our work removes us from a solitary brooding on our personal hurts as we listen to other people’s struggles, learn of other people’s triumphs. For those of us who find intimacy difficult, sharing work becomes a bridge to sharing ourselves. -Louise DeSalvo, Writing as a Way of Healing

Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow. -Austin Kleon

It is my intention to invest my time and energy in what is useful for creative-minded women with regard to their time and energy.

Investing in community facilitates a confidence that fosters personal intention. When that community thrives, new communities develop — fostering new intentions and endeavors for the community.

When the individuals of a community talk about what they love — they learn and notice what resonates deeply as they hear their own voice more clearly.

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done! -Vincent van Gogh in a letter to his brother, Theo

To love many things — to incorporate a variety of opportunities for creativity and community — as an act of self-love and compassion is a path to a creative life.

It is within our willingness to experiment and to be in-community that our creative practices and self-awareness are enhanced and clarified.

What does community have to do with journal-planning?

In my experience — everything. The communities I have been involved with have encouraged me immensely to experiment with my creative practice. And I have witnessed similar empowerment in the lives of many others.

Discovering common threads of interest within community is a transforming experience.

While it is often a matter of learning via trial and error in our search for a kindred community experience, it is always worth our time and the energy of our sparkly dares to try one more time.

I have given and received faithful feedback as well as suggestions for resources and activities via a group of women I have shared community with for years via our common interest in creative journal-planning.

Scanners go through an amazing transformation once they begin to understand who they are and realize there’s nothing wrong with them. –Barbara Sher, Refuse to Choose!

As a Scanner I gleefully confess that community support facilitated a very last minute switch regarding the July Module! 🙂

Module 7 is a community-based support offering focused on the content of Refuse to Choose, by Barbara Sher. If you are interested in joining with other like-minded women to discuss this book, I would love for you to register for this module/mini-course!

  • To register or for more information: [link]
  • Registration closed Wednesday, June 28, 2017.


me and magic mandyMandy Steward and I met via community in 2010; it was her friendship that inspired me to move beyond being an initiator of community, to being a seeker and participant. On April 1, 2012 we co-founded The Art Journaler; later that year we founded The Art Journaler Community, a subscription service with the vision of freely promoting a {no rules//just prompts} art journal practice in-community.

She and I also moved into our individual endeavors. Mandy now hosts The Magic School and has published the Secret Message Society zine since 2013, when I started creating journal-planning guides.

And though The Art Journaler Community has concluded its time, there are numerous other creative endeavors and communities founded and hosted by women who made the choice to join in-community there. Joining in to take on the creative challenge of life — their choices fostering new and unique spaces to be inspired and in-community!

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. ♥