I’ve learned a lot about what people love and what they struggle with. Love, relationships, and marriage are at the top of the list because break-ups, divorce and fall outs happen. Let’s write it out together!
Journaling is simply expressing myself, so why is the page empty?
Here are a few things that might help get that creativity flowing!
1 - Don’t Do What You Usually Do!
If you usually write out your dreams/goals/ideas or aspirations in your journal, today draw them! Or find images and text in a magazine and paste it to your page to tell your story.
You could paint it, doodle it, or simple doodle. I love to doodle! Don’t know where to start?
Put your pen in the middle of the page and draw a swirl. Add a line, a word, or even a kitten! Draw a balloon or maybe you see a cloud? How about a Heffalump? There’s no wrong answer!
2 - Change Up Your Location!
If you usually write at your kitchen table, maybe consider a
- local coffee shop
- the park watching the kids run and jump and play
- at the lake, stream, river, waterfall or ocean
- in the mountains
- at the farm
- at the zoo
- in the morning sun
- watching the sun go down
Getting out of your regular routine is a great way to spark some new ideas!
3 - Think About You Love
- Write about what you love
- In a bulleted list
- Random words on the page
- Images of what you love
- Or write a list of what comes to mind and then write about each item on the list
- Why do you love it?
- Include why you love it.
- IE Hot, creamy, coffee
- OR I love hot, creamy, coffee early in the morning. Just inhaling deeply of the aromatic steam brings me joy and starts my day right! My favorite brand/flavor is…… And sometimes I love to add…..
- Include why you love it.
- How can you get more of that ^ in your life? Write about it!
4 - What Are You Grateful For?
- It’s ok to start small or really big. I’m grateful I woke up this morning! MMM I’m so thankful for the hot, delicious coffee I’m sipping on right now. I’m so thankful for my warm home as the 40 mph winter winds dance around outside. What are you most thankful for?
5 - What Do You Want to Learn About?
- Google it. Looking for new things to write about? Go to your favorite search engine and search. There are millions of choices there!
- What are you intersted in learning? How could you begin learning it?
- Search for journal prompts
- Inspirational quotes are a great starting poing!
6 - Think Outside The Box
- Enjoy the expansion! Write five or six (or 20) things you are very passionate about and then make a crossword or wordsearch to fit in those words.
- Write those words on your page and color/doodle/paint/glitter or fill them in with whatever makes your heart sing.
- Find pictures that represent those words and make a collage
- Add one word to each day of the week. Start your morning listing what you love about your word for the day, how you could get more of it in your life? and/or look for representations of the word you wrote. Journal about it.
7 - What About Your Environment?
- Sometimes music helps and other times quiet does.
- Did you know YouTube has videos of thunderstorms, ocean views, and forest sounds?
- How about meditation music?
- I love to diffuse Stress Away and Wintergreen essential oils together. It smells deliciously like root beer and, like the name says, it helps my mood!
8 - Today, Don't Write
- Maybe today, not writing at all is the thing to do. I love being out with me camera, so when I’m looking to really be inspired, I grab my camera and go for a walk.
- Talking to a friend can be just what’s called for to clear thoughts and focus on the direction to be going.
9 - Find the Journal Tag (top right) For More Ideas!
- Look through the other Journaling posts for even more inspiration!
- Have you connected with a good life coach or mentor to work through it?
10 - Leave a Comment Below
- Tell me what you love to journal about and how you do it. I’ve found that sometimes sharing with others (or teaching them) really inspires even more creativity in me! How about you?
11 - Write For Someone Else!
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Citronella always make me think of summer nights, camping, fishing and all things outdoors! We always had those bug repellent torches burning or the little candles to help keep the pesky critters away when I was growing up! Do you remember those?
Now I like to turn to more natural products, so no more store bought torches for me! It’s such a sign of summer when out comes the Citronella, Lemongrass and Peppermint for this amazing Outdoor Spray, AKA DIY Floating Candle!
It’s the perfect, and wonderful smelling, way to add a peacdful ambiance to your favorite summer activities and I can pronounce all of the ingredients!
Simply mix it all in an empty spray bottle, shake really well and spritz your tent, balcony, deck, patio chairs, hammock, sleeping bag, and I always spray my shoes and backpack!
DIY Outdoor Spray (AKA Floating Candle)
- 5 DROPS CITRONELLA ESSENTIAL OIL
- 3 DROPS LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL
- 1 DROP PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
- 2 OUNCES WITCH HAZEL
- 2 OUNCES WATER
Combine all above ingredients in an empty spray bottle and shake like crazy before spraying.
Sometimes I’m overcome with an irrational fear over doing something and it’s almost always a simple something like make a phone call or ask a question. How I confront myself in those times.
Setting goals can be pretty overwhelming, right?
There is so much to work on, get done, decisions to make and things to accomplish that it’s easy to get spinning in circles! We, as a society, are just plain busy. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, email, texting, blogs, news and so much more! We are constantly being bombarded with information! It can be overwhelming.
We are constantly being bombarded with information!
Creativity is an amazing outlet. When I’m creating is when I’m most excited about life. So, it’s not surprising that a few years ago when life became more difficult than I could handle, the first thing to go was my creativity. Away went my camera, scrapbooking supplies, ink, and stamps, all of it. It all got boxed up and ignored. Every time I thought I might want to do something, even a simple something, all of the life-crushing pain of that difficult time came pouring back in. I would quickly drop the thought of creating anything and run from it!
Have you ever been so hurt that joy felt like a magnifying glass to the hurt? Yeah, I was there too.
My prayer for the last few years, my sincere prayer, was that God use me where He wants me. Slowly, I started getting nudged to be creative. Not that, I just can’t, what else can I do Lord?
Have you ever negotiated with the Creator?
I openly acknowledged that He had really gifted me with an ability to coach and encourage people. I just knew things sometimes and could give them advice and I knew it wasn’t from me. I offered that up. God smiled and said, yes, do that.
I worked and worked at it. I needed to make it happen. I prayed and cried. Lord, why isn’t this working?!
I felt the response; Where is the creativity in what you’re doing?
Oh Lord, I can’t do that!
I started dreaming of the creative things I used to make and the things I wanted to make. In the morning, upon recalling the dreams, I would again be overwhelmed with the unbearable extremely hurtful time. The anger, frustration, and complete heartache would wash over me and I’d run from the creative ideas. Instead of making a card, I would just sit and cry over what had been shattered.
I prayed harder for direction and for it to be super obvious because I can be dense.
I was actively praying and seeking guidance for two years! Did it take me two years to listen? No, it took two years for God’s plan to be perfectly laid out and to move me to where I needed to be to accomplish it! OH, that feels me with so much emotion! Love, Joy, gratitude, humbleness, and more.
Every excuse I’d been handing up started to be resolved!
- Lord, I don’t have the time! I’m so tired at this job.
- Done. I got laid off. I knew at that moment it was from God and I never suffered a second of remorse. I felt great peace in that decision.
- Lord, I have all of this emotional baggage that I can’t get past.
- I’m a Young Living Essential Oil distributor and the conference was in Salt Lake and my husband and I went. Just before leaving I was introduced to something called the Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT). I am a very down to earth, straight forward, must be logical person. My AFT intro shocked me! So much that I will write a second blog today and tell the whole story and then I’ll come back here and link it!! That’s how stunning it was!
- Anyway, I told my husband about this amazing experience and that this was a brand new process and they would be at the convention! We determined we would find them and learn more. We went to the convention with 30,000 other people. The AFT people (I was so shocked by what I experienced that I hadn’t even taken notes on who I needed to find!) were not listed in the agenda so I didn’t know where to find them. By the end of the week I was tired and had given up finding them. Friday morning I found myself standing in a long line waiting for a class to open up. I was on my phone – doing nothing really, I just didn’t feel social! I felt a strong nudge to talk to the woman next to me. Nope. I don’t want to. Talk to her. No, I’m too tired and she’s busy on her phone. Talk to her. I don’t have anything to say and I’m not good at small talk. Talk to her.
- Note here that I knew it was the Holy Spirit talking to me and I was IGNORING it!! I was arguing! ugghhh
The woman in front of me addressed those of us in line and asked our name and where we were from. I answered, she answered Angie and we kept going. The woman then asked us what we did other than Young Living. I answer and then the woman next to me, that I’d been being led to talk to and was avidly arguing that I didn’t want to, replied that she was the personal assistant to Dr. Perkus of the Aroma Freedom Technique.
I felt my head spin to my right and my chin hit my chest! I knew my eyes were way too big and that she felt my surprise as she actually moved away from me a little! “You are who?” She replied again. Oh Lord, you are so good!! Even when I’m being a spoiled brat you love me. What I said was, “It is so very nice to meet you Angie, I was introduced to AFT just a week ago and really want to learn more! Can I connect with you?” She said yes and added me to FB right there in line! A week later I was signed up for the course so I could share AFT with others. I wanted everyone to experience the shift that I had!
- I didn’t need AFT. It wasn’t for me. I needed to use it on others and use it I did! I reached out to everyone I knew and gave session after session away while I learned the technique and because I knew how powerful it was!
- No clients though. Although everyone raved about the amazing results and wanted more free sessions, they were suddenly too broke to pay for a session or simply didn’t find it worth paying for.
- I prayed again for God to use me so that I could change lives in his name. Again I felt creativity come forward. I can’t Lord, not that! Please, anything else! And then I wrote a blog post. I hadn’t written in years! It wasn’t great, but it felt great to create!
- I knew I needed to deal with my issues so I did an AFT. Not much happened. I wasn’t actually ready to deal with it and I knew it. I was hiding in the pain. If I put myself out there again, I put myself in the path of all of that pain again and I didn’t want to. I had a few friends start praying for me and one day I woke up with so much going on in my head! I was angry and frustrated and overwhelmed with reminders of the past! I grabbed my oils and sat down. I was ready.
- Through AFT I found the shift that I needed. I absolutely understood how I had connected my pain to my craft and how I had been holding onto things that I needed to let go. I heard in my head “WHY are you holding onto that? You don’t even want it!” I felt the shift in that second. I didn’t want it! I was mourning something I didn’t have and it had stopped me for years and in that second I not only understood I didn’t actually want it, but I let it go! I stood up and through the most anguished tears I’ve experienced in a very long time, I said out loud what I should have done years ago. I forgave. I said out loud what I forgave and who and found myself pouring out things I didn’t even know I was holding onto! When I was done I was exhausted and felt so light!
Was my life made perfect and wonderful in that moment? No. I was freed from the bondage of hurt, pain, and unforgiveness. I finally gave it to God and that day that happened I had the most amazing epiphany and wrote a blog post on the Armor of God. I was so raw and vulnerable that day, I needed protection and out of the blue, the Armor of God appeared in my thoughts! It was spectacular and I walked through the steps and then sat down and wrote that post! I wrote it with all of the love and passion that I was feeling in that moment! And it was good! It was so good to write and imagine and to create and share!! YES!!! God used my pain to heal!!! I found myself reciting I am full of Joy, gratitude and grace. All the time! Randomly I would find myself repeating it over and over in my head. I am FULL of Joy, gratitude and grace. Always!
I have my first creative workshop coming up. I’ll admit I am terrified! What if, what if, what if! What if they don’t like it? What if I am boring and not creative? What if it’s no good? What if no one likes it.
So my word for 2018 is GUSTO! I considered Boldness, but I want more than that for my life! I want to not only be bold enough to do what I’m called to do, but (despite the fear) I want to tackle it with gusto! My Vision Board Workshop is online through Zoom this coming Saturday. Despite the fear, I’m going to go through with it with
Vision boards and workshops are a great way to be inspired and continually move towards your goals and dreams.
Have you ever heard of a Thankful Jar or Gratitude Goblet? Ok, so I just now made up Gratitude Goblet because I’m mostly dealing with adult children now and it sounds more grown up. Either way, it’s the same idea.
Sometimes it’s just about helping that ONE person. Sometimes it’s just about having that ONE person see you!
I am not a gardener. When I decided to plant a garden I had to research what plants would grow well in this area and where to buy them. I had a goal of having a beautiful garden, so I put a lot of time into research, digging up and clearing the land and buying the right seeds. Imagine this beautiful space with a bright, white trellace for lush, green snap peas to climb! Then there are the delicious, bright red strawberries dangling just within reach! The lovely stalks of corn with their silky tops reaching to the sky and the potatoes, carrots and zuchini filling the ground. OH!!! I loved my garden! I did as I’d read and went into the garden and watered it and pulled the weeds. I’d done my research, I knew what to do!
My friends and family would come over and we would sit in the sunshine and enjoy the fruits of my labor. They marveled at my lovely garden and ate of the fruits. Then my mom came over. She IS an amazing gardener! She can get anything to grow! Even things that shouldn’t grow up here in the cold north will grow for her.
She gasped at the colors in my garden and then pointed to the beautiful, purple topped flower in the corner. I didn’t know what it was, but it was so pretty so I just left it there. She told me the name of it and that it was a horrible weed! It was one of those weeds covered in tiny little needles and no matter how thick the gloves were when we pulled it out, we were likely to get pricked from it. YIKES! Once she pointed it out to me, I realized how many more of those pretty purple, flower topped weeds were in my garden! I set to work pulling them out. By the time I was done my fingers were bleeding and hurt for days! Those little needles had some kind of poison ithem so, although I got the the little thorn out, they still burned and itched for a long time!
Again I could look at my garden and marvel at the beauty! Again my mother came for a visit. See these low growing, wide leaf plants here? She pointed to the ground. Sure enough, there were thick, fuzzy, wide leaf plants there! She taught me about them and that those would grow deep roots and steal nutrients from the important plants in my garden. I reached for one and was shocked by how deep the root was! It went down and down! When did these nasty things get here? I went to work pulling them all out. I was hot and sweaty and dirty, but it was worth it!
Now I could sit back and enjoy my garden! No, mom says now I need to get out the little rake thing and loosen the dirt around the plants to make sure I dug out the little hidden weeds. Also, she points to the lovely little tree growing in the corner of my garden. I was going to leave that there I told her. I see it and water it! Isn’t it pretty? Sure it is she replies. You should know though, that that is a pine tree. Although beautiful, the sap in the trees drip down onto the soil and make it too acidic to grow anything, not even weeds. Oh. I didn’t know that. She also pointed out that a tree in that corner of my garden will block all of the sunshine. I looked at that tree almost every day and never thought of it a problem or a barrier to what I wanted to achieve. Ok, that tree needs to go. Again I get out the shovel and do the work of removing the tree and the roots so it doesn’t continue to poison my garden.
I’m enjoying the ripe, lucious strawberries and crisp snap peas today when I looked down and there was one of those spiky, purple topped weeds! It is right at the base of my favorite zuchini plant! How did that get there? I grabbed my gloves and reached down to pull it out. The little spikes poke at me in resistence. It doesn’t want to leave! I try again. No luck. Mom says to break it off a few inches above ground and cover it with a heavy rock. Yeah, I’ll do that. I’m aware of it now, I’ll deal with it later. Later that week mom shows up with a little shovel and goes to work on that weed. It’s so deep! We really have to dig to get to it, but we have to be careful to get all the roots or it will grow back.
Now, for those of you that are on the AFT journey with me, you probably have already realized that the garden I’m talking about are my memories and the experiences that shaped me to be me. Mom is AFT. When I look out at my garden I can see the beautiful fruit; my family and friends, the things I’ve accomplished and the things I’m working towards.
I would never expect to plant a huge garden and simply have to water it for the season. It’s going to take some work. Setting and reaching our goals are going to take some work too! We need to let mom into the garden to find the things sucking the life out of our plants (dreams).
I had influential people in my childhood that poured into me. They told me I was smart and that I was a good writer, so I grew up believing I was smart and could write. I would look into my garden and see that. It took AFT to point out the seeds of doubt hiding in the shadows of those plants. The doubt was strangling my confidence and I didn’t even know it!
I’m in a Create Your 30 Day Miracle Challenge and I went into it with a goal. I expected, like with gardening, that I would need to pay some attention to my intentions and act on them. What I didn’t expect were the hidden little things that were stopping me! Those seeds of doubt were buried deep and had strong roots! It took me a couple of AFT sessions to get deep enough to actually identify what was stopping me, but when I did BOOM!! I felt so much lighter! With each session I’m able to identify seeds planted by others and dig them out! Once they are removed, I am free of their influence.
I love to write. I love to share with others and I love writing this blog. It doesn’t even matter if no one else ever reads it. I want to be here sharing, so I am. This analogy hit me this morning and I just had to share it! My mom really is an amazing gardener and is so skilled at it! I really am not. It took her pointing the weeds out to me before I knew what they were, so this really hit home. I hope you enjoyed reading it and it was as impactful to you as it was to me!
I’m certain there are more seeds of doubt and creeping vine in my garden, but that’s for another season 🙂
What is stopping you or sucking the life out of your garden?
Certified AFT Practitioner