Week 21: Creating a Peace Collage

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“When you’re at peace with yourself and love your self, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.” – Wayne Dyer

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What Does Peace Look Like?

I used to think Peace looked like a Beautiful scene in nature or my dream house or lots of money or an exotic vacation. But what I am learning is Peace is all about my state of Being. It’s about what’ on the INSIDE, not the outside.

Dr. Wayne Dyer says this about Peace…

“Make your first and primary priority in your life being in balance with the Source of Creation. Become thoughtful in your slow-down time. Being the Peace you desire means becoming a relaxed person whose balance doesn’t attract anxiety and stress symptoms. Extend the same slowed-down energy to all people…especially your family. Become conscious of your efforts to become the Peace you desire and to live in balance.”

Doesn’t this sound AMAZING? It sure does to me and I am going to strive to become this kind of person that is BALANCED and PEACEFUL. I believe Pursuing Peace is the very best thing I can do for myself to live a life filled with love and joy.

Art Therapy Project

I LOVE our art project this week…it’s time to get out of our journals just for a bit and create a canvas filled with Peaceful things…images, words and quotes. Anything that, just by looking at it we gain Peace. Of course if you want to put this in your journals then by all means do that. This is for YOU:). A canvas board will work PERFECTLY for this assignment, too!

Enjoy this two page PDF of Peaceful words and phrases for your collage!

Week 21_ Creating a Peace Collage  

If you haven’t joined us yet what are you waiting for? It’s FREE and so inspiring!!! Our private FB group is here.

All 21 lessons are here.

Have a Peaceful Week!!

xoxo

Les

 

Week Twenty: Procrastination & Peace

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I LOVE this quote! And deep down I KNOW it’s sooo true and yet I waste so much time procrastinating!

Welcome to Week Twenty of “I Say Yes”!

It’s Week 20 of my FREE year long art journaling class. Haven’t heard of it? I invite you to go here and join us! You can find the first 19 weeks here.

This week lets talk about PROCRASTINATION and how it AFFECTS our Peace…Here is the definition of procrastination….”the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.” 

Hmmmm….that sounds like me more times than not lately. I feel overwhelmed with so much going on and yet instead of getting things done I curl up on the couch not knowing what to tackle first.

After doing THAT for days and sometimes weeks my To Do list is soooooo LONG and my time so short I feel buried. Now THAT doesn’t do anything for my Peace of Mind!

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It’s times when I feel like that I start living on Auto-Pilot, shut myself off from everything and everyone and just exist.

That

is

not

the

way

I

want

to

LIVE.

Assignments

We have several assignments this week…all to inspire YOU to stop putting things off and find the PEACE you deserve!

Before anything else this week I invite you to make your Procrastination List.

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EVERYTHING that is on your mind that you KNOW needs to be done but you keep putting off goes on this list! Next choose FIVE things from your list and ACCOMPLISH them this week. YOU CAN DO IT!

For your journal page choose one of the quotes in our PDF this week or one of your own and create a page.

Here is this weeks’s FREE printable including a template for your Peace Journal!!!

Week Twenty_ Procrastination Sabotages Your Peace

Have a Peaceful and Productive Week!

xoxo

Leslie

 

Week Nineteen: Protecting My Peace

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“Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Peace.

We all want it so badly.

But how do we go about finding it?

I believe one of the best things we can do in seeking Peace is at first naming our Peace Saboteurs. Those things that disrupt our Peace and oftentimes ruin our day.

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Some things that disrupt our Peace

Has anybody ever said to you “I know how to push your buttons!” while laughing? Or what about…”Ooooo that really got YOU going!!”

Back in my twenties it was so easy for someone to make me mad…especially by brother-in-laws. Oh my goodness could they ever push my buttons. I would get SO MAD at them I could feel my blood pressure rising! Looking back it makes me sad knowing I gave so much of my Peace away to their silly and incessant teasing.

Here is a list of the most common Peace Saboteurs…

*Drama and gossip

*family members

*our jobs/workplace/fellow employees

*social media

*the news/politics

*traffic

*our health

*guilt from past mistakes/shame from the past

*distorted beliefs about our bodies/ourselves

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Art Therapy Idea

In our pursuit of Peace it’s important to have reminders for ourselves to keep us on track and tell us everything is going to be ok!

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This week we are going to create a deck of Peace Cards. You can use index cards, Project Life cards, playing cards or just plain card stock cut into smaller rectangles.

Here is a FREE printable filled with inspirational phrases for your Peace Card Deck.

Week Nineteen_ “I Will Protect My Peace” by Leslie Ackman

And here are two pages of peaceful images that will fit perfectly on your cards!

Peace Images

I would LOVE for you to join in the fun…here is a link to our Private Facebook group and here are ALL nineteen weeks of “I Say Yes”!

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“Peace is the number one beautiful ornament you can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don’t believe that you should “always” wear a smile, seriously, you’re going to look stupid! But peace, you should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. You want to have perfect physical posture when you stand, sit, and walk, and peace is the perfect posture of the soul, really. Try perfect posture outside as well as inside. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.”
― C. JoyBell C.

xoxo

Leslie

Pursuing Peace

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Peace. We all want some. We live in such a fast-paced world…always zipping from here to there. Checking our texts, our emails, our Facebook and Instagram. Working, cleaning, going, doing. How in the world do we find Peace in all this craziness?

Pursuing Peace

It’s Week Seventeen of my year long free art journaling class I Say Yes. And it’s a brand new month…time for a NEW theme!! This month I have picked Pursuing Peace for several reasons…

Number One…I NEED Peace at the moment.

Number Two…YOU need Peace at the moment.

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I am super excited to be on this Peace Journey with you this month and look forward to learning what brings YOU Peace. We will also dig deep this month as we learn, perhaps the most important lesson of all..that Peace is a FEELINg deep in our Souls. It’s not an action but rather a feeling. I love that and KNOW that when I add just a few new habits to my day Inner Peace will envelope me and keep me Moving Forward.

Our Assignment

This week’s assignment is pretty east…create a list of what brings you Peace. For me it’s pretty simple…

*time spent in my studio

*a cup of coffee in my gazebo

*driving around with my girl or my sweetie

*spending time with my fur babies

Enjoy this free worksheet to guide you this week!

Pursuing Peace

Please take time to check out our private Facebook group here.

See you next week!

xoxo

Leslie

 

Week Seventeen: Let’s Go to the Movies

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There is just something about movies…

I don’t know about you but I LOVE movies. All kinds of movies. Comedies, drama, romantic comedies, mystery, horror, adventure…and when I really, really like a movie I tend to watch it more than once.

For me, summer and movies just go hand in hand. Growing up my Dad was a huge fan of Big Box Office films…you know…Jaws, Star Wars, Terminator, etc. Dad hated spending money unless it was on the movies…then he would go all out. Popcorn, pop, candy, all kinds of treats…whatever we wanted! Going to the movies with my family is one of my favorite childhood memories!

This week’s prompt

As our month of Walking on Sunshine winds down I thought it would be fun to share our favorite films in our journals and in our Facebook group. You can even create a page filled with your most loved quotes and scenes from a movie. For me one of the BEST endings ever in a film is from the 1987 John Hughes movie…”Some Kind of Wonderful”.

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Next week we will get back into our thought-provoking and serious journaling exercises as my FREE year long art journaling class  “I Say Yes” continues. I would LOVE for you to join us!!! Please click here for our private Facebook group and be sure and go here for ALL seventeen weeks.

xoxo

Leslie

Week 16: Smile

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So Many Reasons

Here we are in Week 16 of my year long art journaling class “I Say Yes”. Thank you for being here and participating. What a GREAT group of strong, brave and Beautiful women we have!! If you don’t know what “I Say Yes” I encourage you to start here. We would LOVE to have you!!

The entire month of June we have sorta taken time off from the “deep thinking”. The themes and prompts that make us really dig deep and maybe face some hard stuff in our lives. It is summer after all AND we have ALL been working so HARD at Healing and Sharing!!! I am proud of you!

This week we are talking about SMILES. Whether they are Big or Little, Real or Fake, smiling TRULY can help you have a better day!

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Did you know that smiling can…

*Reduce Stress

*Kill Pain

*Help you live longer

I encourage you to read this AWESOME article  to find out MORE benefits of SMILING!

Our Assignment

This week I invite you to create a page listing all the things that make you smile. For me things as simple as watching the squirrels and birds play in my yard do the trick.

I would LOVE for you to join us in our Private Face Book group. Go here to join our Sisterhood!

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Until next time…

xoxo

Leslie

Week 15: Let’s Have FUN!

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Last week we talked about our Summer Bucket List of FUN things we want to do before shorter days and colder nights take over. I wrote down 5 things I am looking forward to doing over the next 10 weeks but quickly realized I am gonna need way more than just five days of fun sprinkled here and there. I need to figure out a way I can incorporate enjoyable activities into my DAILY life, too.

Trust me. I realize we are ALL busy gals. Many of us work forty plus hours a week as well as take care of children and our home. Yet, there has to be a way for us to find SOME time just for us and LAUGH.

Be Silly.

Have

More

FUN.

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Our Assignment

This week your assignment is to inject FUN into your days. Whether it’s visiting with a co-worker over break, taking time to read a favorite book, creating a quick Soul Card or planning a date night with your husband…find a way, no matter how tired or overwhelmed you may feel to Have FUN!!!

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Here is an AWESOME article on ways YOU can have more FUN in your days.

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What’s on YOUR Summer Bucket List?

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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

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Oh the JOYS of Summer! Long, warm days and Beautiful, Starry Nights. Summer is truly one of my favorite times of the year. Life, somehow, just seems more carefree and relaxing.

 What is a Summer Bucket List?

Ever since I can remember I have been a list maker and summer is no exception. In fact every Summer since Jr. High School I have created my own Summer Bucket List. All the stuff I want to do/have more of during three of the sweetest months of the year.

This summer will be a bit more hectic than usual in my little part of the world as my husband and I just took our Shaved Ice business from a food truck to a brick and mortar building! It’s a VERY exciting time in life but also VERY busy!! My Summer Bucket List is even that more important to me as I will NEED some down time.

So what should you be putting on YOUR List you ask? ANYTHING fun, relaxing, exciting, special that YOU want to do before the craziness of Fall and school and activities start up again in September.

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Here’s what on MY List…

  1. 80’s Movie Night with Em (my 21 yr. old daughter). Watch all our faves including Meatballs and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Make a delicious gluten-free pizza and popcorn and get cozy in our jammies and blankets.
  2. Mom, Em and I head to Hamilton, Mo. for a full day of shopping, eating and COFFEE!!
  3. Art Day with my friends at my house.
  4. Weston with Mom and Em. Show her the Pub.
  5. Dave (my husband) and I get away for a few days…just us. NO phones. NO business Talk…just relaxation and Good Times!
Create YOUR List

Now’s the Time to create YOUR Summer Bucket List! It can include books you want to read, trips you want to take, whatever fills YOU up!

Here is a FREE printable to help you create your list.

My Summer Bucket List 2018

Have you heard about my FREE year long art journaling class I Say YES? You can find all the classes here.

Join our Private Face Book group here.

xoxo

Leslie

Week Thirteen: Walking on Sunshine

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“And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it’s enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.”
― Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
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 We are kicking off the Summer with FIVE big weeks of Summer-inspired Art Journaling prompts. So sit back, grab a cool drink and read on!

June Theme

We have been working hard on telling our Story…digging deep into our pasts, bringing up old wounds and trying our very best to leave them behind. I think we ALL deserve a refreshing change of pace this month…to just Let Go and have some FUN!

Welcome to a month of “Walking on Sunshine”. The entire month is inspired by one of my FAVE Summer songs…

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves

Let’s Go Crazy creating music themed pages in our Art Journals!!

Prompts

*Listen to your favorite songs and create a page with any images/themes that pop up

*Create a page using lyrics from your fave song

*Create a page listing your favorite songs

*Has a song helped you Heal or Lifted you up during a very difficult time? Create a page!

*Take time this week to jot down any songs that come to mind then write down the first memory that pops up associated with that song

Girls, I want you to TRULY ENJOY this assignment! Feel free to share your fave songs in our group, concerts you went to, celebrity encounters you had.

Join our FB group here.

Click on the link below for this week’s FREE two-page image sheet to use in your journals.

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Have fun creating!!

xoxo

Les