Week 41: Daily Journal Writing

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There are so many reasons I love journaling…but this quote sums it up perfectly!

My Writing Journey

I began keeping a journal back in 1978.

Grease was the Word…

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Mork had just landed on Earth from Ork…

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And Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing” topped the charts.

My grandma gifted me a tiny gold pocket journal for my Birthday. I absolutely LOVED it and began keeping it that day. I still have that little journal filled with all the important stuff a fifth grader has on their mind…boys I liked, sleepovers with friends and the weather.:)

The older I got the bigger my journals got. My book of choice was a spiral bound notebook with images like these on them…

I filled each book with problems, my love of Donnie Beger and all my Dreams for the future. Looking back those journals helped me have a place to process all the yuck in my life and allowed me to stay sane.

Your Assignment

Your assignment this week is to either purchase a journal or find one you already have and start writing in it…DAILY.

Yes, DAILY.

Even if all you write is the weather…just do it. Over time you find that journal writing is one habit you won’t want to do without!

To help you get started be sure and print off my FREE “What to Journal” page!!

What to Journal About

You can find ALL 41 prompts of “I Say Yes” here.

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Hope you can join us!!

xoxo

Les

 

 

 

 

 

Week 39: Wear What You LOVE

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What if I told you…

I truly believe that what we wear affects how we feel about ourselves. I grew up with a Mom who told me almost everyday…

“Leslie Dawn, no matter where you are going it’s important to look nice.”.

So I always do. It doesn’t matter if I am going to our local grocery store for a gallon of milk…I always try to look presentable. That doesn’t mean I haven’t gone into Wal-Mart looking like a train wreck…but 90% of the time I at least have my hair done or a ball cap on and lip gloss.

But here’s what I REALLY mean

What we are talking about this week is wearing what we LOVE…or as Kelly Rae Roberts calls it…Wearing Our Joy.

Important to note…wearing what we love probably means something VERY different than what our friend is wearing. You may feel absolutely AMAZING in sweats, a t-shirt and a hat while your bestie prefers leggings, a gold sweater and long boots. The goal here is to…

Wear What YOU Love

Our Lesson

It’s time to go through your closet and take out EVERYTHING that doesn’t make your Heart absolutely, 100% SING! Make three piles….your LOVE pile…your “I think I will put you up for awhile” pile and your “take to charity” pile.

This can be a FUN way to spend an afternoon so embrace it!!! Remember you can change up the look of an outfit with a piece of jewelry, too!!

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Week 38: Gratitude List

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Here’s what I know…

I KNOW when I have an attitude of gratitude…I just FEEL better. And when I feel better I take care of myself better and I do better. In my opinion when I am taking care of myself and trying my very best and being grateful for it ALL…my age stops being an issue for me and instead I am just me. Not 52 year old me…but loving, giving, creative, grateful me.

This week I invite you to be GRATEFUL. Create a list of everything you are grateful for…right down to the shoes on your feet!

Put these in your journals or create a few pages to highlight some of the things that make the top of your Gratitude List.

xoxo

Les

Week 37: Fifty Fab Adjectives

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November’s Theme

Our Theme this month is Aging. Now I realize many of you in our I Say Yes group are well under 35…but the way I see it…it’s NEVER to soon to start feeling the very best about yourself!

One of my favorite books on the subject is called “Younger by the Day” by Victoria Moran. It’s full of ideas to help you “grow younger everyday”. Moran’s ideas are easy and reflect how I have been feeling about myself, especially since I entered my fifties… two years ago.

You may be wondering what the heck Aging has to do with our art journaling group…I say plenty! When we decide to stop living on auto-pilot and start SAYING YES to our life…in order to Say Yes in the first place we need to FEEL GOOD about ourselves. And as we have discussed many times in our group…that is more often than not the roadblock we are up against in Saying Yes. We just feel plain yucky about ourselves, our situation…our life. This month by focusing on the Aging Process and ways we can feel better about that…we are setting ourselves up to Say Yes more often than saying no.

This Week’s Prompt

This week I invite you to make a list of at least 50 adjectives that describe YOU right now. Moran calls them FABULOUS ADJECTIVES…so you know what that means…NO frumpy allowed!!!!

Feel free to create a page in your journal with some of your favorite adjectives or create a deck of cards like group member Marcia Holloway did!

Just click where it says WATCH ON FACEBOOK and it will take you to her video:)

If you haven’t started I Say Yes…you can do that NOW! Here is a link to all of the prompts so far…

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Week 36: How Do You See Yourself?

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I’ve never been one to worry too much about my age. I think it’s because I have always FELT younger than I am. Seriously…I feel just like I did in high school…minus my body aches, of course!

There have been a few times in my life, though when I reached a certain number and I panicked just a little…30 was a hard one for me (really??!! what I wouldn’t give to be 30!) And 50….I was so depressed that day I didn’t even get out of my pajama’s until 3 in the afternoon!

Now that I am 52 all I keep thinking is…only 8 more years and I am SIXTY!!!! Oh my GOSH!!!

How Do You See Yourself?

There are somedays I look in the mirror and all I see are  my wrinkles, extra fat around my chin and age spots. On those days I get depressed thinking everyone I meet will see them, too. My worse fear is someone seeing me as an overweight,  frumpy looking, middle-age woman!

But in reality I am so much MORE than what I see…YOU are, too!! Wrinkles and age spots are inevitable. But an excitement for living, a spring in our step, a passion in our Heart…those things not only light us up INSIDE but SHOW on the outside! I have met women 10, 20 years older than me that RADIATE BEAUTY. And after talking with them it’s obvious it’s because they are doing what they LOVE. They are taking care of themselves, loving themselves and ACCEPTING themselves.

THAT IS EXACTY WHERE I WANT TO BE

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Our Assignment

Our assignment this week comes from a magnificent book on aging…”Younger by the Day” by Victoria Moran. Here is a snippet…

“In order to remember how wonderful she is, a woman needs 50 Fabulous Adjectives to describe herself. These adjectives should describe you best AND describe the best of you. They can be about how you look, but more importantly how you FEEL.”

Moran goes on to say that if you have trouble coming up with 50 words think about all the roles you play…wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter, caregiver, student, seeker, artist, etc. She also says feel free to ask your loved ones to give you a word that they think best describes you.

Our goal with this exercise to start SEEING our Hearts instead of your looks. We can get so caught up in our size, our wrinkles, our hairstyles that we forget who it is WE REALLY ARE.

Feel free to create a journal page listing all 50 adjectives or just pick out a few that you love. For even more fun you could create 50 index or playing cards with ONE WORD on each card so you have a complete deck of 50 Fabulous Adjectives to inspire you whenever you need a boost!

Affirmation: I am more than my Age. I am a Beautiful, Strong, Creative Woman that LIVES Life with Energy and Grace.

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Week 35: Playing Around with Circles

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Set Yourself Free

How many times do we overthink our…day, night, work, writings, workouts, life, art?

Daily? Hourly? Every waking moment?

This is our last week of Creativity in “I Say Yes” and it’s all about having FUN! It’s all about not overthinking anything and just putting paint, markers, crayons, paper, etc down in our journals.

This week we are creating circles!!

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Bright, colorful circles that let us just be FREE with paint, markers, pencil…whatever we choose!

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There is NO need for perfection this week…we can be as elementary as we like! Our goal is just to let our art flow out of us onto the paper.

I really LOVE this set of circles by mixed-media artist Traci Bunkers.

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Art by Traci Bunkers

Directions

*Put on your favorite music

*In your journal start drawing circles…using a paintbrush, marker, pen, pencil or even your finger

*Take a few circles a day and begin filling them in with shapes, doodles, flowers, words, whatever inspires you

*Each circle’s contents can represent your current mood, a person in your life, a dream or goal, and idea, something you have been wanting to try, words, etc.

Download and print off 23 Ideas!

Week 35_ Playing Around with Circles

Week 34: Creative Affirmations

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It’s a proven fact…when we tell ourselves something over and over again it becomes truth…at least in our little worlds. And when it comes to being creative I can only imagine the things you tell yourself…

“But I’m not as good as her.”

‘I could NEVER be as creative as you.”

“I have never been the creative type.”

“I can’t draw or paint or (whatever!!)….”

I used to be just like you. But finally, after years and years of creating and doing it anyway I am proud to say on MOST days I love my work and feel confident sharing it!

Our Assignment

This week we are going to create a Creative Affirmation Poster. Here’s what you will need…

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This is an image I found using Google/Artist Unknown

 

Supplies

*poster board/canvas

*images from magazines, pattern paper, old calendars, etc.

*words from magazines

*Creative Affirmations

*glue stick

*scissors

Create your poster using  images, words and phrases that speak to you and your Creativity. Anything that lights you up and sparks your creative mind should be on your poster!! Be sure and print of my FREE Creative Affirmations pages above for dozens of inspiring messages to help you live your BEST creative life!

Be sure and share in our I Say Yes on-line community.

Happy Creating!

xoxo

Leslie

Week 33:No More Comfort Zone

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Welcome to Week 33 of “I Say Yes”! What a WONDERFUL 33 weeks it has been! We have all learned so much about ourselves, our Art and each other. If you haven’t heard of “I Say Yes”…here are all 33 prompts. Be sure and join our Private Facebook Group here.

Step out of your Art Journaling Comfort Zone

It’s so easy to get in a Creative Rut! I encourage you to flip through your journals, being mindful of what you see repeated in your pages. For me it’s pretty easy to spot…At least 90% of the time I use either a magazine girl or vintage girl in my pages.

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And while I will always use these images in my Art  (I LOVE THEM) it’s good to do something DIFFERENT! Whenever we try a new technique or add something fresh to our pages it helps our Creativity bloom in ways we never imagined.

Our Challenge

This week we are gonna focus on breaking free from our creative box we have put ourselves in. Remember you don’t have to make big changes…by putting a twist on what you already do you will be inspired in ways you never dreamed of.

Here is a FREE print-out for you filled with 22 ways to help YOU break out of your creative comfort zone.

22 Ways to Help YOU

Please be sure and share your work in our group!!! I look forward to seeing what you do!

Week 32: Let Go!

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Let Go and Trust Yourself

This week as we continue on this path of Creativity…we are going to learn to LET GO. The very best way I know to do that is by gathering up various mediums, a few different substrates and get to work!

Our goal this week is to create 10 layered backgrounds for our journals, cards or just to enjoy. There should be very little thought put into this rather the entire objective of this exercise is to be intuitive.

What you need

*copy paper, deli paper, watercolor paper and/or your journal

*acrylic paint, watercolor paint, gesso, watercolor crayons, etc.

*stencils, stamps, masks

*markers, paint pens, pencils

*patterned paper, book paper

*glue stick or Mod Podge

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Photo by Camargo Anthony on Pexels.com

Gather your supplies and block out an hour or so to do nothing but create! Turn on your favorite music, show or just enjoy the silence. Begin putting down paint, papers or whatever inspires you. Your goal is to create at least three layers per background…not thinking at all about your outcome…just focusing on the act of doing.

(samples of acrylic paint from WordPress)

Here is a background page from my journal I just finished this weekend.

Notice all the layers on my finished pages!

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Products used…

White China Pencil

acrylic paint

paint pens

Dina Wakley Stamps

Dyan Reavley Stamps

White Signo Pen

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Goal this Week

Our goal this week is to create TEN backgrounds using as many products and layers as you like. Don’t think about the end product…just let go and create! Enjoy these FREE printables to help you on your Creative Journey this week.

Week 32_ Letting Go and Trusting Yourself

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