Is Your Life Shrinking or Expanding?

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

— Anaïs Nin

If you like to get a look behind the scenes of of how an artist works, you may get a kick out of learning how I approach the work in the 30 Day Journal Project.

The work you’re experiencing here happens intuitively.

I start with a rough plan, idea or outline, but then the actual content or product that appears is always surprising to me.

Sitting down to create these blog posts, for example, it’s always surprising what emerges. There is only the rough idea of the theme, and the inspiration from the prompt to start with.

The prompts are written in advance of the blog posts, so that they’re ready for the printables.

This is my third year of doing the 30 Day Journal Project. The first year, our theme was ROOT, building and solidifying the foundation for creativity.

Well, it turns out that I used this same exact Nin quote during the ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project.

Here’s a link to that post, and after today’s journal prompts, I’ll share the prompts that went with the quote in ROOT.

I don’t review the previous year’s material, as I’m constantly collecting inspirational quotes throughout the year just for this purpose.

But this quote has meant a lot to me since I first read Anaïs Nin’s diaries as a teenager. I believe reading her diaries planted a seed for my own work, and she certainly inspired me to keep documenting life privately.

Her work gave me the courage and audacity to publish my own journals in my memoir, Sketchbooks. If you want even more behind-the-scenes, here’s what was happening the day the memoir was published.

I haven’t yet had the courage/audacity to put the memoir out on Amazon and other outlets. My feeling is that it’s scary enough just sharing it with readers who know my work.

But I might just be ready for my world to expand a little more. Let’s see what happens when I answer the journaling prompts. What guidance will be revealed?

How about for you? I’d love it if you shared anything that en-couraged you here today.

Today’s Journal Prompts

What makes my world larger…

What makes my world smaller…

My life is bigger today, because I dared to…

The people who make my world larger are (list)

What if you reached out and thanked them?

Journal Prompts from ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project

What shrinks me back from creating is…

The fearful voices say things like:

What advice does your wise self have for meeting the fear with courage?

The wise self can be thought of as the part of you that is expansive, and courageous.

What does he/she look like? Do an image hunt for some photos or colors or shapes that represent your courageous, wise, expansive self.

For your creative journey…

Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook shows you how to create magnificent mixed-media art journals as a contemplative practice. It’s the foundational course required for more in-depth study and the facilitator training.

No experience in art or writing is necessary to attend any of my workshops. Absolute beginners are welcome! I’d be honored to be your creative journey guide.

This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.

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Our theme for this series is: FIRE.

Creative journaling is my number one tool as an artist and creative entrepreneur. I designed this project to help you discover the magic that happens when you journal for 30 days.

30 days of prompts and ideas to inspire, motivate, and en-Courage you, with creative community to support you. That’s my intention.

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During the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my writing for the day.

This is my lazy writing & journaling method. It works!

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My goal with this project is to help you discover the power and magic of regular creative journaling.

Whether you are brand new to writing or journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, these printable prompts make it fast and easy to get going.

2 Responses to Is Your Life Shrinking or Expanding?

  1. Connie January 24, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    How very serendipitious to read this post immediately after a discussion that found me with the question to myself, what size is the eye of the needle that I weave my life through? And last night, the thought of how many times do I use a magnifying glass to concentrate the light in an area to light it up, but forget to explore all the other images enlarged in the magnifying glass? (And perhaps at times Im too intense and find myself scorching my focus to ashes!) It takes courage to hone in but also to look beyond that focus. It takes courage to have a huge eye in one’s needle to weave colorful experiences through of all thicknesses.

    I remember this quote from Root, and I am fascinated to explore the prompts today and compare how my life has expanded or honed in.

    Thank you Lisa, I find you are always inspiring me to grow forth in serendipitous ways.

    • Lisa Sonora January 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you, Connie for sharing this.

      I feel like I just got a boomerang of inspiration right back from you. WonderFULL!

      So lovely to hear that you also worked with this prompt in ROOT. I so value the opportunity to be a part of your creative journey, which grows more meaningful over time.

      Cheers to serendipity! Love it when that happens.

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