telling the truth about what makes us happy

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“Her whole life shifted the day she started to tell the truth about what made her happy.

I never knew it could be that simple, she said.”

— Brian Andreas

Telling the truth about what makes us happy is a simple act. Yet it can seem radical.

Once of the biggest barriers to truth-telling is that we fear rejection. We don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings or be misunderstood. We want to be liked, loved, wanted, admired.

From childhood, we learn how to please others by doing and saying what they want. Or at least what we think they want. It all gets to be a guessing game made up of assumptions and contortionist efforting to find acceptance and love.

But we all mean well. Loving and being loved is a good thing.

Keeping a journal that is just for you is a sacred act. It creates a sacred place where you can begin telling the truth about what makes you happy, what you love, what turns you on, what you want more of, less of.

There is a quote in my book, The Creative Entrepreneur, from artist Sas Colby, that I wrote down during a workshop I took with her. Sas said:

“Know what turns you on, so you can have more of it in your life.”

When I showed Sas the quote in the book, she admitted she had no recollection of saying it. 🙂 That’s why I love taking notes when my teachers are talking. It’s good advice and I try to remember it often.

These truths are meant to be private. Just like the journal.

At some point, it may be relevant to share your discoveries, along with your journal pages, with others.

Most of the time, it’s a simple, quiet exploration than needs no further explanation.

And not having to explain yourself, even to yourself, is one of the most radical creative acts you can make.

It opens the doors to the unknown, to the mysteries within, awaiting your discovery.

Yesterday I wrote more about how I work in my journals and what ends up getting shared. Spoiler alert: not that much.

Today I’m sharing a couple of photos of my journal from the Day 1 prompts.

Even after all of these years of journaling, I'm still surprised at the particular wisdom that arises once pen hits the paper. It's never what I expect.

Even after all of these years of journaling, I’m still surprised at the particular wisdom that arises once pen hits the paper. It’s never what I expect.

I’m experimenting with a DIY journal made from a 3-ring binder and using printable prompts as my writing pages.

What my first day's journaling pages look like inside the DIY journal with printables made for FLOW #30DAYJOURNAL

What my first day’s journaling pages look like inside the DIY journal with printables made for FLOW #30DAYJOURNAL

After I made these for myself, I prettied up the design so you could use them, too — and not just in a 3-ring binder.

There is another layout for cutting and pasting into an existing journal. I’ll share photos or a video of these at some point this month. Meanwhile, you can get a set of the printables here.

Today’s Journal Prompts:

Five things that make me happy are:

Five of my happiest experiences have been:

Five shared happy moments with others include:

What other feeling words describe happy for you?

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Our quote today is inspired by an artist whose work I fell in love with a couple of decades ago. I first saw Brian Andreas‘ powerful StoryPeople sculptures and paintings at a gallery in Evanston, Illinois. I remember feeling like someone had somehow gotten inside my head (or….maybe the pages of my journals!) and put my most secret thoughts into paintings.

Brian is a master at combining word and image, and was one of the first artists I knew who made books out of his visual art. I bought them all as they came out. I think this planted seeds for what was possible in my own work. Thank you, Brian Andreas!

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This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.

Our theme for this year is: FLOW.

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

So I made you nice versions of the very same layouts I’m using for my own journaling.

After I made these for myself, I prettied up the design so you could use them, too.

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20 Responses to telling the truth about what makes us happy

  1. Catherine July 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    I started the “Writing Down Your Soul” proram after a traumatic family event. It has brought me so much insight into how I can handle this difficult situation (and others) and still be true to myself.

    Thank you for starting me down the creative part though. It has been wonderful.

  2. Kandy July 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi Lisa! Do the cute stamped papers for the DIY journal come with the $12 prompt printables?? Is that the only way to get them??

    • Lisa Sonora July 6, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      Kandy – are you refering to the pages you see in my DIY journal, above? If so, the stamping is something I added on the back of the printables page – there are no stamped images in the printables, as that would violate copyright of the stamp companies. 🙂

  3. Mysty July 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    So where did you get that nice Kraft paper?

    • Lisa Sonora July 4, 2015 at 6:04 am #

      I buy it at the hardware store – in large rolls in the paint department.

  4. cindy January 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    Good afternoon! I have been looking for a buddah stamp forever, do you sell the one you have shown in your post?

    Thanks for any info!

    • Lisa Sonora January 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

      @Cindy – I don’t sell any stamps (yet – it’s a dream, though!). I bought this stamp from Flax art supply.

  5. Carly Rogers January 3, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    I’ve been writing morning pages for two years now (and now a sketchbook), and at this point I tell the absolute truth in them 100% of the time. In the beginning it was hard because I was worried that someone (my husband) may read my venting rants. Or I worried that I would die and The people I loved would read this angsty stuff about them. But now I feel that journaling has allowed me to understand my feelings so much better…I can better articulate how I feel to those I love. I no longer worry if they would read it because there isn’t anything in my journal that I wouldn’t say to them directly.

    • Vvvv November 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

      Wow, that’s a beautiful shift into loving integrity. I am inspired to be so in touch with myself that I can also be a completely authentic connector with others.

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