January was all about rootedness, which I am continuing to explore in the ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project. There was also time spent here in the wild countryside of Oaxaca, Mexico, riding horses and hiking.
But mostly, I was on the computer way more than I really like to be. I did write thirty (30!) articles for ROOT, plus a daily email that went with each.
Next week, Dreaming on Paper begins. Between now and then, I’m heading to San Miguel de Allende, for the annual Writer’s Conference. My experiment: to travel with ipad and iphone only…no computer. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Meanwhile, here’s a digest of articles that I published in January…
You can still join the ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project – and then you’ll get to see even more. Not just from me, but the comments from participants on each article are worth relishing.
You can be a part of it, too. That would make my day. It’s pretty amazing to see what is happening with this.
And if you want to get in on my next workshop, I’d absolutely love to have you. It’s called Dreaming On Paper.
Confucius says: “Cultivate the root, the leaves and branches will take care of themselves.”
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.
What does it mean to be rooted?
This is a good question to ask during times of transition. Whenever we feel distinctly un-rooted, or up-rooted, or out of sorts in any way.
To create takes courage.
It’s an easy thing to say. Sounds simple, right? But to actually sit down and do the work of creating. This is in that confounding category of things that are simple, not easy.
“I want to unfold.
Let nothing in me hold itself closed. For where I am closed, I am false. I want to be clear in your sight.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
Remember who you are.
Oh. Yeah. Who am I?
Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook
Online Workshop: How To Make & Keep A Visual Journal for Discovery, Insight, Healing, and…Pure Fun!
Keeping a creative sketchbook is a way of paying fierce attention to our lives.
When we focus on what we love and want to experience more of, new channels of possibility open up. More of what we dream of is available to us.
Filling the Well
Time spent off the computer is what fills my creative well. I simply need to work analog.
Which means I fill lots of blank books with longhand writing, in addition to painting in the studio.
This is all kind of a pain in the ass when it comes to content wrangling material into my books, courses, and shows. I think I’ve finally stopped struggling against my analog nature and have surrendered to paperless being a complete fiction for me this lifetime.
Being analog means I don’t really blog as much as I’d like to, but I do try and post a little something of what I’m working on in my Instagram feed. The link is below, and here’s a little of what happened there:
The horses keep calling me out to play. The horse I rode today – Centurian. He rode in so many Mexican parades and was described to me as “guaranteed explosion proof” which I think meant he is not spooked by fireworks and noise.
But what about rattlesnakes?…I thought but did not ask.
Morning rays of light in the studio – the images that inspired the ROOT Journal Project.
#grateful #painting #30dayjournal
Explorations of today with journals that began a new creative cycle #30dayjournal
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