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Most of you know that I love painting – you may have seen some of them in the Journal of Possibility I created.

This creative journaling is something different for me.  You see, when I painted, I would always paint a picture, sometimes watercolor, sometimes acrylic.  I always wondered what to do with all of of the small paintings I made.  There are only so many I can put on the wall and I didn’t want to put them away, I like looking at them.

I had never experimented with creative journaling until a few months ago.  I started as a way to prompt me to write my thoughts and emotions, gain clarity about an issue, and a place to capture beautiful quotes or passages from books that move me.  Writing on white paper is not inspiring to me, so I began using watercolor to paint the pages of a blank journal I bought.   This brought the pages to life and made them inviting to write on.

I then started adding some of my paintings to the journal, adding more creative touches and backgrounds.  Now I am finding images from magazines that move me and adding them as a collage.

Having a journal (or now several) that I am working on inspires me to paint or create almost every day.  Here is a picture of my workspace.  I leave everything out or within arms reach.

How do you journal?

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To me, financial values means knowing my priorities, what matters most to me, what is worth it and what isn’t.  It also means making the most of what I already have. 

There is something about re-purposing, re-using, re-positioning what I already own into something different that really gives me a thrill.  Shopping at the thrift store is a similar thrill.  Though I am bringing something new into my space, the item is recycled which to me adds something special to its meaning, like a treasure.

Seeing such disparate items piled together on racks and shelves opens up my creative spirit.  You really have to look, touch and ponder when items are juxtaposed this way.  It brings a sense of presence to my shopping experience….and matches my other values of beauty and creativity.

What are your financial values?

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Last week I posted this question on Facebook – “What did you like to do as a child”?   Several friends responded with comments like climbing trees, coloring and drawing, playing with their Easy Bake oven, reading Nancy Drew and putting on plays.  I added painting and playing in the mud!

These comments got me inspired.  I started remembering not just what I did as a child but what it felt like to be absorbed in play – pure fun, imagination and giddyness!  I’m excited that I have already brought a sense of that back into my life with my painting but I realize I want to engage in more activities that feel like play – and more importantly to look at what I am alrady doing as play instead of work.

For example, this weekend I spent several hours in the garden transplanting, pruning, cleaning… but this time, remembering my love of playing in the mud, I experienced greater pleasure in where I was and what I was doing!

Some ideas I have to add more fun… checking out books from the childrens section at the library – maybe re-reading some Nancy Drew, watch some G rated movies, finally climb that rock wall at the gym…

How do you keep that sense of play alive in your life?

How would you like to?

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“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  Marcel Proust

I love this quote.  Because I am such a visual person, quotes that bring up vivid powerful pictures really hit home for me.  This one brings up so much.  On one hand I imagine myself on a boat in a wide open sea.  The sun shining brilliantly accross the water, my hair blowing in the breeze and a huge smile of exicted anticipation on my face as I approach new places from an open vantage point – with clear eyes wanting to see it all.  On the other hand I also see myself opening my eyes in familiar places, yet seeing them with much greater color and emotion.  Seeing things for the first time that had been in front of me all the while.  Again I have the same feeling of excitement, this time from childlike wonder.  Each image fills me with such delight, that my whole being is sparked.

What are some of your favorite quotes that evoke an incredible spark in you?

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