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Lady Boomers, Be Brave…Lose that Beige!

25 Sep

I have written and illustrated a journal entitled, “Be Brave. Lose the Beige“. The journal incorporates many of my blog posts from this site, and is designed to encourage Lady Boomers to discover their own colorful spirits and define what ideally living means to them. Through the use of whimsical and sometimes tongue-in-cheek – art images, readers are guided through an exploration of their interior selves, their goals and priorities. I’m hoping this will be a safe place for empty nesters to re-discover themselves as they rebuild their nests and make room for their own dreams, which may have been postponed for the past 25 years.

Evocative questions ask Lady Boomers, “As we age into our 50s, 60s and 70s, how can we creatively spend these years?”

Be Brave, Lose the beige is not just about color (although I’m crazy about colors…all colors, the more the better) it’s really a life choice. BBLB gently pokes fun at societal rules and norms. It says yes when the world around us says no. Is running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-do lists really what it’s all about. I don’t think so. Discovering the playful side of life. Spreading joy. Being colorful … clever … creative. Now, that’s living.

Let me know if you would like a PDF version of my Be Brave, Lose the Beige by posting a comment below. Happy Journaling…

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Meet Yourself Through Journaling

2 Sep

I am excited and nervous. I’ve recently sent out my Be Brave, Lose the Beige manuscript to a few publishers. This is the journal I have written and illustrated. Anyone interested in seeing a PDF version of Be Brave, Lose the Beige, just let me know in the comment section below. I realize the very mention of “journaling” elicits the following reactions- eye rolling, sighing, mutterings of “I wouldn’t know what to write” or “what a waste of my time!”  If you can overcome these biases, here are a few suggestions: 

Write in longhand, stream of consciousness; try upside down, sideways, off the margins writing. See how liberating it can feel.

Do not re-read the pages or allow others to read them. This is sacred space, a private place on which to complain or rejoice.

Some journals pose questions for you to answer. Try posing questions of your own. Listen for the reply, it invariably comes.

In the process of writing, we discover our own identity, not just that of Mom, daughter or employee. In order to achieve a happy and fulfilling life, you have to know what you want and who you are. Meet yourself in your journal pages. Allow Be Brave, Lose the Beige to help.

Joyful Journaling

2 Jul

Be sure to visit the online Joyful Art Studio featuring the art of Jennifer Hutchins. The site offers a step by step guide in creating your own journal pages collage.

It’s sites like this one and artists/writers like Jennifer who inspired me to create my own Be Brave, Lose the Beige art journal. I hesitated to even label my book a “journal”. Journal is such an over-used term, and yet there is still so little understanding about the benefits of journaling. The great minds of the world have kept journals to record their thoughts, art, dreams, and ideas. Albert Einstein and Carl Jung kept extensive journals in which they recorded ground breaking theories that changed the world. Your version of a journal does not have to be quite that dramatic, however. It can simply serve to change your world.

Ideally Living

17 Jun

Running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-dot list-that isn’t really living. Discovering the playful side of life. Spreading joy. Being colorful…clever…creative.

Now that’s living. “Be Brave, Lose the Beige” hopes to inspire and encourage people to live their lives creatively and with at least a little more fun. Now “Be Brave, Lose the Beige” is not only the name of my blog but also the name of a journal I’ve just finished writing and illustrating. Through the use of whimsical and (hopefully) humorous, sometimes tongue-in-cheek art images and questions, you can explore your interior self and discover what your ideal life might look like. If you would like a sneak peak of the journal, write me in the comment section below and I will send you a few pages.

Sark’s Juicy Journaling

7 Nov

Anyone interested in journaling might want to sign up for SARK’s “Juicy Journaling” program.  It looks great – http://www.planetsark.com/JuicyJournaling.htm

Meet Yourself in Your Journal Pages

27 Oct

In a previous post, I talked about journal writing.  The very mention of “journaling” can often elicit the following reactions – eye rolling, sighing, mutterings of “I wouldn’t know what to write” or “what a silly waste of time!”  If you can overcome these biases, here are a few suggestions:

-Write in longhand, stream of consciousness, try upside down, sideways, off the margins writing.  See how liberating it can feel. 

– Do not re-read the pages or allow others to read them.  This is sacred space, a private place on which to complain or rejoice. 

-Some journals pose questions for you to answer.  Try posing questions of your own.  Listen for the reply, it invariably comes. 

In the process of writing, we discover our own identity, not just that of Mom, daughter or employee.    In order to achieve a happy and fulfilling life, you have to know what you want and who you are.  Meet yourself in your journal pages.Journal prompt

Cruise Journaling

11 Sep

I’ve written a couple of blog posts about Journaling.  Journaling has become such an important part of my daily ritual over the past ten years, I don’t want to do without it. But I view this activity as a private one and don’t care to share it with anyone else.

A couple of weeks ago I was on a 50th birthday cruise and shared a cabin with a friend. Each morning I would literally sneak out of our cabin, capture a cup of cappuccino and hunt for a secret space in which to write my thoughts as I contemplated my day, weekend, and life. (Quiet place on a cruise ship is an oxymoron, let me assure you). I had to laugh at myself as I settled into the giant theater (where no salsa music was playing and the view of the ocean was fabulous) at the lengths I would resort to just to be able to engage in this 45 minutes of me time.

Grab a spiral notebook and 15 minutes today and jot down a few random thoughts. Try this three times a week. See how it feels. Let me know one thing you discover.