The Art of My Gratitude Practice, Step by Step

My Gratitude Practice:

This is my morning gratitude practice.

 

Tonight I will add some art with a plain black ballpoint pen (the same one I journaled in the morning with). I start by doodling on top of my “free writing”. Then I fill in the blank spaces on my guided journaling.

 

 

 

Now it is time to color. I love my Prisma colored pencils. I have so much to learn but I love the gorgeous color and shading!! I loved how the Winged Heart turned out.

 

 

That was fun. And very relaxing.

See you soon!

 

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I Am Back

After my last post, I got sick. REALLY sick. I got the never ending flu. For weeks. I think I am finally getting over it but I am still stuffy. It was the kind of sick where I was completely wiped out. I was out from work and all I did was sleep. I was so exhausted I couldn't read or pretty much anything. The third round of medication finally kicked in late last week. So, no more coughing up a lung and my head is a lot clearer.

What does that mean. It means I finally got back to a regular journaling routine. I am working in one of my older journals now that had remained unfinished. It is a smaller journal but has lots of cool stuff in the portion that is finished. It gives me a bit of incentive to get back to it. Even if just a bit.

One of my new supplies… colored pencils. Actually, I never really liked colored pencils. I didn't like the “white” in between strokes. So for all these years, I have not wanted to use them.

In my “new”, old journal, I wanted to have something simple to color my doodles. Kind of like an Adult coloring book of my own making. Markers don't really give shading… and you have to worry about them bleeding through the paper. Chameleon Markers could solve the shading issue but not the bleeding issues (besides they are expensive). So I searched through YouTube and found some Adult Coloring videos to get some ideas.

I saw some beautiful work with colored pencils… and I decided to give them a try. I had some old Crayola pencils that had mainly remained unused so I tried them out. They were okay but didn't go down smoothly leaving some scratchy strokes. I saw the possibilities that colored pencils could have but wanted to find an option that gave a bit nicer result. So I got a pack of Prisma colored pencils.

This is my first try. My journaling routine is to Write a Gratitude Practice in my journal in the am. It includes answering a few prompts and then a page of free writing. Then tonight I doodled in the empty spaces and on top of my free writing. I got to try my pencils and I have to say they are fantastic!!! I am not so good at shading but they did a wonderful job. The color went on easy and smoothly. I really love the results.

Hopefully, tomorrow I can have more of a step by step.

 

Happy Tuesday!

 

The Mountain and the Nightlight: a fable for Journaling and life in general.

This last year has been one difficulty and challenges after another for me. I gained 75 pounds, lost all almost all of the family that lived close to me, had to give up a job position I loved because of crazy long hours that were made unbearable due to life happenings going on at home. I became a couch slug. Whenever I came home I was too exhausted to do anything but vegetate. The normal habits of taking care of myself and the house just fell by the wayside. They felt too hard. They felt impossible. How would I ever get back into shape and be healthy when I couldn’t seem to stick to a healthy eating plan let alone get off my butt to exercise? How could I get my home back into shape when I was too exhausted to cook dinner when I get home? I would generally never share all this with you… I do now, because this situation was my mountain. It looked insurmountable! It made me feel like a loser. It made me feel terrible. It made me feel hopeless.

Funny enough, as I was trolling for sample books on Kindle I found Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Really Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath {click} It was all about how to motivate change for yourself and others. What an amazing book. In the first couple of chapters, Switch explained that no matter how big and insurmountable a change may be there is a trick to finding a way to change that is crazy easy. That is where our nightlight comes in. You need to focus on the bright spots in the area you need to change and forget about all the problems that you can’t deal with. For example, the “mountain” of figuring out how to get fit and lose weight is made much easier if I shine my “nightlight” on what has worked in the past. Focus on that. Not on the other problematic stuff. Just the bright spots that your find. For me, my “nightlight” brought to mind my Trikke. My Trikke is a bike kind of vehicle that I love to ride. It folds down so I can keep it in my car and use it whenever I can find the time. And it is fun. It isn’t like exercise but a relaxing, yet a good cardio workout. Focusing on that, I actually worked out three times this week. Three times! It was effortless and fun! And it showed… I might be able to get over that mountain… I might be able to do this, really do this. Which is really amazing. I haven’t felt good about my mountain situation in so long.

If you want to see what Trikking is all about here is a cool video.  No, that’s not me and it couldn’t be farther away from my West Coast Florida home but I think you can see why Trikking is my “nightlight” to my mountain!

 

 

Journaling can be the same way (as well as any number of other things in your life). You can focus on all the things you don’t know or are uncomfortable doing (your mountain) when all you have to do is find one or two things that work (shine that nightlight) and focus on them… So do you have a Mountain in your life? If yes, relax and think about where your bright spots. See if strictly focusing on your Nightlights and not worrying about the Mountain helps.