Let’s Journal Wednesday

It’s the last day of February so I thought I’d share with you my March time capsule (I covered ideas on how to set up a time capsule journal in January) journal spread. As I’ve said before there is no right or wrong way to journaling. Or to set up a topic specific journal.

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Nothing everything will be used on the monthly spread. Some will go on the weekly summaries

One of the key things I try to do when I make my spread is to include stickers/clippings of things I know I want to do or see or make during the month.

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Before the ink

But I also want to leave some areas to fill in as the month goes on. For the events, food, and drinks I highlight, I make sure to add the date when we went, ate it, or drank it.

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The butterfly is for the butterfly garden I’m taking Charlie to.

If you keep a time capsule journal, I’d love to hear how you do it.

 

Dream On… Dream journals

This week we are starting a new type of journal and one of my favorites. A dream journal. Dreams are mysterious. Some are funny…some are scary…some are gross…but they always spark something inside us.

Dreams

A dream journal is ideal for you if you want to see recurrent patterns in dreams, recall important aspects needing interpretation, or improve your dream recall more generally. Ultimately, it should be a fun exercise and one that helps you to make sense of your subconscious world

There are a number of theories about why we dream, but no one knows for sure which idea is right, or whether each is right to some degree.

A dream journal can be a memory-jogger and an incredible source of insight into your inner world. Or just fun. I use mine for a lot of different reasons…writing sparks, to understand something going in my life, and also to understand why I do some of the things I do (yeah sometimes there is no understanding that….hahaha)

To record every night requires some self-discipline but once you’re in the habit of keeping one, it’s likely to be one that stays…and it’s easier than exercise and almost as much fun as eating doughnuts.

Today I’m just going to encourage everyone to determine a few things before we actually start talking about dreams, recording them, and interpreting them.
Decide where you want to keep your dream journal. Some want it located next to their bed so they can journal when they wake up. Most of the time I record my dreams and possible interpretation while drinking my morning coffee. So I keep it with my coffee cup.
Next week we’ll look at some different dream journals, I’ve used over time. But determining the purpose of your dream journal will be key in deciding what type of journal will best meet your needs.

Remember there is no right or wrong journal… this is the one I’m currently using. If this doesn’t say creepy dream not sure what does 🙂

Dream Vs Goal

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Dream vs Goal… what do you have?

Everyone has been told to ‘dream big.’ And heard the slogan…Dream big and go far.
Well, how does one get those dreams to grow legs? Get them to move from their spot on the couch…watching Living Below Zero (my new addiction)…and eating doughnuts? To give them confidence when they are too meek to hit the submit button.

Me and my dreams have listened to the motivational speakers. Read the books. Watch the YouTube channels. Bought the T-shirt and wore it out. Still my dreams remained firmly planted on the couch.
I set goals. With incentives. But still my dreams continued to gorge themselves on doughnuts and watch Living Below Zero. I’d cheer and say how great it was going to be…just press the submit button. All I heard was ‘not going to happen loser.’

I was such a failure. My dreams hated me. They were like a stubborn child refusing to pick up a toy.

Finally, this year I have discovered the way to get legs on my dreams. Now they are out working for their keep. (Granted, we still watch Living Below Zero).

I have 3 new book covers….

I have a request for a full…I’m saving more the 2 months of this year than all over last year….

My dreams are now goals…And that my mindset. Dreams are fluffy things with unicorns and dragons. (BTW, I’m starting dream journals this Wednesday)

My goals are what I’m focused on. I hope all your dreams develop wings and soar.

Valentine Love

Because it’s Valentines…and I’m a romance writer…and I love to give stuff away. I’m offering five prizes…

A ten dollar Amazon gift card…

For the last month, I’ve discussed time capsule journals and turning a gift book into a journal…and I KNOW you want one 🙂 So here’s your chance to win both plus stickers.

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AND…. I have a ‘nice’ me. The nice me writes sweet romances and fantasy. The story belonging to this amazing cover is being released at the end of this month. I’m offering 2 copies.
The lines between good and evil have faded. The night of the gryphon has begun. The decisions of five will determine the fate of all.

 

 

The Hollow King

My pretty pretty new cover!

The Hollow King

Thought by most to be a simple child’s chant…

A king of no kingdom
Who walks among the living yet is void of all but breathe
He will be known as the Hollow King and will yield the Spector.
The Warrior Queen with compassion will fuel the Hope
The one who walks on two legs but has the soul of an animal will guide the Spector’s magic.
Together they will use the Spector of Hope to rid the land of evil.

Until creatures most thought to be make-believe start to hunt at night… Freed by Ovezara, a sorceress of what seems to be unlimited power.

Queen Taraly dying father’s command is to visit Grandmother June and learn what must be done to stop them.

King Crenshaw has lost his kingdom to the Ovezara and vows to have revenge.

Sancha returns from a hunting trip to find his father’s body torn to shreds by an evil so dark people refuse to acknowledge it.

The three unite to find the fabled Spector of Hope. As their quest starts to unfold, they realize that the line between good and evil is often blurred. What they believed to good is twisted. Can they locate the Spector of Hope in time to restore good and save all from the evil Ovezara unleashes?

 

Just leave me a comment…and I’ll post the lucky winners on Saturday.

 

Journaling through life…

Last month I highlighted a time capsule journal. This month it’s going to be a non-journal into a journal. As I’ve said earlier there is no right way or wrong way to keep a journal. A journal is a place for personal expression. And that expression can be anything.

I truly believe that a journal is a way of reaching inside ones self. For this week and next week, I’m going to feature a gift book. I picked up the one I’m using at the dollar store.

So far the book has lead me on a deep reflection….Anyone can catch your eye, but it someone special to catch your heart. I thought of – and listed – all the people who have caught my eye and I tried to give my heart too only to have it end in disaster. Then, because I like balance, I listed those who still carry my heart.

Another day was pure fun… Love is the greatest refreshment in life… Pablo Picasso then I added besides vodka and wine 😉 I listed three of my favorite Valentine drinks (which I’ll have tomorrow for thirsty Thursday)

I’d love to hear about the type of journals you keep.

 

Time Capsule Journals

I love to journal. And like I many different genre (romance suspense, sweet love, fantasy, and space opera), I keep different kinds of journals. As a regular feature on Wednesday, I’m going to feature some journals I keep and why. I’ll also look at some journal books I’ve read and do a review of sorts.

Regardless of the type of journal you decide to keep, the key is making time to do it. Some journals require more time and to be done on a regular basis, while others are for special occasions. Whether you’re keeping a garden diary a dream journal, a baby journal, travel journal or a journal of any sort, the key is to feel a passion for it. A deep desire to gather the information and store it.

The first journal I’m going to highlight is the time capsule journal. I’ve kept a time capsule journal for the last four years. And honestly, it’s the only journal I go back and review regularly. I look to see what I did last year at a certain time, what did I read while on vacation, etc.

There are several differences between a time capsule journal and a daily journal. The first being the frequency of entries. A daily journal is written in on a daily or near daily bases (I personally don’t keep a daily journal. I’ll discuss the reasons in a later post but in a nutshell it doesn’t work for me)

A time capsule journal is written on a weekly or monthly bases depending on how you want to sent it up. Remember this to journal is to highlight events not record your day to day life. I do a monthly cover page…then I do weekly summaries.

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An example of my ‘monthly’ cover

 

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An example of my weekly recaps

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Another month cover

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A weekly recap

 

I’d love to hear from any other journal fans. If you do time capsule journals, I’d love to see pictures and hear how you set them up. Next week, I tell you why I like time capsule journals over daily journals.