Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A new journal

I made a new journal!

It's spiral bound and a little bigger than my two previous pocket journals; it's 5.5" x 7" whereas my pocket journals are 4.25" x 5.5".

It's 40 pages long and full of brand new prompts, including a new category of pause and reflect prompts in which you build upon your responses to earlier prompts. (These are my new favourite prompts. I love looking back and looking deeper. Lots of wisdom to be found within.)

I put together two photo montages, to show you a selection of the new prompts. You might notice that the design is a little different from my pocket journals and printables. I took a detour from hand-lettering and created all of my doodles and borders without my pen tablet. It was such fun to take a new direction and I'm really happy with the results. (My next project for the blog involves the pen tablet and a return to hand lettering.)

With this new journal and a couple of new projects in mind for the blog and the shop, I'm going to try, once again, to spend a little more time here and on Facebook and Twitter. I've been back to Pinterest lately and I'd forgotten how inspiring it is to see all of the amazing ideas and beautiful work out there.

Over the past few months, I've been trying my hand at developing an in-person workshop that combines journaling and goal setting. I've delivered it a handful of times and, to be quite honest, I'm not sure where it's headed. There are parts that feel really promising and parts that don't. I'm working on streamlining it and making it as impactful as possible. My primary goal for the workshop is to deliver a course of material that truly inspires people to create, document, actively pursue, and ultimately achieve the goals that matter to them. I'm not quite there yet, so, for now, I'm still plugging away.

I underestimate, at times, how very difficult it can be to launch our ideas out into the world -- to test them and defend them and accept criticism of them and work to improve them. It's exhausting and confidence battering (even confidence obliterating), and yet entirely worth the effort. I look warily forward to more challenges to come.

9 comments:

  1. I love the idea of a workshop on journaling and goal setting. Will you consider offering it as a webinar?

    Also, the new journal looks amazing! I'm so glad to see you creating things to share again. I've been thinking about you and wondering what you were cooking up.

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    1. Thank you, Heather! It feels great to be back here creating again. I'll have to put some serious thought into how/whether my workshop materials will translate online. Lots still to learn. :)

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  2. Woohoo! I love it! Your journal pages are great fun and nice way to keep the best of things in mind :) xx

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    1. Oops! I meant for that comment below to be a reply to your comment. :)

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  3. Thank you, Sarah-Jane! It's wonderful to read that my pages keep you thinking about the best of things. Makes my day! :)

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  4. Neat! Where do I find details about workshops? Can you email me? Laura11arual at hotmail dot com

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  5. How do I get one of these journals? I love the prompts and doodles to color.. I love these! jguenther0621@gmail.com

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