Thursday, March 15, 2012

When Things Go Good....

I am getting a kick out of seeing your artwork, girls. Talking and interacting with each other, too. Thank you again for joining me on this journey of self-discovery and art. Each of you inspires me!


This week has been such a strange one for me.  Along with losing our computer, our garbage disposal up and died, our car battery won't stay charged { we have had to jump it 3 times in the past 24 hours} and my husband had to purchase a new battery for his cell phone. Good grief!

I have also been going through one of those "I have nothing to wear and I hate my hair" phases. Ever go through that? So not fun. Seriously...nothing worse than looking at yourself in the mirror and not liking what you see. So for the past couple of days all I've been doing is filling my mind with lots of negative self-talk. How's that working me? Not so good.

Wellllll....all of this has made me really think about our Word for this week...BELIEVE. Here I was asking you to ask yourselves what you Believe about you and I was Believing nothing but yuck about myself. When we think yucky thoughts, girls...we begin Believing our thoughts. It gets harder and harder to Believe anything good about ourselves.  No wonder our dreams get put on hold, right?

So then I thought about what I do when I am feeling confident and strong and I Believe I can reach my goals and live my dreams. What kinds of things am I doing?




*I am wearing what I love and doing my hair and putting perfume on
 
When we make the effort to fix ourselves up for the day we are saying  "I am important. I have goals to reach today. I have a life to live. I don't have time to sit on the couch and watch TV and feel sorry for myself."
 
*I am eating healthy, clean foods

  When we take care of ourselves with good, whole foods we are saying "I love myself enough to take care of myself."


*I am taking daily walks

  Daily exercise gets our blood pumping, it's a great stress reliever and I come up with some of my best ideas when I'm moving!


*I am catching up with dear friends, laughing and sharing my heart.

  Friends help me unwind and listen to my dreams and my fears. They help me put my life in perspective. Nothing like a friend!!


*I am taking time with my family to rest and unwind

  I love my family more than anything! I feel safe when I am with them. They can make us forget about our worries. They lift us up and love us no matter what.


*I am kind to myself and forgive myself when I don't get everything done


  Girls...we must stop being so hard on ourselves!! Let's start BELIEVING that we are enough and that what we accomplish everyday is enough!!!



Your last assignment for our first week is to think about what things you are doing when you Believe in yourself 100%. Make a list. Keep it close. Refer to it when those "yuck" thoughts creep in

A few things...

*Some of you have asked if you can use ONE journal. Yes. Remember...this is your class...you can decide what feels right for you.

*I will be posting the Art Journal ideas TODAY. Lots of photos of pages, tips and links for Art Journaling. This will be a PERMANENT page on Words of Me!!

Thank you so much for being here!!!





6 comments:

  1. oh good! thanks for saying that we could use one journal. I wasn't going to ask, I was just going to keep it secret - lol. But I am using one journal. I want it all self contained so that I can look back at it. Im pretty sure I will have enough pages.

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  2. I like the idea of one journal, I have been writing alot but haven't started the ART part yet, I think I'm going to keep writing in a separate journal and just transfer certain words, thoughts, quotes to the journal one.

    Thanks for all the questions Leslie, it sure has made me think a lot more than I have before, which is what I really need to do to get to a better place in my head! ;)

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  3. GREAT post!! Still working on my stuff. Having a full time job and taking care of the family hasn't left a ton of time in the evenings for creating. Catching up this weekend and will post soon!

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  4. Leslie-that's super awesome that you are taking care of yourself + offering a class too!!! Your enthusiasm lights me up!! Thanks for all the very wonderful comments you have left on my blog...I feel so behind because i was sick for the whole of Feb!!! xxx

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  5. Well.. I actually started this course using my personal REAL journal as the place to record my thoughts and answering your thought questions. I started using my yellow SMASH book for the art journal book.... and I left the first couple pages blank... now I know WHY! It's because I am going to combine my notebook and art journal both into the SMASH book. I can't wait to see the end result. ALready I am super pleased with it. IT is quite a challenge to make the upcoming already designed/photographed page work with whatever THEME you give us. This makes the challenge all the more fun.
    Maggie

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  6. by the way....can't find the link to the Facebook group?

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I appreciate your thoughts and ideas...they inspire me!! I will be visiting you soon. Have a CREATIVE day!!

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