What to Journal In January

What to journal in January? Start with a list of hopes & dreams Journal about your wildest hopes & dreams, not just the expected (and sometimes dull) resolutions or responsible goals, but the dreams in your heart you rarely speak of Feeling a bit weary from all the work of the holidays? Journaling listicles are fun and can open the mind to new ideas without feeling like it’s overworking. I’ve included a download of 30 ideas and listed out (haha) a few of my favorites. Print out a picture from your phone each week, cut it out, tape it in … Read More

Reflecting Back and Looking Forward

  The week between Christmas and New Year’s causes me to pause and reflect each year. The last few years I’ve spent time reflecting on the last year and then looking forward to the new year. Looking back is important, but it can be a bit of a pitfall. While I would like to paint myself as a happy, glass-half-full kind of person, the truth is that I’m a bit of an Eeyore. My natural tendency is to see things as woulda-coulda-shoulda with a strong tinge of regret. I’ve worked -and keep working- to see things in a positive light. … Read More

17 Ideas for DIY Christmas Gifts

There’s a lot of pressure around the holidays to give gifts that are just right for the recipient. Over the years I’ve discovered gifts given from the heart don’t have to be complicated. Here are fifteen ideas for creative semi-DIY gifts you can make this year, even if there is only a week or two left before the holidays. My nephews are still thrilled with Legos and Nerf Guns, but for the adults in my family whom I’m giving to, these gifts are sure to please. Most of the ideas in this list are from my book, Creating a Simply … Read More

Journaling Ideas & Prompts for December

With everything else going on this month, it can be hard to find time for journaling. I tend to keep written entries short (see below for some ideas). Sometimes, I’ll comfort myself with the promise that after Christmas, I will clear the schedule and spend time putting together December joyful journals. This month, I’ve got a date post-Christmas scheduled to complete my 2018 joyful journal. This year I started collecting the items to add to the joyful journal in a big manilla envelope. The envelope system decreases the clutter and little paper piles around my room. Plus, there’s something calming … Read More

Painting Ideas for December

Christmas is coming! I love, love, love Christmas BUT it is hard to find the time to spend time creating. While it’s true that we set aside the time for the things we prioritize, there are so many things to prioritize this month! How to find time for a little bit of painting? I won’t diminish how challenging it is to find time to create.  This is how I find/make/intentionally set aside the time. I keep my projects simple (think the #15minutecreativity sessions), keep it light and set up times in my calendar. Organzing the time in my calendar sounds … Read More