Hello friends, creatives, journal keepers, JOY Finders and small business owners! I'm back with a new Acronym for the month of September with a Mindful Message to take to your journal and your heart! I come to you from my studio and my goal and aim is to provide you with more strategies to help you find more JOY every day.
If you'd like to have a more customized experience one to one with me, do schedule The JOY Appointment: The One Appointment You'll Want to Keep! We can also have a connection time prior to it to get to know one another and then Dive into JOY strategies you can take with you that are Do-able, Visible, and Powerful!
I also offer 7 Steps to Creative Clarity Course based on video, audio, and prompts for your journaling, art journaling and doodle practices to help you get clarity on Who You Are as a Creative Being and how you can build a JOY-filled Creative Practice that evolves and grows as you do!
You are welcome to subscribe to The JOY Finder and receive 3 Secret Keys to a More JOY-filled Life mini course!
"After seeing your first two videos on the [3 Secret Keys to a More JOY-filled Life], I was suddenly rejuvenated with gratitude and JOY." ~Patricia Gallant
You're always welcome to leave a comment about how you're finding more JOY through my products, services and videos.
May JOY Find YOU in the Most Unexpected Places!
Hello friends! Here is the replay from JOY in the Making Live Event I hosted on Thursday, 8/23/18. I share a journaling prompt and some new songs I've written and sing with my tambourine. The Contest for the One JOY Card Reading Giveaway ends Friday, August 24, at midnight. When you subscribe, you can enter by replying with "I WANT IN." I look forward to connecting with YOU behind the scenes! EnJOY.
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Our Creative Energy can be a power house for expression and leaving our meaningful mark in the world, but sometimes we may find ourselves using that energy in too many places at once. We may want to go after this project and that activity and end up feeling pulled into too many directions. When that happens, we can lack direction which is a good time to get back to center.
I find that when I look at all the different things I'm doing, it's helpful to ask the question: What is Bringing Me the Most JOY? Once I determine what that is, that's where I choose to put my energy. Yes! (Of course I continue to fulfill needed responsibilities.)
When we spread ourselves too thin, it can actually be a deterrent to our creative growth and to expanding on the very thing that brings us the most JOY.
When we engage with too many things in our creative space, it can sometimes be disorienting, leaving us feeling misaligned, not in our creative flow. When we feel that way, we can take a closer look at where we might be putting our energy that may be making us feel like we're just spinning our wheels and not really getting anywhere.
I want to give you Permission today for releasing your Self from working on something that just isn't working right now, especially if you feel like your energy is being wasted. It's okay to let it go for a time or for all time, if that's what it takes to get you back to center.
When we align and center ourselves with what brings us the most JOY, we create a shift in our energy, getting back to Who We Are creatively.
Looking at the contrast of feeling not as happy, too heavy, overwhelmed and disheartened and feeling like maybe we shouldn't even bother, it pays to give ourselves space so we can regroup and figure out what exactly we want to accomplish, where we want to go from here, how we want to grow as a creative being.
It can help to dissect how we are feeling and where we are putting our energies as we detail our current place in our journal, helping us determine where the JOY resides in our creative path.
Trust yourself as you look a little closer and make some choices that will lead you into a better place. Pay attention to your intuitive voice, especially if it's telling you to let go of something, if it's leading you in a different direction or showing you to expand on something you're already tapping into and it just needs a fresh approach to get where you want to go. It may just leads you to a place that lights you up, lifts your spirit and leaves you feeling fabulous!
Find that place that feels expansive, fun and vibrant and aligns you with Who You Are Creatively.**
Make a list of all the activities you are currently engaged with. Note each one singly and see how your body responds as you read it out loud. Record your discoveries and nudges in those JOYful Directions. Then pick your favorite and go do it!
Art Journaling Prompt:
Using JOY as your starting place, use visuals and your favorite colors to showcase how you feel right now in your creative space, giving honor to what is bringing you the most JOY right now.
Create the word SHIFT in doodle form and see how your lettering can look shifty as you use your favorite pens, markers and colors to honor your creative experience. Note any associations that come to mind in your journal.
Copyright 2018 Dawn Herring
Hello friends, creatives, journal keepers, JOY Finders and small business owners! I am excited to announce my next LIVE EVENT which will take place on August 23, Thursday, 1 CST/2 EST, for JOY in the Making! Yes!
Here's what you can expect from the event as I go LIVE on my personal Facebook (on a public setting so all can join in):
I'll be singing some music with my tambourine, sharing a prompt or two for your journaling practice for further reflection, plus I will be Giving Away a Complimentary One Card Reading from my JOY Finder Game Card Deck! Yes!
You will be given an opportunity to sign up to be in the running for this Contest Giveaway for a one-to-one session with yours truly as we connect and get to know one another, plus I'll be giving you details on The JOY Appointment: The One Appointment You'll Want to Keep! I will draw one card from my JOY Finder Game Card Deck and we will find a Creative and Intuitive Strategy to help you find more JOY in your daily life! My aim and goal is to make JOY-filled Self Care Visible, Do-able and Powerful.
You can read testimonials here from folks who have experienced a JOY card reading from me.
I'm so excited to be sharing new music with you from songs/choruses I have written and play my tambourine. And I'm looking forward to connecting with YOU, dear friend, in JOY as we come together in community to share our JOYs with one another.
The reason I'm calling this event "JOY in the Making" is this: by tapping into new intuitive and dynamic energies and strategies to help you find more JOY, we are providing you with the opportunity to make a choice for self-care that will make a difference, thus creating positive change that leads to personal empowerment.
Wouldn't you love to have JOY in the Making in your life?? Well, do join me!
You are eligible to enter the JOY Card Reading Giveaway if:
1. You are already subscribed to The JOY Finder and haven't won a previous Contest. Be sure to leave a comment during the Live Event saying, I WANT IN with your first and last name. Or you can reply to your invite you received by email or to The JOY Finder newsletter prior to the deadline of August 24, Friday at midnight.
2. If you leave a comment saying, I WANT IN with your first and last name, during our JOY in the Making Live Event and sign up for The JOY Finder. (You can sign up here too.)
3. If you leave a comment after the JOY in the Making Live Event prior to the contest deadline of August 24, Friday at midnight and sign up for The JOY Finder. .
Once the deadline has passed, if you are chosen as a the winner, you will receive a private Congrats email from me with information on follow up so we can get together and find more JOY for YOU! Yay!
So, do join me on August 23, Thursday, 1 CST/2 EST as we come together in community to share our JOYS with one another, share some music and celebrate this fun JOY Card Reading Giveaway! I'll be looking for your entry and look forward to connecting with you in the future.
If you would like to sign up for The JOY Finder, please click here. You will receive 3 Secret Keys to a More JOY-filled Life automatically just for subscribing.
If you would like more information about The JOY Appointment: The One Appointment You'll Want to Keep!, please click here.
If you would like to check out my blog post, My Soul Songs, and watch a video of my singing, Feel the Light, please click here.
If you would like to listen to my Refresh Daily Podcast Episode 5, A Creative Shift, please click here.
If you would like to have a connection call with me prior to The JOY Appointment or to discuss commissioned watercolor work or hand lettering and illustration with Dawn's Dynamic Designs for small business owners, please click here.
See you there as we make JOY-filled Self-Care more Visible, Do-able and Powerful!
If you've been following me or gone LIVE with me on Social Media, you may already know about my creative spiritual practice and how much JOY I have been initiating as a result of my Music.
I am an avid journal keeper, and one way in which I keep a journal is in my spiritual practice. I love to record Sacred Text along with insights that come to mind. I also keep a spiritual poetry journal, and as of late, I've been riffing on that poetry vibe by writing lyrics from the spiritual concepts I study, and bringing them to life with my tambourine as I find the rhythm, the melody, the tempo and the spirit in which I desire to portray what those words communicate.
This is a somewhat new experience for me in this vibe and in this JOY Filled process.
I do have some song writing experience from over 13 years ago so it feels so good to be getting back to it, only in a whole new way that truly Resonates with my Heart and Fills my soul with Gladness.
I also grew up with a musician Father and recall many times hanging out with him in his den as he played his drums and practiced his rhythm on his smaller drum that he taught me with. So the tambourine brings me great memories, in addition to times I played it in worship teams many years ago.
And now I have one of my own and I am so enJOYing playing and engaging as I sing from my heart and soul as I connect with Spirit in a deeper way.
I don't take any song for granted but see each one as a Gift; because, to me, that's exactly what it is.
Below I have shared my song, Feel the Light, and talk about my spiritual practice. EnJOY.
Is there an activity that Connects You with Spirit that makes your heart sing? If so, detail it in your journal. Record how long you've been engaging in this activity and why it resonates so deeply.
Art Journaling Prompt:
Using LIGHT as your prompt, express yourself through color and text sharing what brings LIGHT into your day.
Using lyrics to your favorite song, doodle using lettering that makes you smile and feel light deep inside your soul.
If you would like to schedule The JOY Appointment: The One Appointment You'll Want to Keep! to find more strategies to initiate more JOY in your daily life, and in your Connection with Spirit, please click here.
If you'd like to learn more about my 7 Steps to Creative Clarity Course where we engage with journaling prompts to help us Connect with Spirit, please click here.
If you'd like an invite in your inbox for the next time I go LIVE on social media and sing a new song for you, please click here. You will receive The JOY Finder plus 3 Secret Keys to a More JOY Filled Life Mini Course!
Copyright 2018 Dawn Herring
Dawn engages in many roles: As Writer/Blogger and Artist/Creative and Founder of Refresh with Dawn Herring: Where Art and JOY Align, She enjoys sharing from her vast experience as award-winning, life-long artist and leader in the field of written journaling, offering encouragement and proven tips to other journal keepers. Dawn's focus is on written journal keeping, artistic expression and finding your Creative Voice, and positive change that leads personal empowerment, encouraging you to leave your authentic and positive mark in the world. Dawn is a Commercial artist, hand letterer/illustrator and writer/blogger and enjoys sharing insights, humor, and encouragement as she shares from her life experiences as a woman, wife, mother of two grown daughters and as a Grandparent to a special needs grandson. She enjoys keeping a journal and reading spiritual texts to help keep the light on. May JOY Align with Your Creative Heart.