Hello dear friends, subscribers, journal keepers, creatives, artists, small business owners! It's great to be with you again here in this New Year of 2019!! Happy New Year to you all!
With this new year having begun and moving at a quick pace (always, right?), I have managed to determine a focal word, which I have done for 6 or 7 years now, most of the time it having a positive impact on my focus for the year.
For this year of 2019, My Word is SPACE. I shared briefly about this word choice with my subscribers to The ART of JOY. Click the image to sign up if you're not already! (Then you'll also get The ART of Journaling Tool box, filled with 7 Power Tools for your journaling practice to help keep it relevant, revealing and renewing!)
I wanted to go more in depth into what the word Space means for me and why I chose it.
Space can connote making space for something--such as creative time in my studio, or time to write and sing with my tambourine, or watching a movie if I want to.
Space can also suggest room for Quiet: the space where I sit in stillness, meditate and relax. To me, this is imperative. I began this practice more regularly last year in connection with my spiritual practice of prayer/meditation/singing/study and songwriting. This time is stillness has been profound, so SPACE is a huge initiator for that time of Quiet. In this fast paced world, Quiet seems so foreign, doesn't it? That's why we have to choose to make space for it. And when in meditation, that space can infiltrate into our thought process, leaving room for peace and JOY.
Space can also suggest to me the area around me literally; whether in my office, my studio, or in my private space in my bedroom. It can mean honoring my preferences with what I see, hear and feel around me. Color, texture, books I love, and even my small clock that sits on my desk so I can see what time it is at a glance.
When I think of my bedroom, the word Comfort comes to mind. Soft blankets, fluffy pillows, comfortable bed linens, and a place for all my essentials, such as my journal, my markers and pens, my lap desk, and my PJs. What feels good to me is important; I have found myself asking myself, what brings you comfort? And I really pay attention to that. My throw that I use in my bed looks like a leopard print and it feels as soft as a cat's fur! (I don't currently have a cat so it's a nice side effect.) So I really enJOY using it.
Did you know that writing in my journal actually comforts me? Especially when I want to express angst, disappointment, or struggle that I'm dealing with currently. I feel better afterwards, because I feel heard, even though it's just me speaking in my personal journal; or it may just seem that way since, for me, it's also my sharing with my Higher Self as well, which is important to me.
Perhaps you would derive more comfort through a journaling practice, if you don't already have one.
Just click on the image for The ART of Journaling Tool box to help you get started or to get a boost when you need it most! Those 7 Power Tools are my go-to to keep things fresh, fabulous and fun!
Choosing the word SPACE can also suggest making room for Curiosity--giving myself "permission" to follow something that interests me, whether watching a video, searching for a book title I'd like to check out, or looking at art that inspires me. There are so many ways I can honor Who I Am as an Artist, and making Space for my Curiosity is important to me. Especially when it comes to stuff others around me have no interest in. What really matters is that I have interest.
I love viewing other's journal page spreads and how they create their own planners, or sketch with pen and fill with watercolor. What inspires me as an Artist, Designer and Creative is important enough to me in which to Make Space.
So whether, I'm looking for Quiet, Comfort or want to follow my Curiosity, Making Space, being Mindful of my Choices with how and where I spend my time and its impact on my well being, is a way to give me clarity about Who I am and my Purpose which is a peaceful and JOYFul place to be.
And when I experience the positive effects of these essences of Space, I can then share them with YOU, dear friend!
Have you chosen your word for the year? If so, why did you choose it and what do you hope this word focus will help you accomplish? Always remember that the word choice purpose is to create awareness so you can be mindful of what's important to you. Let this be a nourishing time to help get your New Year Started right.
Art Journaling Prompt:
Using the word, Space, or your own Word Choice, as a prompt, use colors and textures that speak to that word choice, stamping out its meaning with alpha stamps or cut out letters from magazines. You're welcome to use an image of yourself to focus on what this word means to you.
I love doodling a word or phrase at the end of my day to encapsulate its meaning for me. You can use your Word for 2019 and really give it some pizzazz with your favorite markers, pens, pencils, paints...whatever suits your fancy. Really have fun with this one.
If you'd like to have even more fun with Coloring, Check out Dawn's Directives and Affirmations Coloring Pages with Prompts.
Don't forget to sign up for The ART of JOY and get The ART of Journaling Tool Box!! Get your journaling practice off to a great start and have fun with it this year!
Copyright 2019 by Dawn Herring
Copyright 2019 Images by Dawn Herring
These are just three of the 7 Designs from my JOY Design Series I released this year in my New ART STORE.
Hello friends, creatives, artists, journal keepers, small business owners! It's amazing to me how quickly this year has flown by and I realize I'd love to share with you how full this year has been for me, the changes I've made and the experiences I've had that made this year amazing.
I continue to keep a daily journal, both written and in doodle/visual form; if you've been following me for any length of time, you will know this. And if you haven't, then you'll come to know this since I love to talk about journaling so much. That is one thing that hasn't changed at all here at Refresh with Dawn Herring!
You know why? Because Journaling is Such a Power Tool that I use it all the time for clarity, for purpose, for confidence and for fun! I so enJOY tapping into the essence of summarizing my days, and sharing my heart on the page.
And if you don't already know, my newest offering is called, The ART of Journaling Tool Box, which you can get right here by clicking on the image below. Then you'll get it right in your inbox. It contains 7 Power Tools for your journaling practice to keep it Relevant, Revealing and Renewing!
In addition to this new resource, I also made some changes to my newsletter...which was once called, The JOY Finder. Now I renamed it The ART of JOY, for the purpose of creating an even clearer focus on ART as my source of JOY and how being the Artist of your own Life can help you experience more JOY, tapping into Your Own Creative Voice. This is so very important to me, one of my core life values here at Refresh with Dawn Herring. I'm so looking forward to sharing with you all my Artistic journey and what inspires me so you can be inspired too. Just click on the image to subscribe so you don't miss a thing.
Art is my big love, bringing me such JOY. And I want you to tap into your Inner Artist every day.
This year, my focus has moved from what was primarily watercolor painting with paintbrush to Hand Lettering and Illustration with watercolor markers and india ink pens. I've had so much fun exploring with these Art Tools in my personal journal for the past 5 years that I decided to go bigger and create New Designs to Share with You. This year I completed my JOY Design Series with inspiring messages from my creative heart, which you can view right here in my New Art Store! Yes!!
I'm so excited to now provide you with fun, dynamic design for your personal and home use! To view the designs here on my website, click here. To go to my ART STORE, click here. I would love to know which design is your favorite and why (leave a comment!), and if you could, heart the product you like the most. I appreciate your enthusiasm; so many of you have already shared, which means a lot to me.
This year, I also made a few changes here on my website and in the message of Refresh with Dawn Herring. My new tag line is Where ART and JOY Align. Alignment to me means I'm exactly where I want to be, and where I should be. Every thing just feels right. And that is so important to me; another of my Core Values here at Refresh with Dawn Herring.
I also changed my sign off which now says: May JOY Align with Your Creative Heart. I want you to experience that same thrill of creating that I do, so the message of that alignment for your Artist Within is Key to what I want to convey. I trust it resonates with you as deeply as it does for me.
I have had so much fun this year sharing my Walk with Me times on Instagram and Facebook and YouTube. Living near a greenbelt and nature-based JOY has been thrilling for me, sharing bird flight, my egret, my favorite tree, and chatting with you as I go! Thanks to all of you who have joined me, watched the replays and have shared your own JOY with me. It wouldn't be the same without you!
I also have had the JOY of sharing my new Studio space with you when I've gone live and also on my Acronym videos where I've shared some JOY filled inspiration for your mindset and journal reflection.
I've also been excited to launch a new Service called Dawn's Dynamic Designs: Hand Lettering & Illustration, which I'm offering to small business owners for their business brand and products/services so the visuals they use to market will help them stand out from their competitors in the marketplace. I so enJOY creating hand lettered and illustrated designs, that it just aligned with my goals as an Artist and Designer!
I have continued with Refresh Daily Podcast this year, and have started doing interviews with other Creatives to give you inspiration and encouragement to Find Your Creative Voice. I've shared 3 Gs for the Soul (Ep 10) and my popular interview with Laura Volpintesta, a very dear friend of mine, who shares her artistic, educational and musical story with us! I have more interviews planned for 2019 so stay tuned!
I have so enJOYed connecting with you all on social media and coming together in community to share our JOYs with one another. I have so much fun creating Instagram stories to share with you, and I appreciate all the feedback and conversation I've had with many of you who view them and engage, whether it's to answer a question or share your JOYs with me. I trust we will have even more fun in 2019! (Follow me @RefreshwithDawnHerring.)
On the home front, in Connection with my Spiritual Practice, I have delved deep into creating music with my tambourine and songwriting with melody from my heart. I have enJOYed immensely sharing some of that music with you, both live and on my podcasts. I plan to continue to write songs as I'm inspired by spiritual texts that give me Light and Truth that I love to share with you in lyrics that open the heart and lift the soul!! (I have a musical project that I hope to release next year, so you can enJOY my music even more.) Thanks to those who have shared their appreciation for my music!
Special Thanks to those who subscribe and follow me and share your feedback and encouragement as I share with you what inspires me, what brings me JOY and what I desire to accomplish as an Artist, Creative and Song writer.
Your friendship and our JOY-filled community make my life experience even more JOYful. I hope to have an even deeper connection with you all going into 2019!
(Don't forget to subscribe so we can chat by email and you can get The ART of Journaling Toolbox; even if you don't keep a journal already, it's the perfect resource to help you get started.)
I wish you more JOY and Creativity in the New Year and May JOY Align with Your Creative Heart.
How have you tapped into Your Creative Voice in 2018? What new things did you discover? What are your Creative Goals and Dreams for 2019? Detail them and determine what tiny step you can take to get started right now!
Art Journal Prompt:
Take several images from your most treasured times in 2018 and make a collage to commemorate this time. Really feel into those JOYfilled emotions, reliving them in your heart.
Use 2018 as your starting point and draw a summarizing picture of what 2018 was like for you. Then dream with your pen about 2019 and what it may hold.
Copyright 2018 Dawn Herring
Hello friends, creatives, journal keepers, JOY Finders, and small business owners! Here is Episode 10 of Refresh Daily Podcast titled, 3 Gs of the Soul. In this episode I share three key elements to enhance your daily experience and how we can incorporate them into how we think, speak, act, and live. I also want to wish my American Friends a Happy Thanksgiving 2018! ENJOY.
If you would like to read Refresh Daily: 3 Gs for Your Soul, just click here.
Remember, you can get Refresh Daily Podcast Episodes right in your inbox just by subscribing! Plus you get 3 Secret Keys to a More JOY Filled Life, my mini e-course that makes JOY Visible, Doable, and Powerful. Just click on either image to subscribe. I look forward to connecting with you in your inbox!
Hello dear readers, creatives, journal keepers, JOY Finders, small business owners and friends!
I'm excited to share with you a memorable message to take with you into the holiday season of 2018 and beyond, with great anticipation of good things to come both now and into 2019 (yes, it's right around the proverbial corner, isn't it??)
With no further ado, I'd like to introduce you to the 3 Gs of Your Soul. Are you ready? Good. Here we go!
The first G of the 3 Gs is Goodness. When you think of goodness, what comes to mind?
Perhaps a caring parent looking with love upon you, both in childhood and as an adult.
Or the loving exchange between two siblings. Or between you and your significant other.
How about the inspiring goodness of nature, its beauty and instinctual dance that never fades.
What goodness do you see around you? What goodness do you feel inside you?
Consider what that goodness does for your soul. Does it make you want to sing, do a happy dance, or laugh heartily?
That's a great start with our 3 Gs, isn't it?
Okay. The next G is Gladness. This is where the experience of JOY comes in. When we see the goodness of what's around us, relationally, personally, and even professionally, we feel Glad, don't we?
We find ourselves saying, "I'm so glad we got together; I really enJOYed myself!
Or, "I'm glad I heard our song today; it just helped remind me of why I love you so much!"
Or, "Aren't you glad things worked out so well?"
Gladness is that source of energy we tap into when we see clearly the goodness around us and we feel really, well, glad about it!
I'm glad you are reading this post and trust you are being inspired!
Now for the last G in the 3 Gs for Your Soul.
Ready? Gratitude. Yes! When we see the goodness and feel the gladness, we've got something to show our gratitude for, don't we? We want to share it with others. I am so grateful to have so many blessings in my life. When we become more mindful of what we are experiencing that is working to our benefit, we can lift our voice or get our writing implement and say or record what our hearts are singing about!
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And it feels so good to record our gratitude, whether we're sharing it with someone we love or detailing it in our journals (great idea!), it can make all the difference--in our perspective, our attitude and our future blessings to come!
Our souls crave goodness, gladness and gratitude. It opens our hearts to wonderful, inspiring, uplifting energy that helps us transcend above the more challenging side of life. The 3 Gs can enable us to set a standard of the kind of days we want to experience, ones full of Intentional JOY, because what we find, we can share, thus making the world a better, happier place.
Write a list of 12 things that are good in your life right now.
Write a list of 12 things you are glad about right now.
Write a list of 12 things you are grateful for right now.
Are they similar? Do they overlap? What's different about these lists from one another? Is there a distinctness or do they simply harmonize? How does your energy feel after writing these lists? Lighter, buoyant? Surprised?
Art Journaling Prompt:
Cut out pictures from magazines that represent gladness, goodness or gratitude to you (or all three). Put a photo of yourself in the center and put the images around you showing what surrounds you right now that makes you happy.
Either choose one of the 3 Gs or all three, creating a visual with your favorite writing implements that shows the energy behind the word. What does that look like to you? You can also draw images that come to mind to illustrate the word.
So there, you have it; 3 Gs for your soul.
Here's to goodness to spread around, gladness to express from our hearts and gratitude to lift our soul and leave us feeling fabulous!
If you would like to hear the Refresh Daily Podcast Episode 10: 3 Gs of the Soul, just click here.
If you would like to hear the Refresh Daily Podcast Episode 9: An Empowered Voice with Laura Volpintesta, click here.
Copyright 2018 Dawn Herring
Hello friends, creatives, journal keepers, JOY Finders, small business owners, teachers, musicians, and moms! Today I am very excited to share with you a very special episode of Refresh Daily Podcast, titled, An Empowered Voice, featuring a very dear friend of mine and special guest, Laura Volpintesta. In this interview/creative conversation, Laura shares her artistic, musical and educational story and shines the light on the importance of deriving pleasure from creativity. You are sure to come away inspired and uplifted by Laura's story, finding Your Path to JOY that leads to an empowered voice. Do EnJOY!
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Note: The video on the left is the interview recorded as video so you can watch our conversation. The video on the right is a full podcast episode in audio if you prefer to just listen.
Here is Laura's Bio:
Laura Volpintesta is an unschooling single mom who loves family, art and creativity. She believes Art is our Birthright and loves multicultural arts as a way to bring people together into shared experiences.
She has an online school for fashion arts at FashionIllustrationTribe.com, is the author of the Language of Fashion Design, and taught Fashion Design from draping and sewing to illustration and portfolio at Parsons for 20 years.. She’s a Brazilian jazz singer who loves to dance and play percussion, as well as music and movement for littles and caregivers. Also an advocate for mothers rights in birth, education, and family choices, she is trained as a doula.
EnJOY Episode 8 of Refresh Daily Podcast, JOY in Stillness, where I share about incorporating Quiet into my day and how it will benefit you too!
Write a list of ways you can incorporate Quiet/Stillness into your routine, even if it's just 5 minutes. Then put it on your calendar or set aside time just for you.
To subscribe, click here.
If you want to subscribe and get some of this content in your inbox, then you're welcome to hit the button at the top of this page that says, Find JOY and Be Refreshed (or click here). That will take you to the sign up, plus you'll receive my 3 Secrets!
So let's walk together and enJOY what nature has to offer (lots of bird flight!) and let's share in finding JOY together--thus making the world a better place.
Click here for The JOY Appointment.
Click here for Coloring Page fun.
Hello friends, journal keepers, creatives, JOY Finders, and small business owners! I'm am SO EXCITED to share with you Episode 7 of Refresh Daily Podcast I've titled, When You Know, which features an interview I did with Aubry Hoffman, Founder of The Queen of Intuition Podcast, as we discuss the profound and empowering impact we can experience when we listen to and follow our intuition and our intuitive knowings in helping us build an authentic creative practice and create positive change that leads to personal empowerment.
The first video is the audio version with images for your listening pleasure.
The second video is the actual interview recorded on video you can watch.
(Please excuse any tech glitches with the internet connection.)
Aubry and I initially connected on Instagram, then she interviewed me for The Queen of Intuition Podcast which you can listen to here (just check out Ep. 16. Increase Your JOY and Intuition). And now I'm interviewing her as we tap into the wisdom of intuition and why it can play such a vital role in our well being.
If you'd like to follow Aubry on Instagram @TheQueenofIntuition, click here.
If you'd like to follow me on Instagram at @RefreshwithDawnHerring, click here.
Do EnJOY this chat and leave a comment below with your thoughts; we'd love your feedback and anything positive you gleaned from our discussion.
If you would like to get future Refresh Daily Podcast episodes in your inbox, please subscribe today! You will also receive 3 Secret Keys to a More JOY-filled Life mini course.
If you would like to have a connection call with me or schedule The JOY Appointment: The One Appointment You'll Want to Keep!, please click here.
Please note: Any discussion we have on this podcast episode is not meant to be used for medical advice. If you are having health issues, please see a medical professional. Refresh Daily Podcast is purposed for inspiration and creativity as well as fun and JOY.
My new Refresh Daily Podcast, Episode 6, titled, Music Magic is here! I share my thoughts and heart about my song writing and singing with my tambourine, my history with music, and I also sing my song, It's Possible! EnJOY!
If you'd like to get Refresh Daily Podcast in your inbox, you can sign up here and receive The JOY Finder as well as 3 Secret Keys to a More JOY Filled Life mini course!
You can check out The JOY Appointment here to connect with me one to one.
7 Steps to Creative Clarity Course is here.
And if you are interested in having customized art created for your business brand, your website and blog and your social media marketing, please click here for Dawn's Dynamic Designs: Hand Lettering and Illustration.
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!
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.
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