As another year comes to a close, and WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN, like none other I’ve experienced before, as you, my readers, from around the world can attest to.
The purpose of my sharing these highlights, as I do each year, is to show my evolving path, as artist, journal keeper, business owner and woman.
Some of what I list is personal, some professional and some, just downright fun!
What I have chosen to list would qualify as Essential, Simple and Satisfying in one way or another. So, shall we begin? Come along on my 2020 journey with me!
As I proceed, I will focus on my Professional Life first. As Office Manager of Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC, which is headed by my Master Electrician/Electrical Contractor Husband, I am responsible for all things having to do with our business, and that includes Social Media Marketing. We have been on Twitter and Facebook for many a year. But this year, I decided to add a YouTube Channel, new territory for our business!
This year was also a more creative year for me as writer of our Electrical Safety blog. Each time I publish a new post, I now promote it on our YouTube Channel, which is Your Electrical Safety Resource! I have so enjoyed this new venture and am excited to share it with you! You are welcome to subscribe for electrical safety, shock and fire prevention tips!
The next item I’m super excited and pleased to share involves a very close, special friend of mine. This year I decided to launch a new LIVE SHOW called, Keeping It Sweet, where we focus on all things Essential, Simple and Satisfying, which is how I describe a Sweet Spot! So, My dear friend, Carrie Aulenbacher, and I co-host together, with each of us sharing how we’re Keeping It Sweet right now! Plus we share tips on how we focus on what is Essential, Simple and Satisfying, giving daily life examples of what that looks like and what a difference it makes to our happiness, JOY and well being. You’re welcome to check out the episodes here. Just a head’s up: there’s a LOT of FUN and LAUGHTER going on!
The next item is focused on books, specifically the author and spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle. I learned of him several years ago with his book, A New Earth someone told me about, which I read and thoroughly enjoyed. Then I found out about his other book, The Power of Now, which I also read. Well, this year, I began to watch Eckhart on video, listening to his teachings from events held around the world, based often on questions from the audience. I really appreciated his calm and kind manner, his sense of humor and the truth of what he spoke. So, now I make Eckhart part of my morning routine, and I recently re-read the books mentioned. I highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in spending more time in the Present Moment and less time caught up in the crazy thoughts running through the head focused on past and future.
Now for one of my favorite subjects: ART. I have several things to share in this category.
First, is my practice of EXPERIMENTATION with watercolor (I share more detail in this post.) I won’t go into too much detail here, but I will say that it has been truly rewarding to try New Things as an artist and how much fun it has been to see what I am capable of creating with my paintbrush and Winsor Newton watercolors! My goal is to apply what I have learned over the past almost-decade of time since I first dabbled in watercolor and see where it takes me.
For most of the time, I have focused on the intuitive approach to painting, but 2020 brought me to try my hand at replicating subject matter that appeals to me, thus I have succeeded and it has brought me great Satisfaction and has been a huge Sweet Spot in my year.
The next aspect of ART I want to mention for my year end review is adding some real fun to my daily doodle, which I started 8 or 9 years ago, first with black marker, and then adding color, texture and detail. This year, I determined to try my hand at something I’ve always wanted to learn: CARTOONING. Yep. But not just drawing a figure. But dressing that figure in my own wardrobe every day! How fun this has been for me, since FASHION has always been of interest to me, especially concerning illustrating. So each night, I’ve added myself in cartoon form, which only enhances my daily doodle far beyond just a fun word.
And lastly, for Christmas, I decided to try my hand at creating a cartoon/illustrative portrait for each of my daughters. A larger version of my daily cartoon. And I am happy to say that I succeeded! This is also a new approach for me using the same tools I use for my daily doodle.
For many years, I did pencil portraits of my family and of many celebrities. But drawing in pen is a completely different experience and a rewarding one at that.
Now onto a subject many of my readers are familiar with and that’s JOURNALING. I won’t go into the details of my extensive journaling practice; instead I will simply share one addition I made starting in December of 2019: BULLET JOURNALING. I read the book and have it in my personal library.
I will say this: I have only adopted some of what is taught, such as daily rapid logs, Collections, and monthly spreads. Nothing fancy. You can see some of the inside pages in this video/blog post I created for The Journal Showdown hosted by Jamie Ridler. My Bullet Journal has added more Order to my days and a place to delve more deeply into what matters to me. What I love about it is the way you customize is to fit your goals and needs.
My final focus for this year in review is MUSIC. I had two developments to share this year.
The first was acquiring a mic with stand and speaker. So, now I can sing the spiritual songs I have written and amplify my voice. (I was given this gift right around my birthday! What a delightful surprise!)
The second development has involved learning to PLAY MY SONGS on the PIANO. I’m currently using an app until I get a piano keyboard. When I do acquire one, I’ll let you know! I’m still researching what kind to get before I make a purchase.
Playing the piano, learning the keys to play the melody, is something I have desired to do for a very long time. It’s basically a musical dream come true! It makes me so happy! Yay!
So, putting it all together, writing spiritual songs, playing them on my piano and using my mic to amplify the sound: a SUPER SWEET SPOT FOR MY SOUL. INDEED.
So, that sums up what I wanted to share with you all as 2020 comes to a close and 2021 begins.
My wish for you, dear readers, for 2021 is that you will find the SWEETNESS and savor it every day from what is ESSENTIAL, SIMPLE and SATISFYING for you! And you are always welcome to share what your Sweet Spots are here on this blog or on social media where we are connected.
When we share what is Sweet for us right now, we #spreadthesweetness in community, thus, making the world a Sweeter Place. And we can always have more of that, can’t we?
Thanks for your interest in my 2020 Year in Review and I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
All images Copyright 2020 Dawn Herring
Hello friends and welcome to Ep 4 of Keeping It Sweet Christmas Edition, co-hosted by me, Dawn, and my dear Friend, Carrie Aulenbacher!
Our focus is on all things Essential, Simple and Satisfying and for this episode, we talk about all things Christmas, going down memory lane and offering some great ideas to make your Christmas time extra special.
Do leave a comment and let us know how you're Keeping It Sweet this holiday season!
This video was originally recorded LIVE on Facebook.
Catch the replay of Episode 3 of Keeping It Sweet, co-hosted by Dawn Herring and Carrie Aulenbacher. We focus on how we keep it sweet by focusing on what is Essential, Simple and Satisfying for us and that qualifies as a Sweet Spot.
In this episode we share some autumn sweetness and some wardrobe Sweet Spots. Think Fun and Laughter!
Do join us and share a comment below about what is your Sweet Spot right now! As we share in community, we make the world a Sweeter Place!
Hello and WELCOME to The Sweet Spot blog! I'm Dawn Herring, and I thought I’d write a bit of an introduction so you know what to expect in this space and give you some context as to why I’m using this new term, The Sweet Spot.
Of course, the sweet spot is a common term used to describe when you’re hitting something right where you want it. It’s like a perfect alignment.
In the past year, as I’ve been spending more time offline in my office, with my family, and with my creative pursuits, I have found myself thinking about the importance of recognizing when something is really working for me and align with it fully.
In conversations I’ve had with friends and family, I found myself desiring to see them do the same thing; and I began to reference it as Finding Your Sweet Spot of Self Care. Meaning, knowing what keeps you in a good place and making space for those things every day.
And that can look different for each person, since no one is exactly alike—which makes everything more interesting, doesn’t it?
So, what works for me, may not work for another. Respecting where each person comes from and what works for them is part of the essence of finding that Sweet Spot, for myself and for others.
I don’t know why, but when I see another in that Sweet Spot and they tell me about it, it just thrills me and I am delighted. Especially since inevitably, we are sharing in that sweetness together. Which is what a really delightful community looks like!
So I kept repeating this 'finding your sweet spot of self care' pretty regularly. It just sort of rolled off my tongue effortlessly and it sounded smooth with all that alliteration thrown in. Ha! (I love how that works with words; don’t you?)
Back in the spring of 2020, when Covid-19 hit, I was finding myself needing that Sweet Spot more than ever; and I noticed this comprised several elements for me:
They were ESSENTIAL. They were SIMPLE. And they were SATISFYING. (You can read more about that on the Home Page.)
Another observation was how they felt: calming, comforting, aligning.
Don’t we all need that right now!?
So, over time, I began to consider sharing about what is Sweet for me. (You can get my 7 Favorite Sweet Spots here.)
Thus, the idea for this new blog, The Sweet Spot!
Prior to this blog, I had been sharing some of what I mention here, but more with a focus toward Art and Journaling with JOY as a focus. (You can still access al that goodness at Refresh Daily here.)
But here, at The Sweet Spot, I want to emphasize the gentle, calming aspect of what a Sweet Spot can be for me, what it feels like and why it matters. I so look forward to chatting about how I’m Keepin’ It Sweet, and I do hope you’ll share how you are too!
Another note: When I first decided to add The Sweet Spot to my way of Communicating with my friends, I considered hosting a newsletter by the same name. But when I encountered the same structure and necessities that go into a newsletter, I decided it was no longer Sweet for me to do so. I love the writing, but not the rest. So, instead, I will simply be sharing here on The Sweet Spot blog.
Also, I wanted to emphasize my focus of living off line; thus my time spent on social media will be limited. I’ll be posting there so I can share the word with you, my friends, but the best way to communicate is either by leaving a comment below which I will reply to or by emailing me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will reply when I am able; I appreciate your patience! I do look forward to hearing from you and how You’re Keepin’ It Sweet!
And one more thing: Previously, I had offered two resources for journaling enthusiasts who opted to subscribe to my newsletters. One was The Art of Journaing Toolbox and the other was The Art of Journaling Prompt Play Book. I appreciated those who signed up to receive these resources when I was offering a newsletter. Now that I am no longer hosting one, I am providing those resources right here on my website! Yay! Just go to my Resources page, and you can choose which one you’d like, and you will be taken to the appropriate page. Just be sure to read the Disclaimer before using each one if you haven’t already received it in the past.
Well, I’ve enjoyed telling My Sweet Spot Story! And this is just the beginning. So be sure to check back regularly for future posts where I share how I’m Keepin’ It Sweet! Of course it’s every sweeter when we share it together in community!
Hi. I'm Dawn Herring. Here at The Sweet Spot I love writing about how I'm keeping it sweet with music, song writing, cartooning, doodling, watercolor painting, movie watching and book reading. My goal is to share what feels really sweet to me and why. Perhaps it will inspire you to do the same.