August is month two of the third quarter of 2017; I envision new endeavors in quarters — 3-months at a time (January-March, April-June, etc.) Here is a breakdown of how I see my personal quarter sessions:
➡️ [August Guide]
Dated Chronicling & Mark-Making + Establishing a Morning Ritual
This 20-page journal-planning guide represents a significant design change and is the first chapter of a new starting point for Right Brain Planner® resources.
- It is an invitation to reframe the way you define the word [plan] and to explore your journal-planning as abstraction, of mark-making and ritual.
This guide is actually two separate booklets:
- One booklet includes details, templates and prompts pertaining to daily free-writing/expression in the form of mark-making, and guiding content to assist you with establishing a morning ritual.
- One booklet can be used to create a separate journal-planner booklet using the dated art and planning elements/content.
Or simply incorporate the art and content from the entire guide to create a customized record for the month of August using a composition journal, altered book or other type of bound journal or planner! 🙂
Are you in need of “something” but you can’t quite put your finger on it?
I felt that way the first week of July. From there I entered a cycle of feeling as though I was just keeping my head above water. 💦 Water is healing for me. So I didn’t panic …
I did what I know to do: 1) start a new 📚 journal and 2) tear bits of paper. 📒👍❤️
That is literally the origin of the templates, art and journal-planning prompts for the August Guide.
There is always such a wandery backstory to the compilation of these guides. But I often feel as though sharing the mile markers would only be confusing. But there is always a backstory, Braveheart.
Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes. … Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.
-Arshile Gorky, Armenian-American painter
This guide represents a significant design change and is the first chapter of a new starting point for Right Brain Planner® resources. It is an invitation to reframe the way you define the word [plan] and to explore your journal-planning as abstraction.
Instead of planning being about expectations and performance, I invite you to think of it as allowing time and space for time traveling [at your pace] into Next with the intention to seek.
To seek and in the words of Arshile Gorky: “… to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite … the emancipation of the mind … an exploration into unknown areas.”
Meaning is not in what we have, it is in what we are seeking.
Journal-planning is a way of seeking: a means of seeing [noting & making visible] what exists on the timeline of one’s wild and precious Life.
Learning from the past, being intentional and wholehearted in the present — and naming what is being sought after [desired & longed for]; a means of [time travel and living organically] via collage & vision boards; making wishes; verbal processing; visualizing; nature studies; a self-directed education; and all the while: cycling like the moon.
There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness … and wisdom. If one could but recall [her] vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invents. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. -Robert Henri
Robert Henri’s wisdom guided me through motherhood and continues to guide me through many a creative realization — especially with regard to embracing the quirkiness of my process as an artist/writer.
Creating templates and writing content as a starting point for something as diverse as a journal-planning practice can feel a bit like trying to capture the wind …
Living free is what happens when you compassionately dare to be more of who you already are.
Living free is to discover that meaning — purpose, fulfillment and comfort — is not only in what we have in this moment but what we decide to step into, to seek and discover in the midst of “I don’t know’s” …
And being willing to linger in the messy middle after we decide to follow our hearts.
Naming your life purposes involves connecting the dots among your desires, your appetites, your dreams, your goals, your values, your principle, your intentions, and everything else pressing down on you and welling up within you. If you were to try to connect all those dots — if, for example, you were to creative a document as long as a manual by which to live — you would likely never dip into that manual or find a way to make good use of it. The better choice, and it’s a really good one, is to keep it simple. -Eric Maisel
Once your panic subsides and you begin working on each of your interests, one after another, you’ll let go of the dread that life will pass you by. You’ll understand that today, tomorrow, and next year you’re going to use every bit of talent, curiosity, and intelligence that’s inside you. –Barbara Sher
One of the prompts/templates in the “Quarter Planning” Module is to create a full moon vision board (or card, page, etc.)
The full moon phase is a cyclical invitation to notice your own personal “fullness” — your wholeheartedness; a time for self-compassion and declarations, self-honesty and clarity.
And here you are. Whatever happened or didn’t happen before now is what was. You can’t live it over. -Jean Shinoda Bolen
The past two days have been about kindred conversations, drive time ponderings and remembering “past lives” (my alter egos). About “knowing my audience” and celebrating the fact that I am okay with needing an affirming nod of acceptance now and then.
The secret life of Me breathes in the wind and holds all things together soulfully. -Hildegard of Bingen
Quarter moons offer us a celestial visual of progression — the first quartet moon waxing — illumination increasing. Continue reading
Each individual, regardless of circumstances, holds a unique gift to share with the world … -Carolyn Rubenstein
Your unique gift awaits your attention, Braveheart. Attention via your creative experiments, self-directed study as well as your willingness to join a community of like-minded people.