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Weekly Wrap Up 01.23.14

 

Picture by the talented Lindley Battle P.S. she does weddings!

Working on the desires

Seated twist

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running on a cold winter day

New Toilet

Weekly wrap Up Worked 27 hours at Lincoln Taught 5 yoga classes 7 days of personal meditation practice 2 days of personal yoga practice 6 days of morning pages  Ran 16 miles worked on studio marketing Made enchiladas with Tumbleweed on saturday evening fun photo shoot with Lululemon saturday bought and had a toilette installed had a lovely brunch with friends had a fantastic massage had an ice-cream cone at ben and jerry's gave two work presentations penned 5 yoga poses for beginners penned The sound of Joy Is worked on writing prompts from The Desire Map by Daielle Laport finished the book How Yoga Works started reading the Love letters between Carl Sandburg and his wife fun wine and cheese evening with leadership GSO friends at Scuppernogs attended a City Council meeting went to Natty's with Leadership GSO friends Weekend Wish Long Run have dinner with tumbleweed spend time with tumbleweed teach yoga at GCY ride my bike take a nap

Art Journaling

Heaps and heaps of supplies
Heaps and heaps of supplies

Ever since I came back from Kimberly Wilson's incredible Spring retreat, I've been doing a ton of art journaling.  A Blog reader/friend asked that I do a post specifically on art Journaling and how it works exactly.  I thought that was a great idea.

Because I'm working on an e-course about "Creative + Conscious Business" I wanted to make sure I had a dedicated note-book just for my business notes. Logically speaking this meant that I needed to start another art journal!  It gave me the opportunity to document the process (or at least my process) a little better.  This will mainly be a picture blog with supporting notes to help you along.

I'll be offering art Journaling evenings at the studio a few times a year, if you are interested let me know.

I start with lots of supplies, like the colorful tape and the sharpies above.

oodles and oodles of other supplies
oodles and oodles of other supplies

It's great to have lots of fun types of paper, stickers, tape, masking tape, and lots and lots of glues sticks!  Visit your local art store or Michael's, visit the scrap-booking section for innumerable ideas!

stacks of magazines and catalogs
stacks of magazines and catalogs

Then you leaf through the magazines and you pull out images that appeal to you for any reason or if you are art journaling a certain theme you'd find things around that theme.  It's your journal you do what speaks to you.

some images that appealed to me
some images that appealed to me
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Here is a sample of the pages I created today...

Pages 1-2
Pages 1-2
pages 3-4
pages 3-4
pages 5-6
pages 5-6
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pages 9-10
pages 9-10
pages 11-12
pages 11-12
pages 13-14
pages 13-14
pages 15-16
pages 15-16

If you were doing your own journal you could find some journal prompts and start writing with sharpies (they really work best) over the images.  The pages become this beautiful mixed media collage.  In this case I'm creating a business journal.  I'm working with specific writing prompts about what I want my business to look like and action plans. I've even heard of people art journaling a business plan (I wish i had known about that before I did mine last year!!).

writing prompts and musings
writing prompts and musings

The cover...

Cover of my business journal
Cover of my business journal

Have you ever done art journaling?  If so what do you like best?  Share your pictures and experiences with us!  I'd love to see what you come up with.

Here are a few journal prompts to get the juices flowing...

1) If you could tell your College Freshman Self one thing what would it be and why?

2) Are you doing what you love?  If so what can you do to keep it up and if not what can you do to get you where you want to go?

3) If money were no problem what would you be doing right now?

Full Days Calm Mind

Will you help shape your city?  Just like everyone else my days are full to the brim.  Today is no exception, the odd difference is that I had to take a PTO day (Paid Time Off) from my job at Lincoln in order to get everything done today.  I've decided not to move aimlessly through my busy days, I will accomplish what needs to be done as mindfully and presently as possibly.

This full day started with my lovely bunch of yogis at 5:45am, an early morning class is one of the most perfect ways to start your day.  If you happen to be a morning person come try it and see how centered you are the rest of the day.

Then instead of rushing off to Lincoln Financial for a long 8 hour shift like I normally do on Tuesdays, I had the privilege of representing Greensboro Community Yoga at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Greensboro.

class schedule with a quote and bag of tea attached (hand crafted by moi), extra tea to take, and a sampling of all of the books we sell at the studio.

I was sharing information about the studio with their beautiful and caring nursing staff.  Hospice is AMAZING! I was glad to share information about the studio with them.  Very productive morning.

Then I was off to the next appointment of the day! Shape Your City Luncheon with Synergy!

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We are a group of young people who want to make a difference and influence the city we live in.  We want to make things happen because we LOVE Greensboro.

Do you love Greensboro?

We were getting together to share ideas about what we want to stop happening in Greensboro, what we want to see continued and what we want to see start happening.  It was a neat sharing of ideas, I can't wait to see what grows out of this lunch.

100 of Greensboro young professionals who want to make a difference

Much more left to do as it is not yet 4:00pm, and as I move through my day I'm calling on my yoga and meditation practice to keep me centered and grounded.  I'll move through these activities with a calm mind that will keep me ready to take on the world, or maybe just these few tasks.  It helps that I've got a massage in less than an hour, self-care is just as important as everything else.

Sleepy Sunday and Weekend Love

IMG_1009 Some times I get to sleep in and take naps on the weekend, and sometimes I don't.  This is one of those weekends that I don't really get that luxury, but I've been able to do lots of other fantastic things.

Like volunteer at a 5k For Family Promise.

Checking people in at the race!

Talk to a good, dear old friend and make plans for a visit.

Have coffee with a another good friend and her beautiful son.

Teach a Sunday Morning Power Flow.

Run lots of errands.

Create special studio marketing pieces for the hospice wellness fair that I'll be attending on Tuesday.

Hand written quotes to go with Tea and  class schedule.

The finished product, I hope they like it!

Write Snail mail.

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Now I think it's time to put letters in the mail, and get a mani and pedi:)

Lunch Time Delights!

I could be one of those people who works through lunch religiously.  All of the studies say that is not a good thing to do.  As a matter of fact it actually lowers productivity.  If I don't have a reason to leave for lunch, I'm ashamed to say I work through it.  Luckily for me I've got pets!  I hate the thought of Max having to hold it and hang out at the house alone all day while I'm at work.  So to ease my pet owning conscience and get away from the desk I run home to walk/pet/cuddle and hang out with my furry friends. Today happens to be on of those days, but in addition I'm using my lunch to blog (perks of living super close to work)!  When I got home I had a package on my door step from Amazon!  The books I ordered this weekend arrived!

Pema's Books!

I've got some Buddhist books on my reading list for tonight as you can see!

Babar is one of my all time favorite children's books!

I've also got this on the reading list! Children's books are pure pleasure to me. This is an extra treat for me to read tonight!  I'll probably read it out loud to the dogs, with voices and everything.

The dogs enjoyed the lunch time visit and even got to soak in some sun!

Sweet little queen of sheba!

Big Train!

Then I left them chillin on the bed ready for another nap while I head back to work. Wish I could join them...

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In reality when I left the house, Mae had kicked Max off of the Bed (it's his bed mind you!) and they were both settled in.