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Behind the Scenes of Creating 365 Days of Becoming

So I just released 365 Days of Becoming and thought it would be helpful to give you a glimpse of what it took to put this beast of a Journal/Coloring book together.

Because it is a monster of 365 coloring pages and 365 journal pages.

How I came up with the idea!

I had a thought that it would be amazing to create something that helps you step into your power with two of the tools that have been super helpful to me: coloring and writing.

Then I thought, wouldn’t it be awesome to create something for every single day of the year.

And voila, the idea was born. Now I didn’t have a name yet, only that I knew if would have a lot of coloring pages and writing pages.

Getting to work

I started doodling and initially thought it would only take me about 15 days to create all of the pages. Yep, I am a little bit ambitious but I realized really quickly that I needed more time.

I encountered days where I had other things pop up, I just didn’t feel like doodling and for someone who preaches about self-care, I needed to manage my energy.

So, I extended the deadline and found my energy to be on par.

I finished all of the pages in 25 days. Scanned and edited them in another 3 days.

And then it came down to laying it out, creating a spreadsheet to not duplicate any pages and creating the feel I wanted to create with this monster of a book.

From there it was just a matter of getting the proof ready and correct to the printing standards it needed. This took another 5 days.

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The Lessons Learned:

Deadlines are awesome and I kinda live by them but giving yourself enough time is key or you will burn out on the project/goal. If I am ever going to undertake another project like this, I am giving myself a much longer deadline.

Familiarize yourself with all the printing needs from CreateSpace.com. I spend way more time editing and going back and forth to get it to proper printing quality than necessary. There bigger the book, the bigger the gutter and the margins need to be in retrospect.

Take enough days off so I am not burning out on the project. Again this was a big undertaking and 30 days was pushing it and I still had to extend the deadline. Also, there are still other things that need to happen in life and in business and it’s important I don’t neglect them.

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365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self

It’s finally here! 365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self!

I’ve been working on this, well ever since the idea came to me and so I spent about a month creating the pages and start putting it together.

And it’s a monster!

What is 365 Days of Becoming?

It’s a journey into self. Think about it like as if you are born every single day. Something new to explore and discover about who you are!

Growth always happens from the inside out and it requires courage to be you.

And this journal is so much more because it is also a coloring book. And I wrote about doodling and journaling to give you an insight of how I got started and hopefully conveyed why I find this important!

So how do you use this journal/coloring book?

The pages are filled with quotes, mantra’s and affirmations so you can really feel into the words.

Use them as prompts if you are not sure on what to write.

Color them in any time you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and just need to calm yourself.

What will this journal help you achieve or what will it do for you?

  • It will help you to be more present in each moment. All too often we are scattered all over the place and forget to feel and be.
  • It will help you to unlock your own creativity and tap into the parts that perhaps you have been hiding.
  • It will help you solve your own problems. When you venture into sitting down every day and uncover what is holding you back, you are opening the door to your solutions.
  • It will help you become more confident as you are diving deep into your soul and go on to discover who you are.

It’s 365 Coloring Pages and 365 Writing Pages! This thing is HUGE!

Here’s the thing, life is an adventure and this book is your companion along this journey!

Get your Copy of 365 Days of Becoming on Amazon Today!

Come away with me and join me in a journaling journey

This blog is about 4 years old and I’ve been wondering when did I become a writer?

Truth be told, I’ve been a writer all my life but when my foster mother read and wrote in my personal diary, I quit.

I struggled with the invasion of my privacy for a long time but it’s a huge part of me. When I first met my ex-husband it was through writing letters that I communicated with him.

And a few years later I had the urge to write a book.

But what is the point in all this?

The blog and my morning journal practice are a huge part of my own journey. Journaling helps you not only solve your own problems but gives you a path of creative expression.

Every time I am faced with a challenge or a fear, journaling about it allows me to check the validity of any fear and find ways through the hurdles.

It can also improve your memory, which in turn can help you be more productive.

Some tips on creating a journaling practice:

  • Make it a non-negotiable and have a set time every day you are going to sit down and write.
  • Write down the first thought that comes to mind and just keep going. Ditch the censoring and judgment and just write. This isn’t for anyone to see but yourself!
  • Use prompts if you are struggling to get started!

What to do when your journals are full!

This has always been such a curious question and I wanted to share some ideas.

  • Keep the journal and read them over at a later date. Observe and reflect on your growth!
  • Reuse them for art journals, another fun way to unleash your creativity.
  • Burn them to release and let go. This is such a powerful practice to shed those old stories.

If you have always wanted to give yourself permission to write and some support, why don’t you join me on this journey?

Every Monday morning you will receive an email with some prompts to help you get started!

Along the way, if you have any questions, I’m always happy them,

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Walk on the Level of your Soul Journaling Course

Do you know how to walk on the level of your Soul?

Years ago, when my family and I lived perhaps through one of the toughest challenges in our lives, it was the rattle to my shake. Watching my son on the breathing tube, lifeless and the machine doing the work for him meant to have a lot of patience.

Watching him not breathe for a moment when the doctors removed the tube, was earth shattering. There was nothing else that existed in that moment in time. My chest felt tight, my heart clinched together as we were ushered into the waiting room.

It was the longest wait of my life.

But I think in that moment, my soul was waking up begging me to be me, asking me to walk my path and nudging me ever so gently to become who I am meant to be.

The years that followed were hard, fighting for my independence, setting boundaries and learning more and more about me. But the journey has not ended, if anything I am in the middle of it all, but I am no longer in the darkeness. I am no longer hiding who I am. And I know what I am supposed to do on this earth.

This is the awakening of the soul, sometimes gently – sometimes hardcore – nudging you, guiding you and directing you into the obvious.

And I am excited to release a new e-course to help you get started now. The course is a journaling course, in which you are diving into who you are through past experiences but also get really clear on what isn’t working, so that you can make whatever changes you need to make to have the kind of life that leaves you feeling good!

21 Day Journaling Course

Counting the ways to express gratitude

I express gratitude every single day and I always include all that I have and all that I am calling in. Sometimes I make a list of 10 and sometimes it’s a whole page in my journal.

It can be hard to express gratitude when you are deep into your struggle and you are barely seeing the light of day. If you read my post of what to do when gratitude doesn’t seem to be helping (read it here), then you know I have called you into action.

  • Getting clear on your vision
  • Mapping out a plan
  • Letting go of the shit
  • Taking Action
  • Activively participate in your own change

If you have done this, then you can express gratitude for creating your vision, making a plan which is often the first step.

But there are many other ways to express your gratitude. I am going to share with you some of my favorites!

Journal

There is so much power in writing it down and engrane it into your vibrational being and into your subconcious. I am a huge fan of pen to paper because it also allows you to “see” all that you have and all that you are working towards. Showing gratitude for creating your vision or mapping out you plan also allows you to celebrate you and not giving up.

Dance it out

I love to dance. I love to make up songs. And sometimes combining the two is exactly what I need to do to uplift my spirits, raise my vibrations and get really excited about what is. Give it a try! Start your song with “I am so grateful and happy that…” to whatever tune comes to mind. Do this for however long feels good. Yes you may look like a goofball and wonder what people think, but umm be unapologetically you with yourself.

Say it out loud

Speaking out about the things we are grateful for also supports our subconcious and raises our vibrations. Maybe you can sit in front of a mirror or just sit for a moment and honor all of those things you are grateful for in the moment and all that you are calling into your life.

Create Art

Take those markers, colored pencils and watercolors and create a piece of art filled with gratitude. Color is an amazing way to uplift our spirits and when we combine this with gratitude, it is so powerful becuase as you are in the moment of creating, you are giving yourself permission to let go of all the worries and stress and focusing on all that is good in your life.

Do one of them or do them all. Mix it up from day to day. Do one for consecutive days. Whatever feels good in the moment.  Some days I journal and then when I sit outside on my front porch I say them out loud. And maybe when something awesome happened, I’ll dance and sing my gratitude.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this, there is only your way.

Share with me in the comments which one you are chosing to do today!

Here’s how to challenge your fear

All this week, I have talked about fear how it shows up, where it will stop us and how it is actually asking you to play bigger.

This is know to be true, if it scares you so much that you almost piss your pants, then you are called to step out.

Here are a few things that you can do to challenge your fear:

Start where you are in small and tiny steps

What really scares you is that you belief you have to make big huge leaps and it’s actually more about taking tiny and consistent steps forward. What tiny thing can you do today to move forward?

Believe in yourself and trust that you know

Think back about a moment in your life where you believed in yourself. Now take this feeling and transfer it into the present moment and really feel it as you are visualizing your next steps. Trust that you intuition is guiding you and that you know what to do.

Challenge that fear by writing it down

This is perhaps one of my favorite journaling activities because I get to proof fear aka the ego wrong in many ways. Take your journal or a piece of paper and write down your fear. Now create a list of evidence to show whether or not it is true or false. If it’s true, journal what you can do about it.

Do something different from what you have always done

This will without question challenge you and push your comfort zone which is the point! You aren’t going to move forward and achieve your dreams by doing what you have always done. You will need to take it and just get over yourself.

If you need some accountablitiy and support in getting over your fear, I invite you to schedule a 20-minute call to see how I can help you!