Journal Club is back for another season and I wanted to give you a little sample of what it’s like. Today, join me and document your day!
It’s great to be back and to have a chance to share all of the wonderful things that are coming up in the studio this season, especially Journal Club, Love Letters from Trail Makers, the Studio Forum and the Studio Yearbook! Watch and let the magic of this season begin!
Check out the Academy here. And be sure to sign up for the studio to get word of the Love Letters for Trail Makers offering!
The Winter Academy is Open!
Every couple of weeks I film stART: Creating as We Go with my two sisters, Suzie and Shannon. We share our creative projects, from challenges to celebrations, and support each other’s creative lives. To celebrate the wrap of another fun season and transition into the holidays, we thought we’d do a live show! Bring your questions. Bring your celebrations. Bring your creative self. We’re so looking forward to hanging out with you.
Join Shannon, Suzie and Me LIVE
Today : Monday, December 11th
3:30 pm EST
You’ll find us on our YouTube Channel
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For years I’ve been designing, re-designing and re-re-designing how to make a plan for my year that was true to my heart, flexible for my soul and supported me in getting things done. With that vision in mind and a constant stream of refinements, along with my sister Shannon, I have finally settled into something that really works.
At the end of each year, we dream, we have fun and we get clear on what we want for the year ahead. Even with our vastly different styles (my plan ends up held lightly in coloured cut-outs on a magnet board and Shannon’s is recorded, tracked and analyzed in Excel) we’ve found a process that fits us both!
I want to share it with you.
Design Your Year Gives You…
- Dedicated Time. It’s time to stop planning to make a plan and actually make one! Take the time now so you can spend next year living the life you want to live!
- Structure & Support: You don’t have to figure it out alone! I’ll guide you through a step-by-step process. Whether you attend live or work with the recording, you have access to me if you get stuck or stymied!
- A Repeatable Design Process: What you learn in the workshop you’ll be able to use again and again. You will leave with a useful new process in your toolkit.
- Clarified Priorities: A plan built on the wrong foundations is not only doomed for failure but it also hurts! Your design plan will be built on the ground of what’s truly important to you – and the workshop will help you name what that is!
- A Plan (not a Straightjacket): You’ll leave with an intentional road map for the year ahead, one that keeps you focused and clear without being oppressive.
- Your Word of the Year: What better time to discover your word of the year than when you’re immersed in the heart and soul of your plans for next year!
- Peace of Mind: With a plan you have confidence in, you can let your mind rest. Knowing you’re ready to start next year with clarity, you can settle in and be present for the holiday season!
One participant said…
Working with Jamie is always a wonderful experience. Planning Day was all that I hoped for and more. I had time to focus on what is important in my life, celebrate what I accomplished , and begin to think about and plan for the New Year.
When Planning Day was finished I knew that I had a solid plan for how to begin my year but I also knew that my plan was fluid and flexible and that I could easily adjust it as needed. As always Jamie was prepared, fun, and always ready with a thoughtful answer if something didn’t seem to just right for me.
Planning Day is something that I will do from now on. I’m not only ready for next year but I’m excited to see what happens next! Thank you once again, Jamie for a terrific experience.”
Format: Online webinar. You can participate live from anywhere in the world!
Live Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Recording: Can’t make it live? Don’t worry. The recording will be ready for you by the weekend. You can take part whenever you like!
Supplies: I’ve keep it really simple: something to write with, something to write on, post-it notes, a magazine and a physical datebook or calendar (i.e. not digital).
Register Now for Planning Day
Design the Year You Want to Live
Registration is $67 USD
I made a video answering all of the questions that have come in, including more details about supplies and…
How can we plan when life is so chaotic and unpredictable?
What if you’ve never planned before?
What about overwhelm?
Have more questions? Email Me
And here are some questions I have for you…
- What if next year was the year your ideas took form?
- What if next year you stepped out of the dark cloud of over-thinking and stepped into a year of purpose with a plan?
- What if you had a road map for adventure, one that allows for following your nose but also keeps you from getting lost?
- What if next year end you were able to look back and say, “Holy noodle! Look what I did!!”
Ready to Make a Plan?
Registration is $67 USD
I began blogging over 10 years ago and it changed my life. What started as a fun structure to inspire my creativity turned into a community of connection, a calling and eventually a creative business. When I wrote that first one-paragraph post, I had no idea that it would turn out like this!
That was back in the days before blogging became a lifestyle business, before it became an entrepreneurial necessity. It wasn’t about branding; it was abut bonding. It was about expressing ourselves and in so doing discovering that around the world there were people like us, people who loved to paint or bake or write poetry. It was about suddenly discovering there were members of your tribe in Boston and Edinburgh and Adelaide. It was about sharing our stories, both vulnerable and triumphant. It was about sharing our creations both wobbly and wonderful. It was about square pegs who found themselves struggling in round holes, people in regular jobs living regular lives who wanted to spend the weekend tossing sequins in the air at the beach.
Blogging helped us remember who we were on the inside. Blogging helped us come alive.
In those days, it was exciting to think that maybe, just maybe, you could make some money through your blog. Maybe you could get some sponsors, maybe enough to pay for your hosting or maybe even some art supplies. Maybe you could create a little e-course that your community would embrace and enjoy. It was a time when you could get a little “what if” twinkle in your eye, imagining that maybe you could earn a living sharing and creating from your heart. Imagine!
I followed that dream. I invested in professional training so that I could coach the creatives that I so wanted to help. I started teaching classes about listening to our souls, finding and following our dreams and discovering our creative hearts. I remember the deep joy and satisfaction of completing my first offering, Soul Reflections, a self-study workshop that helped you use collage and journaling to discover the truth that was deep in your heart. And I remember that ‘dream come true’ feeling of people buying it – not to mention the deep fulfillment of people letting me know it made a difference.
I created something that made a difference.
That’s what it was and is all about.
Then suddenly the world got hip to blogging and this grassroots art form got professionalized. Suddenly it wasn’t just regular people writing about their creative lives. It was rock stars, bestselling authors and self-help gurus. Bloggers were talking SEO and making sure their post titles were rich with key words. Blogging meant identifying your target audience and developing your brand. It meant having a consistent voice and making sure you delivered value. It meant compelling copy and professional photographs. It meant HD video and art that was worthy. It meant sharing 10 Top Tips for Your Creative Success not 10 Things You Might Not Know about Me. (That was relegated to Facebook.)
And just like that blogging went from grassroots to glossy.
What that meant for me, as a burgeoning creative entrepreneur, was that I started to leave myself out of my blog. (I know that may sound weird coming from a woman whose site literally has her name in it.)
As I started to do more coaching, teach more classes, as I started to become a business, this is what I started to believe:
Nobody wants to know about the meal I had for dinner, unless I am a food blogger and have Pinterest-worthy photos.
Nobody wants to see pictures of my walk to the Beaches with my husband unless I am sharing travel-blogger type info about the neighbourhood or including a useful lesson about quality time with your partner.
Nobody wants to see what I am creating unless it’s Etsy worthy or I’m teaching the techniques used to create it.
Only “useful” things.
Only “beautiful” things.
Only “well-written” things.
Only “relevant” things.
Only “strategic” things.
Only “on-brand” things.
What started out as a loving and careful desire to focus on what was useful, relevant and inspiring became so restrictive that my blog didn’t feel like my blog anymore. This thing that had been such a powerful and important part of my life belonged to “the business” Suddenly it felt like there was no room for me.
Maybe that’s appropriate. I have been wrestling with this question for quite some time. A part of me has thought this is a natural evolutionary process. My business has come into its own and of course the blog has developed with it. Of course, I want to offer what is useful. Of course, I want my blog to be beautiful, well-written and relevant. Of course, I want my business to be strategic and a recognizable brand. Of course, I do.
But I also want to be a person. A person with a blog. This blog.
I want to share too many cat pictures and posts about everything from my neighbourhood escapades to my art supplies, from becoming a more confident traveller to learning to make pasta. I want this space to reflect the depth and breadth of my creative life, the messy, the silly, the epic, the beautiful, the painful, just as it is. And I want to do that alongside resources, help, inspiration, classes, etc.
So, I’m taking my blog back.
I’m kickin’ it old school.
And I’m going to see what happens.
Maybe I’ll lose you. Maybe my life, my casual writing, my imperfect photography, my wild experiments, my current obsessions, my modest home, my artistic attempts, even my aging self, maybe that won’t be aspirational for you. Maybe it won’t be a Pinterest board, a shiny magazine or a 7-figure business (6-figures is so 2015).
But it will be me.
And maybe, just maybe, if I take some place for me amidst the work, you’ll realize that on your own blog, in your own life and in your own business there is also place for you.
Maybe together we’ll remember that we can dream and be real all at the same time.
That’s what life is all about.