Thursday, 26 March 2020

The Same Sky Daily Journaling and Photo Challenge

One evening, as I was photographing the incredible changing colours of the sky, I was reminded of the idea I had to document gratitude in a way that didn't feel forced. Namely, by way of photography. Most photos we take are taken when we feel inspired by and grateful for the subject matter.This makes gratitude journaling way easier!

Then I thought we could have fun with this idea while we're all in isolation. Either once or twice a day, take a photo of the same patch of sky we can see from our house. Next pick one word that summarizes our day. You can post it on Instagram or print the photo off and stick it in your journal. Here are some more ways you could have fun with this;

  • Use one word that encapsulates what you are grateful for that day.
  • Create a collage of all the photos on your wall to document the days of isolation.
  • Take a photo of both the sunrise and sunset.
  • Use each photo as the header in your daily journaling.
  • See if there's a direct correlation between your emotions and how the sky/weather was that day.
We are all under the same sky, so if we're separated from loved ones we can use this project to bring us closer together. 
Use the hashtags #OneSkyChallenge and #DreamCreateJournal if you post to Instagram. 

You can share your project and photos in the Dream Create Journal Facebook group here:

Feel free to Pin the below image to your Pinterest:

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Happy NOW Year!

As I opened the box, I saw the card inside and read it as 'Happy now year'. Instantly I corrected myself but stopped. 

"Happy NOW year...."

It was one of those moments I intuitively knew that there was a deeper meaning than just misreading a word on a piece of card.

Little did this person know that the real gift lay not in the present, but on the card they wrote on.

I decided to contemplate it for a while. What happened next was like following a piece of string to see where it led, finding bits of clues along the way and piecing them together to form a bigger picture.

The Power of Now

When we hear a word, phrase or saying enough times it can become a cliche. Unless we pay it attention and allow it to become meaningful in our lives. One way this happens is in a moment of inspiration, in other words, a flash of insight.

This grasping of the 'inner nature of things intuitively' is an eye opening experience and can lead to a profound journey of discovery. 

And that's exactly what happened when I opened that box. 

Every year starts with the same greeting...HAPPY NEW YEAR! New...we pin that word before everything we do with the start of another year. New you, new habits, new year resolutions, and so on. 

Our minds switch to a NEW mindset....which rarely lasts more than a few days because old habits die hard.

Every moment can be a new start if we decide it to be. Every morning, every Monday, Every month, usually all hold some form of new beginning. 

But when you think about it all we have is NOW! And in the now, in the present there is power! It is in the now we cultivate new habits, can change our mind, practice mindfulness, make decisions. 

New year resolutions are mostly always based on the future and the past. The future; when we make resolutions we're thinking only of tomorrow. The past; when we're trying to keep up a decision we made in the past. And as time passes, the resolution we made begins to fade into the past and we lose interest. We rarely ever think about the now when it comes to new beginnings.

Now what?

So now what? Without going into everything that I realized as I followed this idea, I suggest a journaling exercise this week...

By your bed write your main goal, resolution or intention you made for the year. Also keep your journal to hand. Each day make a conscious effort to live in the present as much as you can. It is difficult I know. Try not to think about the past or future when it comes to your resolution. Give that resolution, goal or intention the gift of now. Ask yourself how does my resolution apply today? How can I cultivate this habit in this moment in this day? Then at the end of the day journal what you felt, and anything else you learned or that came to mind. 

Observe your day everyday for a week, in the context of your resolution. You may be surprised at what you learn. Even deciding to tweak a few things. 

I have been doing this exercise myself  for a week now and I'm surprised at what has come up.

Old, deeply routed fears that have been ingrained in me since birth. I saw them for the first time for what they were. And I realized that if I wanted to progess any further in my goals, I would have to deal with these.

And that's what it's all about...allowing our resolutions to be so much more than a single change because we decided the new year would be a good time to start. You start every day, moment by moment and constantly learn and grow. Even if your goal is to lose some'll find it's probably going to be more about deeper issues...not just about self-esteem but saying no, living your truth, following your passion, finding a new group of friends...etc etc. 

So happy NOW year! Let's make each moment count! 

If you're a member of my Patreon, there's a post revealing what happened next!

Sunday, 5 January 2020

New Year, True You

The other day I was reflecting on the saying, 'New Year, New You', and it occurred to me. What does 'New You' mean exactly? This was when I had something of a revelation. 

We are all made up of the beliefs and teachings we've been brought up. Even through adulthood as we watch the news, are influenced by social media, our culture and the system. We then act accordingly. Rarely do people question anything they read...nowhere is this seen more than on Facebook posts where something relevant to 2017 is posted three years later because people don't double check the facts. 

When we use the term 'New You', it is usually used in the context of the new year when people want to drop bad habits or learn to start setting boundaries.

But I would argue, and this is where I had my revelation, that really it's never about 'becoming new'. Our true and best version of ourselves is always there. Your higher self is with you always. But we are mostly operating not from that place, but through the beliefs we adopt, lies we believe, limiting beliefs we hold, the system we live in and so on.

In order to live up to our fullest potential we will need to do a lot of unlearning, dropping many of these layers we've formed over the years which are hiding who we really are. 

So here's a thought, instead of new year, new you, what about New Year, True You?! Instead of dropping bad habits to adopt new ones, how about we start unlearning and letting go of limiting beliefs, stop worrying what people think of us and embrace your quirks.

Our gifts are mostly hidden because of these layers we have. But these layers make us feel safe and so we hold onto them. It feels safer to drop a bad habit or two than it does letting go of limiting beliefs and questioning the system we live in. That would require a certain amount of vulnerability. 

We all have everything we need within us. Science is making great leaps of discovery in this area. The law of attraction may sound like some new age fad, but there is a lot of truth to be found in it. It's not about positive thinking but so much more. In fact it has a lot to do with believing in yourself and embodying your true, higher self. 

I like the analogy of the phoenix in this respect. It dies and rises from the ashes to live again. I think this is something we need to do, the ashes being all the limiting, false beliefs we have. 

But in order to live our truth we must first dare...dare to believe in ourselves and in the potential within us just waiting to be tapped into. 

So rather than repeating the mantra New Year, New You, what if you replaced it with New Year, True You!? That would certainly make for an interesting year indeed!

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

My Phrase of The Year - Year of Wonders

There comes a time when you just have to go against the norm and embrace the unknown in order to see your dreams come true. It means a great deal of discomfort, but when you know what that discomfort is about and that it is nothing bad, then it becomes bearable. 

This year brought a lot of change for me. I learned to start saying no and even though it cost me relationships, it brought new ones. Ones that lined up with where I want to go and my truth.

In 2018 many of the things I was believing for, big things, came to pass. I was thrust into this open space for my soul to breath and opportunities came flooding in. Within a year I experienced even more of my dreams come to pass.

Yet I found that the lack of pressure from difficult circumstances made me idle when it came to dreaming even bigger. 

I settled.

As soon as I became aware of this and started to really think about what was next for me, I knew it had to do with my truth. This is when I started to set boundaries and use the word "no" in order to strive to live my truth.

Possibilities & Wonders

It soon became clear that my truth involved something far bigger than I had anticipated. That I would have to move outside the comforts of the proverbial box to a place so vast it would require a decision to much like Neo's in the movie The Matrix. Sounds corny, but for those who have been there, you know what I'm talking about and appreciate the analogy.

There is no going back.

So I made the decision to leave the box. 

Now I'm in unknown territory. But this is a very good place to be because this is where the field of potentiality is. A place where anything is possible.

At this rate you may wonder what the hell I'm talking about. But stay with me. 

When you're in the unknown you are in a place of searching and finding your way. This is crucial to living your truth. In the words of Nancy Hillis, the unknown is "alive and mysterious". It's a place of growth. 

You see the system we live by today pretty much controls how we live and think. How we do things. It leaves no space for miracles, possibilities or wonders. It cultivates a certain pessimistic outlook.  

But when we embrace the idea of a new reality, one in which your wildest dreams are possible, you go against the majority and many will not understand. Yet some will be inspired and encouraged to follow. 

And this is how my phrase for the year was born. Actually, that's not strictly true. My phrase came about in a serendipitous way. I was set on the word "Wonders", anticipating 2020 and beyond being a time of wonders coming to pass in my life. But one day I was in a charity shop looking at books when one caught my eye. The author had the same name as me and I saw the word Wonders. So I pulled it off the shelf to take a look. My heart leaped at what I saw.

There and then I knew 2020, and beyond, would be my year of Wonders. So I took a phrase for my "word of the year". 

Join Me!

Now I plan to share my journey. Here on my blog and other social media platforms. Even more intimately however, on my Patreon where I will create content to help you cultivate a life of wonder and possibilities.

So what is your word for 2020? Do you have any goals or dreams you would like to see come to fruition? Do you wish to dream even bigger but never thought it possible? Let me know in the comments below! 

Here's to a magical new year filled with wonders! 

Monday, 23 December 2019

A Leap Into The Unknown To Find The Magic

Do you ever find yourself craving for something different? Everyone seems to be doing the same thing and no matter where you go to find inspiration it seems to be lacking.

This could be in all areas of life.

This year I have found myself in something of a paradox. I want to grow as an artist and as a person. I want to learn and express my truth in my art. But in order to do that I have to let go of everything I think I know. 

To create the new I have to uncreate the old.

To find what it is I'm looking for I have to leap into the unknown. 

This is all well and good, exciting even...but what about when you're in a position of inspiring others? What do you say or do? How do you let them know? 

"Oh hey, buckle up because I can't prepare you for what lies ahead. You're either going to love the ride or want to jump off part way."

Time To Trust My Higher Self

These past few months have mostly been about saying "No" and letting go. Stripping myself in the kindest way possible of people pleasing. It wasn't easy. People were offended and felt rejected. That was never my intention. My intention was to put myself first for a change.

Self-care quotes may be all the rage at the moment, but when it comes to truly implementing it in your own life, suddenly friends who are known to be riding that wave of posting positive quotes on all their social media, take offence to you actually taking it seriously for yourself.

Don't be put off. Keep going, the rewards to your inner life are extraordinary!

Leaping Into The Unknown!

I didn't realize it at the time but the landscape of my life was being cleared for something new. 

But now I was being prompted to do something even more uncomfortable...

Let go of all I thought I knew.

In art that means all those lessons you took part in online. The books you read, YouTube tutorials, etc. 

Come back to yourself as a child.

Start a fresh with a blank canvas.

Embrace scribbles, marks, chaos AND simplicity.

Something New

This is where new ideas are formed and birthed. 

I have had ideas for my videos specifically, but have always felt so overwhelmed. Both by perfectionism and people pleasing. With both those things out of the way and replaced with an attitude of experimentation and exploration, those ideas now have the space to develop and grow.

This is where you bring the new and exciting into the word.

This is what it means to create.

Often we copy....

We do this in our own way of course but there is always a sameness at the end of the day. That inspirational something. 

A uniqueness. 

Fresh from the source.

My word for 2020 is in fact three;

Year of Wonders.

It is my goal to leave the past behind and embrace wholeheartedly wonders for my life that I could not have discovered while trying to be someone I'm not. 

Only when you embrace your truth do you embrace the wonders that lie ahead for you. 

The magic really is in the unknown. But are you willing to embrace the unknown to find it?

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

12/12 Full Moon - On The Precipice of Change

The full moon in Gemini is the last full moon of not only the year, but decade. It occurs not only on 12/12/2019 but 12:12 EST. 5:12am gmt. 1212 among other things, "symbolizes your spiritual growth and awakening, manifestation of your dreams, and awareness of your infinite being." So you can imagine why I'm personally excited by this particular moon.

I've recently become fascinated by how we can track our moods with the moon and planets, especially by way of our rising sign, which gives details with more accuracy. I use the phases personally as a guide and prompt in my life. 

We also have a connection between Jupiter and Uranus. Jupiter signifying plenty and Uranus signifying change and revolution. I tap into these for 2020!!

What all this boils down to is that there is a fantastic opportunity to make room for the new, to let things go and have a clear out. There's an opportunity for clarity and illumination of your truth. 

Things To Do With This Full Moon

  • Step up self love
  • Let go and forgive
  • Focus on nurturing your truth
There's plenty of potential to really do some deep soul work and build our foundation before entering 2020. 

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

NOvember - My Personal Experience in Learning to Say No

Google NOvember and you will see that there are many campaigns encouraging people to say no to some pretty serious abuse. Such as drug abuse or violence and sexual exploitation. 

But as the hashtag is expanding to include other topics, what about day to day things that may be seemingly insignificant to some but are causing stress or anxiety to others? It's these seemingly insignificant things I started saying no to this year...

Looking back on the past year, and decade, gives opportunity to put a lot of what has happened into perspective. With plans being put into motion for 2020, I would like to move beyond all that has happened.

To all I have offended. It has never ever been intentional. This year I needed to learn to say no and walk away from things/places that were not good for me. And I needed to say no to things that I simply did not want to do. I have been such a people pleaser for so long that saying no felt impossible. And it came at a cost...that cost was my truth.

In order to speak and live my truth I knew I had to start learning to say no. 

As I started to say no and it offended someone, they had no idea the strength it took within to say it. Inside I was terrified. 

Next came the time to start walking away. This was scarier because I knew I would be misunderstood. 

And I was. 

Earlier this year I walked away from an online group. Actually I left a few, but only one caused misunderstanding. I literally just walked. I snuck out of the back door. No drama. I had my reasons...many of them. They had been building for a while. But I decided that I would keep them to myself in order not to cause drama or sway opinion. 

However, it didn't go down too well. I caused offence just by leaving and such an action was extremely misunderstood. Being put down to a single fact...I left because I was offended myself. 

Not true.

But you know, it's okay. 

It's okay because I have more self-confidence than I did a few months ago. Saying no does that to you. At one time it would have bothered me but today I close the door. I'm moving on. But before I do, I want to say this to everyone who I've upset.

I'm sorry. I'm genuinely sorry my actions offended you and I'm here if you ever decide to put the past behind and move on too. 

I am not sorry for my boundaries. 

I am not sorry for standing on my morals and principles. For speaking up about injustices.

They are so incredibly important to me. It took a lot to be brave enough to start living by them. 

Years ago I vowed to not be a victim, waiting for someone to come save me, but to try and be the best version of myself possible. It's only now I'm learning that boundaries and no's are part and parcel of that.

I genuinely wish all I upset the very best. Next year is going to be an incredible year and I really do hope your dreams become a reality. But if we cannot go into 2020 together, that's okay. Just know they are no ill feelings on my part. 

Geraldine Xx

The Same Sky Daily Journaling and Photo Challenge

One evening, as I was photographing the incredible changing colours of the sky, I was reminded of the idea I had to document gratitude ...