My journaling changed ten years ago when images and words from magazines added color, interest, and inspiration to the otherwise boring straight lined pages in my notebooks. What started out as play, turned into a way to create a vision for my life that inspired me to build a life and business that I love. I call them vision journals.
What’s a Vision Journal?
Think vision board meets journal. It’s a place to dream, brainstorm, and make plans. It’s where you gather inspiration and have sacred conversations with your soul. Vision boards are often created as a one time activity often at the beginning of the year. The vision journal is an ongoing process that keeps you connected to your vision. It supports you to go from dreaming to doing.
In my interactive online workshops, I show you how to recycle a catalog and use magazine images and other ephemera to create your own unique vision journal.
Envelopes Filled with Surprises
I mail each participant (yes real snail mail) with an envelope that I’ve designed. It’s filled with paper goodies that we use during our “journal play date.”
Pictured above you can see what was tucked inside the envelope for the first session.
Everyone received the same items however some things varied, like the door was unique for each person as was the inspirational quote, and Virtues card.
We use Zoom, a web conferencing tool to meet up live. In the first part of the workshop, I gave a presentation about how I repurpose a catalogue to use as a journal. I showed a number of ideas for how to use collage items to transform it into a fun and sacred space for dreaming, brainstorming, and planning.
For my journal, I’m recycling a course catalogue from our local art school.
I then led a Soul Journey, a guided meditation that helps to shift our attention from our busy lives to relaxing and tuning in to the wisdom of our soul. There was time to record in their journals about what they felt, saw, and experienced in their Soul Journey.
Oracle & Affirmation Cards
Before working in my journal, I often pull an oracle or affirmation card for inspiration. Each participant received a Virtues Card. We took some time to silently read our cards and record any a-ha’s and insights in our journals.
Thought Provoking Prompts
Each participant was given an image of a door and invited to consider what opportunities await them on the other side.
Pictured above was my door where I used a craft knife to cut it open and collaged in images and words from a copy of Happinez Magazine.
Creative List Making
I covered a couple more pages again using gorgeous images from the Happinez Magazine. The gold stars were a perfect embellishment. The quote about Feng Shui was a cool find as it gave me another perspective on my word-for-the-year, flow. I’ve been doing some intense clutter clearing and feeling the positive effect of life energy flowing so this quote spoke to me.
Some participants used the gold stars like bullet points and created spaces in their journals to return and write lists of possibilities.
The colorful “chakra cookies” are whimsical spots for making a list of the projects that I’m working on.
The quote from Thich Nhat Hahn, “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize,” was perfect for this spread!
Visits with Animal Allies
The third prompt was about what we can learn from the antelope about taking action. I added some mandalas and decorative details to my antelope as I considered my next steps. I plan on adding some of those “steps” to the steps on the ladder.
The quote, “Life is Your Adventure” was sent to me from a member of my 100 Mandalas Community. When I read it, I realize that it is up to me to decide what my adventure will be and what steps I’ll take. And, that feels really inspiring!
The three prompts were optional for the participants and they were given an hour to work in their journals. There were other goodies in the envelope that they could incorporate into their journal spreads. During this creative time, participants were free to play off camera and get something to eat.
Show & Tell
After our studio time we gathered to see what everyone did with the prompts and to hear about their Soul Journey experiences. Sharing was optional.
Awakening creativity in others touches my heart. By the time the third person was sharing, I had tears leaking from my eyes. For many of them, working in a journal in this way was a new experience. Some really stepped out of their comfort zone both in playing with collage and using video conferencing technology.
Everyone agreed that they love being able to see each other, to hear them talk about their process and reflections.
The best part for me was seeing all of the a-ha’s, insights, and meaningful connections that came up from the Soul Journey, virtue card exercise, and the journal prompts. I can’t wait to do it again!
For those who couldn’t attend live or for those who want to revisit the experience, a recording of the session was made available.
“What is so wonderful about these vision journal workshops is that it allows me to take the time to focus on what I want to do, that is, spend more time creating. I get to work from my space, yet connect with other creative souls at the same time. It’s a positive way to use technology.” ~ Catherine Desjeunes
Now I’m getting the next envelopes stuffed and ready to mail out this week for session #2.
Want to join the fun?
Each Vision Journal Play Date has the same format but the envelope, contents, and prompts are different. I love getting happy surprises in the mail, don’t you? That’s why I don’t reveal what’s inside the envelope until after we’ve had our play date and the participants have received it.
Now, to sign up for this second session, you don’t have to participate in the first one. Each session is a unique and stand-alone workshop.
Vision Journal Play Date #2
March 31, 2018
After your register, you’ll have the option to select the time that is best for you.
SESSION 1: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST
SESSION 2: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., EST
There are only 20 spots!
$35 (same low price for US and International orders)
Register before March 15th so you get your envelope and goodies in time for the event. Register sooner if you live in a remote location.
What You’ll Need:
- Computer or mobile device with internet access, video camera, and microphone.
- Journal or old catalogue (I recycle a catalogue to use for my journal.)
Adhesives: Glue Stick, Packing Tape (I love Washi tape.)
Pens: Ballpoint, Gell Pens, Glitter Pens, Fine liners, Markers, or your favorite marking tools.
Paper: If you are altering a catalog you’ll want some assorted papers like notebook, stationery, graph paper, scrapbook paper, etc.
- Scissors and a Craft Knife
Images: Magazines, greeting cards and junk mail to cut up.
Suggestion: Start a file, envelope, or bag and collect images, words, and embellishments for your creative play.
- No art experience needed!