Every month, in addition to the Inspiration Page which includes music, quotes, photos and more, we take our Journaling Prompts and add a DESIGN TWIST to help you add symbolism and meaning to your layout - what we call VISUAL JOURNALING. Telling your story with your design choices, color and icons creates so much more depth.
Here's an example from out DT Coordinator Nancy Doren. Look how Nancy framed her page to give a concreteness to her beliefs; her embellishments grow from smaller to larger as her world expands. Her ribbon folds become more and more complex - like the complexity of an enlightened world view. And there's no black and white here...
Here are this months challenges on the theme ENLIGHTENMENT. Our challenges are open for entries until 5 PM Pacific on Friday 10-1 to be eligible to win this month's great prize...
Cosmo Cricket's Togetherness Paper Crafting Kit and coordinating Red Robin Ready-Set-Chip Alphas!
Come play and learn about YOU. You're worth it! Challenges can be posted in our gallery here. You just need to join our message board - it only takes a few minutes.
Can't wait to see you there!
PS - Friday morning...our next kit, PURPOSE!
September Challenge #1, Open Mind/Newly Open
Open-Minded: A teacher of mine once said that “you should be open minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out.” How open minded are you? Have you always been a ‘live and let live’ kind of person, or have you evolved in that way over the years? Are there specific areas on your life where you are more closed to new ideas? Where do you take a particularly enlightened approach? Do you want to change those things about yourself, or are you content? Has someone in your past been an influence on how open or closed you are – either by your following their example, or purposely moving away from it?
Where in life have you seen yourself become more open-minded as the years have progressed?
For the design twist, please add something that opens on your page in away you never have - so if you're a journaling-hider, don't hide that - pick another element!
September Challenge #2, Light the Way/Fixture
Illuminate the Darkness: What life experiences and growth have allowed you to shine a light on others in a dark place? When have you been able to ‘turn the light on’ for yourself after a period of loss, sadness or grief? How good are you at lighting a candle instead of cursing the darkness? What is your role in lighting the way for others? Is it overstepping your bounds to speak your truth, or do you offer your gifts freely? What have others done for you to illuminate your path and provide insight?
When and how have you turned the light on after a period of your own or someone else's deep sadness?
For the design twist, please use a light fixture in your imagery...a lamp or lightbulb? The outline of a spotlight?
September Challenge #3, Faith/Less Familiar Symbols
Enlightenment, Faith & Spirit: Our world is filled with myriad ways to access the life of the spirit. Which ways do you choose, in action and deed, to be connected to your source? Do you follow the route that your family laid out for you or have your charted your own course? What, if anything, is unenlightened about your religious or spiritual tradition? How do you make peace, or struggle with this? Why did you make the choice you did? Are you still struggling with faith and spirituality? What traditions/symbols and beliefs from other cultures and faiths speak to you? Do you choose not to be spiritually connected? Why?
Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Morihei Ueshiba
Please create a LO about any part of faith that you have struggled with...
And for the design twist, please use a symbol from a faith not your own...
September Challenge #4, Belief v. Knowledge/Sign of Certainty
You wouldn't say that you 'believe' in electricity, but you can't see it. What's the difference between what you believe and what you KNOW? Is the nature of faith in anything about choosing a belief, or having a knowledge of something you can't see?
For the design twist, please use a sign of certainty...check mark? 'OK'?...
September Challenge #5, Mindfulness/Outside
Mindfulness & Self-Awareness: Psychologists refer to the ability to think about your thoughts and evaluate them as ‘meta-cognition’ or, more broadly as ‘mindfulness.’ How introspective are you? Are you able to step outside yourself and look at your own process, or do you often find yourself getting caught up in the moment, reactive, rather than observing? What steps do you take, or could you take, to slow down and really see your choices, your actions and your underlying beliefs?
Not creating delusions is enlightenment. Bodhidharma
Please create a LO about ways in which you do, or would like to, look at yourself as an observer.
For the design twist, please utilize the outside edge of your page!