What are you grateful for?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

 

What makes you happy? Did you realize that there are two major types of happiness? On one hand, there is the short-term type – for instance, you find a stamp, die-cut, or something “really great” happens and you erupt into a joyous “YES”!

The second type of happiness is long term. You experience a deeper feeling of well-being, contentment and satisfaction with your life in general. It’s been said, that when we set a goal, no matter what it is and we work hard to achieve it, our happiness is doubled.

When I was in High School, I wanted a car. My parents said “they’d match every dollar I earned.” I can still remember the color of the car, the smell of the leather and the way the car responded to my touch. It was my “baby”! My Mom said I kept it cleaner than my room!

The lessons I learned affected the way I set goals and I appreciated the outcomes. I was grateful for the experiences.

Last month I spoke about making a journal. A journal, sketchbook or diary helps keep us all on track. One of the recurrent themes in my personal journal features the relationships I have with fellow crafters, journalers, family members and friends. I am so grateful to all of you who continually show me your support, your love and advice. I tell my rubber stamp students that we all share this great craft. We all learn from each other.

Pay it forward. Express your gratitude. As you go forward on your crafting journey, you’ll be surrounded by people who make your life richer.

~ Sallie

 

 

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The Pursuit of Happiness in January

Dear Fellow Journalers,
The last days of any year for all of us, is a time to review the events and opportunities of the last year. For me, it’s a time to organize my craft room after the Christmas Card-making blitz and it’s a time to eat way too many cookies!

One of the things I have discovered this past year is that I’d forgotten how much I like to write. A good friend of mine recently told me how surprised she was when she first read some of my posts. She had no idea that I wrote and that she looked forward to my weekly paper adventures.

Since one of my goals this year is to reignite the flame of creating, I decided to research the topic “breaking Crafter’s Block.” We all go through it – “dry spells” they call them. The stack of watercolor paper that sits untouched, the just bought “gotta have” dies, embossing folder or newest acrylic paint color – they all sit waiting for us to create something new from the blank canvas on our desks.

We desperately want to create but we don’t know what and we know we won’t be happy until we do create something. Crazy, isn’t it?

So fellow journalers, I’ve decided to devote the first post of every month to a few words on spiritual and crafting inspiration to help you unlock your potential for the month. I’ll be using Henry S. Miller’s “The Serious Pursuit of Happiness” for the spiritual part and many of my journal prompts for the crafting parts.

January is a month of hope and plans. Journaling is one of the first tools used to teach aspiring writers how to tap into their creative flow. Resolve to write one positive goal each morning of each day of January and plan to make the plan a reality. Old photos (scanned, if possible) are great starting points and if you take the time to create your cover first, you will have to write now! Don’t make this a chore – open your eyes and heart for the possibilities that await you! There was a TV personality that said that she finds inspiration all over even in commercials! I wonder if she was talking about color concepts. Journals can be made from composition books you can find at dollar stores. Cover them with patterned paper, stickers, and flowers – virtually anything you want. But beware – making journals can be addictive – almost like eating chocolate chip cookies!
~Sallie

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