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For a Fresh Perspective in all of Life's Dimensions

November 13, 2012

In This Issue
Be Refreshed with Dawn Herring
My Blog Post: Your Authentic Self
The Artist
#JournalChat Pick of the Days
#JournalChat Pick of the Week
Highlights from #JournalChat Live
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Refresh Your Work

Do you have a dream job in your mind that you've never attempted to initiate? Do you have a preferred type of work you'd rather do but haven't stepped out of your comfort zone to see where it might lead? It can be a scary place to work from when you choose to make a change, especially when there are possible repercussions with your choice. But be heartened by this word from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way: "As you move toward a dream, that dream moves toward you." What dream do you want to see manifested in your work life? 

Refresh Your Home

 Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of autumn color to brighten your home decor. Better Homes and Gardens article, Decorating Inspired by Fall Colors, shows a variety of color hues sure to please, with bright accents and paint choices, etc. Perk up your home palette for a pleasing home sweet home.   

For Your Journal 
Journaling Tip: 

When you journal your preferences and what works for you, you love and honor what makes you, YOU. 




Q: Do you find yourself wishing your preferences were more in line with others or do you appreciate what you love because you simply love it as you journal your life details?


When I notice that a preference of mine is not working for me anymore, I try to stay open minded toward doing things that are more authentic to me with who I am becoming right now. But I don't stress over what others do that I don't. I also appreciate what is still working and enjoy what makes me, ME. 
You're welcome to reply to the weekly journaling question; I may share it in a future edition of Refresh Journal.
My blog post:
Your Authentic Self
 You're welcome to subscribe to my blog Refresh with Dawn Herring so you will always get my latest posts in your email to read at your convenience. 
Have you been desiring to try a new product, a new approach, a new technique but have hesitated to delve into the unknown?

It's natural to want to stay in a place of comfort and familiarity. 

But at the same time we don't want to ignore those artistic urges that could assuage our curiosity, since, if we don't respond, we may never know just what good experience could give us a fresh perspective and be just the change we've been needing all along.

So, what has been your current artistic urge that you haven't stepped into yet?

Just a baby step will do!
Have Fun Exploring.
 "As you honor your gifts and your light, you are saying to the Universe, 'I can be trusted. I can handle the goodness. BRING IT.'"
Special Thanks to:
My good friend, artist and journal keeper,
Eleyne-Mari for sharing her #JournalChat Live experience on her Light Lunch with Wake Up, Lightworkers! Radio Broadcast and for her kind words:
"Thanks for inspiring the first part of today's radio show."

Welcome to Refresh Journal: for a fresh perspective in all of life's dimensions! 
To Know You Is to Love You. 

So, how well do you know yourself? 

Well, we could ask those typical questions: 

Am I a morning person or night owl? 
Do I prefer to listen to music or read a book?
Do I like taking notes or do I just absorb and hope I remember the important stuff?
Do I love chocolate or prefer chips for a snack?
Do I prefer going casual or dressy?

There are lots of preferences that show others how well you know yourself, based on how you process life both internally and externally. 

Loving yourself is not being concerned with others' approval about your preferences, even if yours are not the most popular way to go. You choose to be perfectly comfortable doing what you do Your Way since that's part of what makes you, YOU. 

Loving yourself is also keeping your mind open to new possibilities that may end up a truly authentic choice that can positively change the way you view your life experiences. 

Whether you choose to change things up or stay with what you've always done is a choice you make every day. 

If you usually choose to stay with your typical preferences, do you ever get just a little curious about those unknown possibilities that you didn't choose? Have you questioned what you'd like to try that you've always had a yen for but never stepped out of your comfort zone? 

Our journals are the perfect place to determine what we prefer and what we may want to try as a new experience by our own choosing. 

We touched on this topic during our recent session of #JournalChat Live with our topic, Your Journaling: Know Yourself as we perused and discussed Gretchen Rubin's List of Questions to help you get to know yourself better. Highlights are below. 

Also included this week are refreshing tips for your work and your home as well as a song pick by the Backstreet Boys titled, "I Want It That Way." 

Next time you think about making a change with your preferences or just keep doing what you love the way you love it, remember that to know yourself is to love yourself. Learn to appreciate what makes you, YOU. 

And thanks for making Refresh Journal part of your life preferences. 

Be refreshed,
Dawn Herring
JournalWriter Freelance
Host of #JournalChat Live and #JournalChat Links edition

#JournalChat Pick of the Day for week ending 11/9/12:   


Monday's Pick: From Journal to Memoir: Capturing the Past Through Sense Memory by Rita Jacobs, PhD


Tuesday's Pick: From Journal to Memoir: The Floorplan of Your Mind by Rita Jacobs, PhD


Wednesday's Pick: Travel Tuesdays: Writing and Reflecting by Michelle Cusolito


Thursday's Pick: Your Journaling: Know Yourself #JournalChat Live Transcript


**Friday's Pick: How Writing Saved My Weary, Pushed-to-the-Edge, New Mother-Soul by Karen Horneffer-Ginter


**This link has been chosen for Pick of the Week; please read about this week's #JournalChat Live topic in the box below.   

JournalChat Pick of the Week:  
We all run into situations in life that stress us out. We might even journal about the situation. But have you ever considered a more humorous perspective with a tough spot in your day? 
Karen shares a journal entry where she used a narrative of sorts detailing the specifics that stressed her out. When looking at it after she wrote it, it gave her a whole new perspective, kind of like the way you get a different view from the lens of a camera. '
This week for #JournalChat Live, we will take a look at how we can use our journal entries to break down what stresses us out so we can get a new view from a different angle, perhaps one that can actually make us laugh! Our topic will be Your Journaling: Your Life Lens. 
You're welcome to read this post prior to the Live chat on Thursday, and perhaps write an entry about how you have used your journal to dissect stressful situations to gain a fresh, humorous perspective. You're welcome to share any discoveries you've made during our chat. 
So join us on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST) for #JournalChat Live on Twitter. Be sure to use the #JournalChat hashtag in your tweet! 
Highlights from #JournalChat Live
Our topic for #JournalChat Live this past week was Your Journaling: Know Yourself as we discussed how we can use our journals to focus on our preferences and know ourselves better. Highlights are below.


Here are insights from Gretchen Rubin with her post, Want to Know Yourself? Ask Yourself These Questions:

Gretchen provides us with several questions that can help us focus on our preferences to help us know ourselves better. The first one that caught my eye: Are you a morning or night person? I love this one: If you unexpectedly had a completely free afternoon, what would you do with that time? Here's another good one from Gretchen: Are you comfortable or uncomfortable in a disorderly environment? Here's an intriguing one from Gretchen: If something is forbidden, do you want it less or more? 


 Here's my point of view and insight:

I am a morning person; I wasn't always, but I am now. I think journaling in the a.m. makes it even more so. I get right to my dream journaling first thing so that wakes me right up. I have my highest energy in the a.m. I think I would paint or do collage or maybe shop at antique/boutique stores for an artist date with my free time. I think it's a great idea to record ideas and create awareness of what we would do with our free time in our journals; we're more apt to do more of it. I prefer an orderly environment; my closest ideal is my antique desk in the bedroom; that's where I journal and write. We can use our journals to discover the why behind our neat vs. messy environment; how does it make us feel? 


From Leah Michon: 

I used to be a night person but since having kids, more of a morning person. Yeah, I'm most productive in the am, but it's chores and work catch up. Night is "me" time. A glass of wine and talk with hubby is at least once a week and at least one for crafts and art journal with free time. 


From Joycelyn Campbell:

I used to be a night person, big time, too. But I sort of reversed course recently. Big accomplishment. I used Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit mostly. It was a conscious choice. I'm still a bit brain dead in the AM. So I wait till later in the day to journal. I'd go for a hike with free time. I hate cleaning but I also hate a disorderly environment so I tend to not let things stack up. Forbidden has a fascination. Make me curious. And I'm not so into following the rules. But I wouldn't put energy into something just because it was forbidden. 


From Princess:

My thoughts are heavy at night...so I tend to do most of my journaling at night. When my home is in disarray so are my thoughts.


 From Andrea:

I also look forward to my me time in the mornings. It's almost sacred. Journaling is so liberating.


From Stephen Van Vugt:

I'm certainly a night person. It's my only quiet time! I have a kid and morning is too hectic. I just recently began getting rid of things, getting over the emotional attachment. [With something forbidden] it depends on what it is, and if it's something I wanted in the first place. If I did, I want it more. Ask: Why is it forbidden? By whom? Does it make a difference by who?


And to summarize: 

Whether we're looking to be more organized, let go of things, or make wise choices for ourselves, Journaling helps us get there. 


With Journaling, you can truly get to know yourself better, especially when you ask and answer the right questions!


Check out the  transcript for #JournalChat Live on 11/8/12. Special Thanks to Gretchen Rubin, New York Times Bestselling author of The Happiness Project, for her fabulous post, Want to Know Yourself Better? Ask Yourself These Questions which was our journaling resource for this week's live chat.
Join us on 11/15/12 at 5 EST/2 PST for the next session of #JournalChat Live. Topic is in the section for Pick of the Week.  
Make sure that you really want it that way.
Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way
Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way

As you tune in to your preferences this week, getting to know yourself even better and loving yourself in the process, share your findings with a friend and encourage them to delve into their own preferences. 

Then celebrate what makes you, YOU--together!

Be refreshed, 
Dawn Herring
Host of #JournalChat Live and #JournalChat Links Edition on Twitter
Author of The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child