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For a Fresh Perspective in all of Life's Dimensions

January 15, 2013

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

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The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child
by Dawn Herring
I'm excited to share with you my new e-book, The Birthday Wall, which is a detailed, step-by-step instructional book I've written that shows how to create a multi-dimensional, colorful visual collage to help celebrate your Child's birthday! As creator of this family tradition, I share how to research, plan, gather, create, and display all the elements of your child's Birthday Wall, which can enable you to validate, affirm and show appreciation for your child with who they are right now. You can buy it here on Amazon or here on Smashwords for just $2.99
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Be Refreshed with Dawn Herring 

Refresh Your Kids

We all want to be loved for who we are. It's the same with our kids. It can be reassuring to know you're appreciated for your authenticity. Gretchen Rubin, Best selling author of Happier At Home shares about Being Loved Especially. When your child is looking for reassurance, let them know how they are loved especially, like no other


Refresh Your Self

 With this new year in full swing, have you taken time to play? Or are you more focused on your to-do list or your resolutions and goal setting? Of course, those are important, but if they're not balanced with a practice of play, your life will be missing something vital and refreshing, something we all desperately need for well being. Quinn McDonald, author of Raw Art Journaling, shares her point of view on the importance of play. Don't ignore the urge to do something fun and childlike. Go ahead, get out those crayons...

For Your Journal 
Journaling Tip: 

Get an Inner Vision with your next journal entry. See your life a-new. 




Q: Do you find yourself seeing your life the same old way or does journaling open your vision to see from within?


One of the fabulous benefits of my journaling practice is the deeper understanding I receive when I work through any issue or circumstance that I need a fresh perspective with. I usually end up getting a clearer, stronger inner vision as a result. 
You're welcome to reply to the weekly journaling question; I may share it in a future edition of Refresh Journal.
My blog post:
The View
 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. 
Our creativity is an essential component  to who we are. 

Our authenticity shines through when we keep a proper balance between our practical life and our creative life. 

You can usually tell when something is off balance; you may feel off center, not quite yourself. 

Or maybe you sense an overwhelming feeling of life just passing you by. 

Dolly Garland of Kaizen Journaling shares her take on creating a proper balance for a better sense of well being. 

Come alive with your creative side!
 "We are all born with a built-in "best friend": Ourselves. But most people don't spend the necessary time learning how to truly nurture that friendship. Being your own best friend means treating yourself as kindly and respectfully as you do your dearest friend." 

Special Thanks to:
My good friend and #JournalChat contributor, Joycelyn Campbell, for her kind and encouraging words: 
"Dawn, I just finished the article in your newsletter, From Worry to Wow, and I thought it was great! Thanks for what you do!"
What do you see? 

You might ask, What am I looking with, right?

Our first inclination of what we see is with our physical eyes, what is obvious and apparent right in front of us. 

In other words, our view is typical, uneventful, the usual. Nothing special to notice for the most part. 

But there's another view we can take that's altogether dimensional, inspiring, and even life changing: our Inner Vision. 

When we look from the inner place of wisdom, intuition, truth, and love, we see our world in a whole new way. 

What was once an ugly sight could turn into something altogether lovely. What was once a painful sight could turn into something altogether liberating. What was once a helpless sight could turn into something altogether powerful. 

Our inner vision will show us things we would not normally see otherwise. 

We get glimpses of that inner vision when we follow a hunch, listen carefully to our body signals, hear the underlying vibe of what is really our true selves. 

Sometimes we can gain a clearer vision of how all of that comes together by being intentional about what kind of life we want to create. 

We touched on this vision during our recent #JournalChat Live session with our topic, Your Journaling: A Vital Vision. Highlights are below. 

Also included are refreshing tips for your kids and yourself, and a great song pick by Chris Allen titled, "The Vision of Love." 

Next time you're looking for a fresh perspective, look with your inner vision and see what a difference that kind of looking can create for your life experience. You may be surprised with what you discover about yourself and your world. 

And thanks for making Refresh Journal part of your weekly vision. 

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

#JournalChat Pick of the Day for week ending 1/11/13:   


**Monday's Pick: Create the Life You Want- Start an Action Journal by Sherri Carter, MS


Tuesday's Pick: Blueprint for Daily Living by Terri Cole


Wednesday's Pick: CCAI-Smash365: Finding Energy by Rus VanWestervelt


Thursday's Pick: Your Journaling: A Vital Vision (for 2013 and beyond!) #JournalChat Live Transcript


Friday's Pick: Keep a Daily Journaling Practice Forever by Mari McCarthy


**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:  
When you look at your present life experience, is there something you really want to change? Are there things you really want to say NO to and things you really want to say YES to but you have yet to take that first step?
Sherri shares her Action Journal Strategy for creating that life you desire, personally empowering you to take specific action steps toward making positive change by saying YES and NO appropriately and watch your life blossom in the process. 
For this week's #JournalChat Live we will discuss how we can use our journals not only to strategize HOW we want to make change but also TAKE ACTION with making that change! Our topic will be Your Journaling: Take Action! 
You're welcome to read this post prior to the Live chat on Thursday, and perhaps write an entry about how you can take decisive action toward saying YES and NO in your life. You're welcome to share any discoveries you've made during our chat. 
So join us on Thursday, January 17, 2013 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: A Vital Vision as we discussed how we can use our journal to gain a new view and be deliberate and intentional about the life we want to create. Highlights are below.


Here are insights from Rosetta Thurman with her post, Preview 2013: 10 Journaling Questions to Help You Envision Your Ideal Life Next Year:
The way Rosetta lays out the Questions is so do-able and direct with intention. She separates what you want more of with what you want less of. What personal milestones do we want to reach in our relationships, health, family, finances, education and/or lifestyle? Rosetta also includes a professional accomplishment list. What do you want to learn in 2013? We can also plan for what we have yet to experience that is most meaningful. What part of life do you want to pay more attention to? 


 Here's my point of view and insight:

Journaling can be such a fabulous tool for creating vision for our lives. I see journaling as the perfect place to discover and uncover what works and what doesn't in your life. When you write down what happens in your days, you "SEE" it in black and white; but there's more to it than even that. Journaling can help enable us to be more pro-active in creating the life we desire, see what adds to us/subtracts from us. We owe it to ourselves to listen carefully to our life signals and pay attention to the changes we can be making for the better. Journaling helps us discover our personal power and vision. I love thinking about what I want more of; what adds to my energy, nurtures my spirit, strengthens my body. But it's also wise to look at what we want LESS of: stress, contention, heaviness, confusion. 



From Kathy Pooler:

Once we write the words [in our journal] and see, it seems to have more power. The questions [Rosetta provides] direct you to really think about what you want-sometimes the biggest challenge is to stop and listen. Fake it till you make it- I did that before undergoing stem cell transplant--listed 12 things I wanted to do. I focused on 12 positive visualizations, i.e. dance at my niece's wedding, with hair...and they all came true. It really made a difference to channel positive energy and minimize negative thoughts. It proved to me that attitude is everything! Journaling helps clarify what we want. It seems the words gain momentum on the page. Sometimes seeing a problem in black and white in a journal makes it more obvious and can call one to action sooner.  


From Leia Cator:

I think we are more powerful than we ever imagine. Simplification helps clear the head so that words flow. 


From Michael Pearlman: 

Seeing thoughts written down reveals our attitude and then we can change/edit how we feel. 



And to Summarize: 

Thinking, planning, imagining, envisioning, meditating/praying are all approaches we can take as we journal our way through. Journaling is the perfect practice to help us create our Vision and then create the life from that Vision.


Create your Vision for life in your next journal entry! 


Check out the transcript for #JournalChat Live on 1/10/13. Special Thanks to Rosetta Thurman for her fabulous post, Preview 2013: Ten Journaling Questions to Help You Envision Your Ideal Life Next Year, which was our journaling resource for this week's live chat.

Join us on 1/17/13 at 5 EST/2 PST for our next session of JournalChat Live. Topic is in the section for Pick of the Week. 
You Can't Go Wrong with a Vison of Love.
Kris Allen - The Vision Of Love
Kris Allen - The Vision Of Love
As you view your life experience from that Inner Vision, help a friend see a-new with you. It can be refreshing and fun to share each other's vision for life. Then when you see great stuff happen, it's just plain wonderful. 
Here's to a New View!
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