Yesterday was SUCH an incredibly productive day for me! I simply got scads done.
But in the middle of the day, to clear my head, I decided to go for a bike ride down the road. Instead of just whizzing along speedily, I decided to snap some pictures, as inspiration for my knitting/dyeing projects.
I wanted to share a few photos with you, but you can see more on my Flickr Page here.
I LOVE the orange and teal in this photo. One of my favorites from yesterday for sure:
And this one is my FAVORITE favorite from yesterday… I really love the caption:
Stand tall. Be strong. Do your thang. #Independence #Seizetheday #live (If you’re wondering what those #’s are for, I’ll explain. I upload my photos to Flickr using my Instagram App on my iPhone. In Instagram, when you add those # symbols, called tags, people can search for those terms and find your photo! So they automatically upload to Flickr as well… just in case you’re wondering… those symbols used to confuse me, so just in case you don’t know, now ya do!!)
Here’s a couple more:
And now for some flowers!!! So pretty… mm mm mm…
Oh, and my amazing journals I bought at Barnes and Nobles the other day! These are so fabulous. I have one for yarn stuff, including my coming-soon biz…One for financial things, like my commodities trading (love it!), one for personal journaling and one for future journaling. I’ll talk about that in a minute.
Oh, and I simply HAVE to show you this one! Notice the sign says SPINNER Ct? Isn’t that so cool? Since I’m a spinner. I think it has something to do with airplanes actually, but I’m taking it to mean spinning on a spinning wheel. Just cuz.
I love how somebody spray painted on the STOP sign… This was definitely a “SIGN” for me… Don’t Stop Believing… on Spinner Ct? Just when I’m out and about getting inspiration for new colorway shades for my new yarn and roving business. A-maz-ing!
So anyways. About the “future journaling” I was talking about. This is an incredibly POWERFUL way to transform your life. Either use your current journal or keep a separate one just for this purpose. If you don’t journal, I recommend it, as it helps to clarify your mind, direct your focus, realize things about yourself you might not have and remind you of important things you might forget!
Feel free to draw pictures in it. Doodle… scribble. Write upside down or sideways! Make up silly poems or stories. Make it like a delicious book you can’t put down. So that when you go back to read it later, you are enthralled!!
When I was a child, for several years, I wrote in my diary everyday, without fail. It looked something like:
“I got up. Ate some cereal. Went to school. Math was fun, but kinda boring. I was tired…etc.” B-O-R-I-N-G! And do I read any of those today? Nope.
But I do have one journal that I employed all the techniques I just described: Future journaling, pictures, funny poems, etc. And I love reading it! It’s so funky and quirky and ME!
So now… back to future journaling. This has literally produced MIRACLES in my life.
And it’s simple:
1. Open your journal and instead of writing today’s date, write a date in the future. As an example, let’s say Jan 5, 2012.
2. Then just write as if it were that day. But not only that, write as if that were the most perfect day you could imagine that day to be. What dreams do you want to have fulfilled by that date? Perhaps a financial situation remedied? Then imagine your bank account full and plump. Or perhaps you have a broken relationship with a loved one you’d like restored? Then imagine spending the day with them, laughing and smiling!
-Write it in the PRESENT or past tense. Not future tense. Write: “I am so happy TODAY because Aunt Thelma Lou and I are having a BLAST together, shopping at the mall!!” Or, “Today was incredible and uplifting… I took a bus ride with Mom to Scarecrow Park and we giggled the whole way!!!”
-Really FEEL what it would be like to live that day. Write details. See the colors of the day. Draw a picture (no matter how unprofessional!) of what it would look like for that scene to be happening. Whatever you have to do to FEEL it and KNOW it can and WILL be real. After all, you’ve already written about it!
-You can go out as far in the future as you like, but I prefer to keep it short term… a few months, or a year at most. This way, you get to actually “live” that day soon!!
This truly is an amazing experience. Something about writing down your ultimate dreams on paper, as if writing in a diary, like the events have already happened… switches something in the brain. It makes the events seem…done. Real. Already existing. And this works to actually produce those things in your life.
So try it and let me know what you think!!
I think you’ll find when that day arrives (and you can do it for many days, not just one), you’ll wake up with anticipation and the air itself will feel magical!!
Just go into it with an open mind and heart (cynicism just hurts you) and move toward your dreams. One day at a time.
Enjoy this day you’ve been given and we’ll chat later!