Happy New Year and 1st Random Journal Day -Link Up of 2014!

Welcome to the first Random Journal Day of 2014! 

Let’s get this party started…

If you are new here, please check out the DETAILS, and feel free to jump right on in. 
We are a small but faithful community who like to share our hearts on paper, and our words with one another. Please, know your heart is safe here. 
Next, if you could share this post and invite other fellow Journal Keepers who you believe might enjoy this monthly gathering, I would be grateful.
A tidbit for you all: This is the 37th gathering of this Random Journal Day Link-Up! 
All kinds of Journals are welcome here. We are primarily a word loving bunch, but we so appreciate, and are inspired by those who share their Art Journals. I tend to incorporate a bit of scrap-booking, collage, doodling and all in my journal, but primarily write. We are richer in the diversity of sharing! 
Occasionally we are blessed to have Patsy from HeARTworks link up her lovely, inspiring combination of words and scripture. 
Please know that you can leave perfectionism at the door! 
We share our wonderfully imperfect pondering on paper, prose and art, here and rejoice together along the journey. 
My dear friend, Stacy from I Carried A Watermelon let me know about this wonderful project, which I am jumping in and stretching myself again. Kind of reminds me of the Daisy Yellow ICAD Challenge, I participated in! I so enjoyed making art on index cards this summer. Well this is a wonderful combination of art, creativity, writing and journal keeping so if you want to check out the Root 30 Day Journal Project, head on over there now. BUT wait…don’t forget to link up from one of your journals back here! 
Lisa Sonora Beam is hosting: Root-30 Day Journal Project

Join us every First Friday of the month – link goes live at 12 AM…but since it’s the 1st gathering of the New Year, I’m gonna let it fly early. I look forward to peeking into your journals! PS, so excited it is snowing here in the East tonight! 
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Random Journal Day Link Up (September 2013)

Welcome to Random Journal Day for September!

 This month we are asking ourselves the big question: WHY?
Why do we keep a journal? 

Click to Read:
10 Famous Authors thoughts on Keeping a Journal! 
2 of my faves, C.S. Lewis and Anais Nin are included. 

NOW-Please join in and link up your very own Journal Entry and check out September’s Link Up option!
1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. 
Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. We prefer if you could include a picture of your journal if possible!

***OPTIONAL LINK Prompt: This is for those of you who may not want to dig out your old journals (yet or this round) or if you don’t journal, or if your journal is on your blog or if you are inspired by my deep prompts.

Write about one of these topics on your blog and link up that specific post:

1. Why do you or don’t you journal? 
For those who DO: How often do you journal? What do you include in your journal? What do you exclude from your journal and why?
For those who DON’T: What is your preferred choice for self reflection? When and with whom are you the most “real” or authentic.

2. For those who “Blog Journal”:
How does writing for an audience influence your writing or have you ever considered that journal writing by definition is something that is not initially written with the intention to share?  

Of course you can merge these if you feel prompted

2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- 
so we can visit your entry. 
We don’t have a Badge for this Blog Hop yet, 
but if you just link back to this in your post that will work.  
(Random Journal Day Link Up) 
*You can use Susie’s RDJ Photo (above) if you like!

3. Kindly visit and comment on the
 person before you in the link up.
You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy.

Read more about Random Journal Day and see all posts under the LINKS tab, HERE!

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Getting My Creativity On! (ICAD 2013)

The Index Card a Day Challenge goes for 61 days 
and is hosted by Daisy Yellow!
Icard…it’s like an iPod only…um, different. Yeah, different! Anyway it’s ICAD not Icard! Friends I am here to share my latest, greatest adventure. I was strongly wanting to stretch myself artistically…meaning just squeeze creativity back into my list of things to do. Especially since I enjoy it! Helloooooo! I have been observing some wonderful creativity through others as well as feeling drawn to various new mediums, like painting, altered book making and collage. Well guess what? I am taking the miniest, and giantest leap of faith right into the MIX with some REAL artists from all over the globe with the Index Card A Day Challenge! I am thrilled to be joining Tammy and friends and making one index card a day (such a small step) while experimenting with optional prompts as well seeing everyone else’s creations. But for this writing chick who never really ever considers herself artsy at all, it is a GIANT leap into a wildly fun adventure. Because an index card is a really small canvas…and I CAN…really I can…do it! 
Here are my first efforts! 
I am looking forward to using some paints, but need to buy some! 
Colored pencils, stamping ink, paper scraps, markers and stickers were on hand for these simple creations for the first days of the challenge! Here are my first two cards and Title card as well! 
This Zebra sticker came from a free sticker pack from a Highlights magazine advertising bundle that was sent to us in hopes of gaining our subscription. I knew I would use the stickers someday! 

I’m trying to use all of the scraps I refuse to “release” because I like them so much or they just could be used for “something someday”! It’s SOMEDAY, peeps! 
Not only was I super inspired to start this challenge BUT I also went ahead and stamped ahead my Planner pages for the month and my June goal pages! I felt inspired, so now I can place my index card a day right onto my planner page for photo purposes and  it will inspire me even more to keep up with my daily planner! I am still loving my  Planner Perfectby the way! Although had I known I would be Homeschooling at the start of the year I would have got the Big Mama one! Meanwhile…I am a “to-go” kinda girl. 
It’s not too late for you to join in. I have been loving the index cards posted on the Facebook page especially- you all know I am a Facebook fan. So much inspiration flowing!
Consider joining for the challenge. It goes through end of July! I wanted to make sure you had the chance to find out about this wonderful opportunity. I will post periodically (not daily) throughout the challenge as my schedule allows. However I will upload onto the Facebook page daily! 

Color me excited! 

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Random Journal Day (March 2013)

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Welcome to Random Journal Day!

Rules, Schmules…Check them out HERE!
Here I am late today, apologies tap-tap-tapping out of my keys to you all!

It has been a very busy month since last time we gathered.
Here it is the first of March and I am feeling the length of the days lately.
Spring is around the corner but still sleeping.
There are small hints of the waking, though.

I hear it in the bird’s song outside my window, even now!

So I have a challenge for you all:
Find some time to get away…to the coffee shop, the beach-side, a quiet place of your choosing.
Get alone with your journal and write!
Or draw, create.
Just be…
isn’t that the beauty of pouring out our expression on paper?
Oh, yes, I know you already do that!

If you write, DRAW or sketch.
If you DRAW, write or try a new way of expressing yourself.

If you paint try collage.
If you collage try scrap booking.


Today or during the next few weeks!

Shake yourself up.
Wake yourself up…

Spring will be here soon enough!

Please share your precious journal pages with us!
Inspire us, encourage us and be inspired and encouraged yourself!
Writer’s, Artists, Journal Keepers of all persuasions!
Welcome, welcome ALL!


My Needy List {RJD February 2013}

Sometimes I look back in my journals and what surprises me most 
is how some things don’t really change. 
I need these still. Even today. Some days the order is different. Some days the portions are larger in some areas and smaller in others. But I do still need His grace to supply these needs. 
He is faithful to supply my needs. 
I crack up when I see the little additional notes I write to God sometimes. 
Reminds me of something I’d do with my best friend in school.
Because, yes He is. 
The first part of the entry is really a prayer, then I go straight to my neediness!
Dated April 3rd of 2004
Lord, I need these:
1.) A gentle spirit.
2.) A forgiving heart.
3.) A kind attitude toward others.
4.) Patience with myself.
5.) Comprehension of God’s love for me.
6.) Comprehension of God’s love for others.
7.) Appreciation of God’s wisdom, power and majesty.
8.) Wisdom concerning life.
9.) Protection against the enemy of my soul.
10.) Discernment for decisions and choices.
11.) Sensitivity to God’s Perspective
12.) Sensitivity to others and where they are in life and spirituality.
13.) Realization of God’s love for all mankind.
Thank you Jesus that you’ve made these possible.
©Dawn Paoletta
*There’s more! But You already know. 
(that’s the additional note to God! Still kinda cracks me up)
Today I really needed this reminder. 
That even though I feel needy and weak,
He does not grow weary of me and is faithful to supply my needs…
How about you?
What do you need from God today?
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19
Join us for Random Journal Day, where we share from our journals and peek in each others!
Join in or just peruse ours! 
All kinds of Journal Keepers welcome!
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