My journal book adventure.


During Journal Club by Jamie Ridler, I was inspired to grab a book off my self and start working through the exercises and prompts in my Journal.


The Happy Suburban Chick likes to journal, I am currently doing Journal Club and delving deep into the practice of journaling. The last week we explored using books off our shelves for journal prompts. This inspired me to get one of my books off the shelf.

Some books are really good for being part of the journaling process and discovering parts that you can apply to real life. I recently got Julia Cameron’s book Finding Water- The Art of Perseverance, this is the book I have chosen to do over the next 12 weeks.
Like Julia Cameron’s other books you need to know about a number of tools, Artist’s Dates, Morning Pages and Walking. You can find out about the tools in a previous post I did for Walking in this World.

I have already done the Artist’s Way and also Walking in this World and have found the prompts and exercise excellent for exploring in my journal. Also each time I work through one of her books I discover a new perspective and initiating changes that make my life so much enjoyable and in a much more positive direction.

Today I have chosen this prompt from week one which is uncovering a sense of optimism. It is easy to focus on the shoulds, however, those shoulds can limit us and get in the way of what we really want to be doing. This exercise is about focusing on the coulds to discover new possibilities. This is about completing the following quote and doing it as fast as you can. It is important not to overthink it or try to rationalize rather for the answers to just flow on the page unedited.

O ften we do things because we should, what this is about the things we could do. Julia suggests we come up with ten answers to the following prompt.

Journal Prompt: I could try…………………………………………………………..

I love journaling and I love journaling with books I write more about this in my blog Living a beautiful life- journaling and walking.

I really recommend taking a book and not just reading it, but also live it and see what works for you. What book could you read and apply to your life today?


Wishing you all a wonderful day!



Journal Writing

journal writing


Today is Yoga Tuesday so I thought I would write about an act of self-care. As part of my self-care ritual I like to Journal, it is my daily dose of me time.


First thing in the morning before rushing around getting the children ready for school, I like to start the day by taking some time out for me.  Life can be so busy, busy, and so fast paced. I like to start my day slowly and calmly. In the morning I like to sit down and do some journaling. It helps to clear my mind, explore questions, dream, and some times just think. It always helps me start my day off right and with some sort of plan about what I intend to do. The method I use is Morning Pages, a journaling tool created by Julia Cameron in her book the Artist’s Way. I mostly do journaling in the morning, however if for some reason if I miss a morning, I simply do it in the afternoon or evening. It has become a daily ritual for me.

Artists Way

“Show up at the page. Use the page to rest, to dream, to try.” ( Julia Cameron)

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has a great tool in it called Morning Pages. This tool is aimed at helping the individual to find their creativity, and finding your own inspiration.   This tool requires the individual to get up each morning and do three pages of free flow writing, or stream of consciousness writing. It other words you just write down what ever is in your head for three pages. A mind dump. It is like a writing meditation. It does not need to make sense, and it not intended to be read. It is basically just turning up to the page and putting something on it. It is a great tool for clearing the head and starting the day with focus. She also talks about recognizing when your inner Censor, the inner Censor is the one that says negative and critical things about you, the one that says ” that work is not good enough” or ” who would want to read what you have to write.” As Julia says it is important to remember that the inner Censor’s negative opinions are not true, they are just an opinion. It also helps to picture your Censor, the below image is what mine looks like, when I think about that image it is hard to take her serious.  When the negative opinions come up, just think of your inner sensor, now it is just an opinion and move on. This assist to quieten the voice of the Censor. I think this actually works. I am now more aware when my inner Censor is talking and can be kinder to myself.



Sometimes I will use my Morning Pages to explore different issues, in other words I journal my way to solutions. Journaling is also a great way to do reflective learning. It has often allowed me to learn from life events, learn about my strengths and weakness and identify skills and knowledge I  have or need to learn. It is not all serious, a lot of time I have a lot of fun with my Morning Pages, and write very silly things, write about what I love about life, or simply just let my imagination go off on its own little trip. That is the beautiful thing about Morning Pages, there are no rules you just write. So each day that is what I do, I just write.

Do you journal? What style of journaling do you do? If you have any comments about journaling. I would love to read about them. There are so many ways to do journaling.

Bookshelf Review~Letters to a Young Artist

This book still affects me in very positive ways. I still do my morning pages, which I just journalling every morning. Love getting out and about doing an artist’s date. I love my walking adventures. I still do lots of bad work, especially at Toastmasters, however what I do is improving, and I get better and better all the time. I also tell others now you don’t have to do it perfectly just have a go, it is all about learning and all about practice, and small constant improvements.  



This is a wonderful book authored by Julia Cameron. It is full of wonderful tips and encouragement. Although this book is focused on an artist most of the tips can apply to all of us. This book will help you develop your creative side and decrease your self doubts.

I like the way she talks about the importance of doing bad art. It not that we aim to do bad work, yet sometimes we will do bad work. It is important to keep going and not let our need for perfection stop us. When we work through are bad art/work, this may be the very thing that gets us to our best art/work.
This is because even if our work is bad/good we are doing the work. Only through doing the work will we be able to achieve doing good work. She also talks about it does not mater if we are inspired or not in the mood we should still continue to do the work. Working through these times and doing the work will often lead us to being inspired.
She talks about self-development and how we are required to develop ourselves. Some of the ways she attends to her own self- development is as follows: “When I wake up, I do three pages of longhand writing just to see where I am and how I am and what I want to do with my day which of course, more broadly, means my life.(Cameron, J., 2005, p33) These are what is known as morning pages, which are a type of journalling. There is not right or wrong way to do them. They are a wonderful way to do a brain dump, explore ideas, be imaginative, self exploration, set a plan for the next 24 hours, relax on paper and so much more.

I also like the advise about our inner critic, and that the critic is the adult in us, our sensible side who doesn’t like to be wasting time or playing around. Our creative side comes from our child who is exploring every thing it comes across with great fascination. Children play and our creative side requires us to play.
We can help our creative side by having creative excursion and participating in playful activities or excursions. This is also a great way to re fuel ourselves and fill up our wells. It is best we do these alone at least once a week.

Another tip is the habit of walking. Julia recommends daily walking. “A good walk moves you out of the questions and into the answers.  …………….. Walking moves us out of our minds and into our bodies. We use phrases like “body of work” without realising how literal the phrase is and that getting into our bodies might be one good way to accomplish that “body” of work. “(Cameron, J., 2005, p47) A 20 minute walk is a great way to get unstuck or simply come up with new ideas. I like to carry an ideas book with me. So as when a good idea comes to me I just write it down immediately. I found that often by the time I got home I would forget many of the ideas I got when out walking. I simply write the idea down and let it go, then follow it up when I get home or have some spare time.
What I really like about this book is the realistic way she encourages us to look beyond stereo types, and  to look beyond what other people are saying and doing.  Rather to be protective of ourselves and who we spend time with and to have faith in what we do. To believe in ourselves and our work.

Cameron, J. Letters To A Young Artist, Random House Pty Limited, London, 2005,  ,pp 33, 47

So now I am of to do a walking adventure  to see what I can find. It is a beautiful hot sunny day so I will be putting on some sunscreen and hat.

Only two more blog post to do to complete the challenge, so I will be back to doing more work latter. 

Frugal Artist’s Date ideas

Wow I have been busy with work and have missed a couple of post, so lots of catching up to do. I really enjoy reading the Artist’s  Way  and working through the book. So I thought I would just focus on one of her tools the Artist’s Date.
I enjoy going for my Artist Dates, this is one of the tools Julia Cameron encourages people to use, as a way of rediscovering ones own creativity.
An Artist Date is a date with your inner-artist, or your inner-child where you solely spend time with yourself. It is meant to be fun or simply something you enjoy doing. It is a bit like a play date with yourself. Then just take the time to listen to your inner voice, play  and  enjoy! Julia also talks about how we need to re-fill our wells. Sometimes I am so busy attending to others I forget to attend to me. Going on an Artist’s Date ensures I look after me and refill my well so I can continue to create a wonderful life.

Here are 10 frugal Artist’s Dates:

  1. Find a new park, walk around or through it and take photo’s, sit and read, have lunch, or even sit and write.
  2. Be a tourist in your local area, go see local sites look at them as you are seeing them for the first time, find out about the history of your local area.
  3. Op shops lots of fun looking for treasures
  4. Take yourself out to a nice cafe for a coffee/tea/drink and enjoy reading a book.
  5. Do art journalling, its lots of fun and you get to be creative
  6. Support the local art scene. Go to local festivals and events which are often free or very cheap.
  7. Take your self for a picnic
  8. Relax and take a long soaking bath, with candles and music (This is one I need to do.)
  9. Go visit a pet store and enjoy looking at the animals
  10. Browse craft shops, nurseries, and potteries and admire the creativity of others.(I think I would like to visit a nice garden nursery too>)

These are some of the frugal ideas I can think of for an artist’s date, I am sure there are plenty of more like just spend time on doing your favourite craft or getting messy with hand paints.  Please share your ideas I am always looking for new places to explore or activities to dive into.