One of the places I would like to start beautifying is my mind. Its amazing to me how little dark thoughts and negative feelings can come creeping into the corners of my mind and before I know it they have come in and started having a party with out me realizing it. Which then begins to affect how I feel about myself and my own dear world. It can all look so dark and cloudy so quickly.
So one of the tools I've been using is my Morning pages. Morning pages are a wonderful tool I found in the book the Artist Way by Julia Cameron. Its were you write down every thing in your head when you first get up in the morning. Write it all out the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Its amazing how after doing it consistently you find yourself figuring out problems, encouraging yourself and finding ways to keep going. I've also decided to start what I call my Evening pages and what I'm doing with them is recording all the good things that happened in the day. Write down the things that I'm grateful for. Even if its been a super challenging day, I'm sure there is one thing to be grateful for if not two. : ) Perhaps I could find a lovely quote to ponder on so that I'm filling my mind with something beautiful. If everything else fails I believe I will simply write "Stay Calm,and Carry On"
I made my journals from the composition books you can get at Wal-Mart. The best time to get a really good deal on them is when they are having there back to school sales, they were only 25 cents last school year. Then I go looking through my favorite magazines and find pictures that inspire me. Then paste them on. After I have the pictures looking just the way I want them I cover my journals with contact paper to help them last longer. Ta da! I then have my own personalized journals.