The photo above shows three beautifully-crafted journals I recently won in a blog giveaway sponsored by Jodi Chapman of Soul Speak. www.jodichapman.com Jodi and Dan Teck design handmade and eco-friendly journals, jewelry, notebooks, notepads and cards. You can see more of their inspiring items at their Etsy shop, This Is It: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thisisit, or on their website: www.soulfuljournals.com, or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thisisitcreations.
Jodi's Soul Speak blog is one of my daily reads. I subscribe by email, so I won't miss a single post. I am always amazed at her insights and inspiring words. Her new feature, Ask Away, is way better than Ann Landers or Dear Abby. Not only does Jodi offer her own deep insights, but she opens the asker's question to her blog followers for even more perspectives on the problem at hand.
I plan to start with The Gratitude Book: 50 Prompts to Keep the Grateful Feelings Flowing. I had read Sarah Ban Breathnach's book, Simple Abundance, a few years ago. It is on my 50 Best Books list. I resolved this year to list at least things for which I am grateful before I go to sleep at night. With Jodi's thoughtful prompts, I should be able to create a "gratitude practice."
As I face some major transitions in the months ahead, I will need to do some serious soul searching. I am sure the journal As If: 50 Prompts to Help You Manifest Your Ideal Life, will coach me through this time, prompting me to clarify my vision as I look to eventual retirement and life after day jobs.
The third journal is The Commitment Book: Helping You Keep Your Word to Yourself. I'm someone who has fallen off the diet and exercise wagon more times than I care to count! So I could definitely use some help in those areas. I also need to re-define my commitment to my Etsy shop, staying disciplined and creating new items to add to my store's inventory. My goal is to reach 100 items by the end of 2011. The good news is recent sales have temporarily reduced my items listed numbers. The holidays will be here before we know it. And I'm also preparing for a craft fair in late October. I need to get sewing!!
Thank you, Jodi and Dan! Winning felt SO good! And I am grateful to have these beautiful journals to coach me through the year ahead.
And speaking of giveaways, it's not too late to enter to win one of two handbags. Enter before midnight CDT on August 27, 2011. I'll announce the winner on August 28, 2011. http://pasqueflowerponderings.blogspot.com/2011/08/cute-handbag-giveaway.html
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