October : dreams + goals


Happy 1st October and it's at the beginning of each month that it's time once again for penning our dreams and goals (as inspired by Kimberly Wilson of Tranquility du Jour).  Please click the links above for the other months in the series.

The sweet calm sunshine of October, now;

Warms the low spot;

upon it's grassy mould;

The purple oak-leaf falls;

the birchen bough;

Drops it's bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold. 

- William Cullen Bryant

october dreams goals

In the photo above I've already torn out an image I love and want to use for October, I've applied some washi tape (which I love) and now I'm set to pen my dreams for this month whilst waiting for a movie to upload for my upcoming ecourse, Delight.

I tend to start by just writing what's on my heart - so my first thought this time around was of gratitude for family, health and doing the work I love and then I started to ponder on my goals for the month.  I added five goals and then moved on to dreams that I would love to bring to reality this month - there's are a few of these.

october dreams and goals

Again, as I always say, I just love, love this process of Kimberly's.  It helps me super focus on the month ahead and check-in with what I had written the previous month too.  Such a simple practice but so profound and practical all at the same time.

I use Kimberly's Day Book but you could adapt this process to most good sized journals or planners etc.

We're having unseasonably good weather at the moment and so that's partly why I chose the quote at the start.  I love how it begins: 'The sweet warm sunshine of October...' - talking of sunshine, there's not been a great deal of sun here but it has been warm.  'Arrow-heads of gold...' also caught my attention - what a lovely description - kinda makes me feel all gooey inside.

I took the two photos below this morning for two reasons.  One, the colours of Autumn/Fall on the first picture make me swoon with delight and the number two, roses on Oct 1 still flowering?  Uh, yes!

october morning

roses in october

Anyway, must dash, I'm off to pick our boys up from school and can you believe it, I'm not wearing socks - yes, it's that mild, I don't need them.  Most unusual but I'm loving it!

Take care and happy 'dreaming' and 'goaling' (no, no such word but hey, ho!)

Jane xo

delight earlybird

Just a quick 'heads up' friends - if you are betwixt and between about whether to enroll for Delight, I encourage you to sign up NOW whilst my 20% off Earlybird offer is still valid.   After the 6th Oct it will revert to £50 (now £40).

Here's just one of the comments about my first ecourse Embrace:

'I loved working through the Embrace e-course. It was a wonderful combination of art and journalling prompts that I can use time and time again. Each week was filled with new and inspiring ways to discover more about myself and my life through words and pictures. And the gentle spiritual element of the projects were delightful'.

- Carolyn Hughes, The Hurt Healer


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September : dreams + goals


Yep, just like that it's now September and that means its also time for reviewing our monthly dreams and goals for this month (and reflecting on the previous).

Everything starts as somebody's daydream...

- Larry Niven


This practice really gets me clear about how I want to feel this month, what practical tasks I would like to complete and any emotional or spiritual needs I may have.  It also gets me thinking about colour, seasons, nature and enables me to have some key focus areas on my life rather than letting the time just 'run away' from me.

Yep, there's nothing like getting the old glue stick out, my journal, some inspiring mags, washi tape, markers etc. and all the while I slowly begin to feel some of the answers to my questions made clear.

Oh and incidentally, September comes from the word 'Septem', the 7th month of the Roman calendar.  The Saxons used to call this month the 'harvest month' and I think the farmers around here would attest to that if all the tractors around loaded with hay are anything to go by.

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer." -   Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

Without further ado, my journal spread is below!

September monthly dreams goals

It never ceases to amaze me, that if I just use my intuition when choosing the images, how it seems to make perfect sense - to me anyway - lol!  For instance, the words 'A fresh start' - this caught my eye because our 11 year old just started high school today and so, it is literally a fresh start.


I've chosen the image of the blackberries and apples because well, it's that time of year for them.

monthly dreams goals september

The picture of the roses resonated because I want to remember their beauty and soon the weather will change and their blooms will disappear outside.

roses monthly dreams

Thistle heads are amazing and I chose them because they always remind me of summer's end.  The flower at the top caught my eye I think because the colour looks a bit autumnal and there's an image of a chalk board just below the flower and well that's reminding me of school and perhaps my days there too.  Oh and I couldn't resist adding a red star for Joseph and his first day!  :)

september dreams goals

At the top of the page you can see the links to the other months in this series, so please take a look.  If you feel you would like to share your journal spread, then please go on over to my Facebook page and post it there - I'd really love to see it.


Here are some suggestions if you would like to start this monthly practice for yourself

* don't complicate it - decide whether you will include images (either from magazines or your own creations) or just words.  You could even vary it each month depending upon your mood - all I'm saying is giving yourself some freedom to change things about should you wish.

* go with your intuition and don't over think the process - have fun with it.

* try to look at your monthly page regularly to 'check in' with yourself and the dreams and goals you wrote down.

* allow yourself a little reflection time so that you can clearly and accurately clarify your dreams and goals.

* don't forget to spend a little time looking at the previous month's goals and dreams and tweak this month's accordingly if need be.


I'll leave you with these two questions:

- 'What is important to you for this month?' 

- 'How might you fulfill this need?'


Take care.

Jane xo







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August : dreams + goals

Yes, it's that time again folks - time to reflect upon your dreams and goals for this new month of August.  (Here are my dreams for July). August dreams + goals

August dreams and goals

What do you envision for August?

Do you have any specific dreams and/or goals to bring to fruition?  Maybe you just have a particular emotion that you would like to represent this month?  For August, I'm thinking:  nurturing.  Nurturing time for myself but also relishing time with my family and doing activities together that nurture us as a whole.

Come September it will be back to school and a new routine for our oldest son who starts high school and embarks on new adventures, so I really want to make this most of this month.

Thinking about other ideas for August, I came across the image below on Thistledewblog and thought it had some great ideas for drawing in our journals and general creative ideas and thoughts for this month.

August art journalling

August so far has been about slowing down and this feels good.  There's spurts of activity but times of rejuvenation too.  I'm also aware of our boys being too busy and filling each and every minute with some activity (and me too).   I sense that they need repose (just as much as me) and time for reflection and just 'being'.  I've also noticed that when they are able to move beyond boredom and just 'fall into' a new and fun activity, they often have some of their best moments of the day.   I remember that happening when I was a child, don't you?

Back to this month's August page, my last sentence says: May there be spontaneity, childish fun, love and creativity... What might yours say, look or feel?

Jane xo


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June: dreams + goals

For the second year running, I am using the fabulous Tranquility du Jour Daybook by one of my favourite bloggers of all time, Kimberly Wilson.  Kimberly has always been a big advocate of penning monthly goals and dreams in a journal and brought out her very own planner with delightful illustrations dotted throughout from the very talented Mary Catherine Starr. Daybook - Tranquility Jane's monthly goals for June

My June monthly goals and dreams...

I'm sorry that it's a little late in the month but I thought I'd share my 'June dreams' anyway as I find this practice to be really helpful in prompting me to get super clear about my monthly goals, dreams and wishes for the upcoming month.

Monthly goals dreams wishes for june

As far as putting the page together I used some spare watercolour paper with random colour laid on and then once I'd penned my June dreams, I torn the edges of the paper and stuck it down.  I then used various images that resonated with me and fitted in with my need to get outdoors more in the month of June.  Then I stuck down with washi tape a few flowers that I've recently pressed.  Lastly, I dug out a little pink tag and a star - all done!  It took me 10 mins.

If you want to know what I wrote, here it is:

'This month I'm looking forward to being outside more - time for reflection, nurturing and creativity. I want to go for longer walks with my dog, enjoy fresh green salads and drink plenty of water. Lots of painting for me this month as I paint on location at Grassfield Hall in the UK. My senses feel heightened - I plan on taking my lunch outside more. Benjamin (our youngest son) will be nine mid-month and it's Father's Day too! Lots to look forward to and embrace....'

Now when I get off-track, I can just take a little peek at my journal page and it helps me connect once again with my goals, vision and wishes for that particular month.

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All it took was just one comment...


Dreams are so fragile aren't they?


Especially when you're a young child and all it took was just one innocent comment from an adult and my dream was obliterated until I turned 40!


I must have been about nine or ten at the time and I had mentioned that '...when I was grown up, my dream was to be an artist or interior designer'.  One of the adults said that '.... there would be far too much competition and I would be much better off re-thinking things and working in an office'.   (I followed her advice).

Now, that woman (although well-intentioned) probably had no idea (even now) of the power of her words over me from that day.  But make no mistake my dream crashed and burned (until I turned 40).

I don't think we're always encouraged to be creative as we progress through school and this is such a shame.  Creativity isn't always taken seriously and instead tender dreams can be hacked to death by someone who has maybe stunted their own creativity.  Or, we're told not to paint a rabbit purple or a woman's hair multi-coloured (like my painting above) when we are supposedly past the 'crayon or scribbling' stage.


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso


For me, my love affair with art and creating nearly never happened until after recovering from long-term depression I fell into it because my heart knew all along it would help heal me.  I'm so glad I listened...

Does this resonate with you and your childhood experience at all?  I'd love to hear your story.  Either leave me a comment or visit me on my Facebook page.

Jane x




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