You Are Here

Sometimes I wish this image would pop up in front of me to give me some directional sign of where I am in life.

Of course needing to know "where you are" is a good indicator that you are feeling a little lost. Wouldn't it be nice if when you felt that way, you could just call up this image and say, "oh yeah, okay, that's where I am. Now I know where I need to GO."

Or what if you were being pulled in a million different directions by {well intentioned} people who think they know what is best for you or felt the need to tell you where and what you should be doing?  You could say to them, hold on just a sec,  "I just need to consult my map and my "you are here sign."

And then it hit me tonight at mass. The 23rd Psalm (1-6) was recited:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:  he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

DUH! I metaphorically crumbled up my map and let it fly out the window as I drove away from church. It's so OBVIOUS.  Of course.  Once again, I am trying to figure it all out on my own when I realize that my navigator is Christ and Christ alone. I know I know . . . I am right HERE, exactly where I am SUPPOSED to BE.

And so are you . . .


She Let Go

She let go.

Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,

without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a

book on how to let go… She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.

She didn’t analyse whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line.

She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.

There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

— Reverend Safire Rose

Incipit Vita Nova.

Enter a new life.

A new look. A new journey.

#rediscover #reinvent #restore

More to come. 

Christmas Stocking Kits on SALE!

Just a few days left for Christmas Shopping and I have put the last of my adorable Christmas Stocking Kits on Sale - 1/2 half price - now only $15.99 (plus shipping)!

You can create a lovely stocking garland to hang anywhere. This beautiful holiday garland kit stuffed with vintage paper and embellishments from The Girls Paperie Tinsel and Twig collection. Each kit comes complete with five customizable pressboard stockings with decorative cuffs from KaiserCraft. Stockings are approximately 7 1/2 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide. Kits come with ample supplies to decorate your garland as pictured. You will receive 12 double-sided 12" patterned papers. With over 50 items in your kit, you will have plenty of materials left over! There is even enough paper and trim to make tags to add to your garland! This is a simple but expensive looking garland and will add charm to your holiday decor.

This kit uses my favorite Christmas paper collection ever, Tinsel & Twig by The Girls' Paperie, long ago discontinued and difficult to find.

Stop in the SHOP to pick up yours at this special half price offer and check out some other artsy items that would be perfect Christmas Gifts.

Merry Christmas!

xo Lorraine

Plan.Journal.Play Workshop!

If you are familiar with The Documented Life Project™ you may remember the original Moleskine Planner that we used for scheduling, creating, note taking, lists and mark making!  I still use this method today and make a new planner each year to document my life in a creative way!

Every week I get requests to make this same book for others through my etsy shop, but the demand is so high that I can't keep up.  I created a class showing others how to create the EXACT BOOK that I use and it is still available HERE.

Although we are no longer conducting year long prompts for The Documented Life Project™, you can still create your own planner and do it YOUR way! There is so much inspiration on Pinterest, FaceBook and on my blog to show you examples of how to documented your life in a creative way.

The class is still available at it's low price of $12 - full of videos, ideas and even downloadable art!  So come join the fun and start to document your life in an artsy, creative way!

Keep track of your life in a creative way!  Join Plan.Journal.Play and to make your life planning FUN!

You can read about the inspiration for this Planner HERE in my original blog post from 2013.