It’s been a month since starting the revelation diaries and WOW to say I’m thankful+excited that all of you decided to follow along, connect and stick around is an understatement!! Thank you!
Since quite a few of you joined this journey recently, I thought I’d introduce myself. ☺️
Hi, I’m Viktoria 👋 I’m a German gal who got to marry her American-Canadian dream of a guy last year (jk we’re both not perfect), before moving to the incredible Pacific Northwest! 🌲🏔 We both met and spent years in missions around the world + I’m very grateful for the many experiences that make up a huge part of who I am today.
I like it clean and simple, honest and vulnerable. I love people, adventures and being active, yet recently I’ve been learning to embrace the simple and quiet.
My heart is to encourage, to let esp young people know they’re not alone, but worthy, talented+loved. And I am positive, that YOU too have a lot more to give and offer than you know or credit yourself for! Let’s go discover together 🤗
I’ve been really inspired to share this journey and the big+little things I’m learning along the way while keeping it real+honest - that’s why I called it the revelation diaries!
In case you haven’t heard yet, there’s space for everyone around my table. I simply realized it’s time to create a life I love with the one who created me. So pick a seat not a side and feel so welcome to join this journey! 💕
It’s your turn! Where are you from and how did you find/ do you relate to this page? I’m too curious to not ask! 🙈
Also shoutout to my friend Clara, who took these pictures of me that I just had to use once more. 😄
When we left @tui_blue_marmaris to enjoy the mud baths. Please take me back!
I’ve a feeling October sees my return. Just awaiting timetables. I promise myself daily yoga and gym and swim sessions! This place has healing powers I’m sure.
This little one is not quite himself today. Wanting lots and lots of attention, which thankfully is made easier since we’re visiting family today!
How are you spending your Sunday? #WHPcircles
Also, #journalweek starts tomorrow! Who’s in? (In case you missed it, we have decided to journal every day Mon-Sun. No other expectations!) Sign up for more info/ prompts etc in my profile @ruthpoundwhite
Ungefär ett år av mer eller mindre dagligt skrivande. 📝
Jag skrev väldigt mycket i tonåren och är tacksam att jag hittat tillbaka. Det är som självterapi, reflektion och personlig coaching i ett. Några sidor varje morgon ger klarhet i kaoset som uppstår ibland, det hjälper mig att få ur mig frustration, tacksamhet, funderingar, ett ställe att tömma hjärnan, se lite klarare och hitta min väg framåt. ❤️
It is good to have expectations : to have them set and to have them met. It is part of goal setting, but expectations too rigid may do more harm than good.
Build in a flexibility, a freedom within ; knowing that whatever you think you know is not always so.
Whatever you expect is governed my many forces that you cannot control.
Instead control and have reign on your actions, your emotion; both when expectations are met and when they are not.
Sundays done right, surrounded with love.
I'm back into my morning pages. Today was a lovely day with my family celebrating mum's birthday.
Bring on the new week. The energy is feeling so very very good. ❤
Do you write morning pages?
I started to read "Artist's Way" by @juliacameronlive
She recomend to write every mornig 3 pages of free hand writing. I can't see benefits yet because I do it only for 4 days. If you do that for a longer time, please share with me your thougts for this experience.
Nu har jag äntligen fått in min nya morgonrutin från #theartistway att skriva tre sidor om dagen när jag har vaknat för att rensa skallen, ingen direkt dagbok mera bara sätta sig och skriva och man behöver inte ens läsa sidorna sen. Så småningom börjar man fånga in något i texten som är av större vikt då dyker man in i det och utvecklar. En skriftlig meditation och samtal med sig själv helt enkelt. Jag är ingen skrivande person utan mera visuell, där bilder och symboler har varit mitt sätt att tolka in och kommunicera med omvärlden. Men nu känner jag när jag sitter och skriver varje morgon att jag har fått kontakt med en ny sida hos mig själv. En okänd sida som nu håller på att uppenbara sig och manifesterar sig i skrift. Jag har ingen aning om vad detta har för betydelse för mig men det är en spännande tråd att följa och en bra rutin för att samla sina tankar och sätta intentionen för dagen varje morgon! #morningpages#juliacameron#morningroutine ☀️
Always making sure we take time for ourselves is incredibly important for our mental well being. When we get "too busy" to focus on our own needs, this can be destructive to our life and the relationship we have with ourself. I take 10 minutes every morning to brain dump everything from my head that I'm excited about, struggling with, worried about, good and bad moments, or even the things I'm thankful for. Taking just a few minutes a day for this can affect how the rest of your day plays out. If we suppress all of the thousands of thoughts we have at every moment of everyday, life can get pretty darn overwhelming and stressful. Grab any ol' notebook and start dumping all your thoughts on the paper right when you wake up. You'll feel lighter and more aware of your emotions and have better control over them.
Your words matter more than you know, and you need to put them out there even if you don't feel like you're capable of it. You are. You matter.
You may feel invisible. You may feel like there's nothing you could say that could change the world, but you have everything to say to make in impact. And even if the world doesn't want to listen, at least when you've said all that you can say, you will know that you are no longer the same.
From looking at the state of our current world, there's a lot that needs to be better. And you need to fix it, because who else will? ☀️🌼 #notetoself
It's the morn of my 40th birthday celebrations!!! My lassie and I are up early watching the sunrise on the beach..our favourite place. She dances and oozes in the sand and I slow into a deep space of heart gratitude. Such a joy to FEEL.
As someone who is so atuned to yoga, medition and slow nature wonderment, I am finding that in these FULL parenting days, coming back to a space of deep heartfelt gratitude can be... a little elusive. Eip!
Carving out the space and time in the day to give thanks. For that which is abundant and present; for that which we know is culminating and growing; and for that which we are planting the rich seeds of manisfestion. My sessions always start with a centering, tuning in, mindfulness exercise and often we set an intention. It lays a powerful foundation for connection to self and cultivating desire. And without this, whoah! I sure notice the difference. ☆
Why then, am I not doing the same for my day? So simple, and it takes such little time. In the bed as we wake, take some deep breaths and fill the heart with your goodness, gratitude and desires. FEEL them. While having that beloved morning cuppa, or morning shower, your morning pages. Whatever your morning ritual is, try adding in this simple tuning in exercise and lay witness to the change this can cultivate in your day. ☆ ...Draw it, dance it, write it...embody it..!
These books are changing my life and I highly recommend them both. I’m a busy new mom so @audible_com is everything to me right now.. I have the @thebriantracy in book form, so it’s taking me much longer to get through it but I think maybe I’m absorbing it even more this way.
Since I was a child I’ve read multiple books at a time. Since the birth of my baby boy, I’ve not been able to and for months it felt like I was missing a piece of myself, and then @audible_com came in to save the friggin day!
Every morning the baby and I go on an hour walk and mama listens to her books. 🙌🏻 One of my most favorite & life changing takeaways from @melrobbinslive #thefivesecondrule is this.. “You are one decision away from a completely different life.”
Boom. Mind blown💥
So yesterday was the longest I’ve spent away from Rowan since he was born. I went to London for the afternoon. I strolled down Regent’s canal, I had my favourite kind of vegan junk food from Temple of Seitan, I joined the crowds at Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, I wandered down random streets taking photos and soaking up the busy atmosphere, and topped it off with dinner and drinks with friends (just in time for the last train home) - I kind of just felt part of the wider world again! I just love the energy of London and even had some exciting business ideas while I was there.
Is there a place that energises you like that? *
There are quite a few of us doing #journalweek next week (starting Monday) It’s so fun just having an idea like this and running with it and talking to such lovely people along the way. Can’t wait! Full details in my last couple of posts, or click the link in my profile - @ruthpoundwhite
New updates on my website today! Go and read. Many thanks to my friend and tech advisor @anenglishmaninthebalkans 💻 who I would struggle without on Wordpress! You’re awesome David. Remembering who my friends are at this exciting and frightening time. Loving life quite frankly!
[journal entry Feb 7th] “A season of waiting. A season of healing. A season of learning to embrace my mind palace and use it to my advantage. A season of leaning on him fully. A season of seeing dreams and visions become more clear.”
Ever been in a season like that? They are challenging to the core and quite uncomfortable most times. But the outcome of it - breathtakingly beautiful.
When journaling this, it wasn’t a collection of testimonies, but hopes+questions. It had already been months of cold winter days that I spent clinging on to the words that made my husband& I leave everything we knew and invested into for years and move cross country. It didn’t feel like starting from zero, but more like -10. 😅 A little while before this journal entry I made a decision, not knowing how long this season would last. It could be 2months or 2years.But something clicked+ I was determined to fight for and celebrate every small victory there could be along the way. To intentionally invest into relationships,grow as a person through every roadblock and difficulty, and learn that God’s word+grace is essential for my every day - waiting or not.
I’m happy to say that I lost sight of that many times and certainly wrestled with being impatient 24/7. I say happy,because in the end this became so clear: leaning into who Jesus is and his kindness+love was the one thing that led to every other hope becoming a reality.And while not every question is answered yet (+might never will be), this waiting became my favorite season I’ve ever been in.A big chunk of my story+ even greater blessing.
To sum it up: God knows what we need, even if we don’t!!And frankly I would have never chosen it tHis way. He knows when we need time to cut off branches+ grow deeper roots, time to process and learn perspective.It’s not that he doesn’t care or isn’t aware. There’s no one more important to him than you. Right now there’s no catastrophe or conference distracting him from seeing,loving+doing the absolute best for you. You can’t earn his love and he can not not love you. And last but not least: Ask Jesus to show you all this himself, because no pretty words could ever beat that.
“If you can get into the spirit of the delicious unfolding of this journey, life will always be sweet for you. And you will always be fulfilling your purpose. If you will talk about what you want and why you want it, you will find yourself vibrating so predominately in harmony with who you are that the miracles that come into your experience will be never ending” — Abraham Hicks
Let the morning pages begin! I’m starting a new notebook today. My 5th or 6th this year. I’ll need to go count them at some point. I am learning that to change course and follow a new direction takes more internal work than I at first expected. Last year was My Year of Separation and I wrote about it and published a book (link in profile). The theme for this year feels like: My Pivot Year. I still have time to put into place what I’m hoping for and working towards. #change#morningmotivation#morningpages#bicpen#artistslife At times it’s the words that matter, not the images and paintings I create. What do you do to encourage and create change and creativity in your life?
"Much like bringing home this plant, I expected moving to Portland to be beautiful and simple. Without realizing it, I assumed my life here would come together instantly, ready to be documented and immediately photogenic. I didn’t know how much time it takes to make a home, to find places to thrive and contribute. I had forgotten that in order to grow, you must first be pruned; I had forgotten the process.
Because most of the time I, like my little plant, require lots of care. I am growing, becoming more of what I’m made to be each day. There is trial and error involved, self-given permission to fail. And more often than not, that process is less than pretty. It can be scary, and it’s very often lonely. Rather than a breakthrough, it is a slow and steady chipping away. But the process is also so much more than pretty. It is bold and grace-filled and often too much to capture in the caption of a single photo.
- Alexa Jenkins
Read Alexa's full post on moving, celebrating, leaning into discomfort, and discovering who you are on the blog (link in bio).
Follow @alexaljenkins for more of Alexa's writing! We love our contributors! #eighthundredwords#contributorspotlight
Starting over begins when I develop a reawakened appreciation for what I already have, a renewed recognition of what I’ve recklessly forsaken, a rehabilitated understanding that I foolishly do both of those things, and a revitalized commitment to live the rest of my life never doing either of them again. ~ Craig D. Lounsbrough⠀
I always begin the new school committed and determined that I won’t let the hecticness and frenetic pace of back to school sink me. And every year I slid right back into inertia. During those first few weeks, it’s as if the only energy o have left is consumed by the sheer act of existing. Like I cannot possibly do more than get myself home, manage to feed myself, and then sit on the couch in a stupor. I drink too much caffeine and not enough water and am just one step away from blowing the whole thing up. ⠀
Then I feel bad about the whole thing because I know better. I know that self-care is a big thing. I know how to care for myself. I just don’t. How silly is that? ⠀
But every morning is another opportunity to do it again. To sit on this lovely back porch as the rain falls, echoing off the tin roof that covers one of our sheds. To pause and linger for a moment over the caffeine. To rest and renew. ⠀
And today, my heart is soothed and full. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Earth-toned winds walking,
Massive mountain bluffs return
Muted auburn dusts.
Glad to be back in Fort Collins, but still more photos and poetry to share before our three-gig Saturday. Praying for rain in the burning West. ...
Назад в будущее, вперёд в прошлое. День в стиле русских 90х: музыка бардов из ̶р̶а̶д̶и̶о̶л̶ы̶ колонок, бабули с детьми на пляже кушают пирожки с картошкой, толкучка в тесном маркете и очередь за селёдкой, платный гардероб в «передовом» ресторане (2 доллара; за утерю номерка штраф 5). Завершили чашечкой ко-фэ в «Татьяне». Рядом снимали «На Дерибасовской хорошая погода, на Брайтон-бич опять идут дожди». Вечером пошёл дождь.
If you're stuck in your writing process, most often it's because you have an agenda for your story instead of learning how to LISTEN to the STORY that WANTS to be TOLD.
"Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write?
Dig into yourself for a deep answer....& if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must", then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.
Then come close to Nature... try to say what you see & feel & love & lose. Write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind & your belief in some kind of beauty. Describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity...use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember.
If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world's sound - wouldn't you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories?
It always changes
My needs that is
My desires and aspirations
It sounds like morning breeze
Or drops of rain landing on cement
Or landing on soil, on sprouting grass
Self-love means Essentials
Means, the simplest and lightest
It means positive self-talk
And it's more than a nice hot bath
It's going to therapy, even if it sounds strange
It's accepting a lot
It's forgiving a lot
It's laughing at the odd moments
Self-love is, trying, but not trying too hard
It's trying smart, trying witty
and forgetting the word perfection
You love yourself in every, every, moment
The whole of you, the crooked and the straight,
Love the self in every page
I’m realising over and over again that life will always have peaks ⛰ and valleys; times where I feel on top of the world, like life makes sense...and then before I know it, I’ll be left confused and full of fear, wondering what I am doing wrong. 😓
However, these waves are just a fact of life, and they’re normally trying to teach us something. Everyone experiences them. Absolutely everyone, no exceptions. 🌊
So, I am trying to make friends with this seasonal valley of confusion, searching for that trust that a new peak will come, and it will be incredible. ☀️
That maybe this time in Japan wasn’t supposed to be all sunshine and rainbows, that my familiar frustrations with myself were supposed to return so I could learn from them, sit with them, make friends with them. 💙
Why not give yourself a bit of love for wherever you’re at today, when you write in your journal? 📓
Acceptance instead of resistance goes a long way. However, I still find the balance between accepting the valley and wanting to strive to improve my mindset and situation an extremely difficult thing to accomplish. Do you have tips for this? I’d love to hear them. #Osho 🌊💕
P.S. I send out mental health journaling prompts weekly! Grab them at the link in my bio. 📖
crew // Grateful to all the humans in these photos for joining the AllSwell journaling workshop in Montauk, especially @quincydavis and @justinechiara for inviting me to bring @allswellcreative back to where it was conceived. It was a special evening filled with beautiful people, plenty of putting pen to paper and some pink wine. // Honorable mention to the Pats (Fallon and Schmidt) for holding it down for the gents.💪🏾