100 Days of Happiness

IMG_7489I feel as if I have been whirling as of late. Caught in this, seemingly never-ending whirlpool that is taking me around and around bouncing me into walls, unearthing my coordination.

Then there are moments when it spits me out, shooting me into the open water like a rocket and I giggle or cry and think “man what an amazing ride!” or “crap what in the hell just happened?!”

(If you would like a clearer visual it reminds me of a scene in Finding Nemo-
“Grab shell dude!”
If you haven’t seen “Finding Nemo” then you need to stop reading this and go watch it. Like now.)

Lately I have been studying, seeking, growing, stumbling, deepening, freaking out and just all and all working to shed the old and embrace the new. It’s a messy, gorgeously beautiful and often times crappy experience.

Seem like an oxymoron?

Yup, it’s that too.
But hey you are on the “Dreaming Dilettante’s” site not the “consistent and steady site” so I think it’s cool to throw out the never-ending curveballs that are my life.

I love it.

I could not imagine living another way.
I crave the knowledge, the learning, finding purpose.
I live for the fascinating reads and life altering conversations that make you go,
“HOLY CRAP YES!!!! THAT’S IT!!!”

I love the journey.

I have been working to find my happy place.
Silly right? I mean a happy place shouldn’t be work right?

You shouldn’t have to make lists and plans and arrange the exact route that is going to lead to your happy place.

Happiness just is.
Not elusive or hard to find.
Not something you work into but rather something you rest in.
You ease into happiness when you just simply let go of the things that make you unhappy.
The release of thoughts that don’t feel good.
The actions and processes that limit and keep you stuck in the muck.

It’s that simple and that hard.

I am focusing instead on being the vibration of joy, happiness and ease to attract more of that to my life. To meet more and more like-minded souls who believe in living the joy and taking account of the little moments.

I trust in the energy of this attraction.

I don’t know about you but I am so grateful to the internet for being this always open porthole to a seemingly endless doorway to knowledge and diversity. I love social media and being able to connect with others.

I remember one time a friend of mine made a comment about not understanding Instagram and why people would want to post pictures of their food.

For me it wasn’t about that.

I looked at Instagram as a way for me to search my days for those moments.
Seemingly small, everyday moments that when focused on increased that feeling of well-being. Something that was happy, joyful and for that one moment caused me to pause, take out my phone and snap a picture to share with others who may also find joy in it.

It helped me notice the small things.
Even if it was just the pretty arrangement of my coffee cup next to my laptop.

Even if I had to re-arrange them to make them visually appealing.
In fact especially if I had to rearrange them because then it reminded me that at any time in our life it things aren’t what you would like them to be that you are in a position to make changes.

Even if all you can do is move a coffee cup.

So when I heard here about the 100 Happy Days Challenge I felt that it was something I had to do.

I am not sure if you are like me but I have actually been avoiding certain social media. I was tired of the horrible photos people were sharing. Further evidence of all the horrific things in the world.

I’m not saying that I am not guilty of sharing the “problem” myself online but I have been making a conscious effort to share more uplifting, positive posts. While I fully appreciate “being real” and sharing the ups and downs of life, I wholeheartedly believe that what you focus on (ie share) is what you are giving attention to and it’s the attention that attracts the equivalent into your life.

More importantly, if you spend your day sharing all the bad things-what have you spent your day focused on? How on earth can you feel happiness in the simplicities of life’s joy when you are writing about and sharing the negative?

I want to spread joy online rather than promoting all of the things that are perceived as being wrong or bad. I want people to be so focused with all the ways they can spread joy and so consumed with love and happiness that they don’t have time to notice what’s wrong. It is my whole-hearted belief that the world is changed, expanded and improved by a collective focus on the positive not by berating and highlighting the negative.

So here’s the challenge:

100 days
100 happy pics
Shared via platform of choice-mine is Instagram.

That’s it.

Simple right?

Awesome right?

HELL YEA!

I am even going to try and vlog/blog about it over the next 100 days too. Share what I have noticed, changes, feedback etc. so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, Instagram and my newsletter to get all the delicious positivity sent right to you.

It all begins (for me) with the new moon on Friday August 14th. 

Cannot wait to start sharing!

Until Next Time…

-Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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Are You Ready Already?

certifiedCoachSTAMP_hiresTwo years ago I wanted to learn how to paint.

At the time I had no idea that I was embarking on an inner journey as well.

I should have known, creativity is like that.

When I became a Certified Creatively Fit Coach I wasn’t sure where that would lead me. I had decided to spend the next few years studying, training, to obtain my own version of a degree in personal development. I wasn’t sure where the studying would lead or what it would mean for my career. I knew I wanted to share this work. I knew I wanted to work with people who weren’t just trying to survive but who wanted to live the full depth of life.

People who believe that we have choices.

Unlimited, beautiful choices.

Who understand that we determine our life and if we are unsatisfied or want something new it is within our power to make that happen.

When Whitney Freya reached out to her coaches to share the Vision Quest workshop it was as if the pieces began to fall in place for me.

All of my studying, inner work was leading me to share this journey with others.
I feel called to work with those who, like me, don’t accept “that’s the way things are” or “life isn’t always fun.”

BLECK!

Who needs that kind of negativity?
I have worked very hard and deliberately to surround myself with strong, conscious people who do not believe they are victims of their circumstances. People who understand that we ARE the creators of our own reality. Travelers like myself who believe that we are ever changing, growing, learning and becoming either more of who we truly are-or drifting further from it.

If you are the type of person who knows in their heart that they are meant to live a gorgeous, fully technicolor life.

If you do not want to feel like a victim, are ready to let go of the “blaming others” mantra and start CREATING your life from your true and authentic consciousness then I would love to invite you to join me on a Vision Quest.

I would be honored to be your guide (and travel companion) on this journey.

Vision Quest is a journey back to your purpose, your soul’s call.
A realigning with your true, authentic self.

Are you ready?

If you are ready click below to get the full details and to sign up for the current Vision Quest workshop.

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If you feel you need a bit more check out my video below.

 

Ready? Let’s DO THIS!

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If you are still unsure and would like to learn more check out the page I have set and be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to be kept up to date on interviews and teleconferences about this amazing workshop. In addition you will receive my FREE daily creative podcasts where I share my day to day journey to live life in full creative expression!

I look forward to our journey together.

Until Next Time…

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

 

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7 Day Creativity Challenge: Day 1

It is a rainy Monday here on the East Coast and even though I have to go out and walk some doggies soon I will say, I love it!

Firstly, we need the rain. It has been a very dry spring. Secondly, the sound of rain (and last night’s thunder) always soothed me. I love falling to sleep to the sound of rain and the cozy, “curl up with a book” feel of a rainy day.

Today I was going through my email and came across a Creativity Challenge from the ladies over at Blog Society. The challenge is for 7 days of creativity (you can read about that here). It sounded like a fun (and totally doable) challenge so I’m in. How about you?

I’m also taking part in Erin Stutland’s Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge. It started today but you should definitely check it out and sign up. It’s about moving 5 minutes a day (anyone can do that right?) and getting your insides worked out too (you know all that feel good emotional stuff 😉 At least that’s my take on it and why I signed up.

So if they speak to you why not join me? I would love to hear what you have to say! Feel free to comment below with your own experience.

Until Next Time…

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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Spring Wreath 2015

I am really enjoying spring!

If you follow my other blog, Building Harmony House, you may have read how our spring clean up is going. I have been talking on my podcasts about the gardening and am really enjoying my new vegetable garden!

I decided that I wanted to spruce up the front door with a spring wreath. When I first went to look for supplies I was a little disappointed-the prices were pretty high and I didn’t want to spend $40 to make a wreath. Fortunately I was patient, had a few coupons come in and hit the sales and found all the materials to make this wreath for under $10/$12 dollars at Joanne’s.

I am very happy with how it all turned out and thought I would share a quick how-to video in case you wanted to make your own.

Happy Spring!

& Happy Designing!

-Michele Fawcett, Ind. Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

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Filofax Friday: Unboxing My New Filofax Patent Domino in Hot Pink

Spring is arriving in Jersey this weekend.

Or at least that is what the weather reports are saying.
After a long winter, a rainy week the sun is making small attempts to sneak out and give us hope before setting in the evening. I am really excited about getting into the garden and working on my very neglected flower beds and rose garden.

(If you are a creative who loves to garden you may want to check out my other blog: Building Harmony House where I plan to share some videos of this weekend’s progress)

Today however is Filofax Friday and I am really enjoying sharing with you guys my growing Filofax collection. As I explained here I don’t use a Filofax in the traditional sense and my A5 Dominio is no exception-but that’s next week’s video :)

Today I have a quick little video (where I am accompanied by a very cute assistant) to share the unboxing of my brandy new Domino.

I purchased mine directly from the Filofax website however they do have it available on Amazon if you like to shop that way. (The Amazon link is an affiliate link so if you do use it they will send me a little thank you monies :)

Alright now on to the unboxing!


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Until Next Time….

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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Filofax Friday: Planning for the Week

Welcome to Filofax Friday!

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I am really excited to be taking part and hope to make this a weekly series here on the blog as well as my YouTube channel so please comment below and tell me what sorts of things you want to see.

So last week I went and purchase not one, not two, but THREE new planners.
Absurd right?
Well first let me say that I bought them all on sale or fairly inexpensively and stayed within my budget so WOOHOOO for me!

“Why on earth does someone need 3 new planners?”

Believe me I get it.
When I first delved in to the whole Filofax Phenomenon I thought the same thing.
Until I opened up my first Filofax Saffiano in Raspberry.
She’s so pretty.
And in that moment, I got it.

Now let me start off by saying I am not OVERLY organized. In fact, I don’t like to have a lot of scheduled time, or “to-do’s” and all that structured living just messes with my mojo and makes me cranky and want to go listen to music really loud in my bedroom while eating cake.

I do however like to remember what bills need to be paid and when, what I did with the forms for our registration and where the paperwork for our taxes are.
Still the whole idea of a “planner” was way to college prep for me.

So I decided instead to think of mine as a “manifester.” A place where I gather up all the parts of myself and fit them together so they make sense.

Or at least remember what we did with the new insurance cards.

Now as for my 3 new planners I do have a special and unique purpose for each of them.
In fact my current Saffiano  is going to be the only actual calendar/planner while the rest will be housing a special magic all their own.

This week I am sharing with you my actual “planner” the aforementioned Saffiano (personal size) in Raspberry.

I am walking you through how I decorate my pages and what sort of information I pluck in to my week on 2 pages. If you would like to see a full set-up of this planner you can watch that video below.

And now we are off to the show. You can watch the video by clicking below or hopping over to my YouTube channel here.


 

Here are the products I used in the video (some are affiliate links)

Staedtler Pens

2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook

Until Next Time…

-Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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Handling a Creative Blocks

If you are creative you have, undoubtedly faced some type of block.

It could be severe like being unable to create your art at all or mild in so as you just don’t like what it is you are creating or it’s not coming out just right.

I’ve been there.

A lot.

Actually, I’m there right now as I write this blog post.
The words feel muddled and perhaps a bit forced as I struggle to convey my meaning, yet a truck through. Awkward and unbalanced but hell, I’m writing aren’t I?

Sometimes, that’s all you can do.
In fact, I would venture to say MOST times that what you should do.
Sit down and paint the crap out of that canvas.
Write the most God-awful piece of poetry that ever graced a writers forum.

Just don’t stop.

The truth is, when you write the crap, or paint the crap you have released it out into the ethers. The words that were forced and harsh, the colors that were mudding and lifeless are gone from you.

Leaving space for the magnificence that is your true creative muse.

Another thing I have found helpful is having multiple creative outlets. When writing has me stumped so badly that I just hate it. I cannot possibly look at the notebook or screen anymore and am convinced that I should just give up this whole publishing thing and just write for me. Privately, in my own room where no one will ever see the shit that I have managed to string together and call story telling.

It’s those times where you can benefit from stepping away. Getting out of your own way and do something that is fun and perhaps you care a little less about.

You know the thing-the creative outlet that is just fun and you do it just because it’s fun.
Sometimes, those multitudes of expression are what move you through and to the other side of a creative block.

One of mine is smash booking and I really feel like I finally get smash booking.
It’s not like scrapbooking where you are creating this page that expresses the emotion behind a particular photo.
It’s not journaling.

It’s just gluing stuff you like into a book.
In no particular order.

I like that.

What do you do to overcome creative blocks?

You can check out my latest smash book session with the video below.

 

Until Next Time…

-Michele Fawcett, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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My Saffiano Set-Up for January 2015

Hello all!

I don’t know about you but I am feeling so grounded this year. It’s as if I let go of a lot of schtuff that was conflicting and just settled in to do things me own way.

It’s pretty cool.

Part of my goals for the year (I don’t do resolutions) is to do more of the things I love which is blogging and making videos. I really do enjoy recording and sharing my hobbies and interests with you all and feel like I have found a system to make this happen on a more regular basis.

So exciting :)

So this week I am sharing with you, my fellow Filofax lovers, the set-up for my Filofax Saffiano Personal sized planner. I have to say I am really happy with this planner. I love the color and it’s working really well. I am however already thinking that I may just need an A5 down road.

Well ok, I don’t need an A5 but since I am using this primarily at home and don’t need to carry it with me I think an A5 will give me a bit more space to organize and such. However I am not running off to buy a new one…unless there is a really good deal on Amazon….

Today however I thought I would share with you my set-up. I spent the weekend having a play and making some dividers and stickers for my planner and really settled in so to speak. I feel it speaks to me and most importantly is working for me.

So without further adieu here is the video set up.
Be sure to look below the video either here or on my YouTube channel for the links I mention to some other wonderful Filofax resources.

Affiliate link to my Filofax Saffiano in Personal Size

My Pinterest Board for Filofax Inspiration
Follow The Dreaming Dilettante’s board Filofax on Pinterest.

My Pinterest Board for Images, Quotes & Sticker Making Follow The Dreaming Dilettante’s board Planner Images on Pinterest.

DIY Filofax Folder Tutorial by Alexis ask Ms.Trenchcoat
http://youtu.be/O-XV_k9QWL4

2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook

Month on 2 Pages Planner Insert (Download)

Phone Calendar App: Cozi Calendar

Blog Planning Printables by Mrs. Brimbles

 

Until Next Time….
Michele aka, The Dreaming Dilettante

 

*Please note that some links on my blog may be affiliate links in which I am compensated for clicks and/or purchases. I do not recommend items that I do not personally use and enjoy however only you know your situation and nothing stated on this site should be used in place of your own best judgment.

 

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And the Winner is…..

I had so much fun with my latest content!

It’s so nice to give away a little thank you to your readers and most importantly-share a product you love!

A few weeks ago I shared here and on Instagram about my latest giveaway. I put all the entries names on little slips of paper and my 4 year-old daughter drew the winner…..

MARY!!!!

Congratulations Mary! I have emailed you so be sure to check your inbox!

I also want to thank everyone who entered-no worries if you didn’t win, I will be doing more giveaways in the future. Be sure you are signed up for my newsletter and are following me on social media, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube so you don’t miss out!

Until Next Time…

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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A Return Home Through Journaling

travelersjournalOver the years I have gone in spurts, writing then not, writing again. Now, more than ever, I feel the necessity for this time of quiet introspection.

I have been researching the traveler style notebook, loving the name, the flexible cover. The idea that it would hold multiple notebooks, serving different purposes, that could then be replaced when full was extremely appealing.

I decided to give it a shot and opted for an inexpensive version I found online.
It arrived on Saturday and I was writing in it that evening.

I love it!

Now, if you are new to the concept let me say there are a ton of tutorials online on how you can make your own version relatively inexpensively. I however, after looking at materials thought the price for this one ($22.29 with shipping) was a fair price when you included the notebooks. I honestly don’t think I could have made it for that. (Although I am contemplating making more 😉

So why this an not just a regular notebook?

For me it’s purely the aesthetic.

Something that I love to look at, hold in my hand, makes me want to write in it more often. It’s that simple.
I also really love that one cover holds multiple notebooks (those of which you can easily make yourself) and when full these notebooks are stored and new ones take their place.
Brilliant!

For 2015 my goal is to journal more often. I am not setting a specific number, just to be more aware of that voice with in. And strive to connect to it as much as I can.

If you would like to see the journal itself and perhaps buy one you can check out my affiliate link here.

You can also watch my unboxing/first thoughts video below.


Until Next Time….

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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