Danielle’s Magical Sheets of Ideas

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Ever open up your journal or notebook or iPhone memos, and feel like you’re looking at the scribblings of a madwoman? Anyone? No, just me? Well, for whoever is with me, I feel your pain. I’ve been jotting down random bits and pieces of possible story ideas in all kinds of different notebooks since 2016. And now that I’m getting serious about my writing, I’ve been feeling seriously overwhelmed. What if I’ve already come up with my bestselling novel idea, but it goes unwritten and unnoticed because it’s been lost and forgotten in one of my many haphazard journals? Therefore, I decided to come up with a system to get organized as an unorganized creative person. I’ve begun the long, laborious process of reading back through all my diaries […]

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Tarot Tuesday: My Daily Spread

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I started out doing my daily tarot reading at the beginning of the day, but then I would get excited and distracted by tarot and it would be harder to start writing. So, yesterday I tried a daily routine where I enjoy it as my hobby in the evening and I loved it! The DMG Daily Spread I lay these out as: card 1, then card 2 directly below 1, then card 3 to the right in a new column on its own and vertically centered. Card 1 – Dream message Message/guidance from my dreams/spirit guides/ancestors — can be a continuing conversation where I ask a question one night then read the next night’s card 1 as a replying message. Card 2 – Mindful focus for the day This […]

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I release… anxiety

lincoln anxiety

This morning, I did my Yoga with Adriene Yoga Camp Day 11 practice, for which the mantra was, “I release.” So I thought I’d share something I’ve been working on releasing during this shelter in place period: anxiety — and the stories I tell myself surrounding (and because of) anxious thoughts. Focus in the Present I’ve always been an overthinker. I actually came to think of it as being tied to my empathetic nature, because I can imagine and understand so many different perspectives, I’m constantly questioning how this person would respond if I said this, or how that person would react if I did that. Needless to say, during this COVID quarantine, I’ve had a lot of time alone with my thoughts. From having to sit with them […]

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New Year, New Moon (New Me? Maybe, we’ll see…)

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Happy Astrological New Year and first New Moon in Aries! I’m about one week late for the new year and half a week for the new moon, but as I’m slowly but surely learning, late is better than never. It’s not too late, it’s never too late! Down with the procrastination!! (…my own personal patriarchy >_<) Anyways, I learned on the first Monday in January–as I was procrastinating doing a “2019 in Review” and setting goals for 2020–that the astrological new year is actually at the spring equinox on March 19th-21st (differs year to year depending on the day in terms of hours of daylight, and this year March 19th was the earliest it’s been since 1896!). I thought that was pretty perfect falling right after my birthday, so […]

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Why Tarot?: my new personal development hobby explained

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I thought I’d share a couple of stories about why I began learning how to read Tarot last fall, and how I view this as a helpful hobby both for personal development and for serving + building connections with others. How I got into learning to read Tarot My husband, Reid, and I were sitting at the RV dinette, playing a card game called Casino sometime in August 2019. A 2 and a 9 came out next to each other on the table in between us, and I had the random thought of, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was some card game where the numerology and symbology of the cards that came out in a certain order during your game gave you a message from another dimension or […]

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systems

productivity systems

I am a type B, go-with-the-flow, easy-going, Piscescapism (as I like to call it) kind of person for sure. This is great for my level of patience and ability to relax blatantly in the face of a massive to-do list, but, not so great for my whole, you know, capacity to be productive. I feel like I don’t see that many type B bloggers, specifically. I love me some Rachel Hollis, Jenna Kutcher, Melyssa Griffin, and many more, but they are all kinds of ambitious, driven, and truly care about learning and being a lady boss at the business side of things. I really don’t want to have to concern myself with the biz planning for how I’m going to make money blogging. In an ideal world, I write […]

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on blogging

social distancing

Sometimes, I think about how it kinda sucks that the passion I feel so called and drawn to (writing, or blogging) essentially requires winning a popularity contest to make a living. Whether that’s for authoring a book, building a blog, or any artist’s work, creating something as your life’s calling basically requires patrons to purchase some piece of said creation if you wish to make a living from your purpose. Ah, purpose, there you are again. I’ve been obsessed with life purpose for all of my quarter-life-crisis-turned-spiritual-awakening. Come to find out, there’s a good explanation for my passion in this area. Which, I learned from exploring my personality. It’s in my pattern for “at work & in the world”: “You’re intended to find work that feels like a calling […]

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