In Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance (January 28), she challenges us to create an illustrated discovery journal. Several years ago, I actually bought the Simple Abundance Discovery Journal notebook.
Nope. Didn't do it.
Then, I read Cheryl Richardson's Take Time For Your Life. In Chapter 5, she talks about creating a treasure map - a visualization of those things that really matter.
Didn't do that either.
In 2004, Anastacia talked about how every year she creates a life map on big posterboard. This life map is a collection of images, drawings, stickers, anything that reflects where you are, who you are, where you want to go, your dreams, etc.
In 2004 I created my first life map.
For whatever reason (and it's too long ago for me to remember why), I didn't do a life map in 2005. But in 2006, another one was born.
2007 was another non life map year, and it looked as if I was destined to create a life map in all the even years. Hence, the 2008 life map.
So there was one in 2010, right?
All throughout last year, I thought about how it would be the perfect year to do a life map: lots of changes, ready for a new year, new life, new Dawn.
But it never happened.
Then, one night a couple of weeks ago, I just did one. I had been collecting magazine pages, pictures, old calendars, words, and the like for years. And it all just came together.
Actually, that's how my life maps usually work. It's very much a feeling, intuitive process. I find the images and words that speak to me, and I start placing them on the foam core board. Within what seems like mere minutes, the life map has truly come to life.
This year's was a little different. As always, every image and word has special meaning. But this life map really spoke (and speaks) to my soul. It definitely represents the changes and the phoenix rising moments (note the huge image in the upper left) in the last year. There's hope and love and gratitude and dreams and yearning and creation.
It's a map to my soul.