Before the Creative Process
Your Life Story
A Journal of You
Write the story of your life.
Not what is.
Not what others think it will be
But the story you would like to read.
Whenever you’re at a loss for what move to make next, just ask yourself, “What would make a better story?” ~Austin Kleon
A single idea, a simple question— can distill the BIG questions (the ones that arise at the end of one year and haunt us into the next) into answers that are exactly right for us.
Navigate the decisions in your life by how you most want to feel. ~Danielle LaPorte
I have always maintained that we already have the answers, it’s just a matter of figuring out the right questions to ask ourselves. ~me
“How do I want to feel in 2014?
What will make a better story?”
What would I like others to read and know about me? A story I would like to read? The big question is a soul question and the smaller ones stem from that. There is more to do; SOMETHING MORE about which Sarah Ban Breathnach writes. The journal will help us find wisdom, warmth and compassion.
Congrats to Joan!
I love journals, even though most are too pretty to use!
Such a special journal….for inspiration, dreams and creations. 🙂
I admire your paintings as well colors… Yes, I do notice that you paint in a Cezanne type of style – rectangular strokes. Your paintings give a relaxing feeling…
Love all your art…colors awe awesome.
DREAMA, I THINK SMEONE FROM YOUR HOME TOWN NEEDS TO WIN A JOURNAL!!!!!! HA LOVE YOU BEAUTIFUL LADY.
Loved the workshop Dreama!! Thank you for all your inspiration.
Can’t wait to paint with you in Marco!
Dreama good times ahead 🙂
Dreama, there’s two people in the world I have felt I’ve known my whole life instantly. One was my husband’s lovely warm happy upbeat Mother. The other is you even though we have not met in person yet. I feel I have known you all my life. You are a wonderful one of a kind person so inspiring, happy, funny, talented not to forget a fantastic artist as well as author. We have many of the same interests and I’m glad to have you in my life. My calendar arrived but will wait until Christmas to open it. Hugs Hugs Hugs, Me
Just want to thank you for another year of wonderful posts, bringing me so much joy with your beautiful paintings and your talented writing skills. Your blog is on my top 5 list of best blogs around! I look forward to more of your inspirational posts in 2014!
I am so psyched! I have been wanting to keep an art journal, what I am thinking, what attracted me to a certain thing, how I will go about painting something. I will keep it in the studio by the taboret so I will remember to write things down!! Love that the cover is one of your Italian windows- how inspiring!!
Love the journals. Love the inspiring fun!
journals sound like a fabulous idea when we are inot sure of our future ideas. write it down.
I’m Dreama-ing I’ll win one if your Beautiful Journals!!!
Dreama, You continue to inspire! I love these journals! Thank you for the chance to win one. I hope you, Ron, Maggie and “The Eds” are staying warm. My fur babies have not left their heated cat beds except for food!
I love your thoughts on writing a better life. that really hit home with me. We all have problems in our lives and it does not always show, We only show what we want others to see , our real lives may not be as happy or pretty, so we don’t let anyone see that. To write the life we’d love to have is a wonderful insight to our feelings and to our souls. We might find our own answers. if I win a journal or do not win a journal I am already a winner, I will write the life I would love to be living , I will write a better life.. I just love that.. thank you .. thats a win win
Can’t think of a better way to start 2014 than journaling in this beauty! Thank you for all your inspiration. Love, light and blessings for a beautiful holiday season and happiest of New Years!!!
Love your paintings and journals.
Hi Dreama, will these journals be for sale too? (but I hope to win one lol) 🙂
Christine!!!!!! Girls JUST wanna have a good time 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing that link—made me S-M-I-L-E .
AND I love being the cat’s p.j.s. It gets on someones last nerve…..;-)
Would love to have the the journal….I can’t wait to meet you in Shreveport, La.
Every blog entry or FB posting is such an inspiration. Your two loves – writing and painting shine in each one. And I love the cat updates. I can just see Eddy planning something to surprise you with. And young Eddie Pierre is learning every step! Paint more Cat paintings!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent.
ahh Dreama your work just makes me happy and ful of my own dreams
I love it!!! I think I remember telling you in class in Cary that you needed to sell your own journals. Looks like everyone agrees!! Cannot wait for my calendar. Thanks Dreama for inspiring me to paint again!!!
LOVE YOUR COLOR!!!!
Beautiful journal that I would love to have!
Dreama, so happy to have discovered you through a fellow-artist! You’re inspirational, and colorful too :))
you are the cat’s pajamas! I thought of you when I saw this
The journal is lovely, just like the person who created it. Thank you for sharing your warmth, goodness, and talent!
I love your work!
yes, June! I agree! Can we purchase them, Dreama? Count me in! 🙂
Lovely journal, Dreama!
Love this journal. I will WANT to write in it !
I would like to awn anything from Dreama Tolle Perry
I would like to own anything from Dreama Tolle Perry
what a beautiful journal and what a wonderful idea for 2014. Envision your life the way you want it to be!!!
Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful.
echo Jobi’s sentiments word for word. You truly are a powerhouse of not only beauty and creativity and joy, but also a powerhouse of abundant generosity.
No matter if I don’t win this giveaway (thank you for offering it to us all) – I’d like to buy one (or possibly two!).
Love love that painting on your journal!
Would love the journal! Great inspiration!! xx:) K
What a beautiful cover Dreama and such a good idea to give away some. I hope I win.
What a great idea & the journals r lovely. Now where is my Dreama calendar?
Great for gift giving!!
Love, love, love your work!!!!
I need a new journal for 2014.
Your work is inspirational !
Beautiful…would love to start 2014 with this journal!
what a beautiful and inspirational idea. Thanks Dreama
Another beautiful Dreama piece!!! ~Love it!
Hello dear friend from afar who I have not yet met but who has become such an important part of my life! You amaze me, woman!! 😉 You are such a powerhouse and all that you accomplish just blows my mind! Your journal is soooo lovely and you inspire me to give a bit of thought to the upcoming year instead of just letting it slip into being. I am tired of just existing and you are a constant source of inspiration to me. I even hung a chandelier in my sewing/craft/gal cave last week! I am looking forward to the best year ever in 2014. What a wonderful carrot dangling out in November too!…your workshop!! I simply cannot wait! Thank you Dreama for all you do for us! We all love you! God Bless! xo
Would inspire one to write happy thoughts!
Such a pretty and inspiring journal ! Love it! Hope to find a pic of your cat in there 😉
Love the journal….the cover would inspire anyone to write in it. I treasure your talent…..
Your colors are so happy!
You KNOW I love me some Dreama
You are always an inspiration. Your colors are so happy and vibrant. Just like you are. Have a stellar year in 2014.
Journaling is so valuable. This one would inspire some illustrations, too! Lovely.
I really like the color palette Dreama uses. These new journals are beautiful.
Dreama you have been an inspiration to me for a long time! You helped me realize that a gal from Kentucky can be an artist! I would love to have your beautiful journal to write my plans and dreams in . :-)))
With a Journal this pretty I would Want to use it!
Tommie! So looking forward to meeting you in LA 🙂 ! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment— wishing you good luck :-)!!
Thanks Sandy! It was fun to play with putting my art on a journal. Two things I love—painting and writing 🙂
Journals are beautiful
It is a joy to read Dreama’s blog. I am so looking forward
to a workshop with her in the spring in Louisiana. I
love her work…the colors are so happy and her
personality makes me think I know her. Truth is, I love her
already, even though i haven’t met her in person yet….
Love these journals, Dreama…I want one!!!
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