10 Dec

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?”

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  1. Carol Hopper

    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.

  2. Sharon Durbin Graves

    Congrats to Joan!

  3. Patricia Stoelting Langley

    I love journals, even though most are too pretty to use!

  4. LeDon Nunham Garcia

    Such a special journal….for inspiration, dreams and creations. 🙂

  5. 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…

  6. Love all your art…colors awe awesome.

  7. Linda Sartin


  8. Wendy Fluke

    Loved the workshop Dreama!! Thank you for all your inspiration.

  9. Korrine K Rogers

    Can’t wait to paint with you in Marco!
    Dreama good times ahead 🙂

  10. Nancy Piros

    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

  11. Gail Storti

    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!

  12. 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!!

  13. Barbara

    Love the journals. Love the inspiring fun!

  14. Joyce Dodd Harcharik

    journals sound like a fabulous idea when we are inot sure of our future ideas. write it down.

  15. Lori Goggans

    I’m Dreama-ing I’ll win one if your Beautiful Journals!!!

  16. Valee Sewell Penn

    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!

  17. 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

  18. Maureen Walsh

    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!!!

  19. Roberta Schwandner

    Love your paintings and journals.

  20. Cindy Williams

    Hi Dreama, will these journals be for sale too? (but I hope to win one lol) 🙂

  21. Dreama

    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…..;-)

  22. Eva Munson

    Would love to have the the journal….I can’t wait to meet you in Shreveport, La.

  23. Joanne S Kilduff

    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.

  24. Jennifer Edgar

    ahh Dreama your work just makes me happy and ful of my own dreams

  25. Cathryn Berry

    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!!!



  27. Prudy Weaver Artist

    Beautiful journal that I would love to have!

  28. Dreama, so happy to have discovered you through a fellow-artist! You’re inspirational, and colorful too :))

  29. Sheila

    The journal is lovely, just like the person who created it. Thank you for sharing your warmth, goodness, and talent!

  30. Christine Bass

    I love your work!

  31. jobi

    yes, June! I agree! Can we purchase them, Dreama? Count me in! 🙂

  32. Lynda Whelan Evans

    Lovely journal, Dreama!

  33. Joan

    Love this journal. I will WANT to write in it !

  34. Michelle Charron

    I would like to awn anything from Dreama Tolle Perry

  35. Michelle Charron

    I would like to own anything from Dreama Tolle Perry

  36. Laura

    what a beautiful journal and what a wonderful idea for 2014. Envision your life the way you want it to be!!!

  37. june

    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!).

  38. Marion

    Love love that painting on your journal!

  39. Would love the journal! Great inspiration!! xx:) K

  40. What a beautiful cover Dreama and such a good idea to give away some. I hope I win.

  41. What a great idea & the journals r lovely. Now where is my Dreama calendar?

  42. Terri

    Great for gift giving!!

  43. Cindee Stockstill

    Love, love, love your work!!!!

  44. Lynda King

    I need a new journal for 2014.

  45. Mary wheeler

    Your work is inspirational !

  46. Linda Jones

    Beautiful…would love to start 2014 with this journal!

  47. Andrée

    what a beautiful and inspirational idea. Thanks Dreama

  48. Linda Guslani Stratton

    Another beautiful Dreama piece!!! ~Love it!

  49. Jobi

    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

  50. Judie De Wald

    Would inspire one to write happy thoughts!

  51. Suzanne Chevalier

    Such a pretty and inspiring journal ! Love it! Hope to find a pic of your cat in there 😉

  52. Julia Shanabrook Harris

    very Beautiful!

  53. Barb Eiben

    Love the journal….the cover would inspire anyone to write in it. I treasure your talent…..

  54. Julie Gowing Hayes

    Your colors are so happy!

  55. Kathryn Sellers Bunn

    You KNOW I love me some Dreama

  56. Dreama:
    You are always an inspiration. Your colors are so happy and vibrant. Just like you are. Have a stellar year in 2014.

  57. Mary Crook Moran

    Journaling is so valuable. This one would inspire some illustrations, too! Lovely.

  58. Dawn Hartigan

    I really like the color palette Dreama uses. These new journals are beautiful.

  59. Linda Will

    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 . :-)))

  60. Dreama

    Tommie! So looking forward to meeting you in LA 🙂 ! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment— wishing you good luck :-)!!

  61. Dreama

    Thanks Sandy! It was fun to play with putting my art on a journal. Two things I love—painting and writing 🙂

  62. Sandy huebner

    Journals are beautiful

  63. 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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