Life Happens...Sparkle Anyway! TM

What Is Sparkle Mining?

Sometimes life gets tough, we stuff our real feelings , "suck it up" and just get on with it. Think of this as an "emotional bandaid" of sorts. The problem is when we continue to stuff our feelings, over time we will begin to feel jaded, not so happy... sometimes we just feel like we are going thru the motions of life. We can even forget what USED to make us happy, what made us SPARKLE.

Sparkle Mining is a safe place to start reclaiming your joy- your sparkle. It is full of resources to help you start mining... start your emotional "search and rescue",then cleaning up, polishing and reclaiming the lost parts of yourself so you can sparkle again!

Life happens...Sparkle Anyway!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Have You Been To The Dump Lately?

Hello My Sparkly Friends!
So one of the surest ways to dull your sparkle
 is to have an overloaded brain. 
 You know, everything is shoved up in there
 like that closet you are scared to open 
cause you know you might get killed by all the junk falling out!
My handy dandy solution to overstuffed brain is 
"The Daily Brain Dump" as I call it!  
Nothing productive can happen in your life 
if you don't sort out your brain, 
and the "DBD" is the way to go.
Squirrels forget because they can't write and empty their brain every morning!
Do YOU know where all of your nuts are??
The "Daily Brain Dump" is actually what Julia Cameron describes in her book 
"The Artist's Way" as "Morning Pages".
If you do nothing else in life for yourself 
other than start a daily habit of "DBD",
 I assure you it will help quite a lot.

The term "Dump" for me is also symbolic (albeit not so pretty an image).  Think about a real dump and recycling facility.  There are huge machines that help to separate
 the types of junk and garbage brought in.

Look at this pile of garbage.  Pretty gross, right?
How does it make you feel?


Now Looky here.
There is something more calming about this pile... it is separated

Finally- look at this: Orderly and Clean and Useful!
Now think about your mind.
When your mind is full of garbage that is unsorted you are kinda
 like a car in the snow without catlitter... 
 Your wheels just keep spinning.
By putting it all out on paper, and physically sorting your thoughts into productive categories,
you will open your mind up for 
instead of reacting.
So here's how to do it:
Get a large brand spankin new legal pad and a nice flowy pen that makes you happy to write.
First thing in the morning- take your pen and  
completely empty out ALL thoughts  
as they pop into your head.  The reason I started calling it my "Brain Dump" is it 
reminds me to not "edit" 
 what goes out onto the paper, I just let it all flow.  It doesn't have to make sense or be in order. You can write "I hate my job, I need to get milk, I must fix that cabinet and call mom" You just have to keep writing until nothing is left
 The only real rule is to leave one space in between thoughts or paragraphs.  Say as much or as little about each thought as you want.  That's it!  I will tell you why later.

When you are finished, take a scissor and begin cutting the thoughts or paragraphs
and place them into piles:  To do, Rants and Grumblings, To Buy, To Fix, What I really wish...
whatever headings you please.
Now with the pile of rants and grumblings
either shred them completely, wet them and mush them- or burn them like I do- anything so that whoever you were writing about can never find and read.
Put the other groups in envelopes or make them into lists.
Now tell me...
How much better do you feel???
Not only will you start your day with a clear head, you will have a list of stuff to get done!
If you prefer, you can do this at night so you can sleep with a clear mind.
I challenge you to try it for a week- even five days straight.
Tell us how it goes!!!
Just look at you, you sparkly thing!!!

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