Creating an Idea Journal

by Theresa Reed on April 16, 2014

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Your brain is swimming with brilliant ideas that you just know will bring in all sorts o’ cash, fame, or opportunity.

Except you have a mind like a sieve and each stroke of genius sifts out as fast as it comes in, never to appear again.

Sound like you?

Sick of getting dazzling flashes of creativity only to lose them to monkey mind madness?

I used to be like that too, my friend.  My inklings would come and go like a feather on a windy day.   (Oddly enough, I am able to retain worthless pop culture trivia with like some sort of broke-down pointless Rainman.  This “talent” only serves me well when playing Trivial Pursuit or making low-rent bets with my husband.)

I began keeping an “idea journal” years ago and it’s been my secret weapon to keep me spitting game and keepin’ the  sweet content flowing at The Tarot Lady hub.  

If you’re an idea machine who tends to have too much other gunk floating around in your brain (like yours truly), an idea journal will keep your concepts and notions safely stored away like a paper vault of awesome!

Here’s what I do:

1. Get a small journal that you can keep at your desk but also carry with you if need be.  

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2. Every time you get a killer thought or scheme, write that sucker down.  I also keep track of potential blog posts, classes, products, and any random little phrase that passes through my cranium.  I’ll also sketch out programs, write down people or songs that inspire me, and jot down lyrics and quotes.  (If you are visually oriented, you can also include images from magazines.)  Another tip: I pay close attention to what clients are asking about tarot or business.  I write those questions and use them as prompts for new products or blogs.

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3. Now you have a list of all kinds of brainstorming material that you can dip into any time.  This little journal is especially useful when I am organizing my editorial calendar.  Open that book and boom!  Tons of juicy content waiting to be created.

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Once my idea journal is filled, I’ll transfer anything that has not been implemented into a fresh book and begin again.  (I keep the old ones because I enjoy going through them again from time to time and seeing if there are any other nuggets I can glean from the previous work.)

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When I’m on the go and sans the journal, I use my cellphone to capture ideas as well.  Simply open up a note and begin typing or speaking into the phone (my husband always chuckles at me when I’m recording stuff into my phone.  Yes, he was laughing as he took my picture below). Once I’m home, those go right into the journal.

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I’ve also found that keeping my book handy when I meditate or go to bed has been a wise move.  Often my best stuff comes right as I’m about to drift into la la land or savasana induced bliss.  

Look, we’re all busy beavers and it’s not easy to keep track of our insights much less our keys.  Start keeping an idea journal and you’ll be more productive, creative – and more likely to actually implement your wicked smart inspirations.

 Here’s to your big time creativity (and a whole lotta better retention)!

Blessings!

Theresa

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014

 

Tarot Card by Card – Ten of Swords

by Theresa Reed on April 13, 2014

Join me each week for “Tarot Card by Card” as we go through each card individually with fresh interpretations and a sucka free approach.  Learn to read tarot in a fun, irreverent, modern way.

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Keywords: ending, treachery, pain, defeat, new horizons, failure, undoing, betrayal, ruin, finality

General meaning:  Stick a fork in it, it’s done.  The complete and utter ending, with a side order of pain.  It’s all over now.  Singing that swan song. Accept that things are done and move on.  Ruination at the hands of another.  Failure. The expiration date arrives. Enemies.  Backstabbing, triflin’ haters. Hitting rock bottom. Misfortune. Relapse.  Light at the end of a tunnel of hurt. Physically, this card can indicate back surgery or back pain.  

Reversed:  Healing of an old wound.  Recuperation from surgery or illness.  The fresh start after a period of pain.  The promise of a new day.  Rebooting.  Recovery.  Forgiving a traitor.  Being the bigger man.  Turn the other cheek.  Picking yourself up after an epic failure and finding the courage to start over.  Seeking redemption.  It ain’t over til it’s over. 

Affirmation: I am willing to release the past and start again.

Theme song:  “The End” by The Doors

Journaling prompt: Think about a time when you tasted defeat.  How did you cope? What did you learn from the experience?  How did you recover and move on?  Journal that heavy stuff, dawg.

Rap:

You got an enemy

Or maybe a few

Triflin’ backstabbers

Wanna ruin you

Stick in dat knife

Twist it around

Grimey bitch move

Face down on the ground

This may be an end

But it don’t need to be

Brush yo shoulders off

And let them be

Shake the spot

And start it fresh

Even if you fail

It don’t mean death.

 

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014

 

The Hit List – Fashion Bashin’

April 12, 2014

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Less More 4/11/14

April 11, 2014

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Gonzo Tarot – Positive Negative

April 10, 2014

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What to do (and say) when ‘friends’ try to score your skills — for free.

April 9, 2014

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A Word About Our Sponsors

April 7, 2014

Tweet The Soulful Proprietor Retreat is soul-d out and I’m thrilled with the fab companies that have sponsored our event.  We are lucky to have some great local businesses here in Wisconsin that have opened up their hearts and given generously.   Let me introduce you to these mighty fine establishments (and if you’re in […]

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Tarot Card by Card – Nine of Swords

April 6, 2014

Tweet Join me each week for “Tarot Card by Card” as we go through each card individually with fresh interpretations and a sucka free approach.  Learn to read tarot in a fun, irreverent, modern way.   Keywords: pain, worry, sleeplessness, stress, backstabbing, depression, illness General meaning:  Life may be getting under your skin.  Sleepless nights […]

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The Hit List – Slangaholic

April 5, 2014

Tweet I’ve always been fascinated with slang.  Proper English is great ‘n all but slang (patois if you want to get fancy) makes language fun.  It loosens up the tongue and gets the priggish stick out.  Plus, sometimes it just says it better.   And oh, I love it all: old timey, rap lingo, foreign…give […]

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Less More 4/4/14

April 4, 2014

Tweet @ Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014 What is Less More?  A collection of pithy statements I have been compiling for about a year.  Reflections on what I want less of, what I want more of.  What do you want less or more of in your life?  

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