March 30, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Twenty

Hey There Journal Gang,

Sending our love to everyone from afar this week as we continue to navigate our way through these strange new days. How are you all doing? Have you been benefitting from working in your journals lately? We definitely have. Bailey has been painting her daily sky watercolor journal entries throughout this past week. Such a simple and meditative way to find your center and appreciate the little things, like the way the clouds drift through the sky on a Spring day. On our Instagram account, she demonstrates her process, so follow along there for inspiration! It’s the perfect time to take a few minutes for yourself and just be in the moment, enjoying working on your journal. “Be Here Now”

This week we’ve got mantras on our minds. With an air of uncertainty shrouding so, so many things right now, finding a mental space that empowers and comforts you is vital. It’s super easy to get wrapped up in fear, stress or anxieties. Ruminating on a positive mantra can serve as a mental guidepost, to give you perspective, encourage you and give you strength.

A personal mantra is a phrase or word that resonates with you at any given time. It embodies your inner values and beliefs. It honors where you are now and where you would like to go. We all have mantras, whether or not we are conscious of it! That little subconscious voice or low-key inner monologue it always running..It can be positive, negative or somewhere in-between. This week we’re aiming to align with some positive statements that give us strength, comfort and help us to keep on truckin’.

Find something that speaks to you. It could inspired by a favorite quote, something you read in a book, a lyric from a song or a phrase you come up with yourself! Condense it down or use it verbatim - anything that empowers you and brings a sense of calm and encouragement is perfect.

Here are some simple mantras and quotes to get your wheels turning:
  • Be Here Now
  • Create Every Day
  • Overcome and Grow 
  • Patience is Power
  • One Day at a Time
  • I am peaceful and calm
  • I accept myself as I am
  • I am resourceful and strong
  • This Too Shall Pass
  • Keep on Truckin’
  • Keep on the Sunny Side

“I am exactly where I am supposed to be.”
Shannon Kaiser


“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein

“Life is a balance between holding on a letting go.”
Rumi

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.“
Henry Thoreau

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.“
Corrie Boom

"Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones."
Bruce Garrabrandt

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."
Kurt Vonnegut

“You have power over your mind and not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.”
Marcus Aurelius

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 
J.R.R. Tolkien

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” 
Shannon L. Alder



The mind is a powerful thing, isn’t it? We can’t wait to see what mantra(s) you embrace for yourself!


Stay Strong, Stay Awesome, and Happy Journaling!
xoxo
The Antiquaria Team

March 23, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Nineteen


Hey there Journal Gang,

As we enter a new week of journal club, we’re thinking of you and hope that your journals are serving as a therapeutic outlet through all of the sudden changes and adjustments we’re all experiencing. Even though our journal club meetup is on hold, we’re maintaining that spirit of camaraderie and community through our journals each week. Life feels a little more strange with each passing day right now, but we're all doing the best we can to adapt, be positive and resourceful. Keep on keeping on! Using journaling, letters and other creative outlets to help us process things has been invaluable.

Last week we spent some time pondering our appreciation of loved ones. When life shifts dramatically, it’s more important than ever to communicate and connect with people that love and support us, and visa versa. Our instagram share a card event has been cathartic for us as well; connecting with you, sharing circumstances and encouraging words brought a little extra light into our days. We are feeling super grateful for all the amazing people in our lives right now. When it gets down to it, what is life but the joy of sharing all it has to offer with others?

So, what’s this about silver linings?
We may be collectively socially distancing right now, but a major global event like this can unite us in purpose and spirit. It can make you reevaluate your priorities, values, what self-care means to you, your world view, your routines, goals, and count your blessings. So, pretty much everything! Though it oftentimes feels like an ominous and uncertain situation, nothing is life is so plain in black and white. Even the most trying circumstances have a silver lining laced within. Everyone processes emotions at different rates and in different ways, so it’s OK to be exactly wherever you are right now! It’s absolutely normal to experience anxiety and stress when things upend your normal life. Things will get better. Let's uplift our thoughts this week and focus on those little silver linings within.

Maybe you’ve been able to :
  • Spend more time with your immediate family
  • Connect with distant family more often through letters or technology 
  • Make your pets happy by being around more often (keeping those tails wagging!)
  • Finish lingering home improvement projects
  • Read more
  • Write more
  • Catch up on sleep
  • Start or work on an art/craft hobby
  • Dive into a personal passion project 
  • Go for more walks
  • Explore the outdoors
  • Work in your yard
  • Try new recipes at home
  • Get a jump on spring cleaning or organization
  • Catch up on your favorite show 

…These are a few of the silver linings that come to mind!

So, what are your silver linings?  Think about what small gift each of these days of late have to offer, and how you can lean into them to help you grow, heal and move forward.
While everything is still uncertain, and can feel scary at times, know that for every negative, there is a positive hiding in there..somewhere. Many things may be out of our control, but we can control being kind to ourselves (and each other!), embracing the here and now(easier said than done, we know!), looking out for others and just simply doing the best we can. One day at a time, friends. Slow and steady..we’ve got this. Hang in there!


Be well, and Happy Journaling,
xoxo
The Antiquaria Team

March 16, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Eighteen


“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have
lighted the flame within us.”
Albert Schweitzer

Hey there Journal Gang! We’ve been reveling in the warming days and extra sunlight over this past week - have you? Spending more time outside has been so nice, and much needed. As we enter a new week, we’re appreciating the outlet of our journals more than ever. Journaling is an excellent way to process thoughts and emotions. In times of many changes and uncertainty, such as these, self-reflection and expression are vital to coping and adapting to new situations. 2020 is turning out to be an interesting year so far, indeed.

A core part of being a human is the depth, complexity and value of our relationships with one another. The human spirit needs to connect, and as social beings, we require that to thrive! In times of hardship and uncertainty, our friends, families and connection with society as a whole can build us up, give us strength and help us navigate through uncharted territory. That’s why this week, we want to spend some time reflecting on what we love most about the people we love most.

Who are your friends and family? What traits do they have that you admire, respect and adore? Why? What does family mean to you? Even though we may not be able to gather physically in these times, we can still nurture those connections through appreciation and hey, maybe even some good old fashioned snail mail! What better way to brighten someone’s day and let them know you’re thinking of them from afar, than with a sweet sentiment popping up in their mailbox? Compassion and emotional support contribute to a sense of well-being and provide strength on even the most difficult of days.

So write all about it, send some snail mail, shoot a quick text, call those you love - and tell them why they are awesome! We’re wishing you all the health and happiness.

All the very best and Happy Journaling,
xoxo
The Antiquaria Team

March 09, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Seventeen


“Here comes the sun, doo-doo-doo-doo, here comes the sun
And I say, it's alright”


Hey Journal Gang! Welcome to another beautiful week and a whole new journaling prompt! Last week we pondered all of the fun and exciting things that await us throughout this year and beyond. What is the occasion or milestone you’re most looking forward to?

On the note of forward thinking - this week is good one, because we are one generous leap closer to the arrival of SPRING! And we couldn’t be happier about it! We may lose a bit of sleep, but we will have glorious sun-filled evening hours to more than make up for it. Even though Spring is still a few weeks away, this shift is a big change and really serves as the unofficial start of the season for many. It’s so refreshing to feel like your leisure time opportunities blossom with all the extra rays and warmth. We’re looking forward to golden hour walks, exploring the outdoors, working outside, evening gardening, journaling on the patio, spending more time with pets and just the general increase in energy levels! 

Are you happy about Daylight Savings? What things do you love about it most? What will you do with all that splendid evening sunlight?! 

We hope everyone has a great week filled with nice weather and hopeful thoughts!
Stay Golden, friends.  
 
Happy Journaling!
xoxo
The Antiquaria Team


March 02, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Sixteen


“Grateful for where I am
Excited about where I’m going”

Hey there Journal Gang, Happy Monday! How did your bucket list pondering go last week? What was your top priority must-do item that emerged? Are you feeling pumped about it? We’d love to know!

We definitely enjoyed thinking about our lists! So we’re using the winds of inspiration to guide the sails into this new week and prompt. EXCITEMENT! It’s something that everyone needs a bit of in their lives, in whatever way suits you best! Gratitude for the now, and excitement for the new; words to live by. We find it’s always nice to have things to look forward to dotted on the calendar, serving as little beacons of fun waiting for us to arrive. 


Having plans made and goals in action is very motivating and can help you through times where the struggle starts feeling pretty real! A trip to the ocean, seeing family, a coffee date with your best friend, taking a class, Spring blossoms emerging, starting a DIY project, trying a new recipe, a new museum exhibition, planting a garden, lazy Sunday, Friday night sushi date, the heart of Summer. Nothing is too minute to be excited about!

This week we hope you find reasons to be excited and are energized by all the good things on your horizon. If there’s nothing on your calendar that’s making you say YES!..then it’s a perfect opportunity to set some fun plans in stone!



Happy Journaling!
xoxo
The Antiquaria Team

February 24, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Fifteen


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
Mark Twain

Hey Journal Gang! It’s been FIFTEEN weeks since the establishment of Antiquaria Journal Club! Such a sense of accomplishment to see the pages filling up with our thoughts and artwork, don’t you think? Last week we sent some vibes of recognition and appreciation to Old Man Winter before we bid him farewell in a few short weeks. Are you ready for Spring? We are!

This week we’re looking towards the future, but beyond the short term, and focusing on the grand scheme of things. One thing we’ve found through journaling is the fact that getting things out of your mind and onto the page is a powerful thing. These thoughts, aspirations and goals that seemed to float around abstractly are suddenly there before you in black and white, living in the heart of your journal! It’s crazy how such a small action can bring about a clearer vision and motivation to make things happen. Journaling can really assist in organizing your thoughts, blasting through lists and defining dreams!

Speaking of goals and dreams…this week those are majorly on our radar. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and not see beyond the week ahead of you, but it’s also productive to think of longer term goals, and reaffirm what you value most. Breaking it down into daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, 5 year and lifetime goals etc. is a great way to make small steps into big changes. Sometimes it helps to envision an ultimate goal and then deconstruct it, working your way backwards to make it happen. So, for fun, let’s spend some time focusing on the ultimate lifetime goals, or creating our ‘Bucket Lists’ - Heck yes!

So…What are some things you’ve ALWAYS wanted to do? Daydream and write all about them! Go to Fiji? Whale watching? Skydiving? Visit the Louvre? Backpack on the Appalachian trail? Start a family? Own a home? Write a book? See the Northern Lights? Learn a trade? Start a business? It can be absolutely anything!

This is going to a super fun list to make - we can’t wait to start ours, and hear all about yours!


Happy Journaling!!

xoxo
The Antiquaria Team

February 17, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Fourteen


“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home.” 
Edith Sitwell

Hey Journal Gang!

Was your past week filled with thoughts of self-love and rituals of self-care? Hopefully so! After reflecting on ways to nurture the self and live a little more simply, we are feeling motivated to make more time to sustain a balance within. Life happens, things get busy and the scales can get tipped, but reflecting on ways to slow down and just ‘be’ is always helpful for some mental perspective. Let’s keep it up throughout 2020! *Adds to 2020 intentions list*

Speaking of 2020…How are we almost into it’s third month already?? Spring is just a little over a month a way, and the sun lingers a little longer each day. It seems like around late February, daydreams of greenery in Spring start creeping in. In our Journal Collage Workshop last week, we noticed green coming through as a collective theme among the collages; we suspected our subconscious thoughts of Spring were playing a role in that! With that in mind, we thought we would take some time this week to lean into the remainder of this season we’re in, and end on a high note by reflecting on all of the things we appreciate about this time of the year. After all, there are many joys in Winter!

So, what aspects of Winter do you look forward to or revel in? All the cozy hobbies? Skiing adventures in the mountains? The mountains in Colorado are majestic in every season, perhaps even more so in Winter.  Do you love how quiet and sparkly the world feels after a fresh snow? (That's the best!) Soup and candles? Maybe you enjoy the vibe of being indoors and the overall tone. Winter wardrobes maybe? All the layers - so many fashion opportunities! For those in warmer climates, what are your favorite Wintry things?



No matter your favorite season, there is beauty to appreciate in each one. So let’s think positive and reminisce on all those lovely things while it lasts. For next thing we know, it will be Spring!



Happy Journaling!!
xoxo

The Antiquaria Team

February 10, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Thirteen


"Never give from the depths of your well, but from your overflow."
Rumi

Hey Journal Gang! We hope you’ve had a great past week with your Journal and exploring the world of Haikus. How did your experience go? Do you have a favorite Haiku from the week? If so, let us know about it in the comments! 

We’re officially halfway through Winter, and it’s been snowing a lot here in Colorado recently. As the season goes along, it can be easy to start missing the sunshine, warmth and greenery of Spring and Summer days. Are you feeling that way? With Valentine’s Day coming up this week and Winter weather going strong, we’ve got our mind on self-love and self-care.. Often Valentine’s Day is love focused outwardly; expressions of love for others being the central theme. This is definitely something to appreciate and it’s important to let people know you care! But expressions of self-love and self-care are also important, and a big key to feeling content, empowered and confident. With busy lives and caring for others, it’s all too easy to let it fall to the wayside. This week, we want to get in touch with those little things and make way more time for self-care.

So, what are some of your favorite ways to nurture yourself? Maybe it’s embracing the Hygge lifestyle, especially in Winter. Hygge: “A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being, and is regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture.” Think candles, warm blankets, mood lights, hot tea, and a general cozy, simple living vibe! If you’re extroverted, maybe your self-care i
nvolves making time to be social and relax with friends. If you’re more of an introvert, maybe it’s allowing yourself time to be alone, rest and recharge, free of guilt. Maybe it’s getting a manicure, getting into skincare, or indulging in various small simple pleasures. A gourmet chocolate bar, buying nice sheets, getting yourself flowers, less screen time, reading a book, spending time with pets, finding time for physical activity, or working on a passion project that you’ve been pushing to the back of your mind.

There are SO many ways to take some time for yourself and make your own wellbeing a priority. Take some time to reflect on the ways you’d like to embrace self-care, and explore those things in your journal! So this week, treat yo self. Buy yourself those flowers, eat that chocolate, take that nap. You deserve it! Enjoy the small things.


Happy Nurturing, and Happy Journaling!

xo
The Antiquaria Team

February 03, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Twelve




creative outlet 
pages fill with memories
journal club is grand


Hey Journal Gang! We hope you are having a wonderful start to the new month and enjoyed last week’s prompt! Did you find the mood tracking to be insightful? It’s a great thing to incorporate into journaling as an ongoing element. Staying in touch with how you’re feeling, and why, is a key to being mindful and living in the moment - one of the intentions we set for 2020. Pretty neat how things build and give you momentum when you’re keeping a journal!
This week we want to continue building on those things and growing as people, so we’re going to try incorporating another element into this prompt - poetry, specifically Haikus! “Poetry - but I can’t write poetry!?“ If you just had that thought -- don’t worry! Absolutely anyone can write a Haiku, including you!!


What is a Haiku, anyway?
A Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. They are short poems that use very few words to capture a moment in time, create a mental image, or convey a message. Traditionally, a Haiku is composed of three lines, and broken down into syllables - 5 in the first line, 7 in the second line, 5 in the third line. 5, 7, 5.



For example:
  1. creative outlet   (5 syllables)
  2. pages fill with memories  (7 syllables)
  3. journal club is grand   (5 syllables)



See? Not so intimidating! You can be literal with your Haikus and keep them very straightforward, or go for more conceptual and imagery-based content. Many Haikus are inspired by nature and the seasons. You can write one about a moment or event, a feeling you had, about a memory, or as a summary of your day as a whole. You would be surprised how much can be conveyed in just three short lines of text! Since there is a simple and set format for these little poems, anyone can approach them and add a little poetry to their life. Once you get into the swing of it, writing them is so fun and easy! So we encourage you to think outside of the box, try something new and 5-7-5 your way through the week!



Happy Haiku-ing, and Happy Journaling!!
xoxo
The Antiquaria Team


January 27, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Eleven


Hey Journal Gang!! We’re back with a new prompt, as we enter into our eleventh week of The Antiquaria Journal Club! Can you believe it’s been almost THREE months since we started? We’re super grateful for this community that we’ve bonded with through journaling, and truly look forward to seeing the things you make.

Last week we were feeling all kinds of the blues, in the best possible way. Did you enjoy this take on the prompt? We can’t wait to see how you all interpreted the color-theme! As we worked on our spreads, the notion of how much color can effect your mood was in the forefront of thoughts. Just seeing all the soothing and vibrant blues on the page inspired a certain emotional vibe. Color is essentially a visual emotion!

So this week, we wanted to take a deeper dive into the world of moods, by tracking them each day. Various trackers are a great thing to incorporate into a journal, and are ubiquitous in bullet journaling - for good reason! Keeping daily tabs on our moods, goals or tasks can help us analyze trends and make changes where needed in order to succeed. Sounds good, right?

If you’re keeping a bullet journal, a mood tracker is a very intuitive incorporation. You can color code things, make graphs and embrace an almost scientific approach to tracking your moods. If your vibe is more art journaling and improvising, taking an art therapy perspective on it could be right up your alley. For example, you could paint a visual representation of how you felt that day, using colors to signify certain feelings. Of course, mood tracking is a natural fit for reflective journaling as well! Simply writing out how you felt, what happened and how your moods ebbed and flowed throughout the day can be enlightening in retrospect.

Having a catalog of moods can give a greater insight into how events, habits and actions affect us. It can be a guide to allow yourself to rest more than you thought you needed to, or show you where your trouble points are. Maybe you realize your mood shifts when you need to sleep, when you get hungry, when things are out of balance, or if you haven’t seen friends in awhile. Awareness is power!


Wishing you a wonderful week filled with all the good vibes.


Happy Journaling!


xoxo
The Antiquaria Team
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