Hi, I’m Maddie-Jo Anderson, creator of Drawn Dreams: a Mood-Boosting Manifestation and Gratitude Journal. It’s a solution for attracting a mindful, fulfilling, and happy life. This dreamy book works wonders for me, so I want to share it with you.
Sure in the long run watching your goals and dreams come true in your Drawn Dreams journal will thrill the heck out of you, but this special sketchbook can also spark joy immediately; here's how:
1. Practicing Gratitude: Decreases Depression, Increases Happiness
Practicing gratitude increases happiness and decreases depression, according to this Forbes article. From first-hand experience, I couldn't agree more. Many days I will wake up unmotivated and even sad. I will then begin to sketch in my Drawn Dreams journal what I'm grateful for, such as my cup of tea. Magically within minutes, I feel awesome, it's as if I'm a different person.
Drawn Dreams prompts you, daily, to draw and focus on what you’re grateful for. This quick and fun process is very impactful, and like magic, the feeling of gratitude instantly morphs to joy.
One thing I know for sure, it's not happy people who are grateful; it's grateful people who are happy. Let’s engulf ourselves in all this “gratitude-goodness”, daily!
2. Not Taking Yourself So Seriously: Allowing Yourself to Laugh at Yourself
If you're anything like me, you are no sketch artist, and chances are you haven't drawn anything in ages.
You're in luck; Drawn Dreams is for everybody and is intended to just be fun.
According to Huffingtonpost.com, it's incredibly important to laugh at yourself, and your dream drawings are definitely going to assist with that. For instance, in my latest journal entry the shoes I'm wearing look like male private parts. My sketch had me laughing out loud, giving me a great belly laugh, and I even started tearing up.
Whether you're drawing stick figures or figurative portrait art, your mindful "dream time" can be quite a comical daily practice.
3. Connecting to the Present Moment: Living in the Now
With this mindfulness solution, you’re able to tap into the present, bringing awareness to your energy, feelings, and surroundings. This “me time” cultivates your appreciation for all the blessings lighting up your life at that very moment.
I recently went to see the famous spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle speak in Toronto, he's the King of “living in the now”. Tolle says the present moment is all we have, and the past and future don't even exist.
I agree with Mr. Tolle, and believe right now is all that really matters. If we're constantly lost in our thoughts and thinking about the past or the future, then we are truly missing out and we’re letting our lives just pass us by.
Drawn Dreams grabs the attention of a busy mind and helps you focus on “the now”, so you’re able to live your life to the fullest.
4. Reflecting: Admiring Your Masterpieces
Not only will you admire, or even crack a smile while scrolling through former sketches, but also you will see how some dreams have actually come to fruition, this will make you pumped.
I like to flip back, often, with a bright colored marker and circle all my dreams that have come true. When doing this reflection, I'm infused with a great sense of accomplishment, pride, and joy.
Feel free to also admire other Dreamers' interpretations of the Drawn Dreams canvas, using the hashtag #DrawnDreams.
5. Self Expression: Benefitting From Art Therapy
It's important to stress that art therapy doesn't require any artistic talent or ability whatsoever, according to Addiction.com.
I'm not a sketch artist by any means but I am a fan of creating abstract art. I get the same feel-good, accomplished relief from painting on a giant canvas, as I do when sketching in Drawn Dreams.
Both painting and drawing are forms of expression, expressing yourself in ways words just can’t. People often give me the feedback that they find it a lot easier to express themselves through Drawn Dreams than traditional journaling.
Addiction.com also says art therapy can help people with mental health issues, serious illnesses, and people recovering from trauma, addiction, and grief.
Drawn Dreams helps me immensely with grieving the passing of my younger brother Spencer. There are many ways it helps, one example is: in the morning I'll draw signs I want to see from Spencer, such as owls or rainbows. Sure enough, throughout my day I will see those signs all over the place. Whether it's an owl on a t-shirt or a rainbow on the ground from the way the sun shines through a window, I know they’re gifts from Spencer, and it makes my day.
When drawing, I like to go with the flow and not erase anything. I think it’s important to be easy on myself, let my creative juices flow, and to savour the whole entire process. It's all about enjoying the journey with Drawn Dreams, it’s not so much about the destination.
6. Donating and Giving the Gift of Gratitude: Increases Health and Happiness
Giving to others not only makes us happy but can help lower our blood pressure, according to Reuters.com.
Every Drawn Dreams purchase contributes to being able to hand-deliver free Drawn Dreams journals to people in drug treatment centres. With your help I have already donated over 60 journals, honouring my younger brother Spencer Tillapaugh who passed in 2014 due to an accidental overdose.
Back when I visited Spencer in treatment he was very bored. Not only does this journal give those that are recovering something to do, but it is beneficial to their lives. They can draw themselves sober and manifest the lives they wish to have. Gifting journals to those in treatment is so special and fulfilling for me. Many don’t have a penny to their name and are very appreciative of this uplifting gift.
On DrawnDreams.com you have the option to purchase a journal for yourself (which contributes to Drawn Dreams donations).
You can purchase a journal to be donated to a treatment centre. Journals which are strictly for donation are on sale.
Thank you for reading! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for dreaming with me.
Dream BIG, Believe BIG, Live BIG.