Sunday, 26 February 2012

Write, Jules, Write

I haven't written much about the writing I'm doing at the moment.  Not too sure why that is?   Perhaps when I'm immersed in writing mode, I then don't write about it.   Perhaps? I dunno.  I'm not going to analyse that one. 

I'm writing the manuscript for my 2nd book which is called Creating your first ever CV in seven easy steps. Yikes just found that it's on Amazon for pre-sale! Released 27th July 2012!

I was asked to write something about CVs by the publisher and spent a fair bit of time umming and arhing over whether I would do it.  There's just soooooo much out there about CV's.  

But one thing I didn't find easy to come by, that was, books relating to First Time Ever CV's.  There's a huge variety for undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, employees, job seekers, massive salary progression CV's but very limited selection for ages 14-20 in the following groups:-
  • still at school and wanting a part time job
  • still at school and wanting to leave after 16 or 18 and get a full time job
  • still at school/college and wanting work experience or voluntary work/shadowing opportunity
  • in first job which they got via a network and wanting to progress to another job

From my experience, these individuals still have very valuable skills and although they may not have a long work history, they just need to show how these skills are transferable by providing evidence.  So I decided I was going to write the book, complete with activities, which will take them through a process to find their skills, attributes, abilities and show where they have done something similar.  It's a creative book, informal, it's not dull, it's action orientated and my main aim is to help them blossom and find their Chief Skills. 

I'm following a similar formula that I developed for my first book Writing a UCAS personal statement in seven easy steps and start with this.  In finding this link, I have just discovered that it's now available on Kindle - how cool is that?!?!?!

Anyway, back to it, I pitched, I set a deadline submission for end of March and it was agreed. 

So here I am nearly in the month of March and I am doing well for my word count about 26,000 (the word count deadline was 23,000, phew I have bypassed this).  I'm juggling this writing and also my work that I do as an external marker for Liverpool John Moores University's World of Work programme, my careers coaching at Liverpool College and working in the Health Food Shop in Longridge. 


As I was getting stuck into writing today I wondered how many other writers do it when they have so much else going on.  I know authors and writers that go away and devote two weeks to write an extensive manuscript, having planned the formula and content. This helps them to focus entirely on the words, the concepts and what they're trying to convey.  They're on their own, being fed by someone who drops food off at the door and then retreats. They stay up all night, not washing for days, not bothering, not being diverted from anything accept writing, writing, and more writing.

This appeals to me alot.  

I can see why it works.  It must be just so helpful to have this timescale to get the bigger sections down on paper or on screen.  

For me, now, I'm fitting in with everything else - it's a bit stop, start, stop, start.  I know I'm getting somewhere with it, but this writers life, which is one I have manifested, is a challenge.

I'm feeling tired and not seeing too much daylight as I'm based on my screen most of the days.

Soooooooo..... I am gearing up for this last month of editing, re-reads, rejigs and tweaking and really looking to April, where I can then begin on my 44 Wisdom Card Project and have some time off to just enjoy the lighter nights, walking, moving away from the computer and creating, playing with colour.  

It's time.  

I have a been a tad creative as my iPod cover collapsed.

Here's the new cover that I created over on Zazzle - so excited to have it - it's such great quality and I am so delighted that it has my own work on there.  It's available for purchase toooooo. 

Exciting! I may get the hang of this. 

Much Love

Jules  xxx

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

I'd Pick More Daisies - A Poem by Nadine Stair

Our garden - a reminder of what's to come

If I had my life to live over
I'd try to make more mistakes next time
I would relax, I would limber up
I would be sillier than I have been on this trip.
I would be crazier.  I would be less hygienic.
I would take more chances.  I would take more trips
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers
Watch more sunsets.

I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice creams and less beans
I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I am one of those people who lives
prophylactically and sensibly and sanely
hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I have had my moments
And if I had it to do it over again, I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else
Just moments, one after another
Instead of living so many years ahead of each day
I have been one of those people who never go anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle
a raincoat and a parachute

If I had it to do it over again, I would go places and do things
I'd travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted,
earlier in the spring and stay that way earlier in the fall
I would play hooky more, I wouldn't make such good grades.
except by accident
I'd ride more merry-go-rounds
I'd pick more daisies.

by Nadine Stair, Age 85

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Looking at things differently

Do any of you remember the table I transformed last year? 
Never did get round to completing the legs! 

We've had a change around over here in our place, we bought two new sofas, arrived Friday and boy are they comfy.  This is the first time we have bought big furniture items - together -  that are new for the both of us.  We have said our goodbyes to our sofas from a previous life which we brought with us (that was tough actually but they've gone to a good home hopefully) and it's so nice to have sofas that are matching!

Anyway, enough about sofas.

I wanted to show you that sometimes you have to take things apart and then view it differently.

So I removed the legs from this table as it didn't fit into the scheme of things.  It was most definitely going to be used as a table somewhere else.  Just for now, it needed to be dismantled.

And in the dismantling process.... I saw another opportunity.

Lo and Behold a lovely piece of wall art.
Gave me ideas for doing more things like this. 
Spot the cute dog - she's always in the frame!

Happy Sunday and Monday, Tuesday etc...

If you would like to read about my new 44 Oracle Card Project then have a look at my post here  You may see that I have created a new banner for this blog as well as my Jules Dolly website and I'm working on bringing all the work that I do together and updating all my Julia Dolowicz website as well.  

Would love to know what you think?

Much Love

Friday, 3 February 2012

Introducing my 44 Wisdom Card Project

For the last 10 years, I have been an avid card reader, seeking inspiration from tarot and oracle.  For me, they are energy messengers – messengers to my soul, helping me to gain insight about life, situations and also helping me to gain clarity and depth. 

They don’t ‘tell’ me what to do and they certainly don’t ‘scare me’ - energy cards and tarot for that matter, are not here to do so.  Maybe, many years gone by, we would have sought out guidance from a soothsayer, a healer, a wise one, but they would use them as tools for conversation, for depth and for healing.

I have often felt guided by my spiritual guides, human and animal.  They are always beside me.  It’s not magic – it is energy.  When we spend time with our cards, we imbue and transfer our energetic message and we become akin to the cards and to the stories they hold.  

Their origin may have religious symbolism, if you so desire, you can find those types of energy cards.  More often you will find energy/oracle cards that feature connection to Angels, Fairies, Animals, Goddess, Celtic Mythology, Kabbalah, Buddhism, Zen, including the iChing. I have quite a wide selection of them all – about 10 sets but my favourites that stay by my side are my Osho Zen, Fairies, Angels, Goddess, Glastonbury Tarot and Native American Animal Medicine Cards. 

I have been building to this.  It started back in 2000 when I created my own set of Inspiration Cards – a set of small cards that contained favourite words, affirmations, lyrics, symbols, pictures.  These Inspiration Cards were kept in my handbag for quite a few years and I would often ask questions and see what the response would be.  They always gave me something to think about and ponder.  Something to get me to seek deeper answers.  

So now I am creating a 44 wisdom card set with a book that I will write to provide the messages.  

How is this project different?
In all the cards you can buy, the artwork is generally painted by a variety of artists who have submitted their work (or been commissioned).  The messages and words are written by the healer/writer/channel

I’m going to be doing both.

For this original card set I will be the artist creating the imagery, channeling the symbolism and the 'Writer of the Messages' for each card.

Where will you get the Inspiration for each Card?

Every card will be inspired by someone who has meant something to me, someone who has inspired me or taught me something.  They could be people I know, or people I don't know, living or passed over. They may be people I have seen from afar.   They may also be from dreamtime and with symbolism that I can’t recognise.  It will all unfold.

As I delightfully skip along with this project I will post pictures of the finished canvases and make prints available.  The ultimate end will be to create a full set of cards and have them published and made available for purchase.  

When I have completed all 44, I will hold an exhibition to show all of my wisdom canvases - not quite sure where this will be at the moment.   The next step is to gift the finished pieces to the people or their family who have been an inspiration for me. 

I have been greatly inspired by Lori Portka and her Hundred Thank Yous Project go visit her here to find out all about it.

How and Why did you decide on the number 44?

44 is a magical number.  To me, but also in other Oracle/Wisdom Card Sets.  It also happens to be my 44th year this year. 

At the age of 11

This was a memorable year for me.  My primary school teacher in top Juniors told my mum “Julia has art in her soul”.  Have you ever heard anything so delovely from a teacher? He was my favourite teacher.  So incredibly creative, musical, artistic and funny with it, with the most fabulous handwriting.  

He encouraged my musicality, my creativity and my art. I used to sketch, paint, sing, play the piano and the recorder.  He gave me confidence to perform and be up front in the choir.   I would sit for hours writing little stories and used to make up my own Mr Men book - I remember one, called "Mr Posh Nosh".

11 was the start of something.

At the age of 22

I was very ill and debilitated with M.E/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome).  I had a diagnosis, which took 18 months, it was looking very grim.  Now living back with my parents and having to resign from my job, my independence and my life.  It was doom and gloom time.  

However, something in my soul stirred.  I had a certainty that I was going to heal myself and it was at this point, aged 22 that I really began my journey of Healing ME.  Art, craft, creativity and writing played a huge part in that healing process.  I rekindled my love of creating, designing jewellery, tapestries, making clothes and combined with learning all about therapies that would heal me, I made different choices.  

Although it wasn’t until I was about 29 until I felt fully well, 22 was a turning point.  

Big Turning Point.

At the age of 33

I was living a life that was false.  I was married, wanting closeness, intimacy, babies and a complete family life.  This wasn’t reciprocated.  I was feeling very low in confidence and my relationship was making me feel like was I doing something wrong.  My creative self was hidden in a closet.  I was coasting – wanting sexual closeness, family and a sign that things would, could, be more joyful.  

At 33, I turned within again and realised I had to heal myself.  

Heal ME.  


Only this time it was me, and not M.E.  

I turned to DIY, painting and renovation, anything for a creative outlet.  It was through this process of creativity and reconnecting with spirit, visiting my 2nd home of Glastonbury that I realised, there was more and I had to have the courage to let go.

I tried to heal my marriage but it was not to be.  I left with a sad, sad heart and it took me many years to heal from this heart pain and to allow someone in again.  Through Creativity, Art, Healing and Words, I found Me over the next decade.

Now at nearly 44

My life feels like it has come “back to centre”.  I am in tune and connected to spirit, to earth, to love, to art, to words and to health and healing.  I am, thank goddess, in a loving new marriage with a beautiful soulful warrior who protects me, encourages and inspires.  My life work is exciting with pure potential.

When I look back through the 33 years since being told I had ‘Art in my Soul’ I know that I have.  I have honoured it.  There were a few bumps along the way but I have honoured it.

I have more to do and more to create and I will continue on this soul art path.

Although the grey hairs are more prevalent and I never did have babies, which does make me sad, I know I have a purpose and that’s to help, support, introduce, guide and show others how to do the same. To Heal Themselves.

This is the long version of my 44 Wisdom Card Project and why I chose 44 cards. 

I intend to complete this project by July when I’m celebrating. 

Thank you for reading thus far and please share any memory below that you may have of me at 11, 22, 33 and nearly 44.  

What fun, let’s get started. 

Much Love

Jules xxx

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