Dear enchanted ones, Happy New Year! How are you settling into 2022? I’d love to hear all about your wishes and desires for this year in the comments below this post.
In 2020 I absolutely loved using the Lavendaire Artist Of Life Workbook that you can read my review of right here, however, in 2021 I switched to the 2021 Year Of Growth Book as I really desired both reflection and a space for unravelling the tapestry of all my creative ideas.
For 2020 I have found such a sanctuary of peace and deepest creative introspection within the pages of the 2020 Artist Of Life Workbook by Lavendaire.
Journaling is one of my most sacred rituals. It never ceases to amaze me how my inner wisdom will always pour onto the page in front of me.
For me, there’s nothing more special than taking pen to paper that allows for that deeply cerebral friction of thought to take place. And where the page suddenly expands before me.
I don’t need to know what will become of my thoughts, I don’t fear that I will be teased and judged for the way I love to paint my imagination onto the page.
In particular, the 2022 Year Of Growth Book really makes space for my imagination to come alive on the page.
Through using the 2021 Year Of Growth Book, I love that daily I could just surrender to the act of pure flow and then look back and admire the process of becoming who I truly am. And I can keep it forever. All my truths, foibles and discoveries.
So, let’s dig into the 2022 Year Of Growth Book and I’ll also reveal how I am being guided by Simplicity as my word of the year for 2022.
A Look Inside The 2022 Year Of Growth Book
Although you’ll receive blog post review on your device of choice, I’d love for you to imagine that you’re caressing this journal unboxing with me.
When you receive this journal you unbox it from a beautiful white cardboard box full of Annie’s signature celestial design.
I adore the enclosed card with a note from Annie herself that truly makes you feel special and cherished by her and the whole Dreamy Moons team. I love that although Annie is so incredibly successful, she still fills her orders with so much intimacy.
You then hold the soft cotton black book in your hands and immediately I’m in awe of the gold bound at the edge of the pages and the black silky ribbon bookmark.
The Year Of Growth book is a truly opulent diary that feels like a truly luxurious ceremonial ritual to write in each day.
Having said that, I have only had the journal for a few months and you can already see from the photos that the cotton fabric has become marked despite it just living on my bedside table.
In terms of features, the 2022 version of the Year Of Growth Book is very concentrated on astrology and Full and New Moon reflections.
Of the 2022 release, Dreamy Moons describe this journal as:
“A diary with a focus on mindfulness, astrology, gratitude, intention setting, self-reflection, creativity and personal growth. It’s a thick, heavy book for every day journaling that will patiently wait for you on your bedside table or desk. Think of this book as a time capsule of who you are at this moment a time. A keepsake to look back on years in the future.”
The full feature list is as follows:
✦ Lunar phases calendar (both hemispheres)
✦ Celestial events
✦ Moon rituals and self-love ideas
✦ Full Moon and New Moon journaling
✦ Week per spread layout
✦ Weekly & monthly self-reflection prompts
✦ Weekly & monthly intention setting spaces
✦ Weekly affirmations
✦ Monthly overview
In comparison to the 2021 Year Of Growth, I truly love the greater space to plan your intentions and the detailed New Moon and Full Moon prompts that truly feel embodied for that particular season which is powerful to reflect and look back on.
I also love in many ways that, as someone who has journaled nearly every single day since childhood, there is truly more space to write your musings and to carve out your thoughts.
Writing to myself every single day in this way has been where I am able to mourn and celebrate and where I am able to listen and receive. I love the spaciousness I have with this 2022 design.
However, I do deeply miss the creative prompts that were present in the 2021 Year Of Growth journal.
The 2022 Year Of Growth journal has not kept the space for sketching or any creative journaling and I find myself missing that an awful lot.
Having said that, perhaps this will prompt me to start a separate 2022 art journal, so I’ll certainly let you know if I decide to do this!
Overall, I do prefer the 2021 Year Of Growth journal because the creative journaling feature was such an important part for me.
Nevertheless, Dreamy Moons have a plethora of gorgeous journals for the creative soul and it might be that I pair it with something else that can help to bring out my creative inner-world in more depth.
My Word Of The Year For 2022: Simplicity
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
~ Lao Tzu
For 2022 I am going to go on a journey with the word ‘Simplicity’.
And of course precious ones, I’m going to take you on this intimate journey with me through my blog (but especially through my monthly letters that you can sign up to for free either above or below this blog post).
In this increasingly complex world, simplicity is a luxury, don’t you agree?
My own reason for choosing Simplicity for 2022 was inspired by my current difficulties maintaining the intensity and complexity of my health flares.
Whilst I held tightly onto courage in 2021 to be my beacon of inner-strength to soothe these flares, with less movement came more vulnerability and thus I was naturally primed to find out a lot more about who I am and what I needed in those moments.
As you may already know, I hold the word of my year that I will journey with great reverence and adore to really dig deep into the soil of the multitude of layers it has.
So, just last week when I spent all week at the hospital for some of my annual tests, I listened to the first of my collected books on the subject of Simplicity in the many waiting rooms called ‘The Laws of Simplicity’ by John Maeda.
Maeda outlines that there are 10 laws in total in regards to Simplicity that I broke down in my sister monthly email called ‘Muse Mail’ for soulpreneurs who seek to dedicate their gifts to blogging (if this if you, and you’d like to sign up you can do so for free here!).
Now, the first 9 laws Maeda sets out are probably things that you already think of when it comes to Simplicity that includes reduction, organisation, time, learning and so on.
Ultimately, I’m not entering into a path of Simplicity to endlessly subtract things.
Of course, there are many things that do need to be thoughtfully composted as an essential process of simplifying and refining the things that are heavy on the mind, body and soul.
However, it was the 10th law that had the greatest significance for me: “Subtract the obvious, add the meaningful.”
Isn’t that just so beautiful? And isn’t that what you’re ultimately here to experience on your enchanted path too? To seek a life that is laced with simplicity, meaning and significance?
Sinking deeper into this portal of simplicity gifting us with a greater sense of meaning, I was then reminded of one of my most profound reads of all time: ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor E Frankl.
In this breathtaking work, Frankl tells his story of surviving a concentration camp and how this experience led to his theory on the importance of meaning in one’s life (Logotherapy).
Frankl muses that we all have the potential to experience meaning under any and every circumstance. In addition, he believes that humans have both freedom and responsibility to bring forth their best possible selves by realising the meaning of the moment in every situation.
This is echoed by Sharon Blackie who, in her seminal book, ‘The Enchanted Life’ states that an enchanted life is one made up of “heart and meaning.”
However, the focus of my efforts towards simplicity this year is to call back all threads of myself that have been lost to complexity over the years. Through doing so, I desire to plant a garden around me and within me, that is truly focussed on giving true value, service, love, compassion and meaning to all I do.
Including my blog. Due to the complexity of my health, I truly struggled to stay afloat last year and thus my content creation suffered.
As I step into 2022, I feel truly revitalised to bring you more meaning here than ever. Is there anything you’d like to see in particular?
I hope you enjoyed this review of the 2022 Year Of Growth Book. To those that already have it, how do you love to document your own year of growth within the pages?
If you have found yourself with a different journal this year, what is it, and what do you love most about it?
As I bring this review of the Year Of Growth Book journal to an end, I just want to thank you so very deeply for all your love and friendship in this space. I am beyond grateful to you and it’s impossible how to encapsulate this gratitude in words.
In addition, being vulnerable enough to share my heart here means so very much.
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Until then, I’m wishing you a year ahead full of love, blessings and space for honouring yourself deeply always.
When you stargaze tonight or look ahead into the new day or year ahead of you, it’s worth highlighting the timeless words of Eleanor Roosevelt who once said:
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
May your 2022 bring you all the magic, whimsy and enchantment that you already have within you.
I hope in turn that these magical elements can rebirth you and sustain you through these times.
And may you share it with the world and shine your light evermore brightly.
With love and infinite blessings,
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