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doodling at my edge


Last night as I sat to gather my thoughts on what I have to share with you this week, this is the doodle that flowed out of me. I am nearing the end of a six week yoga therapy class, and we are learning about practicing at the edge and how we may take this into life off of the mat.

I may actually be over my edge. You see for me, as I mentioned last week, sharing is the most challenging part of this doodle adventure. My inner critic taps on my shoulder – “what do you have important to share?” “you can barely keep up with this adventure – what business do you have being a guide?”

And then I sat and massaged my sore jaw (My dentist tells me I have a very tight jaw. TMJ?) and listened to the rain. And thought of the lovely messages I have received from doodlers – both personal messages and via social media.

I let me jaw relax, and I peered into the darkness.

I love this chronicling of my days in doodles. It is an adventure that there is no way to get wrong! And I know many of you are feeling this, too!


I had this idea when I began that my bound journal and my printed pages from the download would each have their own specific path. I have struggled with this, and so I am letting go. It is enough to be doodling on two sets of pages, to be working on the 2016 edition of the Daily Musings Journal (it’s coming and just above is a sneak peek of the cover elements), to be taking care of my wonderful clients, to be attending to my home and my self, and to be saving a little energy for summer fun.



Speaking of summer fun – I am posting a little early this week as I am headed up towards Independence Pass later today to be there when the USA Pro Cycling Challenge passes through tomorrow (Wednesday) on its way from Copper Mountain to Aspen.

My hubby and I will be camping out tonight and heading to the pass early in the morning to get a great spot along the side of the road. There will be time for a little exploring on the pass before the riders pass over in the mid-afternoon…think U.S. version of the Tour de France.

I plan to create some fun doodles to commemorate this day!


Be sure to visit Cindy Gilstrap of Junque Art this coming Friday, August 21 – for more doodle inspiration and another chance to win the September-December 2015 Daily Musings Journal PDF.

Click here to add your blog on the link share page and meet other doodling bloggers.

I trust you are having fun with your doodling – remember to keep it FUN, simple & true.

Thank you so very much for embarking on this journey with me.



P.S. It’s NEVER too late to start doodling. Click here to sign-up for the Doodle Days [of Summer] Musings Adventure and join the doodle fun!

And if you’re thinking you want to keep doodling in September— stay tuned! I will have a downloadable PDF of September – November Daily Musings Journal available at on August 26.



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Embrace the Space


This summer my virtual assistance client work has been quieter than in the past few summers. Although this has made me feel a bit nervous…like I should be rushing around looking for more work, I’m choosing to

Embrace the SPACE

You see – it is my dream to put more of my creative work out into the world, and to share the Daily Musings Journal with more creative souls like you.

In order to do that I needed to muster the courage to put it out there in a bigger way. When the idea for the Doodle Days {of Summer} Musings Adventure came to me as I was working with Kiala Givehand during her Create an Amazing E-Course course (Kiala was our guest blogger last Friday – check out her post and fun video HERE for some more doodling inspiration), I found the support (and therefore the courage) to move forward.

So here we are in week two of the Doodle Days Musings Adventure and I’m in complete awe by the number of you who have embraced space to doodle in August with me. I am soaking in your enthusiasm for doodling, and turning it into courage to continue to

Embrace the SPACE

the universe has given me to create and share.


Aug9Doodle_450I have loved to play on paper for as long as I can remember. Even before ink seeped into my blood when I printed personalized stationery right out of college, I loved to doodle letters & lines, marks & color. I have no formal art school training, but I have taken many classes and workshops over the years.

These have informed the chronicling of my adventures – the ordinary and the extra-ordinary; in literal and esoteric ways – over the years. And I have learned that it is the process of playing on paper that fuels me, not the goal of a finished piece.

Consistency has never been my forté with any creative practice. And over the years I have learned that the ebbs and flows are there for a reason, and are perfectly fine (most days I embrace this outlook, but I admit I still have days where I beat myself up with my not enough bat.)

This adventure has pushed my doodle practice, yes. And more than that – this adventure is forcing me to work on my sharing practice – showing up as I am to share.

This, my friends, is the most challenging part of this adventure for me. I embrace this space, too, in the adventure as I learn – both on the {yoga} mat and off  – to BE with what is.

(These doodle tidbits form a great reminder, that’s easy to look back on, of the way I want to be in the world.)

Whew – all this deep learning from the fun of doodling!

Thank you for embracing space for this doodle adventure. I encourage you to BE with what is as you continue – and to have some DOODLE FUN whenever you find the space.


Thanks to all of those who let me know why you love to doodle. Mairim is the winner of the September-December 2015 Daily Musings Journal PDF. There are more chances to win at each Friday blog stop along the way – and I’ll be giving away a printed edition of the 2016 Daily Musings Journal on my last Doodle Days blog post on August 28.

Be sure to visit Teresa Robinson, aka stargardener, at this coming Friday, August 14 – for more doodle inspiration and another chance to win the September-December 2015 Daily Musings Journal PDF.

Click here to add your blog on the link share page and meet other doodling bloggers.

Thanks so much for going on this adventure!




doodle-daysAug6-8_300P.S. It’s NEVER too late to start doodling. Click here to sign-up for the Doodle Days [of Summer] Musings Adventure and join the doodle fun!



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Letters & Lines; Words & Color


I hope each of you are having fun doodling. I have seen so many awesome doodles on Instagram #doodledays #musingsadventure. Thank you to each of you who are sharing what you are creating in and around the musings squares.

I’m having fun, too, and I have a confession to make…or maybe a few.

Confession 1: I’m generally not a weekend online person (and this weekend was no exception). I had been feeling a bit lame for not posting any doodles over the weekend (and I did intend to post via Instagram which I sometimes do on the weekends).

Monday at my yoga therapy class my takeaway was let go of could, should, would.

So that is what I did when I got home. I have made it the top doodle here – and I hope it will inspire you to let go of your could, should, would – and just enjoy the doodling when you get to it.

I also hope this doodle helps to illustrate some of the fun ways to play with letters, words, lines & colors.


I made a trek to the city over the weekend. Living in a big mountain/river valley with a total population of around 17,000, this is always a big adventure for this mountain mermaid – including three hours of driving each way, and lots of traffic that I’m not used to!

But it was worth it. My main motivation for the trek was to attend Containers for Connection: 10 Letters Project with Jen Lee.

It was a lovely intimate & creative gathering and I left feeling inspired and with this question in mind:

What is the best Container for my Creativity and Connection? 

I thought you might enjoy contemplating this question, too.

SteamEspressoBar_400Confession 2: I use pencil when I’m drawing letters some times – and this is the case for Steam.

Steam was the eclectic espresso bar I found for my Sunday morning latte. It’s always a treat to explore new cafés. After seeing the beautiful sign over their door, I had to play with my suggestion (from my last post) to copy logo lettering.



After creating the logo — what to do with the rest of the square? The small writing is really just a bunch of blah, blah, blah documenting the day, but I love the texture it created to finish off the square.



Confession 3: I’m feeling a bit confused. I have a Doodle Days print out to create in, and I also have my year-long Daily Musings Journal. I had a thought that I would use each in different ways, but I have not found my way with this. After creating by Doodle Days square for the 2nd I wasn’t sure what to do in my bound journal. As you can see, above, this is what came out. It helps me to remember what I told you in the last post – the only way to get it wrong is to not show up!

There is not a right or wrong way to do this. The most important aspect is to have fun!

Last Confession: I did not do my homework properly for the Linky Tools sharing. does not except javascript so there is not a great way to share through my current blog platform. Mea Culpa!

I am going try something a little bit different…I have created a page on my mountain mermaid studios website for sharing your blog. Here you can also meet other doodling bloggers and make new friends. Click here to add your blog and/or meet new doodling friends. Thank you for allowing me this learning curve.

And lastly – on Friday be sure to visit our first doodling guest Kiala Givehand. I know she will have lots of doodling inspiration. Click here to find her blog. To see the rest of the blog party schedule, click here.

And I’ll see you back here next Wednesday. Enjoy your doodling!




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It’s time to start doodling!

fun-simple-true_30July_smFUN, simple, true

This is what I envision — my intention for the Doodle Days of Summer Musings Adventure.

Colorful is another word that comes to mind, too.

This is what I wish for each of you in August.

A little history
My daily musings began many years ago – and I did not think of it as such when I began.

I first started with day planners that I bought and tracked my workouts, runs, bike rides, ski days and other ‘active’ things I did, along with a few other life events that seemed to make it into those planners.

Soon these planners began to feel restrictive, especially because they never gave me the same space for each day of the week. I almost started believing they were made for people who didn’t like the weekend – and fun and play.

When I did not find the kind of journal I needed to fulfill my desire for a different kind of space, I began creating my own design, using a blank spiral bound journal I made.


I experimented with how I wanted to use the space, creating each week by hand.


Wow — it was fun remembering tidbits of my years and seeing how much the journal and my practice has evolved over the years. In 2013 you may be able to see that I began moving towards a design I could reproduce. And I needed to like it enough to commit to creating it ahead of time — for the entire year.


Today my Daily Musings Journal feels a bit like a log book chronicling my adventures – not with a literal transcription of my days, but an interpretation in doodles — really all sorts of letters & lines, words & phrase, drawings & collages, color & more. And my practice still continues to evolve.

Let’s get this Doodle Adventure started!

It is my hope that using the tips, techniques & inspiration you receive from me, and the other wonderful creative bloggers who are helping me on this adventure, will open up a fun new way to take note of your daily musings and that you will have a fun chronicle of your August when this adventure is over.

And that you will find inspiration to continue your doodling adventure.

Since lettering is a process that feels fun & simple for me, I am going to start this adventure with some ideas from this part of my practice.


Not signed up yet, click here to join in the fun – and get your free Doodle Days Musings Adventure download.


To get started this week try choosing a word (or two or ten) that is sparked from your day — and write it or them to take up space in your day’s square.




  • I’ve created a few basic lettering exemplars that may be helpful – click here to download.



  • You may like to find some lettering you like in a book; magazine; or online and copy the style. Is there a logo you really like? Those letters are another place to start.
  • Add any details you want about your day — literally in words, or in doodles or sketches.
  • Try mixing up the scale of your letters/words
  • Add color – I’ll be using my staedtler markers or my prismacolor colored pencils – they are my go to supplies for simple & fun – and color, too!
  • Maybe doodle a few divider borders or bullets – page 3 of the Doodle Days PDF may give you a few ideas for this.

Example_July31_smAs an example I created a square for tomorrow on a sample print out (just left). I copied the letters I created for the musings adventure logo. For musings adventure I created each letter separately, thinking about each letter rather than writing the word in a flow. I tried to leave space between each letter so I could go back and thicken them up on the second go round (do you see the letter I missed?). Then I created the border (you can see this border example on p3 of the PDF) and added the full blue moon rise doodle below. I’m just hoping the weather cooperates for this today:)

So jump on in – the doodles are fine.

You’ll find a rhythm as the month goes on.

I bet you’ll be delighted with the fun doodle musings you create.


As you can see from some of the spreads and squares I’ve shared my practice is sometimes literally writing the things I did in the day. If this feels the simplest way for you to begin — please do that.

I encourage you to try out some colors, or a few words that you want to highlight, or create texture by writing around the edge of the square from the outside to the inside.


There is no right or wrong way to do this — the only way you can get this wrong is if you don’t show up at all.


More on the Adventure
This month I’ll be working in my Doodle Days print out to chronicle my adventures, too. I look forward to trying the other bloggers’ inspiration.  Check back each Wednesday to see what I’ve been up to.

I don’t always get to my musings each day — but this process has offered me the space to pause and consider my day.

  • Sometimes I know exactly what I want to chronicle to remember the day.
  • Sometimes I’ll write down a word, or two, or ten that will help me to remember what I want to document.
  • Sometimes life gets away from me, and I don’t remember to remember the day. This is when I know it’s time to slow down a little and come back to the present.

If you don’t have time to doodle every day (and believe me I can totally relate), use your full musings pages to make notes about what caught your attention in your day – the doodle will come when you get to it!

Keep the intention – FUN, simple, true
And I know you will find a joy filled way to chronicle your days in doodles.

Please stop back next Wednesday, August 5, to see what I get up to! I’m not sure exactly what it will be, but it will be FUN, simple and true!

And click here to join us if you’re not signed-up!


If you love your August Doodle Days download, than you might be excited to know that I’m giving away a PDF download of the remainder of 2015 (September – December). To be eligible please leave a comment telling my why you like to doodle! Add your doodle love in the comments by next Thursday, August 6 and I’ll announce the winner on my Wednesday, August 12 blog post.

Adventure Schedule
Lisa-150July 31 – Lisa DeYoung, aka the mountain mermaid
Lisa is a creative, independent spirit lives by the motto Create, Play, Thrive. She loves chronicling her days in her Daily Musings Journal and hopes to share this bite-size creative play with others through the Doodle Days Musings Adventures. Visit her musings (blog) at


Kiala-squareAugust 7 – Kiala Givehand
Kiala Givehand is a mixed media book artist, creative business strategist, fountain pen collector and art journal junkie. She loves anything in the shape of a circle and journals every single day — even if it’s just one word. Join in her online creative shenanigans at



teresa-150August 14 – Teresa Robinson, aka stargardener
Teresa believes each day is a canvas awaiting the collage elements we decide have meaning — splashed with the authentic paint of our mind, will and emotions. She maps her way through with torn bits of paper, words of found poetry and splashes of paint and ink; posting field notes to and on Instagram.


CindyAugust 21 – Cindy Gilstrap
Cindy is a mixed media artist from Texas that LOVES sharing her joy of creating happy, quirky, whimsical art. Through the years she found her passion for mixed media art and art journaling and loves the freedom to just play in her art journal and thinks we should all take time to play more! Visit her at


August 28 – Lisa, aka the mountain mermaid (see above)

Thoughts on Sharing
Although I am offering options for sharing please do not feel at all obligated to share. I know journaling is a personal process, so whether you decide to share is completely up to you.

That being said, each Wednesday I will have a Linky Tool on my blog post so you can share your blog post with your doodle musings.

I’d also love for you to share with the hashtags #doodledays #musingsadventure on Instagram and/or Twitter. You can find me here on Instagram and here on Twitter.

If you have any questions or want to share any part of your adventure with me, I’d love to hear from you. You can reply to this email, or email me at lisa (at) mountainmermaidstudios (dot) com.

Enjoy your doodling adventure!

lisa-mtn-mermaid-signature xox


P.S. It’s the full blue moon today – an auspicious day to be beginning this adventure, don’t you think? Thank you for joining me.

P.S.S. And if you’re just stumbling upon this blog post, you’ve made it this far and you don’t know about the Doodle Days of Summer Musings Adventure, it’s not too late to join the doodle fun. Click here to learn more and sign-up.


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Doodling & Coloring Come With Benefits!


With all my talk of, and sharing about, doodling, I thought you’d like to know I’m not the only one who thinks doodling is grand.

Doodling and coloring have received a lot of press recently so I thought I’d share what a few others have to say.

The Atlantic Online Edition wrote about the cognitive benefits of doodling – or freehand scribbling – this month.

Back in February Canva‘s blog shared seven ways doodling will change your life.

Parade Magazine featured coloring on their cover earlier this month.

Sunni Brown has also done a TED talk on doodling, and wrote a book called the Doodle Revolution.

I had never analyzed my love of coloring and doodling for specific benefits before – I just knew I loved it.

Not because I’m trying to create any great works of art, but because it is really fun & easy creative play. All my letters & marks become beautiful to me as the memories I want to keep seep into my spirit. Doodling also allows me to let go – of things I’d prefer to forget.

If all this has you convinced you want to try doodling – I have just the place you can start.

Doodle away your August with me on my new e-adventure: Doodle Days of Summer Musings Adventure.

It’s FREE.
We begin July 31.

All the deets here:

I hope to see you there.






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