The Wrecking Ball Call

Laughter & mayhem ensued on the Wrecking Ball Call! Not only did we get a chance to chat about what we all got out of this experience but the wrecking continued - LIVE! Enjoy the call.

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One Journey Ends & Another Begins!

What a celebratory last day. The Wrecking Ball Call was amazingly fun. Spontaneous wreckage exploded! I'll get the recording posted as soon as I can.

In the meantime, let me announce our next delicious book: The Joy Diet by Martha Beck. Come on over, find out more and sign up here.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Wreck this Journal ~ Journey's End

(I'm sorry that there's a bit of hiss in this video. It does get better as you go along. I hope you'll hear what my heart's sharing through the bit of static)

Congratulations, you made it! What a glorious shared adventure!

From silliness to scaredness to boldness to gentleness, this journey has been painted with a colourful palette! Thank you for sharing your hearts, your creations, your giggles and belly laughs, your thoughts, your fears and your friendship. Thank you for reaching out to your friends, husbands, kids, colleagues, neighbours and inviting them to play. Thank you for opening up and spreading creative destruction everywhere. You are all wreck stars!

I'm looking forward to chatting with a number of you today, Friday July 31st at 2:00 EST. If you still need the phone number, please contact me at jamie(at)openthedoor(dot)ca. I'll be posting a recording of the call for those who can't make it.

On the call, I will be announcing our next book. I hope you'll join me for The Next Chapter's next adventure. Later today I'll put up a link to the new blog and the new sign-up form. You'll need to sign up to participate and be listed on the blogroll. Please also subscribe to News from Jamie Ridler Studios so that we can stay connected and I can keep you up-to-date on more exciting adventures!

If Wreck this Journal has stirred up some creativity and you'd like some support getting moving on a creative project, I've just opened up registration for Circe's Circle, a coaching telecircle for creative bloggers. I only take 6 people and it's the last time I'm offering it this year. I'm also offering a discount if you register before September 1st. I hope I'll see some of you there!

Thank you, wrecking crew. You are, each and every one of you, extraordinary!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wreck this Journal ~ Week 8

We have one more week of wrecking! Can you believe it? In preparation for closing next Friday, spend spend some time this week considering what you would like to acknowledge yourself for. What would you like to say "Yay me!" about? What would you like to celebrate? Maybe that's something we can share on our last day.

And speaking of celebrations, I hope you have all received your invitation to next week's Wrecking Ball Call. I will record it and post it here for those of you who won't be able to make it. If you haven't received your invitation, please check your junkmail folder. And if it's not there, email me at jamie(at)openthedoor(dot)ca and I'll be sure you get all of the details.

During the call, I'll also announce our next book. Shortly thereafter I'll put up a new blog and a sign-up form for you to say, "Yes, I want to join in The Next Chapter's next adventure!" The mailing list for Wreck this Journal will not stay active. The best way of making sure you don't miss out on anything is to sign up for my monthly newsletter.

Enjoy your week. Enjoy the special connection of our wrecking crew. Know that wherever you are is just exactly perfect.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wreck this Journal ~ Week 7

An Invitation: With only 2 weeks to go, my thoughts have already turned to celebration (you know how I feel about celebration) and I'd like to invite you to a conference call to wrap up this wrecking adventure! We can share our thoughts and experiences about creative destruction and what we want to keep present in our lives well after this leg of the journey is complete.

Date: Friday, July 31st
Time: 2:00 EST
Where: Conference Call - I'll be sending out an invitation with the details shortly. The conference call will be an American number.
Bonus: I'll be announcing our next book and start date on the call.

I hope you'll join me and we can share our tales of wreckage, creation and growth and likely more than a few giggles. I'm looking forward to hearing you!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Wreck this Journal ~ Week 6

For those of you who decided to participate in the swap, how is it going? What was it like to tear out your favourite page and send it away? Has anyone received a page yet?

What a wonderful creative community we're growing here! It meant the world to me that so many of you decided to come by and celebrate with me the launch of my brand new website, Jamie Ridler Studios. Your wishes and encouragement absolutely made my day! Thank you!

And you know, WTJ really helped me make the transition. On the day before the launch, I was feeling really sad leaving my old blog, which had been a dear and special place for me for 3 years. But thanks to this adventure, I understood in a fresh way how letting go of one thing really opens the door for something new to make its way fully in - and boy did it! I hope you'll come over and see.

It's a joy to share all of these wonderful openings, discoveries and explorations with you! Have a beautiful week.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Wreck This Journal ~ Week 5

Happy July! We still have a whole month of wrecking to enjoy together, and it's so exciting to see how things morph and change. In my video this week I describe how our creative wreckage is spilling over into life - and clearly it spilled over into the video too. I'm sorry that it's so dark. Clearly my studio needs some better lighting for evening vlogging! Thank you for your patience.

And as promised, I've put together a list of "Favourite Page" Swap Partners. Here it is (there was a bit of a mixup since I posted this at 12:00 EST. This made Gemma and The Other Laura swap partners. I just want to make sure there's no confusion):

Nadia & Vernell
Alex & Beverley Baird
Kara aka Mother Henna & Genie Sea
Carrie - Between Hitching Posts & Jean
Suvarna & Heather Plett
Sheila & Kirby 3131
Arlene & alteredstatesstudio
Sherri & Lawendula
Barbara Martin @ Reptitude & Leana S May
Carolyn - A Beautiful Ripple Effect & The Wright Stuff
Lesley Denford & Hybrid J
Sharon & Kim
Wild Roaming One & Scarlet
The Other Laura & Gemma
Kavindra & You & Me & Lucy

Friday, June 26, 2009

Wreck this Journal ~ Week 4

This week's video takes place in my "Wreck this Studio" space! We had some repairs that turned into total wall destruction which turned into a beautiful new window and door - and a need to repaint, revision and reorganize. Destruction --> Creation! That was what I was thinking when I shared with you my crazy space.

Swap, please!

Inspired by a suggestion by the wonderful Hybrid J, I thought it would be fun if we could help each other out with the "Give away your favourite page" activity. If you'd like to swap your favourite page with a fellow wrecker, just write "Swap, please" in the comments. Next Friday, July 3rd, I'll put up a list of swap partners and you guys can share your info and your favourite pages! And that gives you at least one more week to actually make a favourite page, lol!

Have a fun week,

Friday, June 19, 2009

Wreck this Journal ~ Week 3

How was your week? Did you discover a new places of resistance? Take a brave step? Did you do that page you thought you could not do? Did you sit and stare at your book blankly? All of the above? Wherever you are is great. It's all part of the adventure. You are Wreck Stars, one and all!

And if you're looking for a little Wreck this Journal connection in between Fridays, it's fun to share stories of chaos, laughter and creative destruction on Twitter as well. Twitter is free to join and a fun way of connecting in short posts (tweets) of 140 characters. If you're on Twitter, you can follow me here. When you tweet about Wreck this Journal, just add #wtj. You can go to Twitter Search enter wtj and see all the posts people tagged that way. It's great fun. Thanks, Jenn, for making the suggestion!

Have an adventurous week, everyone!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wreck this Journal ~ Week 2

Welcome to week 2! And a special welcome to all the people who are joining us for the first time this week. It's wonderful to have you here! To officially sign up, please fill in the subscription box on the left and to post your weekly Wreck this Journal update, add a direct link to the Mr Linky box below.

A few people have been asking me about how much wrecking they should do each week, and of course the answer is, as much as you like!The only thing you might want to keep in mind is that we'll be sharing the experience until July 31st. Now, that might mean you want to pace yourself to make sure you have some to savour each week. Or that might mean gobble it up create your own creative destruction if you run out of prompts!

This may just be an adventure that never ends....

What was your journal wreckage like this week?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Welcome to Week 1

Welcome everyone! Oh, it is so wonderful to see so many friends and also so many fabulous new people who are about to become friends. What a great place the blogosphere is, that we can be in a creative community, sharing an amazing adventure from our own little spot on the map. We are in this chaotic, playful, delicious experience together. May it help all of us shine brighter, stretch farther and laugh louder.

As a part of the Wreck this Journal experience, I'm trying vlogging for the first time. I really hope you enjoy this way of connecting each week. It's giving me another opportunity to bust out, try something new and make mistakes!

And before we head out into this week, I want to share a little secret with you. And I really want you to keep this close to your heart and remind yourself of it whenever you need to: there's no way to get it wrong. None. Nada. Whatever you do on this journey is absolutely perfect - so leave your worries at the door and play!

We're going to have ourselves some fun!

Friday, May 29, 2009

<1 Week Until We Wreck This Journal!

It's almost time to take the book off the shelf!
We start the wreckage next Friday, June 5th.
There's still time to sign up - just fill in the form in the post below.
If you have any questions, email me.

Most Frequently Asked Question: Where/When Do We Begin?

A lot of people are wondering whether they should be wrecking this week so they have something to post next Friday or whether they should actually start the book on June 5th. I always think of the first day as the day you crack the book open, the beginning of the adventure. I just love the idea of all of us, around the world, making a start at the same time. But, as always with the Next Chapter, there's no wrong way to participate. Do what feels delicious to you.

You might be wondering what you'd post about next Friday if you've only just opened the book. You could share what you're anticipating, what you're looking forward to and what you're nervous about. You might set your intentions for the journey, express what you want to get out of the experience, describe the first baby step you've taken with the book or why you've decided to participate. Write about what it means to begin. Write what's on your mind and in your heart as you stand on the threshold of this brand new experience. All you have to do is share.

I'm looking forward to sharing this experience with you.

with love and anticipation,

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Getting Ready for The Next Chapter: Wreck this Journal

Our Next Book: Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith
Start Date: Friday, June 5.

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Welcome to third session of The Next Chapter book blogging group, a creative satellite of Jamie Ridler Studios. You are invited to join the adventure through Wreck This Journal by the amazing Keri Smith.

About The Next Chapter

The concept behind a book-blogging group is that a community of bloggers work their way through a book together, sharing their experiences by posting on their own blog and by reading what other participants are sharing. You can choose to share as much or as little as you like. You can join at any time. This blog will be our home base and will host the blog roll of participants. I will be sharing my own personal explorations through the book on my blog, Starshyne Productions.

About Our Third Book: Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

From the first page: "Warning: During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. You may grieve for the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. You may begin to live more recklessly."

How fun is that?

Or maybe you're a book perfectionist like me and the idea of wrecking your journal makes you gasp!

Either way, it's sure to be a creative adventure and you won't want to miss out!

To Join In:
  • Simply sign up in the form above.
  • You will need a copy of the book. Unfortunately, this isn't one you can get from the library. Well, you could get it from the library but they probably wouldn't appreciate you wrecking it up. The good news is that it's very affordable. You can purchase it here in Canada and here in the US.
  • You will need a blog. If you don't have one yet, you can set one up quickly and for free on Blogger.
  • You might also want a camera or a scanner, so you can share pics of your weekly creative destruction but that's totally optional.
  • Start: Friday June 5
  • Finish: Friday July 31
The book is non-linear, so each Friday we'll simply check in and share how much we've wrecked, how our journals are looking and what the experience has been like. Starting June 5th, I'll put a post up on this blog that will include a space for you to add a link to your own blog post. On the first day, all you have to do is have your own pristine copy of the book in hand and be ready to get wrecking!


Put a badge on your blog to share that you're participating and to encourage others to join in. Thank you Suzie for creating these beauties. If you need help with putting the badge up, please check the FAQ.

This summer - let's play!


Can I still join?

You are always welcome. You can join at any time.

How much of a commitment is participating?

It's entirely up to you. There is no pressure to participate. You can post once or every week. You can visit a few other blogs, all the other blogs or none. You can write a paragraph or an extended post. Whatever you are called to do is just right.

What's a direct link and how do I post it?

When adding your link to each week's secret, you want to use a direct link. A direct link is the address that takes you directly to the relevant post instead of to your blog generally. For example:
To get that url, click on the title of your post and see the new url that appears when you're looking directly at that post.


There’s no hard and fast rule about when to post. Each Friday I will put up a post and create a space for you to leave a direct link to your post. In my experience, the closer you post to the Friday, the more likely people will come and visit. But remember, everyone has their own rhythm. This is supposed to be fun and inspiring. So find what works for you.

All the links are gone. What's up?

On occasion, Mr. Linky hiccups and for a time the links appear to disappear. It usually only lasts a short while and they are all back, intact and ready for more additions. If this happens, come back a bit later to check the status. If after a few hours it hasn't resolved, feel free to let me know, and I'll contact my hero, Mr. Linky.

How do I put up a badge?

If you're using Blogger, the easiest thing to do is Add a Gadget in your Layout. Choose Picture. Add the address for the badge you want:
  • Dark background:
  • Light background:
Then add the address:

For direct HTML, please email me for the HTML code. I haven't yet figured out how to post it without it simply giving you the badge itself.

Do I have to go to everyone's blog? I'd love to but there's just so many people participating!

Not at all. This is meant to be a joyful adventure, not a chore. Let's drop the pressure on ourselves and each other. Drop in and visit when you have the time and don't be hard on yourself when you don't. When you do have a chance, consider a mix of old friends and new faces so that our community can continue to grow with support and connection.

Why aren't people coming to my blog?

Sometimes it can be a simple, technical thing such as not posting a direct link to your post with Mr Linky. If people come to your site and can't find your Next Chapter post, they'll likely just leave. If that's not it, it can help to visit other people's blogs, find ones you really relate to, and connect through leaving comments. Try not to take it personally. Sometimes, it's just a busy week.

If your question hasn't been answered, feel free to email me at jamie (at) openthedoor (dot) ca.