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Often we put too much pressure on ourselves to split our attention into too many directions that we fall flat and cannot seem to put all the pieces together. We tend to lose faith and hope in our “shattered” dreams which have become too fragmented because we’re spreading ourselves too thin and setting unrealistic goals with too many expectations. Somehow the things that we love suddenly become the things that we dread or they feel forced.

It’s important not to lose sight of what you really want, but at the same time not to put so much pressure on it that you lose your joy, passion, and creativity along the way. Listen to the call of your intuition, your inner voice, your inner-guide, whatever you want to call it. Take time to find your center of balance and internal calm, and let it be your compass. It’ll guide you in the direction you’re meant to go.

Fairy Tale Dreams

Once upon a time,

Deep in the forest of Fragmented Dreams

The lighthearted flitter of pixies dancing

Sent songs of enchantment

Fluttering through the air,

Tickling the old oak trees

laughter emanating sweetly as their branches

Swayed majestically too and fro

Sunlight ricocheting in mesmerizing patterns

A reflection of the souls who cast their dreams

Echoes of their wishes lingering in the wind  

This poem was the result of reminding myself of this same lesson this week. Recently I’ve been splitting myself in too many directions, at the cost of not listening to my inner voice to let it guide me. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself at work, in my relationships, in my health and fitness, that somehow not enough energy was left for my creative pursuits because I’ve been feeling mentally burnt out, even though the desire to create has been bubbling at the surface, it’s been feeling blocked when I’ve sat down to write or draw over the last week or two.

I had some time to reflect on this yesterday morning after attempting to put out my Fun Friday Flashback that I’d spent about a total of 3 hours working on. Somehow, it didn’t save with WordPress and it wasn’t in my history, so when my internet had a little glitch this morning I lost everything I’d been working on.

My first thought was I’m so furious and frustrated, but within seconds I heard my inner voice speaking to me. It reminded me how much I struggled with the content and how it didn’t feel like what I really wanted to put out. I told myself I wasn’t going to allow it to ruin my day. Instead, I decided to step back from it and allow myself time to process and reflect before putting anything else new out.

Then after I went for a long walk last night and really allowed myself time to meditate on the matter at hand, I decided to just sit down and write for fun. No pressure, no expectations. The key element to resolving mental and creative blocks for me is allowing myself time for introspection and finding my center of balance. It helps me connect with my inner voice, my creativity, and my passion.Enchantments of The Fragrmented Forest

This post is written in response to OctPoWriMo Challenge – where you’ll write a “POEM” every day for 31 days, using the prompt word. Follow this link to learn more about it, see other submissions, and to share your own. Come and join in the fun folks!

Day 18-word prompt is “ONCE UPON A TIME!”

Word of the Day Challenge Ricochet

Once Upon A Time: In The Enchanted Forest of Fragmented Dreams


Hello, my rays of sunshine! I’m Jenna Gee, aka the Sunshine Artist, always seeking to brighten the world around me and seeking to help others embrace the magic that’s inside them. Every day is an empty canvas waiting to be painted and an empty page waiting to be written. Let’s fill today with the magic of the world around us!

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16 thoughts on “Once Upon A Time: In The Enchanted Forest of Fragmented Dreams

  1. i love the release of your soul in this writing Jenna – it is really beautiful to see the person you are in your work, whether it be a story or a drawing. you are such an inspiration to just keep focused on being who we are as authentically as possible

    1. Awww thank you Gina! That truly means a lot to me. Thank you for sharing your way thoughts and encouragement. I feel a strong pull to always be honest with myself and listen to what feels right.🤗❤️

  2. A beautiful original creation is born! <3 Lovely poem. I'm glad you took care of yourself and listened to that small still voice! It can be difficult at times with everything going on in your life. I hope you get to pamper yourself sometime! 🙂

    1. Awww thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it!😊 Yes, sometimes we can get overwhelmed by the day to day that quiet presence of of inner voice can get muffled out by the loud buzz of our logical minds and our ego. However, I’m glad that practicing yoga and meditation is a normal and consistent thing in my life because it helps me find my center and come back to a place of stillness and tune in to the needs of my mind body and soul. I’ve found going on early morning or late evening walks also have the same effect for me. I love the time of quiet reflection and communing with nature. 🙏❤️🤗

  3. I have the sentiments lately. That you for this great motivation. I love the poem, by the way. It is laced with your usual magical words. 😊❤️🌹

    1. Thank you Winnie! There’s something about writing about elements of enchantment, magic, mystical, and/or mythological that charms my soul and makes me tingle with excitement. 😉❤️🌹

  4. Always, always listen to your inner voice, it will always guide you to the right path, Jenna.
    Love the magical feel you have created with your enchanting words and of course, I am in awe of your artwork as I can’t even draw a straight line! Just continue being you dear. 🤗💕

    1. Awww thank you Punam!😊 Sometimes my stubborn ego wants to get the better of me because it thinks things should happen in the way it wants them to, but the ego never seems to be right as it’s too fool of pride. Yes, I agree listening to our inner voice is definitely the way to go, it’s never failed me. I’m so happy you enjoyed the enchanting and magical vibes the poem and artwork. It definitely felt right creating them, and I had fun doing it. 🤗💕

      1. Because you felt right creating them, they connected straightaway with my heart! ❤️
        I totally agree our stubborn ego gets the better of us so we have to ensure that that little inner voice is heard.
        Always my pleasure dear . 😊🤗

      2. Yes indeed we definitely must make it a point to check in with our inner voice. ❤️😊🤗

  5. What an uplifting piece Jenna!❤

    I’m so sorry about your WP issues, I know things can be tough at times, esp when you’ve worked so hard towards achieving it! But at the same time I’m so glad that you did not let it hinder your self belief and self love! #godBless ❤

    1. Aww thank you Richa! Yes, glitches definitely happen in life and it’s best not to let them get the best of us.😉😊🤗❤️ Have a wonderful and blessed week ahead!

  6. A lovely poem and a good reminder to follow our hearts. . . . The imagery of fairies dancing and laughing in the Forest of Fragmented Dreams is beautiful. It would be nice if we could travel there to be reminded of our “shattered” dreams and bring them back with us again.
    Keep following your heart, Jenna! It will lead you well. (^_^)

    1. Awww thank you so much! That try means a lot to me. I’ve always believed that our dreams are own magical gifts to bring to life and share with the world. So magic and and whimsy is an element that often comes out in my writing and artwork. Maybe that will have to be a part two.😉 After all it’s never too late chase our dreams if we follow our hearts and believe in ourselves. 😊❤️

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