Wow. So much going on in my life these days.
I am really trying to take time to focus on myself right now. Get my mind cleared and focused on the road ahead.
One of the things I have been doing is an art journal. I used to be addicted to art; so much so that by the time I was a senior in high school I was Art Club President. But, later in life I let others keep me from doing the things I love. While it is fine to do things for others and put them first from time-to-time, one must practice self-care and ‘me’ time or face consequences. I was too busy caring for others that I forgot to care for myself. I lost me. My health suffered. And now, I am picking up pieces.
View this post on Instagram
Art Journal Project Week 2: Brave. I started my weekly project with a positive message about being brave through my life with all that's been thrown my way. It started with a bracelet a dear friend sent. My theme was going to be "brave through my current divorce and how I'm going to come out better on the other side." Friday I found out my life-long friend passed away and my piece took a different turn. It's dark , sad and full of tears. But, it's mine and its my art and I own it. I might revisit this theme later in the year. But here it stands; all its dark glory. #artjournalchallenge
I’ve always been a journaler. I have journals dating back to age 7. I find a lot of fun in going back through my words and remembering the good times. I find myself doing that a lot these last few weeks after the loss of my long-time friend.
When I saw the Instant Happy Journal with its bright and vibrant color, I wondered just what I was getting myself in to with another journal. I already have my regular writing journal where I write my day-to-day life stuff, I have the weekly art journal, and I have a Questions and Answers 5 year journal. But, the Instant Happy Journal is not dated. So, you can start, stop, skip around or do whatever you want with it.
When I flipped through the Instant Happy Journal pages I was pleasantly surprised at just how rich and vibrant it was. Full of color and happy writing prompts.
My only complaint is that I wish this book was spiral bound. I have a feeling once I really get going and the book lies flat when writing or coloring, eventually the spine is going to give out. Plus, it would be easier to have just one page to deal with instead of having to leave it open with two pages.
I know I am walking a new path in life and I am excited to see where I am going. It will be interesting to do these journal pages through my journey and have something beautiful to look back on.
Are you a creative soul? Tell me about it.