I started writing in my first journal several years ago. I remember when I was around 12-years-old and my family was going through some rough times, my uncle gave me a journal and told me he’d pay me $1 for each entry I wrote, up to $15. I think I wrote 15 entries in just a few short days. Nothing like having the motivation of getting paid to write! That experience introduced me to the world of exploring my deeper self through words. I’ve written in a journal off and on ever since.
I now can say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and I believe my journaling practice has helped me get here.
My journal used to be much more black and white. I would paint and sketch from time-to-time, but mostly I loved the freedom of a simple black pen on white paper. It’s only more recently that I discovered my great passion and joy for art journaling. I now merge my love of free-form (no thinking) writing, with my love for intuitive (no thinking) painting, to express a deeper side of myself.
I journal because it makes me feel safe. I journal because it helps me build strength. I journal because I discover new dreams. I journal because it helps me find peace of mind. I journal because it gets me out of my head and connected to my heart. I journal because I long to go deeper. I journal to learn more about me and this life I’m living. I journal to stay grounded.
I journal to explore my creativity.
I journal to stay true to myself.
I journal because it helps me create the life I love.
I journal because it reminds me that all of the answers I ever need in life are within me, and that I am right where I need to be.
(*Photos from Inside Out e-course.)
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