Wednesday, January 8, 2014


I am enjoying this 30 day journal journey, I am hoping some of you are working this alongside me.  I have found, for me, I don't look at the private facebook page at all.  I don't want to know or see how this is working for other people.  I am working a day behind, but doing it daily.  I didn't start until January 2 as the first prompt came later in the day on January 1.  So the one time I looked at the facebook group page, I was really criticizing myself.  I could see what others had already done/journaled for the day and I found myself wondering if my journal entry, was "deep enough", "thoughtful", "artistic" etc.  So I stopped looking at the page.  I am just working on my own, and it is so refreshing, no comparisons.

Yesterday, as an addition to the prompt, I decided to make a soul collage card, instead of collaging in my art journal.  The prompt had me thinking about perfection, and what I am holding back because I want things to be "perfect".  Have you thought about that lately?  And this applies to all aspects of life, what are you holding back, not doing, doing only half way, because you are waiting for the perfect time, the perfect materials, until you skill is perfect......

So after journaling about my perfect/imperfections I dug through the trash can by my desk and quickly pulled out some images and words and glued them down!   This is what came of it:

Which is perfect (LOL)  since the boys and I have been talking lately about what trips we want to take this year.  We have decided to put off any home renovations that are not currently in progress and use that money to take some trips, some major and some minor.  We are making a list of places we want to go.  So this card is a wonderful reminder to not wait for the perfect moment but just go.

This flowed wonderfully with today's prompt about going gently.  See you really should join me.  I am doing these quickly, not waiting for the perfect time, when I have nothing else in the world to do.  I am taking just 5 minutes, sometimes less, to journal.  If I have more time I may get into my paints, if I have less time some colored pencils, no perfection, just getting something on the page, letting the words and art flow.

Friday, January 3, 2014

30 Day Root Journaling Challenge Day 1

I committed to journaling for 30 days.  Why....I have no idea, it sounded like fun for this non-journaling person.  Although my commitment is to journal for one day at a time.  We will see if I make it to 30 days.  I mean no one is holding a gun to my I can choose to quit if it isn't suiting me.  But I do want to give it a try.  I am working a day behind, as Jan 1 prompt didn't hit my e mail until afternoon and I was at a party.  So I started with day 1 on Jan 2, and am posting it here today, LOL.  So I am working a day behind and posting 2 days behind.

My goal is to not get bogged down, to not think about this.  I do want to use my art journal for much of it, and incorporate color of some sort.  But I don't want to give it so much thought that it becomes a chore, leading me to feel like I don't have time to complete the task, and  giving up before I even start.  So I want to keep it simple and quick (5-15 minutes). So here is day 1.

If you want to join in you can find details here:

Thursday, January 2, 2014


My word for 2014 is "release".

I have never been a person to set a word or make resolutions.  But this year I decided to go for that "word of the year", something that reflects the direction I want to move toward, a word that sums up the way my feelings are leaning at this moment.  Of course I may change my mind mid-March and decide this word isn't reflective of my spirit anymore, who knows.

But release....there it is....a simple word that can mean so many things.  For me it is about releasing what is not serving me at this place in time, and making room for the things I desire.  Room for those things to come out, play, hang around.  Try new things on for size.  I have written a lot in my journal about this lately (no I am not one to keep a journal either but this last week has left room for me to give it a try).

One example is organization.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I am highly organized, that is just my comfort zone.   I would like to release some of that organization.  I would also like to organize more in some areas.  I think releasing some types of structure and organization in certain areas may open up more room for spontaneity, more time to just "wing it" and see what happens, which might be cool.  Never really tried that.  But there are areas where I would like to be a little more organized, to avoid the crunch time.  Like I would love to have a general packing list for the beach.  We go quite often, and I think pack generally the same things.  But I don't have any "master list" to use.  Some of my friends do.  I make out my lists at the last minute.  Usually two days before we leave, and it leaves me feeling a little stressed.  So I would like to be more organized in that area, and be able to release that feeling of stress before vacation.

So I am not releasing organization all together, just in some areas.

We will see if this "word of the year" thing suits me, will let you know how it goes.  What is your word for 2014?