I'm excited to share that our upcoming Journaling Project will be released next weekend.
If you missed my introductory post on Instagram a few weeks ago, here is what I originally wrote:
I'm not an expert at much, but I do know what it is to deal with questions of self-worth, anxiety, depression, and the big ponderings that make you wonder if any of it matters... if you matter. But that pain and those questions have helped to carve a deeper basin for joy in my life and the stuff that truly means something.
In our next journaling project (head over to @gratitude52community to get an idea of how last year's project worked), I'll share weekly journaling prompts to help you to rediscover and unearth *you*.... "For we are fearfully and wonderfully made", and that's worth knowing.
Who is this project for?
- Anyone (although it will mostly be women.... sorry, fellas) who might be feeling a little worn out by life. Anyone who wants to spend a few minutes to recharge each week in self-reflection.
- Anyone who feels beat up by life and wants to rediscover some good in themselves and in other people (secret: it's already there ;)).
- Anybody who feels somewhat lost with their place in the world and wants to discover it again.
- Anyone who has a creative itch and wants to tap into a regularly-guided creative outlet.
- Creatives who want to connect with other creatives in our online community.
- Creatives who want to deepen their relationship with themselves and their Maker.
- Beautiful, giving, warm-hearted, wonderful souls like YOU.
How will the project work?
Each month I'll share a monthly YouMatter theme, and within that theme I'll share weekly journaling prompts. Those prompts will come to you in your email inbin. There will be specific hashtags so that we can find each other on social media outlets.
I have ideas for going bigger with this project; but for now, we'll try it out for a month or two and see how it goes. This is meant to serve *you*; so, as we go along, if you have suggestions for the project, I would certainly consider incorporating them.
What supplies will you need?
- A sturdy sketchbook
- Some watercolors
- Pencils & Erasers
- Colored Pencils
- Any other art supplies with which you feel most comfortable using
Is it more for Sketchbooking or Journaling?
Either/or... or both. I personally like combining the two. To give you an idea, here is my completed journal from our Gratitude52 Journaling Project in 2016:
Your journal could be filled with writings, sketches, illustrations, collages, or all of the above. More important than the materials used is that it's filled with expressions of you.
I'll outline more of the details next week. Look out for that email on 10.28.17!
Love to you all.
journaling pages in gouache and colored pencil
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If you haven't already heard the news, I've got a new Journaling Project brewing for you.
See last year's project for a feel of what to expect with the new one.
Interested in participating?
Drop me a line, and let me know!
For those of you who've already reached out to me, I can't wait to start. :)
I took a break from work and journaling and other such things and visited my dad's farm in New York earlier this weekend.
I don't know about you, but hearing about the world's turmoil causes an uptick in anxiety for me. But whenever I'm in nature -- or if just stop to look up at the sky -- it calms it down for me, at least for a little while. It makes me feel smaller... surrendered. It reminds me of the bigger picture and a greater plan.
I hope you get a chance to pause; lay down your worries, heartaches, and unknowns; and look up at the sky too.
originally posted on my instagram account
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By the way, I'm considering starting a new collaborative journaling course themed, "You Matter". If you're interested in participating, drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you.
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him."
- Psalm 32:8,10 -
This sea turtle needs a name. What would you name him? Where do you think he is headed?
Sunday Sketchbook pages in gouache, colored pencil, and white ink.