My journaling changed ten years ago…
when found images and words from magazines added color, interest, and inspiration to the otherwise vanilla pages in my journals. What started out as play, turned into a means to create a vision for my life that inspired me to take the leap to work for myself.
I recently gathered up my journals from the past ten years and this little pocket sized journal grabbed my attention.
When I opened this journal, I was surprised by what I found inside…
At the time that I filled the pages, I had no idea just how prophetic these journal pages would be.
Would you like to see what I discovered?
On one spread, I had covered the pages with a piece of really cool wrapping paper. It would be months before I added any words to it.
The fish waited patiently until one day I finally found a quote that what would turn out to be a clue to where I am today.
“When you follow your bliss…doors will open where you would not have thought there would be a door and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.” ~ Joseph Campbell
When I added this quote, I had already altered the next pages.
This is where it gets fun.
I added a hidden door to this journal page by making three little cuts and they opened up to reveal…
mandalas! Now how cool is that?
I love the metaphor of the fish gill. The gill is what a fish uses to breathe. For me to breathe and feel alive, I need to be creating and connecting.
The door that opened up for me would be this mandala journey that I’m now on. I worked on this journal page around the time that I submitted a book proposal that led to publishing my first book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.”
It is fun to look back on this sweet page of hand drawn mandalas.
Notice all of the little imperfections.
They are so perfectly imperfect.
Here’s a peek inside of another journal where I explore the theme of TRANSFORMATION.
Journals and art provide us with a way to explore our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Transformation happens when we put a light on our fears. The journal is a safe place to honor those dark and scary bits. You can’t see it here but in the bottom left square, the paper is folded and only I can see what I’m afraid of when lifting it up. I share a lot of my vulnerabilities but there are times when I need to keep some parts close to my vest. I like that I can show you this journal page while still honoring my private thoughts.
A journal can be a place where we use simple images to convey our emotions. On the left, I drew this at a time when I was faced with some challenges (the triangles are mountains) and the rain drops represented my tears.
Little inspirational sayings and words of encouragement fill my journal like the question, “Are you ready to unfurl?”
Last year my journal had a specific focus on my word-for-the-year, BELIEVE. I like to pick a word each year to guide me. It has helped me to s-t-r-e-t-c-h, take positive risks, and commit to BIG opportunities. My words have inspired me to write a book proposal and COMMIT to a tight schedule to make the book happen.
Last year what I really wanted was to work full time for myself. I had been working so hard juggling a day job while building my dream job. My word, BELIEVE, would prove to be the very word that I needed. To explore what I believed about me and my BIG dream, I altered a catalog and used it as a vision journal.
Throughout the year I would play with my word by cutting up images and words from magazines, greeting cards, old calendars, and junk mail. On some pages there were big areas for traditional journal writing where I responded to prompts, made lists, planned out ideas for what I wanted to create for my business.
On other pages like the one above, I selected images and words using my intuition and what I liked in the moment. It would be after pulling together a pleasing spread that I’d look for the hidden messages.
Here I was encouraged to:
Trust the timing of my life
Re-think the comfort zone
Live like the lotus at ease in the muddy water
My journal was a safe haven and beautiful place where I explored my dreams, concretized a vision, and made plans.
My journal was instrumental in helping me to find the courage to say yes to my BIG dream.
I’ve started my journal for 2018. Here you can see I’m recycling another catalog. I took a photo of a recent poster sized collage and resized it to fit the cover. The image speaks to a new door that I’m opening up this year and the creative business that I’m stepping into.
On the inside, I glued in a picture of my dream wheel (think vision board in a circle) so I could look at it each time I opened up my journal. To quiet the busy background, I covered it with an image from an old calendar and added some hot air balloons to represent my dreams getting support to fly to new heights.
I had so much fun getting this journal started and I can’t wait to jump back in but I’m waiting to see if you’d like to join me for a vision journal play date.
I thought it would be fun if we met up online for a web conference with our journals to dream, plan, and play!
Here’s how it works…
- Check your calendar to see if you’re available on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., EST. If you can’t attend live, you’ll get a recording.
- ***** SIGN UP HERE ***** to participate. There are only 20 spots available.
- I’ll mail you one of the envelopes that you see pictured above and tucked inside will be some paper goodies to use during our time together.
- Our session will begin with a Soul Journey, a guided meditation that will shift your attention from your busy life to focusing on what your soul wants you to hear.
- I’ve prepared three journal prompts/activities that use the goodies found in the envelope. I’m keeping those goodies a surprise but I’ll give you a little hint…tucked inside is…
- a message specifically for you to inspire the next steps on your journey,
- a secret portal unique for you,
- an animal guide that will help you to take action,
- something old, something new,
- something shiny, and something blue.
- There will be time to play in your journal.
- Then we’ll do a little Show & Tell so we can see what each person created, the special messages that came up and/or the actions you are inspired to take.
- A video recording will get sent to everyone in case you miss the event or you want to experience it again.
What You’ll Need:
- Computer or mobile device with internet access, video camera, and microphone.
- Journal or old catalogue (I recycle a catalogue to use for my journal.)
Adhesives: Glue Stick, Packing Tape
Pens: Ballpoint, Gell Pens, Glitter Pens, Fine liners, Markers, or your favorite marking tools.
Paper: If you are altering a catalog you’ll want some assorted papers like notebook, stationery, graph paper, scrapbook paper, etc.
- Scissors and a Craft Knife
Images: Magazines, greeting cards and junk mail to cut up.
Suggestion: Start a file, envelope, or bag and collect images, words, and embellishments for your creative play.
- No art experience needed!
About the Next Vision Journal Play Date:
Saturday, March 3, 2018
3:00 – 6:00 p.m., EST
Limited to 20 participants.
Live outside of the US? Register on or before February 15th to receive your envelope in time.
$35 includes everything including shipping the envelope.