The WHY and the WHEN plus an announcement….
This week, I was on 21 Secrets LIVE with Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio hosting and in the 90 minutes, I opened up my whole being. I told of when I officially starting journaling (just words to begin with) back in 1997 when I first saw Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) on a TV show I used to watch and then how it progressed to the Art Journaling that it is now, plus how I use it as my therapy.
Working up in the High Arctic from 1997 to 1999 (alone) made that journaling even more part of who I am. I found out who I really was and that I could handle anything. And, that anything showed up in 1998 when I was treated for Cervical Cancer and when I found out my sister, MaryLou, also had cancer (lung) and that whole next year was about coping with working in the High Arctic, Cancer treatments and the death of my sister.
I started a business that I really had wanted to start for years. The time was right for me but not for the location or time for others so coping with a failed business was another “depend on my journaling” moments in my life.
In 2001, I started using Altered Books as part of my journaling – I say part, because I still did my Morning Pages ritual (3 handwritten pages) but I needed something more. Art Journaling began showing up and now is part of my daily ritual as well.
Art Journaling is like personal therapy!
Art Journaling was there when I needed to write when in 2007, Brian nearly died (actually he did die in the ambulance but they revived him) and those 21 days of getting him to a place where he could leave the hospital.
Art Journaling was there when I needed to write in 2009 when I had to go through a process of pain and tests before it was finally realized that my left kidney needed to be removed.
Art Journaling was there when I wasn’t sure if selling & teaching Art was where I wanted to be. As you can tell, it made me realize its EXACTLY where I need to be – to be of service to others, not just in seeing my art, but enabling them in creating their own art and also, coaching them through their own processes they need to find to enable their dreams and goals.
Art Journaling is not just about pretty art.
“If you think journaling is only about ranting or chronicling your day….you’re missing out on its true power to pull your biggest dreams right into your life…Dr. Stacia Pierce”
I’d like to start a monthly get-together for Art Journaling here in SW Saskatchewan. We would gather for 2 or 3 hours once a month, talk Art Journaling, share our journals (if you want to) and even learn a new technique or two. Anyone interested? I’d set up the location….YOU DO NOT have to be an ARTIST to begin art journaling. We were all beginners and its about the process not the end result. We grow and find out what we like & don’t like and you don’t even have to journal – use a quote or just a phrase or title on a collaged or painted page. This gathering will be minimal cost – just the renting of the room and coffee.