Everything You Need is Within

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    As you saw in my story, and as so many of you have experienced for yourself, it’s easy get caught up in the excitement of art journaling – buying all the new products, delving into the infinite possibilities of techniques, and exploring how other people approach their journal.

    But art journaling doesn’t actually require those things…it’s simply a container, a method, to help you reconnect with yourself.

    Don’t get me wrong: I also love exploring with new techniques and learning from other artists; but only when I’m looking to expand my artistic skills, not when I’m stuck in my head, worrying about how my journal should look.

    We lose sight of the fact that everything we need to create meaningful art journal pages is right within us. (tweet that!)

    Everything you need is already within YOU.

    By looking within for the answers instead of outwardly, you create a safe environment to express a reflection of who you really are.

    The key is getting clear about your intention.

    What is it that you want?

    Do you desire a tool to help you dig deeper into your soul?

    Are you ready to create an art journaling practice that will help you playfully reconnect with your true creative self?

    If so, then the first step is to shift your mindset when you approach your journal. By bringing out your playful self, looking within, and creating a safe environment for expression, you are building a solid foundation for a transformative art journaling practice that can potentially change your life – which is exactly what I guide women do in my e-course ROOTS.

    It all begins with that simple shift of how you view your journal, and trusting you already have everything you need.

    With that shift, you’ll be able to tap into deeper parts of who you truly are. That’s when the magic happens: Your journal becomes a tool for self-discovery.

    So, what is one belief that you have about your journal that you can shift today to help you view it in a new light?

    Perhaps it’s a belief that every page has to be beautiful. Or that you have to finish a page when you begin it. Maybe it’s belief about needing the latest supplies before you can start journaling at all. Choose one, and re-write it. Then be sure to share it with us in the comments below.

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      How I Found Freedom in my Art Journal

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        I believe in sharing our stories because they can be so powerful in helping others see parts of themselves in them. Which is why I decided to share my own story in how I came to develop my transformative art journaling practice. I know you’ll be able to relate to at least one part of my journey; and my hope is that my story will inspire you to find your own path in art journaling instead of getting stuck comparing yourself to others.

        Hear my story, then share yours below. Where are you in your own journey? Have you found yourself stuck in a similar research trap? Or perhaps you’ve started already but aren’t so happy with your results.

        Tell us your story in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear it, and you never know who else will benefit from what you have to share.

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          Art Journaling Doesn’t Have to be So Hard

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            We tend to over complicate things… especially when we want to learn something new. We compare our work with others’ masterpieces and quickly feel disillusioned.

            Our over-achieving, critical side kicks in, telling us we have to buy the best art materials and write down perfect, inspirational phrases in our journal.

            We squash the fun-loving, curious part of ourselves that just wants to create and play with child-like freedom. The part of us that laughs, splashing paint on the page.

            Art journaling doesn't have to be so hard

            There’s no real need to over-think.

            Art journaling can be as simple as giving yourself the freedom to unload your feelings, to fully express yourself.

            You don’t need to master the arts to enjoy and benefit from art journaling.

            Imagine using your journal as a daily practice of learning to let go.

            Imagine releasing the need to compare yourself to others.

            Imagine embracing your inner artist and being kind to her, rejoicing in your creative process, without worrying about the end product.


            Do it for yourself.

            And just begin where you are with what you have today.

            Why make it more complicated than that?

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              Discovering Clarity to Embrace the Present

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                My heart is thumping with excitement. I hear the wind whispering in my ear, urging me to take another step. I feel the dusty ground beneath my toes as they inch closer to the cliff’s edge. I look over the vast seas of possibility and light and joy.

                A smile creeps across my face. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long while. I’ve been dreaming to fly. I’ve been yearning to feel the spaciousness I see ahead of me. I’ve been craving the freedom from this dusty wasteland of overwhelm.

                All I need to do is leap.

                The Cliff

                But for now, I accept where I am. I surrender to this cliff, feeling bound to it by fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of the spaciousness I so desire.

                I dig my toes deeper into the dust, relishing every moment of this in-between state… in between desperation and freedom, overwhelm and spaciousness, this dusty cliff and the beautiful sea below.

                I have traveled a long, difficult journey to get here, but it isn’t over yet. In fact, the journey never ends.

                For months I’ve struggled with overwhelm, wandering through the desolate desert of frustration, confusion and lack of clarity. I was desperate to find a solution; so I researched the internet, read countless articles, and tested out every time management technique I could get my hands on.

                Still, I remained overwhelmed.

                I told myself to keep trying, that I just hadn’t found the right system, the right trick to keep me organized.

                So when one of our requirements for life coach training was to hire a coach for ourselves to experience what it’s like to be a client, I was excited to get started. I had never hired a coach before, and being in a place of overwhelm, I had forgotten that this was even an option. I thought, “YES! This is my chance to get support, to get accountability, to get clarity on what I need to do to get out of this desolate place. This will be easy peasy. We’ll talk it out, you’ll give me some tips, and I’ll be cured. WooHoo!”

                Through my own coach training, I knew digging deeper was part of the process. I knew there might be underlying untrue beliefs holding me back. I knew I was in for an insightful, interesting ride.

                But I didn’t really know.

                What happened during my three months of coaching felt like a roller coaster ride of enlightenment, fear, crying, laughing, grumbling, and internal hissy fits.

                We spent our time carving out a path to my freedom and unpacking all the stories, beliefs, and fears that were stopping me from making the changes in my life that I so desperately craved. What I was left with was a bout of resistance and dreariness… feeling more stuck than I had even started with.

                But as soon as I relaxed and let the dust settle, the vision of me standing at the cliff emerged… bringing in a new-found clarity for how to get through the overwhelm as well as an appreciation for the complexities of our lives.

                I realized then that all of the researching in the world could have never saved me from my overwhelm.

                I realized then that there was sooo much more than just a simple lack of organization creating my overwhelm, and that I had been living in a state of blindness.

                I realized then… just how valuable having a coach actually was, and I vowed to never travel alone again.

                I’m not yet completely free from overwhelm, but my coach took me gently by the hand and led me to clarity, showing me the way for when I am ready. I went to her seeking freedom, but received so much more.

                She gave me love. She gave me confidence and support. She gave me the ability to accept where I am in life; to give myself kindness and compassion; to hear my intuition more clearly; to feel my emotions more fully… understanding that our hearts and bodies always know the truth. She gave me the awareness that everything will always turn out alright in the end.

                Here I am, standing within sight of what I’ve been searching for… still so far away, yet so close. My toes digging into the earth, inching ever so slightly closer to the edge. And I’m okay.

                Better than okay.

                (Edited image by Lucas via Flickr)

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                  I’ve Been Keeping a Secret…

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                    Eeeeek! I’m so excited to spill the beans today! I’ve been keeping this secret for quite some time now…

                    I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on something that will help you to connect to your true creative self.

                    Something that will allow you to freely express yourself in an art journal.

                    Something that distills everything I stand for in one intensely inspiring workshop.

                    I believe that art journaling is a gateway to our creative soul and that everything we need to create meaningful journal pages is right within us. Transformative art journaling happens when you get out of your head, listen to your intuition, and find your rhythm – without judgment, without comparison.

                    So in my new mini workshop Spilling Open, I’ll guide you through an exercise helping you to connect with your true creative self by fully letting go and allowing rich, expressive, and spontaneous moments form. It’s not the paint, techniques, or words we use that make this art journaling practice powerful: It’s our intention of playful self-discovery so that we may spill our hearts openly onto paper with wild abandon and honor ourselves in the process.

                    But there’s more to this exciting news…

                    I’m teaching it alongside 20 other amazing artists in the new 21 Secrets art journaling workshop!!!

                    21 Secrets Art Journaling Workshop

                    If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a collaboration between 21 artists curated by Connie Hozvicka in which each artist shares a mini art journaling workshop that reflects who they are and what they stand for.

                    So, when you grab a copy of 21 Secrets (which arrives to you in PDF format filled with tons of videos and images) you not only get my Spilling Open workshop, but 20 other amazing workshops as well!

                    This is an incredible opportunity to see different views and learn different approaches to art journaling from a variety of unique, talented artists.

                    The actual PDF won’t be shipped until Oct 1st, but pre-sale is happening TODAY! And the quicker you grab your spot in class, the less you’ll pay.

                    Find out all the details and grab your copy here: 21 Secrets Art Journaling Workshop.

                    I’m so honored to be a part of this group and I am beyond excited to share this experience with you!

                    (Edited image by Daniela Vladimirova via Flickr)

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