How Art Journaling Saved My Life {and what it can do for you}

Okay, so maybe claiming that art journaling “saved my life” is a bit of an over statement. Unless you’re like me and consider being a slave to the daily grind day in and day out isn’t really living at all. Then you may just understand where this might be going and perhaps are in need of a little saving yourself.

You see, not too long ago I found myself feeling utterly lost.

I felt depressed and empty, almost like a walking ghost.

Feeling Down

But I had everything I could want… a loving family, a supporting husband, and even a successful business selling my primitive art.

As a business owner, I spent my days crafting and creating. People loved my creations; I was featured online, in magazines, and even on TV.

You could say I was living the dream.

Yet, as my business success grew, a part of my spirit began to feel deflated.

After much self-reflection, I realized that while I was creating, I was not creating freely. Art had begun to become a part of my daily grind.

Before my eyes, that which I once cherished had turned into another 9-5 job.

By creating the same items over and over again I was filling the customer demand, but depleting my spiritual supply in the process. I was on auto pilot; not only with my work, but in my personal life as well. I knew I needed to alleviate that suffocation before things fell apart.

So I quit.

I quit my business and embarked on a self discovery journey determined to reclaim myself and find the freedom I so desperately needed.

After a time of aimless wandering, I decided to jump-start the journey with a 30 day challenge which I dubbed “Busy Mom VS Daily Grind”. It was then that I finally delved deeper into art journaling and in time discovered its true gifts.

And that’s when everything turned around.

I started to eagerly anticipate each new day.

I felt alive and more in tune to my surroundings.

I was rediscovering parts of me that I didn’t even realize I had lost.

Through art journaling, I was able to unearth my most authentic self. She who had hidden behind the mask of the expected for far too long.

Clarity

I’m now living a happier more fulfilling life with more clarity and self awareness.

My outlook on life has changed.

I have less stress and can discover my true inner feelings easier.

I’m not caught up with the daily “9-5 rut” anymore; I’m living life with open eyes and creating art I never imagined was within my power.

I’ve come to see how infusing creativity into our daily lives is therapeutic in so many ways. Once I recognized it in my own life, I became deeply cognizant of it in other people’s lives as well.

I couldn’t deny the call.

It’s what has ultimately inspired me to make it my life’s mission to help other women wake up from the slumber of the daily grind. To unearth their creative spirit, discover their authentic voice and embrace their heart’s path; allowing them to live happier, more fulfilling lives through expression of creativity.

And I believe it all begins with art journaling. A place where no rules exist; where you can let loose and free your most inner desires, callings, and truth.

Are you ready for this amazing journey?




 
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with my introductory e-course
Art Journaling 101”.





Comments

  1. I also suffer with Depression as well as Anxiety and a host of physical ailments. I scrapbook, make cards and do a bit of altered art but art journaling/mixed media has really been the best place to express all sorts of emotional issues. I have also used art journaling when teaching Sunday School with my teen class using scripture verses. My God-sized dream is to be able to use art to help other abused women and children to begin their process of healing.

  2. Art journaling also saved me. I began journaling in earnest after 3 surgeries in a year due to endometriosis, with the final being a hysterectomy. I was so gutted on every level and frustrated with drs., etc that it all just needed to come out.

    Most recently I have been teaching journaling for depression in a mental health facility and will be expending the program to include survivors of domestic violence and sexual assaul.t

  3. I am so happy I saw this on Pinterest! I have been wanting to do this for several years but keep feeling lost on how to do it and it be worthwhile. Thanks so much for offering a free intro :)

  4. WOW . . . what an inspiring post. I have just started Art Journaling after watching a few Dyan Reaveley videos and am TOTALLY loving it. I am so EXCITED by its limitless possibilities. Will join up with you to see your take on it all. I like your positivity.

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

  5. I love your spirit. Creativity in all forms is so healing and nurturing. I need to do a post on this topic. Would you mind if I linked one of posts to it? I work in the energy psychology field and on emotional traumas and memories that have impacted people’s health negatively. What I find is many people get so encased in the wanting to heal that they forget to just be still, content and live in the moment. I use photography, watercolor painting and knitting and crocheting to give me that creative balance. Healing comes so much more easily and naturally when we are doing what feels good. Thanks for sharing!

    Melissa

  6. Kristal it has been such a pleasure to get to know you and learn from you in this field we call ART. As I travel through this world of creating, whether it’s journaling, blogging, painting, mixed-media, etc, I find that I am a much calmer person. I find that these are ‘my’ choices and not what someone else expects me to do. This may sound so selfish, but it is ‘mine’ and no one else’s. I can choose to share or not. We can remove ourselves from a stressful world and create something beautiful. And, let’s not leave out what it shows our children. Being an older parent of an 8yo is an amazing experience. My ‘stepping’ back into the art world has helped me to see (again) through a child’s eyes, the simple things that can bring a smile to your face so easily. Personally, I have been through so much trauma, but I am now so very blessed to have a husband who understands me, for who I am and why. Our life isn’t always easy, however, we know God looks after us. We don’t really have to look that far for a blessing if we pay attention to what we want in life. I have found you to be a most wonderful blessing of late. xoxo

  7. I love this idea, as I completely relate to traditional journaling for healing emotional wounds. To add art to it creates another level of healing and self discovery.. what an amazing idea!

  8. Kristal, i love all your creations…in someway i like the rustic, natural, what nobody likes, i find beauty on it…i finished Art Journaling 101…is there a J 102?…

    Prompts: i started with #1 – The Rainbow – but now i dont find this to continue with No. 2…please let me know how to find it… Not an expert with computers, so my excuses! Thanks for your time.

    • Thank you so much Petrin! :) I do have an e-course coming out soon called ROOTS that will be like the next step after Art Journaling 101. I’ll send you an email regarding your other question.

  9. Remind yourself daily of what you are grateful and thankful for. An entry each day in this lovely journal certainly puts you in the right frame of mind for your journey to a joyous and fulfilling life.

  10. This is an excellent article and a glimpse into the heart of what motivates you to inspire others.

    I love your insight that even doing something creative as a job does not fulfill the need to express yourself freely in art.

    Thank you so very much for helping me on my brand new journey into art journaling.

    Hugs,
    Teresa

  11. Kristal,

    I am so glad I found your free course. I have been wanting to do journaling for some time. I have not started to on a daily basis, but I have several pages completed, and others in progress.
    I really enjoyed your lessons, and the fact that I could take them on my own schedule.

    I wish you all the best, and Wow, from all these comments, it seems to me you are making a real difference in the lives of others! Something to be proud of!

    Have a super week!
    Sheila

  12. I may not even be an adult but I can art journal just as good as the rest, though my journal pages may be a bit more immature and whimsical.
    So with that out of the way I have to thank you for kinda showing me the way and I have just gotten to the middle of my first art journal.

    • Sarah Jane says:

      that’s quite nice to here Emilia, when I was a bit younger all I wanted to do was be a singer, I never thought of doing much art though I drew a bit so well done

  13. Kristal. Thank you so much for your generosity. I thoroughly enjoyed your free course. It has given me lots of confidence to just let myself create xxx

  14. Wiene grant says:

    I have found your e-course really helpful,thank you. I now am off to an art week at a.Christian centre for healing. I am going to try ans lead a little workshop on art jounalling! I feel that inspired.

  15. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s been an eye opener taking this course and learning from you.
    Thank you!!

  16. Kristal, So glad I found you on my journey of creativity! You have such a gentle spirit, not unlike my own. I really feel like I can connect with you and with art journaling.
    Please send me more information on your next class. ROOTS I think you called it.
    I have just began your class today and know I will want more.

    • Thank you Margie! ROOTS has been retired, but I’m in the process of putting together a new journaling course. I’ll be sure to let you know when it gets released! :)

  17. Hi Kristal

    You are an inspiring person and your story make me realize my need to connect with what’s inside of me.

    Thank you for sharing and thank you for Art Journaling 101.

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