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.
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.
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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