The Real Me

Today, I have something special to share with you. A video. A piece of visual evidence of me shedding yet another layer that’s been hiding my true self.

At first, I thought I was just going to film an update for you since I haven’t been so present online in the last many months. But the more I thought about it, filming this video is more of a breakthrough. It’s me taking another step in my journey to let go of control in my life and to let the real me shine through.

So, here is me. The real me. Hello! <3

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PS HERE is the link I talked about where I share my story. You can also hear more about it in my interview with Connie HERE.

Art Journaling VS Visual Journaling

art journaling VS visual journaling

As I develop my art journaling practice, I find myself moving further and further away from what I see others call “art journaling”. So I began to think… perhaps what I’m doing is something different.

Should I refer to it as visual journaling?

What does that term even mean?

What does “art journaling” even mean?

Is there a difference?

I knew on some level what these terms meant to me, but I was curious to see if others define them in the same way. So, I invited four other journal artists to share their insights to these questions. And here… is our conversation:

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How would you define “art journaling” and “visual journaling”? Does it really make a difference what it is? What’s your intention when coming to the page? Leave a comment below, and let’s continue the conversation!





Special Thanks To: Hali Karla, Andrea Schroeder, Connie Solera, and Lisa Sonora for making this video possible!




 
Want to learn more about art journaling?
Check out my introductory e-course
Art Journaling 101”.



Roots Art Journal Flip Through!

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In this video, I share a few pages in my journal to give you an idea of what we create in my e-course ROOTS. But every journal is different, as unique as its creator, and this is what I encourage in the course. I guide you in creating a journal for yourself, but don’t limit you in terms of what that will look like.

My belief is that the more you can play, experiment, and do this for yourself (instead of doing it to show others), the more powerful it will be for you. Art journaling can be an amazing tool to develop a deeper connection with your true creative self, and allow more clarity, happiness, and self awareness into your life. My hope is that ROOTS gives you the tools and the foundation to develop this type of transformative art journaling practice.

Art Journaling ROOTS e-courseI’ll be teaching Roots for the last time this February! In this 7-week online e-course, you’ll develop your own transformative art journaling practice as we let go of comparison and open ourselves up for self-exploration. Want to learn more about the class or see some pages by past students? Check out the information page HERE. I hope you’ll join us!





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.






Letting Go

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I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed lately. Which, as you probably know yourself, creates those feelings of “I don’t wanna”. Giving in to those feelings time and time again doesn’t make for any progress, but sometimes you just gotta get away from it all.

So on Monday, I dropped my to-do list and whipped out the paints instead.

I had no plan in mind, just a feeling of BLAH, so I used that to guide my hands on the page. And boy… did it feel good!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton

But that’s not to say I felt less of that overwhelm the following day, but at least I got a break from it. Some enjoyable time away.

And ya know what? I discovered something else in the process too… creating with a toddler makes for a great opportunity to practice letting go of your thought process.

If you’ve seen any of my other art evolution videos, you’d probably notice how I voice my thought process along the way. (It makes for some very difficult editing decisions! lol)

But this time?

Nada.

Ziltch.

There was no thought process at all.

Just me, my little girl, and some paint. And it was heavenly.