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 isn't really living at all...
You see, years ago I found myself feeling utterly lost. I felt depressed and unfulfilled, like an empty shell.
But I had everything I could want - a loving family, a supportive husband, and even a successful business selling my art. 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, my spirit deflated.
Before my eyes, that which I once cherished had turned into another 9-5 job. I was on auto pilot; not only with my work, but in my personal life as well. I had no idea who I truly was or what I wanted, but I felt a deep yearning inside to be free, to create, to express myself. I knew I needed to alleviate that suffocation before things fell apart.
So I quit.
I quit my business and embarked on a journey, determined to reclaim myself and my creative expression, and to find the freedom I so desperately needed.
But answering the call to create isn't always as easy as it sounds.
If you're anything like me, you may easily wake with a nine-hour-YouTube-marathon hangover, knee deep in supplies you now feel guilty for buying because you still don’t know what the heck to do with any of it. And even if you did, you know it’ll never turn out the way she did it. Ugh.
Yup... I got caught in that "research trap" hard.
I wasted over a year watching tutorials and soaking up everything I could before putting brush to paper.
Instead of helping me be a better artist, all that "research" did was cause doubt, fear, and perfectionism.
I was totally unaware at the time, but deep down I became intimidated by all the beautiful art I was drooling over; like somehow I wasn't worthy of doing it myself. I had fears that I would fail, or that maybe I wasn't a true artist like I thought I was.
To top it off, when I finally sat down to face my first art journal page... I was HORRIFIED to find what came out onto the page wasn't what I saw in my mind.
All of that research had tricked my brain into thinking I was gaining experience.
In the end, none of it mattered.
So I took this lesson to heart and started over.
I scrapped everything I had "learned" and embraced being a beginner to forge my own way forward.
With the help of my life coach training, I was able to uncover and transform all of the blocks that were holding me back.
As I dove deeper, I noticed how my process reflects back at me. I saw how the fears, doubts, and beliefs I work with mirror my daily life.
And that’s when everything turned around.
It completely shifted the way I live and approach life.
It unearthed parts of myself I didn't even realize I had lost.
Through art journaling, I was able to reclaim my most authentic self. She who had hidden behind the mask of the expected for far too long.
It brought me more clarity, more happiness, and a new appreciation for life.
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 others wake up from the slumber of the daily grind, and to reclaim their true creative selves and their lives.
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.
Always in curiosity and love,
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