Monthly Archives: April 2015

Journaling Review – March 2015

5th April 2015

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

In March, I filled out seven notebooks. I’ve never filled so many in one month. They were filled with a huge mixture of topics, genre, styles and methods. A lot of changes occurred in March, from my Bipolar mood shifting to a gentle change in focus for my book. It was also a month when I started to dip my toe back into being more visually creative, more ‘arty’. It was also the month where crayons, yes – crayons, made a come back into my life.

Journaling

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

If you’ve ever wondered what people write in their Morning Pages, here’s an example. This is page two and three on a particular day. I’ve been doing Morning Pages daily for about four years, so on most days what I write is not as disjointed as they used to be when I first started. I do know I am having a really off day when the topic flitter between sentences. It’s a great health-meter for me now.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

The above was a trial thing I did for few week, where I logged the same set of information everyday. What I ate, how my body and mind was, my random thoughts and the chain list. It worked well in getting me to note down things I would’ve not otherwise for a while. However, my creative energy shifted earlier this month and this practice was subsequently dropped.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

The above pages are notes from my creative coaching session with my coach Jamie Ridler. Normally her sessions are so intense, it’s very easy to forget what we talked about and what I should do in the coming week. I write random words that she says during the session so I have something to look over afterwards.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

As I write about journaling, I make lots of notes about my own journaling practice. The above is about how I changed over from a Moleskine softcover to a much cheaper Muji notebook. I wrote about what I was struggling with in the Moleskine and what I hope the Muji will solve.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

These pages hold some of the experiments I did to prepare for an art project. It’s a long term project involving sending handmade postcards to three very close friends. Here I was testing different paint mediums and testing them by dipping them into water (in case they get rained on during delivery).

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

I closed up one book I was writing for another book this month. It’s not an entirely new book, just a gentle shift in the goals of what the book should achieve. As a sign of this shift, I taped in all the cards I had in my deck of words (an idea I picked up from a highly inspirational course, The Conscious Booksmith by Christine Mason Miller) into my journal for archiving.

Book writingmy favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

I have two handwritings. The neat handwritings for most of my journaling, then there’s this wild handwriting for when I am generating ideas, generating writings. I love both my handwritings, but this one really excites me because I know something new is being created. In the above pages I talked about how you don’t have to journal everyday to be a ‘good journaller’.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

This is a mind map I created for my book. It was another exercise in the Conscious Booksmith course. Drawing mind maps wasn’t new to me, but the shapes of the bubbles she drew was! I love these leafy shapes she uses. It’s like seeing a tree grow by growing new leaves, one leaf at a time. Somehow this made mind maps refreshing again and I drew about ten mind maps in one afternoon.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

Here’s another wild writing session. This time I went so wild I wrote across two pages as one. This was the first time I wrote in such a way and I liked it. It worked with my big handwriting.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

Here’s the moment my new book was born. Barefoot Journaling. It’s a movement, it’s a philosophy. I want all of us to be freed from arbitrary rules we’ve absorbed through our lives and hand fun in our journals. Enjoy our journals for the sanctuaries that they are. Have a little fun.

Crayonmy favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

Crayons have entered my journals this month. It was suggested by my creative coach Jamie (honestly, if you are stuck, get Jamie to help you). At the time I hated her for suggesting such a thing, but I am so thankful to her now. It has opened up a whole new way of journaling for me. For a start, I have started putting more colours in to my pages. There are now shapes, my shapes, floating around too.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

I’m also finding crayons to be a great therapy tool. If I am hurt or angry, I’ll take the crayons to my journals and furiously scribble until I feel better. As you can see above, I wasn’t in a good place when I started this particular crayon therapy session. A few pages later, I worked out my anger and could focus more on what I needed to do (as seen below).

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

I’ve filled many pages now with crayons. I never thought I would. I thought I’d hate it. They have been a great tool for me to feel more free on the page. For a start you can’t stay in between the lines with a crayon. So you naturally become less constrained, both physically and emotionally.

Collage  my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

I’ve been following the works of two lovely ladies at a year to inspire for sometime now. Since I have a huge pile of magazines from doing the Dictionary of Me, I decided to follow their year of art journaling everyday they did last year. I did a few, I enjoyed it, but then for some reason dropped it again. I will try and do more of them in April.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

The above page isn’t really a collage but it did play a huge role this month. It’s an article about the On Kawara exhibition at the Guggenheim museum in New York. Long story short, I felt a thick connection with his work and it has since spawned my very first art project.

Dictionary of Me

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

After February’s Dictionary of Me, I decided to do another one for March. I am enjoying having an entire notebook filled with inspirations edited especially for me. It’s like having a custom made magazine just for you.
my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

This was my favourite spread. I interpretively danced ‘YES!’ when I found the image on the right. I adore the turquoise and magenta all over this photo.

Travel  my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

We did a week-long trip to Kyoto and Nara at the start of the month, which filled a whole journal of its own. The above is what I do every time I buy new washi tapes. I will tape samples of the bought washi tapes together with when and where I bought them. You know, because you should take up every excuse to use washi tapes.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

I love putting envelopes in my journals. I don’t know why. I just do. The above is a paper envelope that came with a roll of washi tape I bought at a cute little cafe in Kyoto.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

Entrance tickets to a temple in Kyoto. This temple (Keninn-ji) has the most spectacular ceiling painting of two dragons. It’s in very central Kyoto (in Gion) so highly recommended if you find yourself in Kyoto.

my favourite journal pages, March 2015. http://journalingsage.com

This was an idea that was suggested by saankusa on Instagram when I was experiencing a journaling block. Make a mind map of the day you had. What a brilliant idea! I will be doing this from now on for every travel day.

I think it’s fair to say I had a intense month in terms of journaling. There was a lot of self-inspection, changing, growing. I’m not sure if I’ll ever fill as many notebooks as I did this month, but that’s okay. It’s not about the quantity. Nor is it about the quality. It’s about the doing.

Dictionary of Me March 2015

5th April 2015

Dictionary of Me March 2015. Visual journaling of  things I like. http://journalingsage.com

I spent a wonderful afternoon last week making my second Dictionary of Me. I wasn’t going to make another, but as March was passing by I felt this drain of inspiration inside. I was running out of input. I understood then the value of the Dictionary of Me as a regular practice. It’s not just a record of the things you liked at the time, but also a practice to gather up things to inspire you for the coming month.

Dictionary of Me March 2015. Visual journaling of  things I like. http://journalingsage.com

I changed up a few things for this month’s Dictionary of Me. First of all, I went up a size in my notebook from A5 to A4. This has not very surprisingly saved me a huge amount of time. No more cutting whole magazine pages to fit into not-quite-an-A5 size notebook. I was able to paste in most magazine pages as is, with little to minimal trimming.

Dictionary of Me March 2015. Visual journaling of  things I like. http://journalingsage.com

An effect of going up to an A4 notebook was that I chose more whole pages than before. This had the effect of the whole notebook feeling more like a custom made magazine rather than a scrapbook. I’m still yet to make up my mind as to whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Dictionary of Me March 2015. Visual journaling of  things I like. http://journalingsage.com

Another change was to go from wet white stick type of glue to the dry glue on a roller type of glue (‘Dot Liner’). This made the job so much easier, and less messy. The glue went on fast and smooth, no more wrinkled page! Also, the pages stayed on more securely to the journal pages. I highly recommend using these glues-on-rollers type glue.

Dictionary of Me March 2015. Visual journaling of  things I like. http://journalingsage.com

One big difference in making my second Dictionary of me is the amount of resistance encountered. When I made my first Dictionary of Me, I suffered from an enormous amount of negative thoughts, such as how much of a waste of a good journal this was, etc. I experienced far fewer of these this time round. My brain seem to have accepted that this ripping out of magazine pages and gluing them into a journal as something I just ‘do’.

Dictionary of Me March 2015. Visual journaling of  things I like. http://journalingsage.com

I’m going to continue with this monthly project for a few more month and see where it leads me to. It feels like the Dictionary of Me contains much more than just a log of things I liked each month. If you like to see this month’s Dictionary of Me in its entirely, please head over to my flickr album.

April Journaling Prompts

1st April 2015

April Journal Prompt. Daily Journaling Prompt for Creative Happiness. http://journalingsage.com

  1. What excuse are you giving yourself right now?
  2. What 3 big adventures would you like to have this month?
  3. What things are so fun to you that you never get tired of doing?
  4. Are you happy with your current way of organising things? What’s not working for you?
  5. List the distractions you are giving into at the moment. What needs are they fulfilling?
  6. List all the things you are worried about. Then mark the ones that will still matter in a year’s time.
  7. If you could have an infinite supply of just one thing, what would it be? Why that thing?
  8. Every day, I show my compassion by…
  9. What one act of kindness from a stranger moved you the most?
  10. Would you keep a friend who spoke to you in the way you speak to yourself about you?
  11. What do you want less in your life?
  12. Write all the things that make your body feel nourished.
  13. What is your body saying to you?
  14. What new thing do you want to go and see this week?
  15. What time during the week do you feel most refreshed? What do you do just before it?
  16. What do you know, more than anyone else you know?
  17. Write all the things you associate with the word ‘wild’.
  18. What is your 5 greatest strength as a friend?
  19. Is there a space in your home for something you love to do? If not, what can you let go of to make space?
  20. What new projects are lying just underneath the surface? You don’t have to do them, just name them.
  21. What positive thing do you bring to your relationship with your family?
  22. List 3 things you could ask others to do instead of doing them yourself?
  23. What one thing could you add to your evening routine that would make a difference to your wellbeing?
  24. In order to create joy, I need…
  25. What or who would make you feel more supported through your brave moments?
  26. What can you do to choose love today?
  27. What does abundance look like to you? Write 20 things that would make you feel abundant.
  28. What guilty thought are you ready to let go of today?
  29. Imagine yourself lit up. Where in your body is the light coming from? Why there?
  30. What were your successes this month?