|A peaceful day in the backyard, spring green and our baby dragon smiling at us.|
|Recording a celebration--family birthdays and Easter, all rolled into one!|
|My presence necklace, a slow, contemplative sketch to help center me...|
|A sketch from my husband's hospital room, after his cancer surgery...my journal helped keep me calm. (And he is fine, now, thank you! This was from a few years ago.)|
Keeping an artist's journal can be life-changing...at any age. Far beyond making art, creating a pretty page, trying a new technique or exploring a medium like watercolor or pen and ink, it can help us to cope, learn, experience, and honor our lives. It can help us rejoice, process, calm.
We can discover the myriad of small things that we are grateful for--just those gratitude lists alone can be life-changing. Yes, I repeat a lot, as I return again and again to these lists--I AM grateful for the things large and small that make up my days. Fresh coffee. Cats. Memories. Books, art supplies, watercolors, a pen with a butter-smooth nib. Music. Mindfulness. Meditation. Flowers. Laughter. Friends. Options. Nature. My walker, when I need it. Leftovers!
My husband's love and support.
How do you use YOUR journal? What are you grateful for today?