My own journey isn't so much about 'who am I' anymore, as it is about 'who I am'. It's about embracing all that is 'ME', and putting into motion all that I am. Age and wisdom are so very precious, and it's with these gifts that I feel able to fully embrace my life. Still, it's a challenge when there are young children, when we are a young family still building our dreams and finding our way. The absence of time and the excess of stress are my enemies.
Over the years, my survival, and self-discovery has been fueled by art journaling. Writing my personal story through words and pictures has been an empowering experience. Weaving together the artful threads of my life has given me so much courage, especially when I look back through my books and see the depth of my endurance. My journals have been a way of reflecting on my life and telling my story, if only to myself.
Everyone has a unique story and I wonder if it is at the mid-point in life, we find that our story must be examined? How can we live fully and authentically in the second half of our lives if we can't reflect on the journey that has bought us to the point we're at today? When we examine our own lives, we connect to all the riches of the past, we honor all the sadness and adversity we've overcome, we grieve for the 'never to be' elements, and we are energized, ready to use our remaining years more wisely.
Art Journaling gives us permission to stop and listen to the story of our lives. It puts meaning in our past, and gives us a compass for the times when we are stuck, incapacitated, and petrified. It also gives us images and icons for our achievements. It solidifies our glories, and validates our victories. The gift of artful expression belongs to everyone, and rich are those who embrace it.
This journal page was done in response to Inspiration Avenue's weekly prompt..."Butterflies". It's done in Twinkling H2O's and ink. Don't forget, "Mastering Twinks" online workshop begins January 31st though joggles.com .
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