After 9 years (this week), I looked through 7 journals for some perspective. In doing so I wondered if I could boil my journals down to 18 images – pages or moments that encapsulated the journey. A few are personal moments of transformation, several are quotes (from others and the voice in my head), and some are moments that I couldn’t forget if I tried. I have always liked journaling because it solidifies those moments (some good, some bad) by which we define ourselves and how we choose to interact with the world around us. Each of my journals gets a title before I even start writing, like “It ends and begins and ends again.” They don’t have to make sense … they just have to remind me that life is transformative.
I hope these images inspire you to take the time to think, reflect, color, and doodle. Life goes by too fast to not stop and think about it.
I glue, tape, draw, color, write … there are no rules. At times others have taken my journal and written, drawn, or added things to it. I have notes from my children, portraits/drawings from youth on mission trips. It’s memoirs, testimony, and affirmation. I hope you appreciate the post and the fact that I have spared you from my research journals … you’re welcome.