Keeping a Sketchbook... Have you thought about it? Why you might want to keep a Sketchbook or a Visual Journal.
So what about you? Have you tried to keep a regular written journal or a diary perhaps, then found that it just didn’t stick? The aim is to regularly record a written reminder of moments that are ruled by the heart and head. We have other feelings too, but mostly I want to bring to your attention how our feelings rule our day to day operations. When we can explore those feelings, either in writing or visual imagery, we'll have a wider perspective on what is happening with us. Having a written or visual journal is not to keep you accountable in some way or to make you feel awful for not being perfect. Heck no, those intentions are for hardened goal setters.
Susan Sontag wrote: “In the journal, I do not just express myself more openly than I could do to any person; I create myself. The journal is a vehicle for my sense of self-hood… Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather — in many cases — offers an alternative to it.”
A Visual Journal, Sketchbook or a Travellers/Artist notebook is a kinder way to keep record of one's feelings. Finding time in our busy schedules to ‘fit in’ a few moments for oneself is supposed to be an everyday occurrence, but most of us neglect it... a little meander around a page with a pen you found laying around is maybe just the thing that can boost your mood. Maybe jotting down a phrase or a quote you heard. These little notes are the start of that transient shift into a new addictio