This week between Christmas and New Years has become a time for me to reflect on my experiences during the past year:
what did I do, learn, seek, accomplish, long for, create, become, screw up, change, find, allow, push away, forget, remember, discover, be amazed by, walk away from, begin, fight with/for, spend approximately
And then I ponder if that is what I want to continue doing in the upcoming New Year, or are there changes, improvements, intentions I would like to incorporate and strive towards, things I want to banish, let go of, say goodbye to, and a certain type of "me" that I want to become more or less of.
This is my "work" over the next few days.
And then, with a little help from other wonderful, wise, generous Goddesses
I have been led to (though the magic of the intertubes!), I will attempt to organize all I discover using the aforementioned process to help me create the New Year (and latest version of ME!) which I will be thrilled and honored to live.
The "work" officially began a few days ago, when I began the year long online art journaling adventure BOOK OF DAYS under the loving, supportive, super creative guidence of Effy Wild.
I started keeping a "diary" around age 8, and had tomes of secret-drama-joy-drivel filled journals over the ensuing years of growing up. However, during my years as an "adult", aside from the sporadic feelings of need to write something-poems, lists, rants, various musings, memories, dreams, questionaires, love letters, hate letters, anything, nothing special,
(*GASP* and this BLOG!)...I have mostly given up on journaling, and the main writing I do now is of grocery or to-do lists!
But that is all about to change, along with finally indulging my desire to learn/practice not only journaling, but ART journaling. Perhaps not so much expressing myself through many words, but more emotions turned out in artful creations. This fits in nicely with my intention to create more, be less fearless, actually do something with all of those many as-yet-unused art supplies that sit all pretty and pristine (and intimidating!) on the crowded shelves of my "studio"!
After a few hours of working on transforming a cost me 49 cents from Goodwill Outlet hardback copy of "The New Yorker Book of Poems",
into my very own Book of Days, here is what I have created so far:
|the cover, with my chosen word for the year: OPEN|