Back in September – on my birthday, which is 9/9 – I created a wee journaling challenge for myself. I did not want to fail, so I did not challenge myself to a page a day or anything with horrendous deadlines. It was on the very low key, and I didn’t even mention it here until November.
My challenge, based on my birthday date and love of the number nine, was simply:
How many days will it take me
to create 99 journal pages?
No deadlines. No pressure. No rules.
I am happy to report that I’ve made it!
As of March 3o – which was 203 days – I had created 103 visual/art journal pages.
That is about a page every two days!
That may not sound like many to some of you out there, but I know this challenge pushed me to create more than I may have otherwise (although I admit to not thinking about the challenge too much in the last few hundred days). And the thing is – I’m loving journaling even more now than ever!
Some of my pages feel more finished than others – I wondered if I should count them if I may go back and add more later. Does that count, I pondered? Since I really didn’t have any rules for this challenge, I decided that it does.
Colored pencils and lettering are a big part of what I use to create many of my journal pages. I love the ease and convenience of colored pencils, and my love of letters can practically go without saying. That being said, I have been trying to branch out in ‘the media’ I use – and I’m also trying to incorporate some sketching into my pages. I would love to improve my drawing skills, and I always feel resistance when I think of drawing.
The bottom line for me is that I love playing in my journal.
It is one of my therapeutic self-care practices.
I usually show up with no plans – and I always have fun. It gives me the opportunity to play with all sorts of media. I can take my journal anywhere (and I pretty much take it everywhere). And even though I do share – my journal can be as private as I want and need it to be. I can experiment with whatever techniques and media I want, and if something doesn’t turn out, no one needs to know.
Again – no rules and no pressure. That is what keeps journaling fun and therapeutic.
I hope that the diversity of my pages encourages you to see that anything goes. And if you have an inkling, grab your journal and play.
Lisa, aka the mountain mermaid
P.S. I make the journals that I work in – and have plans to begin selling them again (big step putting this statement out there), so if you’re looking for a workhorse of a journal – they’ve been described as rustic elegance – please let me know and I’ll keep you posted on their arrival.