My ‘Journaling’ Challenge is Complete

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Inspired by the aspen trees at Zapata, near Sand Dunes National Park

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.

Andikra symbols of the Akan people of Ghana; A study for use in the upcoming Salida Library "Lettering Unfettered" Art Show piece

Andikra symbols of the Akan people of Ghana; A study for use in my piece for the upcoming Salida Library “Lettering Unfettered” Art Show

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.

A Yoga Nidra Principle - from a recent workshop I took; this page may need something more on it, but I love the starkness around the mandala.

A Yoga Nidra Principle – from a recent workshop I took; this page may need something more on it, but I love the starkness around the mandala.

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.

Navajo Seed Pt drawn with watercolor pencils

Navajo Seed Pt drawn with watercolor pencils

Watercolors drawn with regular old colored pencils.

Watercolors drawn with regular old colored pencils.

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.

I don’t have an organized spot for journal page images, but if you want to check out the other posts on my ‘journaling challenge’ you’ll find some other pages I’ve created – click here and here.

Happy Journaling!

xox,
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.

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4 responses to “My ‘Journaling’ Challenge is Complete

  1. Biggest Brightest congratulations, beautiful friend! Such an achievement – firstly, to make the challenge difficult enough, but do-able at the same time. Secondly, for reaching your target – and beyond. The experimentation and the playful – I’d say they might be important parts of your make up. I for one want news of these journals. Having a small version already, I’d just love to get my hands on a big fella! Big loves xo

  2. cynthiamorris

    I love it! Especially the no rules and no pressure. That’s the best. I love how you talk about this as a self-care practice.

    It’s such a gift we give ourselves and others, too, when we do things solely for the love of it.

    Proud of you for making your challenge! Any new challenges in the works?

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