It’s been more than just a month since I last updated my personal analog journal and I thought I already lost the mojo for it and for art, in general. Aside from not having enough time, I also needed to stay away from life’s drama and try to survive. Haha!
Good thing is we just got our new printer and I’ve been on the printing spree already for weeks now collecting print-outs for the journal. It’s fun though, and God bless the internet for giving us unlimited printables and tips on just making yourself busy journaling.
Some people ask, what’s in journaling that makes it so important that it takes sooo much of your time and money? Ugh. They think writing and making fancy art is just stupid. They don’t have any idea how writing makes us feel free and happy, and there’s something about colors and pictures that makes us feel better than just staring out of nowhere and do nothing or scroll on fb the whole day commenting nonsense on other people’s lives. Ha!
I am not the kind of person who tells a story in person, except when I’m my friends and they want to know some updates about my life. But I like writing all that stuff on my blog or on my journal though. It’sjust my way of not sharing a story but venting out. I mean I don’t really care if people read it or not, I just need to free myself from the thought – good or bad.
I get that writing isn’t a thing to some people, but if you think you’re suffering from mental health -honestly speaking – you have to try journaling.
I’ve been eriting my feelings since highschool and I’m telling you, though it’s not a cure, it helps especially in times of feeling the need to just let it all out even when there’s no one listening.
Ugh. Another drama.
I really don’t have a specific theme or layout or niche in journaling or even making art. I just grab my pen and notebook, or brush and paints and start making doodles or sketches from random thoughts or life lately or food and travel experiences.
I wonder where these art pieces (above photo) are now. I used to tape my favorites on my wall back becore we re-painted the room. Ugh, if only I have enough space for my artsy stuff, I think I’m going to have enough courage as well to start painting on a canvas!
But now that I have the will to continue what I do while being the best mom I could be and having to work a corporate job, say hello to another reason why I won’t date anyone anymore. Ha!
Closing this post with some take-aways on journaling:
- Any notebook will do – branded or unbranded – as long as you’re comfortable with the material. I mean, some papers are just too thin and inks and paints leak, so my standard is 90gsm and up.
- Just write. Nobody would judge you anyway. Once you take pictures or share your spreads, they will just go “oh you’re so artsy” without minding what you’ve written on that page. Which also sucks, by the way. Like I was like “hey I’m sad can we eat some snacks together, your treat?” But nah, everyone just likes the post or heart it.
- Documenting your thoughts and keeing it are two of the best thinngs you can do for yourself. I’ve been throwing a lot of my work for the past years and it just made me regret the whole documenting thing.
- Think twice on buying stuff. Before I had Mneme, I buy a loooot of art stuff without considering the price. Now that I got my first priority, I have to take it easy and think twice before spending.
- I used to review and re-read my past entries and see if I can already just laugh at my problems or grab some realizations I could re-apply in my current situations. But recently I just thought, some memories are documented not because you want to go over it again some time, but you just want to get it all out of your mind and not to go back at it again ever.