My number one tool for living an intentional life is creative journaling.
Creative journaling is a practice that helps you connect with your own inner wisdom and courage, tune out the external noise, express yourself creatively and get clear on what matters most to you.
This is the practice I return to time and time again when I feel myself drifting, when I feel unfocused or fuzzy-headed. This is the tool I use to remind myself that I have all the wisdom and resources I need inside me, the tool that helps me come back to my center and reconnect with my own vision and purpose. This is the tool I use to help me get really clear on next steps – either in life or business – and take courageous action to make things happen.
It’s a practice anyone can do: doesn’t require any special skills or supplies.
What is creative journaling?
My definition is this: expressing yourself in a journal creatively – usually including some visual element. Sometimes it’s just writing, sometimes it’s just painting or drawing, but most of the time it’s a combination of these things.
Creative journaling has two main components:
Self-reflection or self-inquiry: thinking about who you are, your beliefs, why you live your life the way you do, what matters to you, what you want to change about your life and yourself and so on.
Creative self-expression: expressing yourself in a creative way (in this case, using words, images, colour, symbols, marks and other visual creative forms in the journal).
The reason we bring in the creative, visual element is that it allows us to tap into that right-brain creative side of ourselves.
Our world encourages a lot of analytical, left-brain thinking. That’s our dominant mode in the Western world. But within that (often dormant) creative, right-brain side lies a wealth of inner resources. When we tap into this side of ourselves, we allow our true creative nature to speak, to connect with us in new ways.
Because the truth is that we are all creative, even those of us who don’t feel that way. It’s just that most of us have become distanced from that creative impulse, that creative skill. We’ve learned to tune it out in favour of rational, logical thinking. But, when you’re ready to listen, your creative self has a lot to offer.
In this class, I’ll walk you through my favourite journaling supplies and basic creative journaling techniques.
They’re super simple and don’t require any special artistic skills to express yourself with colour and imagery and create visual journal pages you love.
combine visual elements and written journaling in my creative practice and will teach you how to easily do the same. With these basic tools and techniques you’ll be able to express yourself on the page and process your thoughts and feelings, explore your hopes and fears, and ultimately, bring your life into alignment with your true self.
I hope that by the end of this mini class, you’ll have a journaling practice that helps you live with awareness, creativity and intention.