Journal Series Part 1: INSPECTION/PRESENT DAY #mindmap

I am working on a new journal series to connect with my book Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art.


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I am a great believer in sharing my creative process!  That is how Drawn Together was created in the first place- through journals and blogposts.

I am inspired by Austin Kleon‘s call to SHOW YOUR WORK!

As I build the journal series, I will be sharing my notes and process here and welcome your feedback and your photos!   Your contribution is invaluable and may find its way to my book! Contact me at Email.



We look at where we are now using mindmaps.

A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information.  A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added.  Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches.  Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea.   source

1. Take 10-15 minutes first to write in your journal.  Just stream of consciousness- whatever comes to mind.

2. Now create a mindmap- start with yourself in the centre and without hesitation write in bubbles as you contemplate where you are right now.  It could mean where you are at this very moment or where you are this year and this place in your life.


It is an art to be where you are, and see happiness in life’s ever changing landscape. Today look with new eyes, and treasure all you can.  – Rita Ghatourey

Brianna finds mindmapping useful for helping her plan next steps.
Shiraya shaped her teen guide using mindmapping

Make sure you keep your mindmap as we’ll be adding to it during subsequent exercises!

Jennifer takes her mindmap to a whole new level.

Enjoy the process!

Mindmap 1

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