Celebrating being what @SusanAkaSARK calls SPLENDIDLY IMPERFECT. #journalexercise

There is a lot of joy in the mess and chaos of living as a “splendidly imperfect” human being. – Sark Draw yourself in the centre of the sheet. On one side list things that come to mind when you think of the word IMPERFECT. Don’t worry about getting it all in or making sense….

Change. What does it mean to you? #journalexercise

Change.  What does it mean to you? Write it out.  Collect images that reflect your thoughts. Journal: Sometimes I long for stability and sameness.  Change is the constant though.  I have learned to not fight it, learned to embrace it, and go in the direction that feels right in the heart and in the mind….

Inner dialogue in 5 panels. New #journalexercise. #arttherapy

I’m loving the dialogue bubble post-its that I found at… I can’t remember where.  You can cut out dialogue bubbles if need be as well.  Narrow down those racing thoughts and write out your inner dialogue on the bubbles.  Paste them onto found images, in old journals or on new drawings.        

… the proper sorrows of the soul. #grief #journal

There is a sanity to grief… given to all, [grief] is a generative and human thing…it acts to preserve the self. – Kay Jamison Absolutely drenched.  Wrenched.  And drenched.  I spent the full day with Dad today after his morning procedure when I “could” have been home finishing our manuscript and “should” have been trying…

JOURNAL: process out the stickiness

Working on the book, I find myself falling into expected dips of low energy.  Stickiness.  I ride the waves of excitement and melancholy.  I remind myself that it’s ok to take a break and to journal out those moments that feel heavy.     You don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in…

Desperately seeking Karin… #journal #grief #arttherapy

As I work on the book with Dad, I am drenched in memories and find myself obsessively looking at photos of my mother.  She’s around 20 in the photos and just starting her adult life. I am loving it, but it’s also overwhelming.  Knowing the path that lies ahead of her… Last night I walked…

Facing the wall of fear… #journal exercise. #arttherapy

Waking up with the cannonball weight of anxiety and fear in your chest?  Racing thoughts about all the usual?  Worried that you won’t be able to deliver all you have promised?  That you don’t have enough resources?  Financially, physically, spiritually?  Forgetting to live in the moment and over-thinking the future?  Scattered and feeling disorganized?  You…

Anxiety journaling tool. #heart #lettinggo #outflow #arttherapy

Focus on 3-4 things that are blocking you, that hinder you, frustrate you, nag at you, keep you from living your life peacefully. E.g. I picked Anxiety, Fear, Money, Low Self-esteem Write for 10 minutes in your journal about these blocks. On a drawing/photocopy of an anatomical heart, write your main words repeatedly throughout the…