Good morning! This past week has been full of frustrations. I had migraines almost every day that left me exhausted and nauseous. They were so bad that I couldn’t go to school at all. In a normal semester, I wouldn’t worry so much but it’s a summer session and every day counts. On top of that my 6-year old woke up screaming with a migraine on Friday and I had to rush him to the doctor. I was about that age when I started getting headaches and migraines so I hope it’s not the start for him. Usually when life is hectic, I’m able to curl up with a book but my migraines refused to let me do so.
Even though migraines drastically changed my week, I’m thankful for most of the unexpected changes like using my art journal. I’ve been writing in a journal since I was about eleven years old. My journal started out as a diary that evolved into an art journal/commonplace book. I used my journal to store favorite quotes and recipes, to dream, to write my goals, to vent, draw, paint, think over my day and every thing else I can think to use it for. I know a few book bloggers who use have art journals too. Being unable to read for most of the week, I was forced to think of other ways to use my time so I started drawing and looking through a few of my favorite books about journaling for inspiration.
100 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol is a collection of journal pages from artists all over the world. No matter what your style is, whether or not you can draw, anyone who who goes through the pages of this book can find something to be inspired by.
For those who think they can’t draw but would like to keep some kind of journal, Alexandra Johnson’s Leaving a Trace is the perfect book. It includes quotes from Audre Lorde, Virginia Woolf, May Sarton, Katherine Mansfield, and others who kept journals. The book talks about the different types of journals: diaries, commonplace books, travel, art, and gratitude journals and finding one to work for you.
My migraine is gone for now, so I’m hoping to spend the rest of the day catching up on blog commenting, homework, reading, and a little painting.
What are you thankful for this week?