my journal cover
Most every crafter I know struggles with journaling. It isn't always easy to express our thoughts in words - especially if we aren't a "word oriented person." I use my camera and my paper crafting to express my feelings. When I was younger if I was having a rough time, I would take my camera and get lost for a couple of hours just shooting and taking a break from reality.
Now, as a busy mom, I can't just step away and get lost. I have three little people that need my undivided attention. (Even as I right this, I have a one year old in my lap asking for a juice.) I am now nearing the end of the second week of Soul Restoration and if I have learned anything, it is to journal. I must say, that even taking a few minutes each evening to jot down my thoughts - good or bad - helps me. One of the great things about journaling is that it is for you and it's virtually free. You can even art journal like I have been doing and include some painting, decoupage, collage, etc. to help you relax a little.
Let's face it - stressed out mommy makes for an unhappy family. There's a reason we see "When Momma aint happy, aint nobody happy" emblazoned on signs in crafty little boutiques. It's the truth. So, take some time, grab a notebook, and get going. You are working toward a better you and you'll be surprised to find out how great you really are!
a collaged journal page