This blog has been focused on how-to sort of posts.
Ideas and hints for making pages in a visual journal.
and letting you know my idea that if you collage first, then write, you can find words that you might not otherwise have access to.
But right now, I feel like veering off that course.
My life is very full right now - I am in what they call the Sandwich Years, kids to take care of, and aging relatives to take care of.
Basically - I have two young adult kids still at home needing guidance, and one younger kid starting the You-Don't-Know-Anything years.
and this weekend we are moving my 90 year old aunt into assisted living, against her will. This has been a huge project, legally, financially, emotionally, logistically.
I also have my own health issues (I have Celiac disease) and two of my kids are also gluten intolerant, so we deal a lot with doctors.
So, understandably, I guess, I have been a bit overwhelmed and this blog has been a welcome distraction.
I always have used my journal to vent and release tension.
I find it so therapeutic to make collaged pages, and write my inner thoughts.
I did notice a bit as I knew I would be posting the pages that some of the personal stuff was edited.
But one thing, this blog isn't a dialog - although lots of you read, I get few comments.
That's okay, too.
I have a counter so I know you are looking, and just knowing you are looking does feel validating.
So I will keep on, but for the next week or two, I might not post as much - this is the weekend of the big move.
So -- that's me.
Family stress, health stress, always money stress, of course, but my journal takes care of me in so many ways.
My personal art therapist.
and knowing I am heard -- somewhere out there in blogland.
Having a voice always makes life easier.
Self expression is key to feeling we are of value in this one short life.
Making a cool collage helps, too.