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10 Minutes is All You Need!

I don’t know about you, but it seems like I have periods of time when I feel like I just don’t have time to journal. It’s difficult to sit down with my pens or my paints or my collage and my journal and just play all day. I don’t have that luxury, regardless of how it seems. Sometimes I go for weeks on deadline for a book project of my own or a book design project for a client and need to buckle down at the computer. And working on my own books, I do get to paint and doodle, but it’s still not quite like creating for yourself. I can’t only do whatever I like; I worry about the outcome, my editors, my publisher, and my audience. Many people will say to me, “It’s so cool...you get to create for your job!” Yes, it IS cool. I’m NOT complaining here at all. I feel very fortunate. BUT in the end, it’s still a job and not just about me.

With your journal, it IS just about you. You don’t have to think about other eyes, minds, and opinions. It’s just YOU and YOUR JOURNAL. That’s the real beauty of art journaling. In the end, art journals aren’t for display, they’re really for the art journaler—their thoughts, their ideas, their lives, their creativity. So when you want to sit down and do something just for yourself, you turn to your journal.

But how can we do that when our lives are so busy, so crazy, full of deadlines and others counting on us? My answer:

10 minutes is all it takes to do one thing in your journal: write, doodle, collage, paint. That’s why I developed this series, to get you in your journal NO MATTER what’s going on in your life. Because BELIEVE ME, I KNOW!

Today’s prompt is an easy one—of course—and isn’t that what we all need in life?

Just finish these three phrases:

Enjoy your day!

Reader Comments (2)

I really love these 10 minute journal prompts, they are so great when I only have a little time to get something down on paper! I've also gone back to prior ones when I do have more time and am stuck trying to get moving!
Good luck on your next book!

06.23 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I am the opposite. I used to do more photography when I was younger. Now my focus is less on that and more on painting. It's so bad that family and friends have to remind me to take photos whenever I am doing anything that they want to share in after the fact- with pictures.

I think when we have several forms of expression that we like, it can be hard to balance the amount of time that we give to each one of them.

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