This month marked the actual 2 year journalversary… two years that I’ve been journaling on a steady basis using art and words. I know it might not seem like a big deal to some, but to me it’s been a big deal. Not only has adding art to my journaling increased my creativity, lessened my anxiety and help manage my depression, but it’s also helped me with self-doubt and self-esteem.
I talk about much of this in this video about Fear, Self-Doubt, and Creativity:
Another thing I’ve realized is how far I’ve come with my art. By the way, I am not a professional artist. Nor am I professional writer (yet). But I am an artist. A writer. And I’ve learned that combining art and words in my journal, in my outlining for my novels (using Tarot is visual (artistic) and the Hero’s Journey is structure), has helped me figure out an outlining method that works for me.
I just started a new outlining series using Tarot and the Hero’s Journey on YT for my Witchy Business book, which is now called “The Cursed.”
I’ve also committed to a 3 (or 4 part) art/visual journal supplies video series, the first video (though I do have an older video about journal supplies) is about budget journal supplies and how to use them. I plan on doing one video about what I use on a regular basis (my favorites), along with a medium range supply video, and then another about my wishlist and high quality journal supplies. I will most likely demonstrate the products (most of which have been purchased by me or given to me via happy mail or were presents) in my videos.
So what does all of this have to do with my two year art/visual journalversary? I’m so glad you asked.
Two years ago if you’d asked me if I’d have almost 1700 subscribers (a good portion of those are more interested in my journal videos than in my writerly videos, which is funny because I started YT making writerly videos, specifically NaNoWriMo related videos), I’d have just shook my head and thought, “No way…” but as I look at my subscriber count now compared to my blog now I have way more subscribers on YT than I do on my blog/website, and back then I had a great many more blog followers. I was a blogger at heart back then. But as my horizons broadened on my journey into art/visual journaling so did my vlogging journey.
I’ve found that many creatives have more than one creative interest. For example, I am a writer who loves creating art. I am also a big DIYer. I can crochet, but I’m limited to scarves or blankets, maybe a pot holder or two. My husband is a musician–he plays guitar and sings. One of my friends is a writer; she also quilts and art journals. Or maybe she is a quilter who also writes and art journals. 😀 Being creative isn’t limited to art, writing, or music. Creativity is used when planning a garden, or building a treehouse, or decorating your home, or organizing your kitchen, or arranging pictures on the wall of your living room.
I would not have imagined two years ago that I would be on Patreon, that my YT channel would have almost 2K subscribers, or that I’d be thought of by some of my creative tribe as a sort of creativity coach. But I am glad that I am. Art and Words sooth my soul. Brightens my mood. And so much more.