|Bookie: One book to rule them all. Take 2. (Do the pictures work now?)
||[Mar. 24th, 2015|09:19 pm]
So, I have been journaling my entire life... basically. Let me explain:|
I started keeping a handwritten diary when I was in the 6th grade at eleven years old. In 8th grade, I became fed up with the lack of privacy I had. It was very traumatizing for me that my mother and sister would sniff out my journals and read through them. I then started to paint over my words and draw pictures and glue in photos on top of my words. A couple of years later, when I was in the 10th grade, art-journals blew up all over the internet. Everyone was doing it. I never called my journals "art-journals" or "sketchbooks". I called them "Bookies". In 2008, when I was 20 years old, I joined the Navy. I still drew and painted after bootcamp. But, somewhere along the line while I was in the navy I stopped. I stopped making art and drawing completely (I didn't like being in the navy, I didn't feel like myself). I got out of the military in 2012, nearly three years ago. After gaining my freedom again, I immediately tried to find myself in the constant book I always used to carry around. I tried keeping a sketchbook. I tried a gratitude journal. I tried the DIY versions of Midori and Hobonichi. I kept weekly planners, which is a necessity to schedule my client appointments in. Nothing worked. Within the past month, I finally pulled all my old Bookies out and slowly flipped through them all. I hid them from myself because I didn't feel like that person anymore, and it hurt that I couldn't just easily draw anymore like I always did before. After looking through them, I realized what I had been doing wrong in my attempt to bring it back into my life.
I do not need separate books going at a time. I do not need one journal to write in, and another to paste photographs and doodle in, and another to plan in. I realized that I never used to do anything like all the Youtubers or journal buying addicts you see everywhere. I made my own rules, and only need one book for everything. So, my Bookie is back in my life, and I couldn't be happier. I don't feel like a part of myself is missing anymore. I will be posting pictures again soon, of the current Bookie.
So yeah, I wanted to throw all that out there. Now, let's look at some of my past journal pages within the last 3 years from all these different miscellaneous journals. I just gathered the pages together and put them in binder rings for each year.
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