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Last year I purchased a copy of Journal Fodder 365: Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler. I was looking for something to work through over a long period to help me to get back into and expand my regular journal practice in the hope that it would not only reinvent my creative journalling but also get me thinking about my life and what has been going on in it.

It has been a long journey but very enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable.

The book itself is set into themed sections with a series of writing prompts to engage and inspire. Alongside this are different ideas for materials, effects and page examples to get the reader to engage with their journal in different ways both practically in creating and setting up a practice of turning to the journal more readily, taking it to places and using it as a mix or written journal, diary and creative outlet.

I really enjoyed working through this book, which I downloaded on my Kindle. In many ways I wish I had purchased a physical copy for ease of flicking through and to be able to view the pictures in colour, but the essentials were there and well laid out on the Kindle.

Some of the prompts in each section I did find a little samey though it makes sense given the themes of each section. Although this was the case it did mean that many of my pages worked nicely together and flowed into one another which was particularly enjoyable when I was working on single pages in my journal as opposed to double page spreads.

If you are looking for a prompt type book to get you started or just working in your journal in new and different ways I would highly recommend this as a fun and thought provoking way to get back into journalling.

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The most important things I have inherited from my family and upbringing are not material, they are the foundation of how I interact with the world, the foundation that I build on and use as a secure base for my own evolution.

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They are the things that are at the core of myself and the reasons I chose this life for this stage of my journey.

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It’s super important for us to recharge ourselves in order to function and move forward in life. This page is about exploring some of the things that do this for me, that help me to recharge the light inside of me so that it can shine out into the world and allow me to be the real me.

 

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There are a lot of things that do this for me, far more than I could fit on the page, so I tried to just include the most important for me right now such as going for a coffee to my favourite coffee shop, being out in nature and allowing myself to love and really feel the love that others show me.

What recharges your light and brings you peace and joy on the inside?

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This page is on the Journal Fodder prompt of accomplices, or as I like to call them creative champions. We all have them and can be them for other people, they are those in your life that give you the much needed push we all sometimes need. I didn’t realise how many I had in my life until I began on this prompt and really thought about it.

There are the obvious ones in my life, my family and friends who like my posts and work, who share a kind word of motivation when I’m struggling, but there are also many people who I have never even met.

The web opens me up to a whole world of people who encourage, praise and offer constructive criticism as well as inspiration. I can access art and writing by a whole range of people I would not have been exposed to and draw strength and creative power from them.

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I find it amazing how immersing myself in the work and words of others can trigger something, even when I feel competition or threatened it doesn’t put me back or dishearten me, it spurs me on to create and better myself and my practice.

So to all my creative champions, known and unknown, thank you for what you give to me, whether you realise it or not.

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This whole journal fodder chapter has been looking at light and dark in your life, from what we hide in the shadows of our life compared to the light and why to who has been inadvertently overshadowed around us by our own light and achievements. I’m not going to go through each of these separately, mainly because as pages go they’re not all that visually stimulating and deal with some very personal issues for me.

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I suspect that’s why I’ve been feeling off kilter these last few days, it’s been forcing me to look at what I hide and the imbalance that there is with that in my life. Am I happy? Yes and no, there is still a lot of stuff I need make peace within the process of…

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…owning my shadow.

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Before you ask, no I’m not going to show you what’s in mine, rather I’m hoping to inspire you to look at what’s in yours. Hidden in this page are images of the things I have hidden away, like dirty little secrets but that shouldn’t be as they are all a part of me. I found myself really surprised to discover some of the things I had stuffed back there and that I was dragging around with me rather than living with them proudly as a part of me; my history, my emotions and the vital components that make me who I am.

Take some time to really look at what you keep in yours, I think you’ll find it surprising what you have hidden in your shadow. Before we can work on those things and accept them we have to recognise exactly what they are.

~A Journal Fodder 365 prompt.

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