Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Journal flip-through

Get ready for a photo-heavy post! Here are the 50 pages from the art journal I've just finished. This one runs from May to Sept of this year and the pages are shown in order. (For a video flip-through, see my Instagram post @sojournertracy)

Monday, 16 September 2019

Interior weather

Don't let your interior weather affect how you interact with others.

This page made me think of sunshine, rain, and rainbows. The weather around us can affect how we react - cold grey days can make us feel like hunkering down and avoiding anyone else; sunny days see us eating outside and inviting friends along.

We also have interior weather - our mood. We might be feeling sad or angry or smug, and that can affect how we interact with others. It's hard to be kind when we're feeling put-upon, but we must work at it. If we let our mood dictate our interactions, we will damage a lot of relationships.

We can cope with any sort of weather if we are properly dressed for it. The same can be said of our interior weather. With training and care, we can make our interactions generous and edifying, no matter what is going on inside.

(I'm not talking about wearing masks all the time because that isn't healthy. However, we can work on not taking out our bad mood on those around us.)

Friday, 13 September 2019


I'd forgotten how noisy large groups of small children are!

I recently stepped out of my comfort zone and volunteered to help out in the kitchen at the church toddler group, making tea for the carers and snacks for the children. Being in the kitchen is totally my comfort zone, but small children definitely aren't. The sheer noise was enough to wear out an introvert like me! By the end of the morning I was worn out.

I wanted this page to reflect the noise and vibrancy of the experience, which for me it does.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Where you are

Wherever you are is the best place to start.

Those little blue shapes on the left of this page reminded me of the pins that get dropped on some digital maps signifying where you are or where you're heading. It made me think about place.

How often do we think, 'I'll do such and such once so and so has been achieved'? For instance, I'm sure many of us think, 'I'll start to exercise when I've reached a particular weight' for example. But really, the best place to start something new is where we are right now.

Why delay?

Make a start towards that goal.

You may only be able to take small steps at the moment, but you can make sure that they are in the right direction.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Life is short

Life is short - work out what really matters.

You never know when life is going to throw you a curve-ball - that shock diagnosis, a job falls through, a death in the family. These things can be hard to cope with, but they also help us to reset our priorities.

No-one ever said, 'I wish I'd spent more time at the office,' when they're on their deathbed.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Not alone

You're not alone!

You know when you're at that party and you feel out of place?

Or that job you've just taken on and don't feel competent enough?

That feeling of being an imposter?

You're not alone. Someone else in the room feels exactly the same. It's just that some people are really good at putting on the mask that says 'everything's fine, I know exactly what I'm doing, I belong here'.

Take heart. Other people feel just as scared/left out/out of place as you do. So make it your aim to make others in the room feel comfortable, no matter how hard that may be. By concentrating on others, you can overcome your own negative feelings. Be the person you want someone else to be for you.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Take the plunge

There comes a time when you have to move off the bank and get into the water.