June & July in my Unraveling Journal
Just wanted to share a little look at what I got into my Unraveling Journal for June and July. To be completely honest, all of these pages were in response to prompts I’ve included in my Unfurling class. A lot of the pages in my Unraveling Journal this year were made for that class, which is why it’s taken me a while to share them all. I’m getting closer to putting the finishing touches to the course and releasing it, so I felt it was okay now to share some of these pages.
Honestly, while I enjoyed creating my course, I can’t wait to just go through the process next year without feeling like I need to film everything!
What I Know Now Zine
So one of my favorite prompts that I return to again and again is the one of What I Know Now. This prompt is all about taking stock of the practical life knowledge I’ve accumulated up until that point. I like to think of this knowledge as things I know to be true.
One of my most profound bits of wisdom is that you only need one really good friend in your life (and if you have more, you are blessed). My journaling in response to this prompt is always little nuggets of wisdom like that—my little truths.
The first time I responded to this prompt, I wrote a blog post and just listed out what I knew to be true. Then a few years later, I took the prompt and made an entire art journal as a response, with each page or spread offering a new truth. I love that art journal so much that I wanted to share something similar for those taking my Unfurling course. But instead of creating an art journal, I made this little zine.
I share eight truths in this tiny zine and I’m so in love with how it turned out! These are my top bits of wisdom that I know to be true right now.
Documenting My Artist Dates
I went on a handful of artist dates this year, especially during the summer months. In the spring, I put a bunch of dates into a jar and every week I picked one to do all by myself. A few of the things I did were different social events that sparked my interest.
I’m terribly introverted and socially awkward when I’m by myself. So going to these events alone really got me out of my comfort zone. I usually get really anxious when going somewhere new all by myself that sometimes I psych myself out of going entirely. So it was huge thing for me to go out to these events alone where I didn’t know anyone. I did feel anxious but the more I went to these events, the more I felt comfortable in going.
Not going to lie, I still get a bit anxious every time I go to a new event, but it’s not as scary. Certain events I’ve gone to multiple times—like Skip The Small Talk—and each time I meet a brand new group of people,
One of these events in particular, Journaling Classes with Emily, I’ve begun to go to regularly. You end up meeting new people each time, but you also begin to notice the same people attending these events that are just like you. And that makes me feel like I’m not alone. There’s definitely a comfort there in seeing a familiar face.
I really love the prompts I worked through in these summer months and I can’t wait to see what unfolds for me when I revisit them again in 2024.