Behind the Scenes
Hey y’all! This new section about Self-Care and creativity is a big step for me personally, and I want to share my experiences and struggles with you so I might help you find a way to take better care of yourselves as well.
I was really struggling for a few months to organize myself in a way that was flexible and meaningful to me. What I mean by that is that I had a lot oft hings to do every day, but I knew only vaguely what had to be done that particular week. With work, uni and my shop, it was really hard to keep up. I was way too tired to really figure out a strategy and organize myself in a way that would make me happy and productive.
Empty Your Mind
What got me out of my slump were two things: first, my coloring book. I started a new coloring book by Johanna Basford „My Magical Jungle“ and I painted it only with water colors and it was so much fun. I spent hours doing just that and re-discovering what it means to be only focused on one task at a time. The second thing, that came much later, was my Bullet Journal.
I just discovered bullet journals a couple of weeks ago so I didn’t start at the beginning of this year but rather at the beginning of March. I started out with literally four pens and a notebook and it’s been so much fun so far! It really forced me to focus and think about myself and my goals and how to get there. I’m definitely not an artist, but it also helped me get creative and empty my mind for a bit. I even decided to try out some calligraphy! Obviously it’s not something I can learn overnight but after 4 years of writing Japanese, it wasn’t too hard to pick it up, though I still have a long way to go!
Being creative helps you focus!
You don’t have to be an artist, you don’t have to be particularly good either. Just take up a pen and a piece of paper and start drawing. If it’s Einstein’s portrait or random stars and clouds – as long as you’re able to let go and think about nothing else, it doesn’t matter what the end result will look like.
Bullet Journaling can help you appreciate life more
You can use your bullet journal to write down a few things each week that were great. Be it a home-cooked meal with a friend, a new shirt you bought or a few hours of sunshine. Don’t force yourself to write extremely long entries. Bullet points, a small photo or a quote can be more than enough to appreciate the little things in life.