Hello, Love

One of the most interesting experiences during my 30-day Doodle Challenge occurred today. After reflecting on today’s doodle, I noticed that the last four doodles were actually thematic. Each image had elements with swirls and turbulence. These were depicted in either water and air, and the drawings included lots of color and movement.

After observing this, I began to notice that I had indeed felt some sort of emotional turbulence during this period of time. This isn’t something I noticed as I lived out each individual day.

This is significant to me because I wouldn’t have been able to identify this pattern without observing all four doodles together as a whole, and this experience made me recognize one of the great gifts of daily doodling could be for us to find themes in certain periods of life. (If you keep a daily journal, you’ll recognize it’s the same kind of recognition you feel when you go back and reread your journals during specific time periods.)

How often does this happen in life? Do we think things are fine only to realize with collective reflection, things were not as they appeared?

My Thematic Doodles

Day 18 Doodle

Day 19 Doodle

Day 20 Doodle

Day 21 Doodle

What do you see in my doodles? Do you notice anything interesting in this series?

Today’s Journal Excerpt

I wonder why we have created a society that doesn’t honor the natural cycles of life—the sun, the moon, the seasons, etc. I say this because I feel this intense need to tuck inside and care for myself, but this leaves me feeling selfish. How could something as natural as moving in a cycle of going inside to incubate then going out into the world to share be selfish? Why do I expect that I’ll be “ON” all the time? 

To read my full journal entry, click here.

Today’s Affirmation

Today’s doodle series really helped me gain clarity and focus in my life. It helped me craft these lovely affirmations:

The thought that I have to constantly give, give, give and do, do, do is unhealthy. In reality, it is safe to be who I am. It is natural to need time alone.

Today’s Inquiry

  • Is there anything in your life that you’re not honoring?
  • What’s stopping you from doing what is loving to yourself?

Share Your Thoughts

Does anything come to mind that you want to share? I’d love to hear from you.

Much love,

Misty Signaturea


Blog Resources:
365 Days of Doodling: Discovering the Joys of Being Creative Every Day
Doodle Book Junior: 101 Creative Prompts for Kids both by Carin Channing

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4 comments on “Discovering Emotional Patterns in Your Daily Doodles: Days 18-21 of the “How Are You?” Doodle Challenge”

  1. Hello Misty. Love the doodles! Think I need to get a set of colored pencils. Looks like excellent therapy.

    P.S. Big hugs and stuff 🙂

  2. Selfish is a word that means “having one’s own best interest in mind” but is used to hurt people when they do take care of themselves first. It is a convenient stone people fling when they perceive someone is looking out for themselves and not paying enough attention to them. The word is usually reserved for trying to hurt ourselves or others rather than remembering the self-care part of the definition. We must meet our own needs first to give us strength to go out and help others.

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