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 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.
- Is there anything in your life that you’re not honoring?
- What’s stopping you from doing what is loving to yourself?
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[RECOMMENDED BOOKS]: 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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