And it’s finally done! This took months, but I am very proud. My first time drawing botanicles in this way, which was a journey. I’m hoping to get this laserprinted (burned?) onto a ringbinder to serve as a Book of Shadows/Grimoire.
This year I picked up my habit of bullet journaling again! I don’t use it as a planner, but more as a daily-, weekly-, and monthly tracker for a bunch of things. My health, my symptoms, line a day diary, daily good things, books I plan to read this year, what witchy things I do during the month, etc. etc. I’m keeping it a bit lighter this time, not putting too much pressure on myself to keep it going. So here is the first page I want to share with you! A page to keep track of which handmade cards I sent out during the year. The adorable little mailbox I drew using LawnFawn’s You’ve Got Mail as a base. I think it turned out super cute and I can’t wait to see it fill up more and more during the year.
To my BuJo’ers out there, what is your favourite tracker?
I’ve been on a self love journey for over a year now. One of the parts I am focussing on is learning to love my body. When I was younger I’ve been bullied because of my weight. When I became older I was still often judged for it. It came to the point where I wouldn’t wear the clothes that I loved anymore (vintage ’50s dresses) out of fear of being too fat or too old. I got over that, but there was still a lot of work to do about accepting my body. Accepting myself as I am.
I came across a wonderful artist Sara Tisdale (Sergle Art) who has soft and wonderful art of full figured women. Adorable and gently coloured, just very cozy looking. And I fell in love with her style and with the ladies that she shares. So this inspired me to make a self portrait of sorts. Drawing myself as I am, full figured, wearing the clothing that I love, in a soft and loving way.
As I made this drawing I focussed on that feeling of self acceptance and -love. I truly went about it as if it was a ritual for myself. Art magic!
After I finished this self portrait I made another one, this time nude, which was a very confronting and intense magical working. She will become part of a self love altar that I am planning to set up. My work around self love and -acceptance is not done yet, but I am loving the progress I am making.