"Not all of your decisions will be correct.
None of us is perfect.
But if you get into the habit of making decisions,
experience will develop your judgment to a point
where more and more of your decisions will be right.
After all, it is better to be right 51 percent of the time
and get something done, than it is to get nothing done
because you fear to reach a decision."
~ H. W. Andrews
I've been thinking about all the stuff I don't write in my art journal. The focus in my art journal is happy - colorful - beautiful - silly. I use my art journal to figure things out, adding quotes as future motivation, making lists of pros and cons, brainstorming solutions, talking myself through alternatives, habits I want to change, documenting moments.
It's the super serious stuff that I don't want in my art journal, because I feel like the pages will become downers and looking at them will make me dwell on the yukky stuff. It is in my written journal (which is just as often typed) that I explore pretty much anything - negative thoughts included.
I'm not sure why it's OK in my written journal and not OK in my art journal?
The video Journaling About the Ugly Things, from Aly of Rouge Raven's Nest, changed my perspective. Aly shared funky + refreshing ideas for including personal and emotion-evoking thoughts in your art journals. Aly shares her journals, showing us places to "hide" words, to keep them sheltered, yet still there. Hidden spots. Lovely ideas, and a way for this analytical girl to get OK with writing about bad stuff. I like that you can explore negative stuff but yet every time you turn to that journal page it's not so glaringly evident.
I'll give it a shot.