When Wanderers Cease to Roam They Find a New Hobby

I bought a square journal a few months ago with the intention of doing some drawing, journaling and scrap booking. I pulled it out the other day and did some thinking about what would be a format that would call for some creativity, but not make me feel pressured to perform. I wanted to have a place to document my life in all it’s messiness and quirkiness, good and bad, funny and sad, a place to put ticket stubs and favorite photos, quotes, books, pictures and observations. It needed to be fun and therapeutic; good for my soul.

Well, I’ve begun. I won’t do much drawing because I’m just not very good at it. And yes, I have given it a fair shot over the past few years. So, mostly my journal is shaping up to be a collection of stuff, ephemera is the fancy word for it. I’m adding a few things every few days and really find it calming and fun. I’m not very far into it yet, but I’ve shared the first three pages with you with some trepidation. I have a lot of super creative crafting friends who have journals that are really works of art, worthy of publication. Let me just say right now that publication is not in my future. I’m sure I’m doing a lot wrong artistically, but it just feels right. So, you do it your way and I’ll do it mine and we’ll all find what we need in the doing of it. It feels like this may be a past time that will bring me joy and help me look at my life in a different light.

My friend, Kathie, one of those creative and inspiring friends, shared a book with me this week that has given me great ideas. It is called When Wanderers Cease to Roam – a Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put by Vivian Swift. It is gorgeous. What hobby brings you joy, comfort and satisfaction? Please post a comment and share with me.

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  1. I love the three pages you shared with us! The quote, “The years teach us much the days never know,” is one of my favorites. I’m curious where you are finding your “ephemera.” I love your sketch and disagree about your talent–but it is often hard to see our own creations as beauty.

    My blog is where I find deep joy, comfort and satisfaction. And, my water colors, where I would ditto your critique about your talents about mine. I have so much joy in creating mediocre art–it makes me bubble with giggles and laughter. Very fun.

    The book title is very intriguing to me… I wonder what it would be like to cease to roam….

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