This week my mind has been drifting to TRAVEL as I’ve chatted with a few friends who have either been overseas this month or have been reminiscing about previous trips.
It stirs up something inside me as I find travel to be exhilarating and truly wonderful and it definitely lights a fire inside me. It made me really sit back and think about why I love it and how it fuels my soul.
I find when you get out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself into cultures different from your own, you seem to strengthen your own personal identity, including your values and beliefs, and increase your confidence in how you go about your everyday life. It can broaden your perspectives, not only of the world but also of yourself.
Travel also offers great opportunities to meet new people that you otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to connect with. You engage with the locals, other travellers, making new social connections, or deepening the ones you already have.
Travel makes you step out of your comfort zone. It teaches you to embrace change and accept uncertainty. Who knows what’s around the next corner! But most importantly I think it teaches you to live in the now!
I’m sure I have a gypsy soul .. I have always yearned to explore and travel and have done so at every opportunity and relished every moment. I don’t think I will ever stop wanting that in my life. Here’s to many more adventures!
This weeks inspiration:
Below is a travel journal I made on a trip with my son and my parents to Greece. I attended an art retreat on the island of Mykonos and the journal was one of our classes over the week (with the lovely Ali Edwards). So much fun collecting bits and pieces while we were travelling and popping them in the journal amongst the photos and notes. I love looking back through and seeing those reminders of special moments. I encourage anyone who is going on a special trip to keep a journal of sorts .. even if it’s just remembering to collect things along the way and keeping notes so you can put it together when you get home.
I also found this great video on YouTube that I thought you might like watch. I love the way this lady has documented her trip!
There are lots of great videos out there for inspiration. Just get on YouTube and do a search for travel journals and you will be tied to the screen for hours so make sure you have you are comfy and have your cuppa ready!
Week 36 Prize Draw:
This week I am giving away a travel related prize. A little package of goodies that you could use in a travel journal or even in your regular art journal.
We will draw a random name on Friday 16th September from those who have uploaded into the Week 36 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!
Winner of Week 34 Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 30 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Lou Welker McCulloch. Congratulations Lou! Here is the page that Lou created.
Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.
It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!
Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.
Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.
Have fun, be happy and support one another!