“Let us dare to be ourselves, for we do that better than anyone else can.”
–Shirley Briggs
Early in the year, during the month of February, I hosted 28 Days of Being YOU! A journey of discovering our created self. Some simply responded to journal prompts. Some cut and paste, using magazine images to express their discoveries. Some chose to join in the Mixed Media Mania creating colorful art journals! To read more about these journaling style options, click here.

Many enjoyed the journey, but  some felt overwhelmed by the daily pace. (Honestly, I don't know how I did it! I think I had a supernatural outpouring of energy that month!) Wanting to go back and revisit the journey, I am launching a weekly post that includes the prompts and the ideas for Mixed Media Mania.

Feel free to join in at your own pace. If you would like to join, I have an optional private facebook group, where we can share images or feedback about the process. Email me at kelrohlf@souldare.com if you want to be added. Also if you have any questions, you can connect with me via email or in the comments.

 Use your current journal or choose a new blank mixed media journal or repurpose a vintage book. Most of all...have fun discovering the joy of Being YOU!

Click here
to start your journey!

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. (Will Rogers)
The past few weeks, I actually chose to slow down. I took 28 days to nurture my writing self through the Making Manifest book club. I wrote daily and produced four poems. I continued to spend time playing with my art supplies. Created an Inspiration Station and a couple mini journals courtesy of Jennibellie's FREE online classes.

As June opens up, I am excited to share my created self with my nieces and nephews who live around the block and spend some down time with some of my girlfriends at the pool! Did I mention that I love SUMMER?!

Summer is a time where I don't have to rush anywhere. The pace slows down and the sun brightens most days and the occasional thunderstorm thrills my soul.
As spring melds over into summer, I am going to be revisiting the 28 Days of Being YOU journey at a more leisurely pace... come back on June 9th to embrace your created self through art and journaling with 28 WEEKS of Being YOU!

For now enjoy some postcard art, cute little inspiration journals and my last poem from Making Manifest with Sandra and David.

from Eunice in Sheffield, UK
the back of Eunice's postcard and her envelope
from @travel_thoughts in NY, NY. . . the Will Rogers quote was on the back of this postcard
Here are some shots of two little journals I made after watching Jennibellie's tutorial at her new workshop site: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/

These little booklets were made from one large sheet folded into eight sections. The first one is titled "lost glasses" and the second one starts with "joy". Very fun way to get your creative juices flowing.

And here's the last poem from Making Manifest.  We were challenged to convey an abstract idea with a concrete item.

My Offering

I empty my pockets--

a crumpled letter of frustration
a tangled string of bitterness
several coins of regret
a forgotten pebble of resentment
a moldy core of anger

collected griefs
placed on the

I skip off released.