I am in an art journaling group with Effy Wild. It is hosted on her community website — Wild Souls Art.
The group issues a challenge each month. It’s a fun challenge to keep you going in your journal and also possibly to help you get unblocked should you be blocked. Last month was the Sugar Skull Challenge. This month it is a Fairy Tale Challenge.
The challenge is to depict your favorite fairy tale in your art journal. I have many favorites; however, Cinderella called to me this time. Why? Because Cinderella is a “rags to riches” story. A story I identify with because in this year of Transformation for me, I have gone from rags to riches. Not financially (although it would be nice!). Rather spiritually. I was spiritually lacking, in need, seeking guidance and light. During 2012, I learned to let go of toxic relationships (so called “friends”). A person who called herself my “best friend” betrayed me by spreading a very personal part of my life to others. Her defense was that she could count on less than 5 fingers who she had told. Well — problem is that she shouldn’t be counting ANY fingers to tell how many people she told! I was also able to finally forgive (someone else) — I always knew that forgiveness was key for me, but there was a particularly difficult hurt that it was hard to forgive the person for. For most of the year I thought I had forgiven this person until one day I had a massive meltdown and realized I had not forgiven. Reason for my meltdown… I was hurting myself more by holding onto the hurt then letting it go. Art journaling helped me to release the pain and allowed me finally to forgive.
I could go on, but you get the gist. I am Cinderella spiritually — I came from rags to riches in 2012 in my spiritual walk through self-care and nurturing and daily art journaling, to include daily gratitude and daily affirmation. Here’s my final page: