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The cover of my journal and what we find when we are quiet

January 9, 2022 | 6 comments

I always create my cover last… for a couple of reasons.

1. I’m a messy creator so if I did the cover first it would be a mess by the time I got to the end.

2. I want the cover to reflect the contents and my journal as I filled it.

I started this journal the second week of January 2021 with my word for the year. And as I did the flip through and was dating my pages, I got so emotional.

Each time I came to a new page I was taken back to that time, what I was feeling and where I was at personally.  That’s why I think journaling is so very important.

It documents our life, it reminds me of all the things, good and bad.

It helps me to see what I’ve accomplished and overcome. I feel a sense of pride (for lack of a better word) that I survived another year of life.

Some days were graceful and some were a mess. But here I am… still standing, still showing up.

And that is the quote on the cover. ~Resilient Hope~

I share all about my journey in these pages as we do a flip through of the year and what I discovered, what I need to work on, and a little inspiration for my word for 2022.

I hope you enjoy the process! Have fun and know that you are loved!


  1. Letting go
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  3. Scribble marks 1
  4. Wildflower


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    Well done. I have never really understood journaling for the betterment of myself as a human vs improving my skills. You have shown me the human side. Thank you.

    • Shawn

      This made my day! Yes! the human side. There is always the human side in anything we create! Thanks so much for being here! HUgs!

  2. Libby

    Thank you for sharing with me your poignant and so personal journey for 2021. I’m hoping that you do find that grace and softness you (and I) need in 2022. Bless you for kindness and making me feel as if you’re speaking directly to me all these years. I’ve followed you on Sundays, taken your classes and am now in the “membership”. You are a powerful force in my creative and personal life.

    • Shawn

      Libby, I’m hoping to find grace and softness too! I am just so honored to walk alongside you creatively and have been able to encourage you. That is why I do what I do! I’m hoping that you too find what you’re needing for the new year. and that you know how amazing you are! Hugs my friend!

  3. Wasselin Evelyne

    Thank you for sharing your last personal Art Journal. The cover is really great and the conversation so kind.
    Once again thank you so much for everything.
    God bless you

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much, many blessings to you too! Hugs!


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