February 19 2017

Two years art or visual journaling anniversary

This month marked the actual 2 year journalversary… two years that I’ve been journaling on a steady basis using art and words. I know it might not seem like a big deal to some, but to me it’s been a big deal. Not only has adding art to my journaling increased my creativity, lessened my anxiety and help manage my depression, but it’s also helped me with self-doubt and self-esteem.

I talk about much of this in this video about Fear, Self-Doubt, and Creativity:

Another thing I’ve realized is how far I’ve come with my art. By the way, I am not a professional artist. Nor am I professional writer (yet). But I am an artist. A writer. And I’ve learned that combining art and words in my journal, in my outlining for my novels (using Tarot is visual (artistic) and the Hero’s Journey is structure), has helped me figure out an outlining method that works for me.

I just started a new outlining series using Tarot and the Hero’s Journey on YT for my Witchy Business book, which is now called “The Cursed.”

I’ve also committed to a 3 (or 4 part) art/visual journal supplies video series, the first video (though I do have an older video about journal supplies) is about budget journal supplies and how to use them. I plan on doing one video about what I use on a regular basis (my favorites), along with a medium range supply video, and then another about my wishlist and high quality journal supplies. I will most likely demonstrate the products (most of which have been purchased by me or given to me via happy mail or were presents) in my videos.

So what does all of this have to do with my two year art/visual journalversary? I’m so glad you asked.

Two years ago if you’d asked me if I’d have almost 1700 subscribers (a good portion of those are more interested in my journal videos than in my writerly videos, which is funny because I started YT making writerly videos, specifically NaNoWriMo related videos), I’d have just shook my head and thought, “No way…” but as I look at my subscriber count now compared to my blog now I have way more subscribers on YT than I do on my blog/website, and back then I had a great many more blog followers. I was a blogger at heart back then. But as my horizons broadened on my journey into art/visual journaling so did my vlogging journey.

I’ve found that many creatives have more than one creative interest. For example, I am a writer who loves creating art. I am also a big DIYer. I can crochet, but I’m limited to scarves or blankets, maybe a pot holder or two. My husband is a musician–he plays guitar and sings. One of my friends is a writer; she also quilts and art journals. Or maybe she is a quilter who also writes and art journals. 😀 Being creative isn’t limited to art, writing, or music. Creativity is used when planning a garden, or building a treehouse, or decorating your home, or organizing your kitchen, or arranging pictures on the wall of your living room.

I would not have imagined two years ago that I would be on Patreon, that my YT channel would have almost 2K subscribers, or that I’d be thought of by some of my creative tribe as a sort of creativity coach. But I am glad that I am. Art and Words sooth my soul. Brightens my mood. And so much more.

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Posted February 19, 2017 by Burgess Taylor in category "#amwriting", "Anxiety", "art", "Art Journal", "Art Journaling", "Creative Projects", "Creativity", "Depression", "Fear", "Hero's Journey", "Journal", "Journal Supplies", "Journaling", "Life", "Living a Creative Life", "Outlining", "Productivity", "Self-Doubt", "Tarot", "Writing", "Writing Process

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Hello Y'all! I'm a writer, an art journaler, and a coffee addict. I'm working on a novel and chronicling the process and my progress. Grab a cup of Java (or Tea) and sit a spell. :D


  1. By Valerie Coupland on

    Hello Burgess,
    I watch your videos and read your blogs with great pleasure. I’m a 49 years old, French lady living in England since 1994 and writing in my native language since 2000, because it felt more natural than writing in english. I’ve written a few unpublished novels and short stories and I’m also an artist. For that, I can relate a bit to you, as I really started to draw on a daily basis at age 40. I did the Artist’s Way, but as I’m not really a journaller, I lost interest after two or three years writing the morning pages. I felt I didn’t need it anymore and if I write in the morning or at night, as I started doing this year, it is to tell stories exclusively, like synopsis, rambling about a world or a character. As for self doubts… My family and husband are supportive and I only work part time, during term-times, in a university library. Often, and less now, I have been thinking I could work more hours and bring more back money at home. I tried it for a year or six months, a few years later, first by not creating at all (maddening) and then by trying to write in the train or at lunch time, but it was not enough, it was too fractured and I couldn’t be immersed properly in the story and the world I was writing about.
    We can get by with less, as long as we are happy, we have a roof over our head and food in the table and no ‘repo’ people at the door!
    I can imagine that leaving a full-time job in a non-creative or academic field, must have been very liberating for you, but with a lot of uncertainties. I can’t help thinking that if you had carried on working, your health would have deteriorated, as the mental is too often linked with the physical. It is better you are looking after yourself, your art and your family. Life is too short.
    Have a nice day, au revoir,

    1. By Burgess Taylor (Post author) on

      Thank you for your comment. It was hard for me to make the decision not to go back to work full-time. I did work part-time for about 1 1/2 years. My mental health improved drastically after I left the finance world, and my physical health improved as well–by the time I left I was working 50-60 hours a week, I had an ulcer, my anxiety and stress levels were way too high, and I was depressed. Upon leaving, I felt better immediately.
      Now my biggest stressors, other than bills and when things go wrong (like when something breaks, etc), is finding a balance between my creative work and my family, housework, errands, etc. I still have stress, but it is normal life stress, like the battery in my car died and it has to be replaced, or my laptop went crazy when Windows 10 updated and it’s still not repaired 4 months later (though I can’t complain because our friend is fixing it for free).
      You’re right, life is too short, and I have found my calling, my passions.
      Have a nice day, 😀

      1. By Valerie Coupland on

        Thank you to have replied to my message! I didn’t know if it went through or not. In the meantime, take care of yourself. Those tummy bugs can be quite nasty. Drink plenty of water.
        The visual journaling is a great idea for someone starting in drawing and painting. It is casual enough not to be daunting, provides memories for the future and helps also honing your skills.
        Do you know the book ‘Drawing with the right side of the brain’ ? I did a few of the excercises in there, a while ago and it helps. Sharon Cullen, which has an art demonstration channel on youtube talks about it in this one:
        As for not going back to work full-time, I think it was a life saver for you. So many people have heart attacks because of overwork and exhaustion. And too, I think, when not creating if you are artistic and imaginative, just kills our soul a bit each day.
        My husband who is not really arty but more scientific minded, he is an electrical engineer, worked in a Power Station for 8 years and it was dreadful. Always on call, he was expected to drop everything, included holidays to work at a moment notice. All of his hard work was also not rewarded or recognized. The money was goodish, but he left nearly 3 years ago and went to work for the Government in a Science establishment, which is much more enjoyable and he is also more valued.
        As for me, I always thought I was going to be a writer one day, when I’m a bit older and calmer. I always had stories in my head, but I never put down on paper before age 20 and sporadically until I was 32, when I felt more settled. As a child and a young teen, I naively thought that my imagination would dry up when adult. Yeah right! As for drawing, I thought I was not good enough and was not a very confident girl at all, eventhough I won a competition when I was 12 years old and my art teacher, at school, told me I was an artist. But he said the same thing to my sister, which was writing her journat at the time and is a writer who had published few short stories. I think it just stemmed that being an artist is not considered a ‘serious’ job like a teacher or a librarian.
        With spring on the way, and in my far away island, I wish you all the best!
        Au revoir,

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