yes i do. it started out as a tiny little seed and it seems to be growing. you see, i have witnessed and experienced firsthand the power that art and journaling and creative expression in general can have in women’s lives (and i’m guessing if you are reading this that you have too!) power to heal. power to inspire. power to bolster self-esteem and enable women to do amazing things.
i’m drawn to wanting to harness a little of this power and put it to work where it is needed most. not in the lives of women who have every advantage already, but in the lives of those who don’t. those who are hurting. those who are struggling. those who are in crisis.
these women need to tell their stories. they need to document their lives in a way that feels meaningful. they need to write. to paint. to draw. to clarify their feelings and have a record of their journeys. i’m convinced that doing so could be life-changing.
my dream is to find as many women like this as possible and to get art/journaling materials in their hands. i want the journals to be very special. lovely books with lined and unlined pages, filled with images, words and quotes that can calm and uplift the spirit (i have started working on this!) a small stash of art supplies. and a stack of optional specific prompts to get them started. maybe even a way for them to connect and/or share their work.
i’m pretty passionate about this idea…. but i know i cannot do it alone. MANY details are yet to be determined. so i wanted to throw it out there and gather as much input, info, ideas, suggestions etc. etc. as possible. please feel free to chime in - the more feedback the better!! i believe in the power of this community and i know that together we can pretty much move mountains...
you are awesome and i THANK YOU!!
p.s. i forgot to tell you what the project is called:
INSIDE OUT (discovering what's INSIDE and bringing it OUT)