About 2 years ago, I received a gift from my brother who lives in Paris.
He never sends me anything, so that was a big deal.
It was an agenda. This one had dates on the left and on the right page it had a colouring section. You know, adult colouring was quite trendy back then.
To honour the precious gift, I started using the agenda to schedule my appointments and my crossfit classes. Pretty boring.
The colouring part frustrated me. I wanted to create, not to finish somebody else’s creation. But I didn’t want to give up the gift! I started covering the colouring page with collages and I thought I could practice my visual facilitation skills by making small drawings about my day. That’s how it started.
The weeks went by and I became more confident in my drawing skills. I added some stickers, washi tape, pictures. I invested in fancy markers. I was there for the long run. After a couple of months, I realised that I was drawing the same thing over and over again. My life was boring!
Somehow the journal gave me a little push to dare more in my life and the last 2 years became a little crazy. Good crazy.
On top of my full time job as a senior innovation packaging scientist in a large company, I launched a TED like event series at work, gave a couple of workshops in the US and in Europe, took some acting classes, started meditation, tried public speaking and wrote a book.
After a year of conscientious work, I was ready to put the fancy markers down and thank my journal for making me a better version of myself.
Who knew that this rare gift from my brother would have changed my life so drastically?
About the author
Déborah Madelaine is currently in transition to find her next best job where she can use her creativity with purpose. She is the author of « You Got This! » a work book using conscious creativity to help identify and solve personal challenges.
During a full year, she populated her blog with visual journaling: www.magicdeb.com.
In her spare time, she lifts weights with her crossfit friends and entertains the 2 cats that own her.
You can follow Déborah on Instragram: @magic.deb