Welcome to Life Documented 2018 (16th June) Week 24 with Charity Darby

Theme:  Zentangles
Prompt:  Make your own Affirmation Cards
Technique:  Doodling on watercolored scraps
Quote: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Claude M. Bristol

Doesn’t everyone, at some point, wish that we had a kind and wise person who would tell us how great we are? Who would remind us that we are awesome, even when we fail sometimes? Someone who could tell us things that they see us doing well, when we only see the challenges?
I started making Affirmation Cards over a year ago. I first started by writing down a list of the terrible things I say to myself. We all have an internal list, I think. After staring at this list for a bit, I wrote next to these terrible things the exact opposite of what I had written. For example:

I am Ugly                                             I am Beautiful
I am Lazy                                              I work hard
I am a terrible artist                         I am a great artist

Make sure that you write the affirmations as if they are already true. Not “I want to be”, rather “I am”. It’s okay if you don’t believe them. Write them down anyway. We’ll come back to them.

Now pick some papers that you like. I played with some watercolors and inks. I painted both sides. This is an optional step, but I love the play of it. I’ve also used paper scraps that were large enough. My cards are 3 by 4 inches. Yours can be any size you choose.

I rounded the corners, inked the edges, and added a simple stitched design around the edge.

Then I flipped them all over. I LOVE to doodle. I doodled on the back of each card. For doodle ideas, I highly recommend the website www.tanglepatterns.com. I often have these cards in my purse and I will doodle on the backs when I’m out and about, when I have to wait. I am not a perfectionist; I just let my mind wander.

When I have a doodled card, I flip it back over and write a positive affirmation on the front, from the list I made earlier.  I use my own handwriting. These are the things that my little heart needs to hear.

Every week, I read through all of my cards. I keep them in a stack on my art table. If one speaks to me, I clip it to my journal so that I will see it every day. If something else is bothering me, I make a new card. At the end of the week, I add the new card to my growing stack of affirmation cards.

I no longer squirm when I read the cards every week. I believe them. I can’t wait to see what you guys do this week. Be kind to yourselves!


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