Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sketchbook Journal: Documenting My Interior Journey

I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.
—Alain de Botton

Inspired and reminded by what I read yesterday (again during downtime at the airport), I'm going start creating a SKETCHBOOK JOURNAL for all my future travels. To preserve the experience... to document feelings and insights as I encounter them.

I will jot down:
  • Music I heard that moved me.
  • Art that inspired me and why.
  • People who impressed me and why; how they looked like.
  • Nature and scenery that surprised or impressed me.
  • Incidents that frightened or shocked me.
  • Local customs or events that gave me food for thought.
  • Sights or ideas (including words spoken or read) that raised my consciousness.
  • Anything that lifted my soul, making me think more deeply, or made me feel something I've never felt before.

I will—before the start of my trip—buy a sturdy unruled journal that will fit into my day bag. I'm thinking to buy it at the place I'd be going, so that I'd be preserving memories using something right from the source.

Other items I'd be sure to bring along are colored pen and pencils and glue stick.

In the past, I journalled my trips after I returned from them. I glued ticket stubs, parts of interesting visitors pamphlets, snippets of newspaper or periodicals from the country I went—stuff like that. What I'd like to change now, though, is to do it RIGHT FROM THE START. This means my journal begins at DAY ONE of the trip.

I'd stick stuff (tickets, maps, brochures, food labels, leaves, feathers, postcards, etc.) or sketch something (I'm not good at drawing but what this does is it reveals my state of being at that moment), and I'd definitely write about those bullet points above.

One idea I particularly liked is to have children draw in my sketchbook journal. I think the drawings will add "character" to my book besides serving as awesome decorations.

In the meantime, while waiting for my upcoming trips in April through June this year, I've created an idea board and pinned a few ideas at Pinterest. See you there!