Journaling is something I have done for a s long as I can remember. The little black leather book in the corner above is my real journal, the smell of it's leather and refillable gold gilded pages are so familiar. I have used that journal much less this year, learning to journal here in J-Land has been very time consuming, I'm sure that many of you can relate to that!
Besides the little black journal, I have also kept an illustrated journal with paintings, drawings, photos and such mixed with my words, my thoughts, my memories. Because I have been so busy posting photos here this year, there have been very few entries in that journal either, so ... the last 2 postings here have been an attempt to mix things up a little visually and to play around a some with the different media options I now have available.
I've never really considered myself a writer, you are always sure to find typos, misspelled words and punctuation issues here. I'm very thankful that so many of you are able to look beyond my imperfections.
Top left is part of the cover of one of my favorite books, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Free Peace recommended it to me and although I am not disciplined enough to practice my morning pages exercises every day, I now sort of practice this method in my little black journal when I have time, and some of those thoughts have spilled out onto painted paper in my last two entries.
The flex pay documents in the collage are just something else that was on my mind today. A year ago my company contributed $100 and I've been contribution $5 each week to this flex pay plan. The concept is good, it's tax free money to use for medical and dependent care expenses and not included as part of your income.
They supply you with a Master Card to use for co pays, prescriptions, over the counter medications and supplies, dental visits, eye glasses etc. Mandy and I have not had many Dr. Visits this year so there is a balance of $270.04 in the account and I was just notified that if I don't use it by 4/30, I will loose it. So ... I've been weighing my options today, I could use it for a dental visit this month, Eeek! I hate the dentist!
I hate dental visits so much that I've been pondering the possibility of using the $270.04 to buy a lifetime supply of eye patches, wart removal medication, arthritis pain relief cream, laxative and feminine care treatment products by the end of the month, just to avoid having to make a dental appointment! We'll see ... I've still got a little time to decide!
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