Every month, Judith Heartsong, hosts her Artsy Essay Contest for anyone willing to participate. She posts a subject and gives us about a week to create wonders - or, in my case, ponder and lag behind, thus missing the deadline every single month.
Aside from the personal gratification of finishing an assignment on time, by submitting our entries, one (or a few) lucky participant(s) receive an original piece of artwork created by Judith. That alone is reason enough to participate.
Judith, along with her illustrious panel of judges, make the call each month. What I love about it is, there are no rules regarding format and content. So the writing is always unique. Therefore winners are unique. Anyone can play. Anyone can win.
This month marks the 2nd Anniversary for AOL Journals. It took me five days to do some profound journaling for this month's topic. But it's the last five minutes of writing that truly express the essence of my journaling process.
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Journaling for Life
Imagine a two-dimensional world without color. A world where the fog never lifts and flowers never grow. A vague outline of potential. A coloring book with only a pencil.
Now imagine a shade lifting on the morning sun. It's a little too bright at first, but each day the shade rises just a bit more as a young woman gets used to the blinding light.
Add a little color, some glitter, a flickering candle,
a guitar, a drum beat, maybe a rattle and a flute.
She hums, strums and sings.
She starts to sway, move and dance.
Soon the shade is up, and she's out the door, with joy in her eyes and laughter in her heart.
That's what journaling has been for me, long before online journals. A window to the soul.
I could easily say I journal for myself, because that is ultimately true. But what fun is a party without everyone else?
Enter, AOL Journals.
Inner babble once thought too shameful to expose becomes the norm. Freak becomes chic. One becomes all.
The collective cry of grief
The profound strength of forgiveness
The ripple effect of laughter
I live to journal. I journal to live.
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For past entries, winners, and prized artwork, check out the links below.
Thank you Judi, for your sisterhood in this community. And Happy Anniversary AOL-J!