It is my honor to interview Maggie Kerrigan today on the International Christian Mompreneur Network blog! Maggie is a dear friend, fellow Girl Scout leader, member of my church and running partner (one of my Sole Sisters). The token ‘artist’ in our Sisterhood for several years, Maggie has blessed us with her creative inspiration. She takes that one step further this year by publishing a creativity journal that I know you will love. What impresses me most about this journal is the way Maggie made a commitment in April at the She Builds a Business event and saw it through by publishing her book in October. (See the sand dollar in the photo below? That was Maggie’s take-away from our conference where she prayed for the Gift of Completion…and she received in only six months later!). Congratulations, Maggie! And thanks for taking the time to share your journal insights with us here.
How did you come up with the idea for this journal?
For almost 20 years, I have been keeping a daily journal. The key, I found, was to have a book with dated pages. That small detail was just the small amount of structure I needed to be inspired to write every day. Other than the date, the pages were blank. As time has marched on, I began writing my own prompts into the blank book. Some related to inspiring books I wanted to get out and read and reflect upon. Some prompts related to prayers and gratitude, angels in my life and people I wanted to think about and remember. A few years ago I added daily doodling and drawing. To prevent myself from getting in a rut, I’ve pre-written prompts for drawing ideas too. My personal journal is much more than is presented in the printed version, and I’m hoping that everyone who uses the journal will add to it and create something very personal through it.
What is the value of writing every day?
People have all sorts of motivations for writing. You can use this journal as a tool to process events and emotions. You can use it to practice the craft of writing and develop your skills. Some people might use the journal for writing poetry or letters. If you are in a creative field you can write to push through blocks or to generate new ideas. Some people like to use daily writing as a tool to record events and experiences. For several years, my focus was on logging milestones and describing the early years with our kids.
Why the drawing component?
When you draw, you work on a different creative process in the brain. The various drawing activities are designed to open you up to seeing or thinking differently about everyday objects and situations (in a fun way). This is one more way to increase your skills in observation and assimilation. Some of the exercises are designed to be meditative and relaxing. [Read more...]