I wanted to share this letter and my personal reflection on creative self expression with you today.
Listen to this as you read…
23rd September 2015
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to you in order to formally apply for a place in the 2016 Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy, with the intention of completing the Masters in Art Therapy.
I am a qualified high school teacher and have been working in this field for 4.5 years, teaching a mixture of English and Media Studies during this time. I was initially drawn to teaching because I wanted a career that enabled me to work with people and help others towards achieving their life goals. I have absolutely no regrets with my choice to become a teacher. It has been a really challenging journey and I have embraced that and grown a lot in the process; I have gained a huge amount of confidence in myself, in my ability to relate to and connect with others, and I have learned a lot of important life lessons along the way. However, I am now ready to take the next step in my career.
My interest in qualifying as an Art Therapist has a lot to do with my own personal struggles. I will be honest and say that I have been living with anxiety and depression since I was 16 years old – about 15 years now! Even though this has presented some great challenges over the years, I have always managed to turn these into a positive learning experiences. I am now at a place where I am truly grateful for these experiences as it has led me to discovering art and creative self-expression as a way to explore my inner and outer worlds.
I have always considered myself a creative soul; I have always been a reader and a writer and I still have the ambition to become a published author and freelance writer. Since I was a young girl, I have been an avid written journaler. In the last two years this practice has taken on more significance and has now become a part of my daily routine – I am currently on a mission to write morning pages every day for a year! More recently (over the last two years or so), I have discovered the delicious world of art journaling. I am now experimenting with incorporating paint, ink, collage and calligraphy into my journaling process which I am really enjoying. Through embracing creative self-expression, I have made so much progress in myself and I really believe in the benefits of engaging in acts of creativity as part of the healing process.
Researcher, author and speaker Brene Brown states that we are either one of two people in this world: one who makes the world a better place or one that makes the world a worse place – there is no room for neutrality anymore. (The Power of Vulnerability) I know that I want to make this world a better place. In fact, I have already decided to dedicate my life’s work to helping others connect with themselves on a deeper level so they can learn to love themselves and manifest their dreams. I have recently launched a new blog/website www.soulartz.com where I have started writing about my art journaling process and discoveries.
For me this blog is the start of realising my own dream of being an entrepreneur and being involved in work that is playful, creative and from the heart. The mission statement for my business venture soulARTZ is connected to those values:
Imagine if every woman on this planet had a healthy and respectful relationship with herself? Can we create a world where every woman loves herself enough to treat herself with kindness and compassion? A world where every woman knows that she deserves to take time out of every day to nurture and manifest the dreams that her soul desires.”
I believe that if every woman on this planet loved themselves then the world would be a much better place. This is the world that I wish to live in.
I look forward to hearing your response.
PS: To my lovely readers, I’m going to be launching into some art journaling today and tomorrow so I can bring you your weekly dose of INKspiration on Friday! Yippeeee 🙂