found inspirations on an index card

Today I created the #foundinspirations message on an index card as part of the ICAD challenge*.

And the message I found was completely different from those I usually see. It seems to be, on the top level, much more frivolous than usual. It seems to be, on the top level, much more ‘girly’ than I’d usually make.

But this is the magic of the #foundinspirations journal technique. I can very easily tap into the deeper layers of this seemingly frivolous statement and find in it the greater meaning.

I can see in it a reflection of some work I’ve been doing for the Great Round of Mandala, which in turn is a true reflection of the stage I’m at on my life journey.

I can see it as a statement of ‘my claiming selfhood’ – of ‘igniting the inner fire’. It’s not how I would have chosen to record the sentiment had my logic been engaged, but I can see it for what it really means.

Looking through a different filter alters what you see.

I changed my filter by turning my #foundinspirations practice into an #icad challenge for the day.

Today, I invite you to have a go at changing up your filters. I invite you to open yourself to a different way of looking for, and finding your personal truth. And I invite you not to filter out the surprising, the different, the unusual, for sometimes these can reflect the deeper truth.

(*I know I’ve mentioned the ICAD challenge a lot – honestly, I’m not getting paid to endorse it – it’s simply something I’m enjoying tremendously!)


Have you downloaded your free guide to creating your own Found Inspirations practice? It’s so quick and easy, anyone can do it anywhere. But it’s powerful, too – and an ideal way to begin art journaling and get those creative juices flowing!

Would you like to share your journal word collages? Join us in the Found Inspirations Friday Flickr Group!

Don’t forget to use the hastags #foundinspirations and/or #foundinspirationsfriday if you’re sharing elsewhere.

About the image

You can download the image for non-commercial use, please remember to attribute it to Julie Gibbons.