For the past month, I’ve taken a few minutes at the end of each day to sit down, uninterrupted, and doodle.
Doodling everyday has been so rewarding. The simple act of daily creation, even in the relatively inconsequential format of a basic sketch, has been a refreshing departure from my usual escape of YouTube and Netflix.
And now, I can flip through my notebook and see 30 drawings that bring me back to each day of the past month.
Here’s how it went…
Doodling for the past two weeks in my 30-day doodling challenge has provided me with much-needed daily breaks from screen time.
Without giving myself time to think, I open my notebook, grab a pen, and draw a line. What that line will become is unknown.
This daily practice of distraction-free doodling has been more calming than even my 30-day meditation challenge was. By connecting with my body, I quiet my mind.
And by not allowing myself any do-overs, I give myself permission to create imperfectly. I free myself of expectations for the quality of the outcome.
New month, new challenge. This time, I’m going to put my pens and pencils to use for a 30-day doodling challenge.
I’m currently taking a design class that emphasizes embodiment. My professor wants us to free our minds and work with our hands. She even has us put our phones in the corner so they’re off our bodies. It’s utter tranquility.
One of the first notes my professor gave me was that I was thinking too much. I should let my hand go and see what happens.
The funny thing is, I didn’t realize how much I was overthinking and overanalyzing my art before she made that comment. I hope that 30 days of “bodyful”, not mindful, doodling will get me out of my head and let my hand create.