I received a free copy of this amazing workbook to review.
A while back, I heard about a project that Jennie from Little Girl Designs was working on. I’m a huge fan of Jennie’s. And I know I’ve told you before how much I adore her little doodles and drawings!
When I first heard about her Creative Retreat Workbook, I thought it sounded amazing…and a little intimidating! I pictured what a retreat might look like for me: going away (by myself!) to a beautiful, secluded resort, where all my meals are taken care of- and meals with gluten…real bread, people! No dishes to do, no diapers to change, no meals to prep…
Then one of my boys konked the other over the head with a lightsaber and I was quickly brought back to reality. With life with three young boys, a getaway like that was not about to happen anytime soon! I felt like the only retreat I was going to be having was retreating to hide in the bathroom to eat some chocolate while my boys argued over the right way to play with a cardboard box.
But, because Jennie is awesome, I decided to give her workbook a try. I started this workbook a little intimidated and hoping I wouldn’t mess it up. But, Jennie knows us better than I thought!
I didn’t realize how much I needed it.
It’s full of ideas, tools, and inspiration, plus a refreshing dose of Jennie’s encouragement. And one of the wonderful things about this workbook is that it’s not a “use it once and it’s done” kind of thing. I just printed off a copy and put it in a three ring binder, but I’m planning on having one printed and bound to keep around. I haven’t even had a chance to use all the amazing inspiration and resources in it. I’m loving a chance to savor the projects and places to doodle and jot down ideas.
Here’s some ways the Creative Retreat Workbook helped me:
Creative retreats don’t have to be complicated
Jennie specifically talks about a stay-at-home retreat, and involving the kids. So that’s mostly what I did – I had some mini-retreats, and often they involved my boys. While I would sit and do some sketches for characters and slowly chip away at a big project I’m working on. Sometimes I sat with Malcolm and Sean and we all drew together using our Ed Emberely books. Many times we did watercolors together.
Some day I would love to have a weekend getaway for myself, but we don’t have to use whatever seasons we’re in as an excuse not to work on projects we’re passionate about. Reminding myself that even working 10 minutes on a project is making progress has helped a lot. Plus doing creative things with my boys is fun!
Retreats are important
It’s easy to get caught up in all the busyness of life. But it’s important to find time for yourself and to pursue your passions, and make time for creative projects you love. This might mean only stealing a few minutes here and there, and that’s okay! I feel so much more refreshed when I make time for myself and to have a creative outlet.
Make it accessible and portable
I put together a bag where I keep some drawing books, a notebook with blank paper, my pens and pencils, plus my Creative Retreat Notebook. Having everything ready to go and portable helps chipping away at projects so much. I don’t have to spend 10 minutes running around trying to find what I need. I can pull out my stuff and do some quick sketching without much effort. And when the inevitable water spills or baby wakes up, it just takes a second to slip everything back into the bag for later.
Jennie even has an awesome iron-on print pattern that you can print out and use to make your own bag with.
Here are some reasons you might benefit from this workbook:
You enjoy being creative
You struggle to make time to work on your dreams or creative projects.
You want to kick-start your creativity and be encouraged.
You read more and grab Jennie’s Creative Retreat Workbook here.