Are you ready to take on the new year?!
Bluebird Chic ambassador Kimi Coopet of Oh Hello Photo! is sharing her interview with friend and mixed media artist TJ Goerlitz, who shares her tips and ideas for creating one’s own mixed media goal journal.
She says, “For many years I have written in journals but I have never done a goal journal before. But, with 2018 right around the corner I thought I might give it a try this year. My good friend TJ is an amazing mix media artist who has been doing goal journals for many years. I took some time and sat down to ask her a few questions about goal journals.”
What is the beginning process of starting your goal journal?
When I start my goals for 2018 I look back the journals from previous years. There is some grieving for the goals that didn’t work out but sometimes you surprise yourself on what you have accomplished. Then you start your forward thinking and what your goals are for this year. It’s the never ending processes of wanting to be a different person later. I don’t want to be the same person in 6 months from you now, 1 year, 5 years or 10 years. The only way you do that is taking an assessment backward and thinking where you want to go forward. Then do it again in 6 months because you may find that you need to shift some of those goals. I always keep working in my journals because you don’t know how life is going to turn out.
How long have you been keeping your goal journals?
Over 10 years. I started when I first moved to Germany. I started because I was following a lot of mixed media people online and there wasn’t a community of people doing that in Germany. I started working in the pages of my books and connecting with other people online.
What kind of journals do you use and what is your favorite media when it comes to adding content?
Moleskin journals are what I started with and you can buy them any a craft store. I also enjoy the dot journaling and you can buy those in store as well. Overtime I learned how to make books themselves. I really like to use paint & pens in my journals.
What advice would you give someone who has never done a goal journal before?
They need to remember that it is just paper and it’s okay to make a mess. Sometimes we buy a nice book and we are intimidated to “wreck it”. We don’t want to write something and then think we don’t like it. You need to get outside of your head and just use it. When you start it won’t get great stuff but just try everything and stop caring. Find what kind of media you like to work with. It could be paints, markers, colored pencils. Wreck a few things! Have fun with it, don’t worry about it.
TJ does more than just goal journals. She creates beautiful art too. You can follow her on Instagram at @tj_goerlitz_art
Kimi Coopet is a coffee addict & photographer out of St. Paul, Minnesota. Her company Oh Hello! Photo specializes in family and child photography. Outside of her passion for photography she is a wife and mother to three kids. She loves to craft but isn’t sure she is nailing or failing her Pinterest finds. If she isn’t taking photos or crafting she is indulging in her love of junk food and watching comedies, all while snuggling one of her three dogs.