“Swansea Zine Fest is a not-for-profit event held to celebrate fanzines and DIY self-publishing. The very first SZF was held in 2018. The organisers are three Swansea-based zinesters and activists. A zine (pronounced “zeen,” as in “maga-zine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines can include personal essays, political discussions, fiction, do-it-yourself tips, articles about music or movies, comics, poetry, reviews – anything under the sun! Come along to buy and swap zines and DIY publications from a range of zinesters and creators from Swansea and further afield. We will also be holding some zine readings, craft space, free zine giveaways, and a chance to make your own zine!“
During the fest, I took part in the 24-hour zine-making challenge! in which participants took on “The challenge is to attempt to make a completed zine in 24 consecutive hours, from conception to final product. This means that the entire zine should be planned, written, folded, illustrated, cut, and pasted during the challenge time.” I decided to create a mini-zine within this time, as I knew a fully-formed zine would be too much of a challenge for the short time frame.
I had been playing with ideas of making a zine about gratitude journaling for a while, so this seemed like a perfect excuse!
I have been keeping a gratitude journal for the past few months as an anti-depression aid, and as one of the tools in my self-care kit. Some days I forget, but on the days I remember to add in a few bullet points of the things I am grateful for I do always feel a small glimmer of joy. It reminds of of the good in life, and on the days were lots of good things happen, it can make my heart so happy to write them all down. Journaling in this way is a useful grounding tool, and I hope that it will continue to help me take stock of the joy that exists in my life.
In my zine, I wrote about what gratitude journaling is, as well as my personal experiences with the craft, and to end my zine I wrote a list of examples of things to be grateful for to help my readers to get started on their own gratitude journaling journeys.
I didn’t think I would get this zine finished in time… but I made it! Well, 5mins after the deadline anyway!! and if you want to grab your own copy of this little zine and embark on your own adventure of journaling your gratitude, you can check it out in my shop here.
Gratitude is a strong feeling of appreciation for someone or something, and in writing these feelings down we can increase the impact that gratitude has on our life. This journal will become a chronicle of the meaningful moments that we too often forget about in our daily lives.
Gratitude Journaling sounds a bit like another way to placate you when you express feelings of anxiety, or depression… and I will admit that I was very sceptical at first. Luckily, Gratitude Journaling has been backed up by scientific studies and in my very humble opinion it does work! Starting and maintaining a journal can be difficult at first because it is another thing to remember to do, but after a while of keeping a gratitude journal, I promise you it is worth checking off your to-do list! Keep doing it every evening until it becomes a habit.
I hope this little pocket guide can become a source of inspiration for you and help you take the first step into Gratitude Journaling…
I am grateful for every single one of my patrons. You all bring me so much joy in your support for the work I create. Thank you for being here with me.
Much arty love.