Melly here. Here is my (odd) take on opposites.
Years ago I journaled using words only, I wrote my feelings, my thoughts, my struggles, accomplishments, poetry, the whole deal. Then I got tired. I was complaining and had gone negative. I had a friend over to visit and I am sure she read my journals when I wasn't looking. I was mortified.
So I stopped journaling verbally. And when I say stopped, I mean it. No words whatsoever.
Last year, I began to question this and to seek a happy medium. I began writing with stencils and stamps within the pages of my visual journals-BUT I painted over and obscured the words... So then Diana Trout and I did a challenge with each other. She challenged me to be MESSY and to use WORDS.
Since then, I have been discussing this hesitation with my Journal Study Group, yes, I have a Journal Study Group!
I have been inspired by Gwen Diehn to make this Butter Box Book, she visits our Study Group now and again, she is a journaling book author, check her out! Anyway, I was able to see her version of the Butter Box Book in action. She wrote, illustrated and processed her world through her book.
So. I am embracing opposites, I am working in ways that are uncomfortable for me. I am using words without covering them up. I am talking about moments in my day and (gasp) writing out my emotions too.