Root: A 30 Day Journal Project

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had roots on my mind.

Roots in my sketchbook, my writing, in conversations with friends and in my meditation practice.

Confucius says:

“Cultivate the root, the leaves and branches will take care of themselves.”

In the coming weeks I’ll show you some of these pages from my visual journal sketchbooks.

But first, I want to share the gift of creative journaling with you. So you can play along, which is way more fun.

ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project with Lisa Sonora Beam

Why I created the 30 Day Journal Project

Creative journaling is my number one tool as an artist and creative entrepreneur.

I designed this project to help you discover the magic that happens when you journal for 30 days.

30 days of prompts and ideas to inspire, motivate, and en-Courage you, with creative community to support you. That’s my intention.

How it works:

The 30 Day Journal Project brings you 30 days of inspiration and journaling prompts for 30 days — delivered to your email.

It’s free to participate.

Pop over to the 30 Day Journal info page to join in on the latest series.


86 Responses to Root: A 30 Day Journal Project

  1. Julie October 4, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    Is this course still available?

  2. Olga July 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Hi Lisa, this is exactly what i was looking for, signed up right away! The age below says the dates of the journal project are July 7-Aug 5, but email I got says it will start on Aug 1st. Have I signed up for the wrong project? thanks!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Olga – it’s AUGUST 1 start date. When I first posted, I thought we’d begin in July – but I’m pooped out from my move, and wanted to take this month – JULY, to get some new goodies in place for our August round. Thanks for joining us!

  3. Marianne April 2, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    I signed up, but cannot find anything in my email about it. I have the fb page, but do not know what to do??

    • Lisa Sonora Beam April 2, 2014 at 12:44 am #

      Check your spam or “promotions” folder if in gmail for the opt-in email = you need to opt in first to receive the emails.

  4. Karen March 26, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    I’m not sure I understand the process, but I love journaling and I want to rediscover my journaling and myself.


  5. Gloria March 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    I would like to sign up but cannot see the sign up forms. I tried in chrome and in internet explorer.

    • Lisa Sonora Beam March 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

      New sign up form for the project coming shortly, Gloria. 🙂

  6. Sami Odermatt March 16, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    I am on my iphone and I don’t see any links to sign up. Do I need to be on my computer?

  7. mindy March 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm #


    • Lisa Sonora Beam March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      yes – will back up in a couple of weeks…while we change email providers.

  8. Luisa March 6, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Hi Lisa, I go all the 30 day art journal. I have been working on them. I am missing day 6, 7, 8.
    Do you think you could e-mail this to me. I keep all the e-mails, and I don’t how these days disappeared, must have lost them by mistake. Thanks.

  9. Janice Young February 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    I signed up (last night 1/31), confirmed the subscription (also last night), and received the “Please save this email. It’s like a giftcard to the project.” (also last night). I thought today I would receive my first of 30 prompts, but I have not received anything yet.
    Thanks for your help. I’m excited to give this a whirl! Just need to find the time! 🙂

  10. Mary Leavelle January 17, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    I guess it is too late to sign up for this . So i am wondering if you will have another or if you can bundle the prompts from the days before now for someone who has time to do them all. Looking forward to your reply.


  11. Ann Grasso January 15, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    Is Day 15 on its way? Or…has my computer snatched the entry and put it in hiding?
    You can tell, I eagerly await my prompt for the day, smile. Yes, I am enjoying this! Thank you,

  12. Saucy Chick Sherry January 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    I am so sorry I missed this for January 1, 2014. Will you be doing this again? Creative Bliss…

  13. Glenda Hoagland January 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi, I just signed up and am so looking forward to doing this project. I know I am a little late, but better late than never.

    • Lisa Sonora Beam January 6, 2014 at 5:57 am #

      Welcome! No one is late. 🙂 This project is ongoing. A set of journaling prompts once a day for 30 days via email. Day one begins the day you sign up.

  14. Melissa Goslin January 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Thanks for offering such inspirational daily prompts to help start 2014 off with the right kind of bang!

  15. Romy January 3, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Just signed up! Although a little late, I have always wanted to do an extensive journaling journey, so I am excited to be apart of this Lisa. Thank you so much for putting this together, what a gift and such a grand way to start the new year.

  16. Julia Vazquez January 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Thanks for this amazing and inspirational gift!

  17. janelle January 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Hi again, Lisa. I’ve received confirmation, clicked the link, but it’s day 2 and I still haven’t gotten any journal prompts in my email yet. eek! I’m looking forward to participating!

  18. kim b January 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Just want to say thank you for providing this. Many blessings for 2014!

  19. Nan January 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Thanks for this…a friend mentioned it today and I’m looking forward to a project like this. Thank you….Nan

  20. Sasha January 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    I signed up (thank you) but the confirm email never came, I did check my junk mail.
    I tried to re-do it but it won’t let me.

    Thanks for doing this!

  21. Reyneke January 1, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I am a little confused as to where to from here? I guess I will need to wait for the email?

  22. michelle aho January 1, 2014 at 3:50 am #

    Hi Lisa,

    First, thanks for doing such a neat thing that will help to inspire a lot of creativity for a lot of people. Next I wondering if having a Facebook account is necessary? I’m probably the only person who doesn’t do Facebook.

    My last question is actually about the other class that you teach on creativity and it has a lifetime access…I’m having a hard time finding the passwords in my emails, before week 7. Were exactly do we find the passwords for each week?



    • Lisa Sonora Beam January 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      @Michelle – no FB necessary – that’s why I’ve gone through the effort to create a page like this for every single one of the 30 days. 🙂

      Creative Practice materials are being updated. Hang tight and I’ll be sending an email with info to the course email list.

  23. Robin Sears December 31, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    This may be a silly question….but…. what size journal do you recommend? Will we be painting pasting and drawing or simply writing? I ask because if it is just writing I could go smaller, painting, need more space! Thanks!I am really looking forward to this as I truly loved working with your Creative Entrepreneur book!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam December 31, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Not a silly question at all –
      The focus of this project is to send you daily inspirations and prompts for writing.
      However – I am showing images of my journals, which are pretty…visual. Because those are the type of images that folks like to look at. 🙂 The images are meant to inspire what is possible.

      I also keep blank sketchbooks for my journaling which end up being mostly writing.
      It all depends on what wants to flow, and what supplies are handy, etc.

      Now to answer your question more directly:
      Why not collect whatever journals you have…and then see which one “wants” to be used.
      It’s ok if you use more than one journal, by the way.
      I work in many journals at once, others prefer to go through one journal at a time.
      We have options!

      Let your journals tell you. I’ll talk about this more during the 30 days…

  24. Lizzie December 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    I am so glad to cross path!!!!
    This is so awesome:)
    I ‘d love to sign up but no link appearing:(
    I am using google chrome browser at the moment, could that be the problem?

    best wishes


  25. Rachel December 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    I am really, really, really looking forward to this. It’s the only thing I’m signed up for turn-of-the-year and my tía signed up too (and her friend when she shared it) …

  26. dawn December 30, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Hi Lisa, one of my blogging pals led me to you! I am a fellow journal lover and enjoy a small journaling community on my blog! I am not sure if this will work out for me this month…but I am intrigued at the thought and although I write daily in my own journal, and from what I read briefly about you, also share in some of the same uses with journaling…like detailing ideas, etc. I will sign up, and see more ahead, just not sure if this will be too much as I already signed up for an online writing course that starts on the fourth. I do host a link up called Random Journal Day, where we invite others to share their journals the first Friday of very month. @Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith. Nice to make your acquaintance. Your book looks fabulous! Dawn

  27. janelle December 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I’ve tried twice to register with two different emails using firefox and internet explorer but never got confirmation or a link to confirm. Can you sign me up? I’m looking forward to this!

    • Lisa Sonora Beam December 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      Check your email spam folder. It’s probably hiding in there.

      • janelle December 30, 2013 at 12:27 am #

        It came through. Thank you! I can hardly wait!

  28. Cynthia December 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Thank you! This was exactly what I needed today. Signed up and ready to start off the new year with audacity. This is such a powerful word and I will be using this word all year long and can’t wait to see the outcome.

  29. Annie December 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    I just signed up. This sounds like a fun and exciting way to begin the new year! 🙂

  30. Roz December 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    I’m excited and can’t wait to get started! Thanks so much!

  31. Teresa December 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Thanks so much for this invitation looks like fun!

  32. Debra Marrs December 27, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Exciting! I’m excited! LOVE journaling and having a focus during January for 30 days… well, heck, that’s just plain ole sublime. Thanks, Lisa SB

  33. teresa December 24, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    I’m not seeing the “cute sign up form”. What am I missing?

    • Lisa Sonora Beam December 24, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Hi Teresa – there are two sign up forms right up above the comments, within the blog post. If you can’t see them, please tell me what browser and device you are using to view the page. Maybe the form is hiding from you!

      • teresa December 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

        I think I was blocking it. I found it. Thanks!

  34. Yamile Yemoonyah December 24, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    sounds like fun, I’m in 🙂

  35. Melody December 24, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    Looking forward to this – it should be fun! <3

  36. Shauna December 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    ooooh…signed up! my ‘no more classes until the new year’ is OVER and so excited to do this with you! <3

  37. auntiemichal December 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    This sounds like fun, and with perfect timing! How do I sign up?


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