I write almost every day in my journal. It is where I share my all: My emotions, my stories, my ideas, dreams, and experiences. Writing is my lifeline, I rarely go anywhere without my pen and notebook. And nature is my muse. I collect fallen branches, leaves, or flowers as I walk, particularly if I recognize it to be an Australian native as I’m wanting to learn and connect more with the Indigenous heritage of my surroundings. Being by the ocean is a place I feel the most grounded, so my home has piles of shells on almost every surface, especially on my desk and beside my bed, where I do most of my writing. And a few pieces of dark, fair trade chocolate are always on hand when I’m in my creative headspace to spark my sense of delight and joy.
Pia Jane Bijkerk is an Artist & Author.