Recession and depression described much of the country in 2010. Jobs were limited for many, and they were especially hard to find for artists. Rather than submit entirely to the riptide of the times, my second journal provided the creative outlet I needed to stay sharp. The job I managed to find at the time required me to do a lot of writing. Hence, why writing was the last thing I wanted to do! This homemade sketchbook was a birthday gift from my dear friend, Lauren.