1) I used to be fairly artistically active, but haven't sketched or drawn regularly for years. It's a habit that I'd like to bring back into my life and this seems like a fun way to do it. I'm also hoping to transition into a more creative career in the next few years and need to exercise the right side of my brain more.
2) I admired different aspects of all of the journals. It was interesting to see how people formatted their journal pages so differently and did fewer very detailed sketches (like, wow detailed) or more quick sketches that just captured the overall shapes and feelings of the moment. I think doing a combination of quick sketching and sitting longer with subjects to capture more detail will be beneficial for me to not only improve my observational drawing skills but also trying to remain in the moment enjoying what's around me.