how to come out (to yourself)
Create a guidebook of advice you wish you had had during a difficult time in your life.
Note: Some pages of this book have been left out for privacy reasons.
I knew I wanted my book to be a personal narrative told in the second person, giving advice through the story of my experience rather than specifically listing out suggestions. I wrote the content in the form of a poem. I wanted my book to feel extremely personal, so I made it the same size and style as the bullet journal that I use as a planner and diary. I used a combination of typed/printed material and handwritten, physically collaged content to make it feel more handmade and from the heart, rather than completely digital which can feel artificial or distant at times.
I then passed the book off to friends and strangers, inviting them to write whatever they wanted in it. This book is never a finished document—it's always being added to and annotated by more people. Every person who writes in it gives a little bit of advice to the next reader, whether they intend to or not. Even if that advice is just "I went through this too, and it sucked, but you're not alone."