Fill the Well....

   There have been a lot of detours in my life the past couple of years. Julia Cameron author of The Artist's Way calls them creative U-turns. 

   My mom was going to move in with us, my art room is being redone into a bedroom.   As I near the finish line,  mom has decided not to come.   Another creative U-turn.   Now,....I have piles of art supplies upstairs to sort through, rearrange my new nook, and wonder how to proceed on this creative path I have traveled on. 

  While cleaning, I found this book and decided it was time to really embrace this venture and see what happens. The plan is twelve weeks long-with the guidelines:   I must commit to writing three morning pages, walk for 30 minute-every day,  weekly go on an art date, and do the tasks listed for each week. 

"In filling the well, think magic. Think delight. Think fun.
                                                           -Julia Cameron

Week  1: Is about creativity recovery.  It is about creating a sense of safety.  It is time I am authentically me.  No more hiding.  Hell, I am related to a female warrior Viking-says 23andme.   Interesting, since I bought an issue of National Geographic featuring the Vikings, last Christmas to tuck in my husband's stocking.  In May, I discovered I am related to the warrior woman featured in this publication.  So, I guess it is time to own my space and be a bad ass.  Well, the bad ass part isn't likely, but I am not a quitter.  I am published in the autumn issue of Bella Grace.

Maybe the Rumi quote does represent the energy of most creative souls.

"Whenever you stand be the soul of that place."   

For safety, I am to pick an affirmation to use as a  life preserver when my ego feels trampled on.  

Do you have an affirmation that lifts your spirit? 

My affirmation:

"Whatever you can do, or think you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
                 -Johanna Wolfgang Von Goethe


Sherry Blue Sky said…
I have been avoiding writing my memoir for too long. I need to just BEGIN. Thanks for the reminder.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
P.s. interestingly, the poem i am posting at poetry pantry is about a well, drinking from it. We are on the same wavelength.
Ella said…
Sherry, you can do it! I will be sharing some of the exercises in the book. I would love to read it~ Oh, that is fascinating! I will stop by~ I need to get back to being me. It has been a coaster ride for me the past couple of years. Thanks, Sherry for stopping by!
Well, sorry about the U-turn.
The twelve week plan sounds like a good thing. I hope you stick with it.
Affirmation that lifts my spirit - John 3:14.
Helen said…
I have recently embraced "step out of the line" .... someone on the recent Emmys telecast used it and it resonated. Good luck to you sweet Ella.
L. Diane Wolfe said…
Congrats on the publication.

I'll go with my own tagline - overcome obstacles with spunk!
Ella said…
Alex-Thank you, for your encouragement and your affirmation~

Helen, Thank you, for visiting me~ I loved reading your poem! You are so, clever!

L. Diane-Thank you! I lover your tagline! It fits your persona~
Wanda said…
Hi Ella, I saw your post and wanted to stop in and say hello. Congrats on being published!
Ella said…
Hello Wanda, I thought of you the other day and wondered if you were still blogging and how you were! It is so, nice of you to stop by and thank you, so much~