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