"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." ~Somerset Maugham
The last couple of years I have been reading through several of Julia Cameron's books. She is awfully good at getting down to the nitty gritty things that create stumbling blocks in our creative lives. Three things that she highly encourages her readers to do regularly are:
Daily Morning Pages: Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind.
Weekly Artist Date: The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you.
Daily Walk: Daily walking helps give perspective.
In her song "Sante Fe", Samantha Crain uses the line, "You know the way I get when I haven't had my coffee yet, well that's the way I also get when..." [an artist doesn't create, a singer doesn't sing, a dancer doesn't dance, a writer doesn't write... you get the picture]. I'm a huge fan of Samantha Crain, if you haven't heard her, look her up. She is my go to when I whip out my watercolours or get my hands into the clay.
What habits do you have that get in the way of your creativity? I wrote...
Staying up too late affects my morning creativity.
If I see work that needs to be done I don't take time for myself to be creative.
Making my schedule too full of social outings.
Lies. Sometimes I believe the lies that my creativity isn't valuable.
What do you plan to do about these blockages? I wrote...
Schedule in creative time just like I would schedule anything else in.
Keep writing my morning journal pages whether I feel like it or not, this will help keep my focus on truths.
Julia goes on to encourage creatives to set a bottom line for themselves...
I will not wash dishes or tidy the house until I have written my morning journal pages.
I will not schedule an extra social event if it takes up time that I would use for my weekly artist date.
I will no longer miss my daily walk because my day is too full.
I am an Artist.
If I have a [song to write],
I need to [write that song] whether it will sell or not.
I need to create what wants to be created.
I find when I respect my time for creativity I feel so much more alive. I hope you may find the same. All the best! xo xo.