R is going to be with his dad a lot this summer. It’s okay. It’s in our parenting plan. But, whenever I have to go a long stretch without him I go through the five stages of grief (sometimes I can do this in a whole weekend!). So for my own sanity and because I so love this book, I’m inviting you to do something with me.
Let’s read The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron!
If you are creative but feel your creativity lagging, if you used to be creative but haven’t used that part of yourself for some time, if you think you might be creative but never really tried–this book is medicine.
And let me be clear, when I say creative, I mean the most broad and inclusive definition. Anything from visual art and writing, to homemaking to computer programming, to just living a creative life. Actually, that last one is the most important to me. And let me define it: living a creative life means living in the way that is most uniquely you, peeling back the layers of culture and socialization to reveal the truest version of yourself.
If that sounds good to you, or even mildly interesting. Grab a copy of this book and follow along with me for the next 12 weeks. I’m envisioning this as a kind of Julie and Julia experience, but instead of mastering the art of French cooking, I’ll be going through the creativity exercises each week and posting about my experience.
So here are the ground rules:
- Be kind to yourself. This exercise does require a little discipline but if I’ve learned anything from my work in drug and alcohol recovery, it’s this–you can’t hate yourself anything. You can’t hate yourself into being sober, creative, productive, or kind, at least not with any lasting effect.
- If you fall behind, just pick up where you can, or, if you intentionally set a slower pace for yourself, just come back to the posts when you get time.
That’s it. Two rules.
I would LOVE to interact with you on social. Links are below, if you aren’t already connected to me in that way. I’m gonna do my best to create Reels and TikToks to accompany the posts each week. And each week will run from Wednesday to Wednesday, so you can look for new content on Wednesday by end of day.
So grab a copy of this book! It’s old so check a used bookstore if you like to be thrifty. This is the link on Amazon if you are convenience-motivated! I do recommend you get a paper copy of the book because you will need to refer back to the exercises and practices recommended each week. There is also a journal available–I’ve done this twice through and never used the journal but it might be nice–lemme know if you like it! And it is available on Audible or audio format, but like I said, the paper book will be nice to refer back to so maybe get both if you are dedicated to listening.
I’m writing this from my bathtub again! That’s one of the things I figured out going through her book the last time – water helps things flow for me. So, I’ll be here all summer, soaking and writing, and eager to hear about your experience!
We start next Wednesday, June 8 <3
Love (from the tub),