Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Artist's Way - first check in

So, this was my first week doing The Artist's Way and it was eye opening. I did the Morning Pages everyday except Saturday. I don't know why I skipped Saturday, I don't know what happened, it was just suddenly Saturday evening and I realized that I had not even thought about doing it in the morning. That was not good.

I did not do the Artist's Date - at all. I knew what I wanted to do. In the mornings I work for someone else, but in the afternoons and evenings I am self employed and have a lot of control over my schedule. I couldn't get it done. Everything else kept getting in the way. Obviously I was not making it enough of a priority, but I was kind of surprised to let this one slip away from me.

I did get some of the exercises done, not all like I had thought that I could do but I did some.

On the plus side, the morning pages really do help put things in perspective. After you blather on for a page about something that seems like the end of the world, suddenly it doesn't seem like such a big deal any more. And some little thoughts that pop into your head suddenly turn into important ideas when you write them down. I do like doing this, although it is really hard for me in the morning. I tend to be somewhat of a zombie with coffee for a while in the morning.

On the negative side, this is a lot harder than it sounds. The whole program together means actually valuing yourself, your ideas and your time. Apparently I don't do that very well.

Carrying on this week, trying to do more.

1 comment:

  1. I don't do my Morning Pages or Artist Date on the "right" frequency for The Artist's Way, but I have found them to be an important part of keeping the creativity flowing. After a while, you start to see how vital they are and it becomes easier to keep them up. Keep going! It's an investment in you!