Happy Labor Day weekend!
I’ve made a new commitment to posting blogs on a more regular basis – I promise! Life has been very busy. New articles published in both NW Meetings & Events and Brainstorm NW. In fact, I have two wine articles out in the September issue of Brainstorm NW. I love the folks over there. Alsye is the editor I work with and she is amazing!
My writing is mostly for business these days. I noticed that a few weeks ago and started up my morning pages again. What are morning pages you ask? They are the foundation of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I’m currently reading The Vein of Gold, a sequel to Artist’s Way. Julia suggests that all creatives (which is everyone) write at least 3 pages each morning. She also encourages readers to walk at least 20 minutes a day, including a one hour walk a week, and weekly artist dates. Artist dates are very powerful. For me, going to author signings/readings at Powell’s is my favorite way to spend an artist date.
I strongly encourage you to write 3 pages every morning. It doesn’t have to make sense or have an agenda. Just write the thoughts as they appear in your head. It’s like emptying the contents of your brain. Sometimes you’ll be surprised by what shows up (“I’m still not over my sister’s biting comment?!) and other times you’ll sort things out (“No, I should not take that particular assignment, it doesn’t feel right.”)
One of my favorite things about Julia’s Artist’s Way series is the quotes. I am a big lover of quotes. My favorite one right now is:
“What happens is not important. How we react to what happens is very important. It is not what we get that matters, it is what we do that matters. We can let go anytime we are willing.” —Cheri Huber
Every page of the Artist’s Way and Vein of Gold contain 1-3 quotes. They are divine. I mark the quotes that resonate with me. Be sure to add both The Artist’s Way and Vein of Gold to your book list. Both will feed your creative spirit. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
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