I’m doing it! There is no putting it off any longer — I’m finally starting this new year (a month late) with a new personal challenge. Have you ever read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron? My writing facilitator from years ago recommended it to me and I have continually referred back to it throughout the years. At the heart of The Artist’s Way is the practice of “Morning Pages.” Cameron suggests, no matter what your creative discipline, taking the time to fill three pages first thing in the morning is at the heart of freeing our artistic self. These words need not be taken too seriously. The three pages can be stream of consciousness, lists, feelings, thoughts…whatever is in your mind first thing in the morning.
Yes, this will be difficult for yours truly. I am NOT a morning person. At all. I am more of a write-until-my-eyes-water-at-night kind of lady. And this means waking up to allow extra time — whaaat?!! However, I want to give this an honest go. And one way to do that is with public accountability. (I can always shame myself into writing!) I figured since the new month starts on Saturday, it’s as good a time as any to start something new. (And it’s super helpful that this is the shortest month!) This practice will also be difficult because February is a month full of visitors, parties, and working 3 jobs (two day-time gigs and the studio); but I am going to commit! Who’s with me?!
Morning pages are a part of my life, most days anyway. Without them I enter the day with spaghetti thoughts and saucey plans that never quite get started! But, here’s the deal: I’m retired, and it was difficult – very unusual – for me to keep the committment when I was working. So CARRY ON Carrie! You’ve got my vote! And I just bet some awesome surprises show up on your pages.
This sounds like a wonderful way to start the day and much more satisfying than my Candy Crush playing!
I’m in! I’ve been needing to do this.
…’cause you’re the best! Can’t wait to hear what’s discovered (or healed, or vented, or created)!
Giving this a shot. Thank you!