I have got to tell you about a book that is changing my life!!! All creative people, artists, painters, cooks, illustrators, designers, teachers..etc. (The list goes on and on). I bought this book a couple years back, at that time I was not ready to take on a journey with a creative self-help book. Let alone have the energy, to deal unpack and manage all the pollution that I had allowed to stifle not only my creativity, but caused me to be blocked on every level. Over the last few months I have been ready to detoxify myself and not only nurture myself, but let go of so much.
This book is “The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron. My sister, Jenna, is a writer and she decided to do this book as a way to understand herself, create change in her own life and grow from a knowledge of YOU (knowledge of YOU=yourself). The changes I saw consistently occurring in my sister, inspired me to start my own journey. BIG THANK YOU TO YOU SIS…FOR INSPRING ME.
This book is a 12 week program, and I am technically on week 4 of the book. I am not taking each week as a week, I do each week as about ten days..allowing myself to really get a grasp of the information and do the work. The other thing is that if I tell myself, that this must be completed in 12 weeks then it will go by the wayside. I had to be honest with what I knew about myself and how I would create.
So you’re probably thinking at this point…why is this book so good? Well, really there are two key aspects of this book that make it amazing.
Each morning you free write 3 pages in your journal about anything…you could write the same thing over and over again. You could write “I hate this.” You could write about how much things suck…I personally use it as a time to write out my thoughts…you know those insecurities that if they don’t get out on paper rule your day…or cause self-doubt. (Other people have these right?) Well, just doing the exercise, of trying to fervently write has not only created so much freedom, but allows me to begin my day with a clear head. Life Changing!
-What’s an artist date? Is that where like two artists get together and paint eachothers bodies and talk about how symbolic little shit is? No…though that is fun too! The artists date is about setting aside two hours for yourself and doing a new activity..ALONE! Yep, I said it ALONE…….I know you are all getting a little anxious at this point…but the greatest power you can give yourself is to go somewhere alone. Try something new. Have a new experience with just you! It’s empowering to put yourself in what could be new situations, and test yourself…but more than that…get to know you.
Thus far reading through this book and doing the work, has not only allowed me to have a greater understanding of myself…but created a fearlessness in myself in many situations…scenarios. I used to get creatively blocked for weeks at a time, and this book has completely led me to understand why that happens…and how to work through that.
Now what I will warn you of is this is not easy work…you have to delve deep inside yourself and unpack some serious tar…and waste that has collected and festered…but if you take the time to be less numb examine yourself…and truly learn who you are inside and what makes you tick. It will not only bring you the greatest happiness…freedom of fear…and ability to pursue your dreams with wild abandon like never before.
If you are an artist ready to take a journey to you, then I would highly recommend this book. Do your research…see if it’s something that works for you…if you are ready…but ultimately know that this resource will be something that changes your trajectory…so be ready for the amazing and beautiful journey ahead.