I’m 70-ish days into my 100 Days of Creative Self-Care and around the 60-day mark, I kind of hit a wall. That wall was the realization that creatively and professionally, I am going about things all wrong. I am that proverbial square peg trying to stuff herself into the round hole of everyone’s comfort zone… including my own. Apparently, I used to be round and fit just fine when I was doing what I thought I was “supposed to” do.
Once again, not serving myself first in my supposed “single-serving life.”
So I am here… sitting on a Starbucks patio and praying it doesn’t rain while I (re)discover and (re)define how I will use my creative powers for good!
This week, I am learning an important aspect of Creative Self-Care… CONNECTION.
Specifically, connecting to other like-minded creative souls. It’s very different than “sharing with friends.” I am in no way diminishing those relationships, but there is something to be said about sharing with people who have worn and walked a mile or two in your shoes… who understand the trials and triumphs of the creative spirit. A couple of days ago, I reconnected with these two beautiful ladies… a reunion that was 2 years overdue! As part of my 100 Days of Creative Self-Care, I need to make physical face time with my “superfriends” a significant part of the program. (Love you, Lorraine Robertson and Desiree Miller)
With Venus firmly planted in retrograde and Mercury hot on her heels, this is the perfect time to (re)start a creative habit. I’ve allowed external forces to lure me off of my chosen path and hold my creativity hostage for far too long. Fellow creative soul, Denise Jacobs, has inspired me to begin the “100 Days of Creative Self-Care” project.
What is it?
Exactly what the name implies.
When does it start?
Whenever I want to begin… and that’s today.
What do I have to do?
Whatever I choose that will reconnect me to my creative spirit, nurture my mental and physical health, and make me write fearlessly.
It is, in essence, a challenge. But I don’t want to call it that. I’ve come to learn that the word “challenge” is not a motivator for me. I’m not highly competitive so it has the opposite effect. Instead, I will call it a practice. That’s what it is, after all.
A creative practice… starting with 100 days… continuing for life. See my updates on Instagram and My Single Serving Life.