Each Friday night I've been taking an hour for me. I go to a coffee house while my son takes in a Kung Fu class. I love this time for me. I pack the book, "12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women" by Gail McMeekin and a pen. I write in the book as though it was a workbook. I circle key words that jump out at me, I underline phrases, or double star in the margins. Later in the weekend I review what I've marked up and make some notes. This time I made my notes in my art journal and re-wrote many of them as affirmation statements. Here is what I noted:
I love the idea that I am a creative warrior. The timing of this chapter was uncanny. Each week I publish an art journaling prompt for my Soul Journal project. Last Sunday my theme was on Release and Receive. The connection was amazing. As creatives it is important to recognize that our creativity works in cycles and we need to be patient with ourselves when we need to rest. I loved hearing about this as I knew about the cycles but feel now that I will have more confidence when I feel the need to check out for a bit. Another important lesson is to recognize how burnout is a key enemy of innovation. As you can see from my notes my affirmations begin with "I." I see this as a way of taking ownership of the words and making it active in my voice.
At the end of the chapter a challenge is to create an ongoing excitement list. This list will be helpful to look back on when feeling those dark, quiet times. I think it may just help bring back that spark. I decided I wanted to keep my excitement list with me so I created a tab in my day timer towards the end of the book. I look forward to seeing how the items on this list changes over time. Looking at it I think I'll go back and date my entries.
Jamie Ridler who is hosting the blog book group asks, "How do you manage the bright spots in your creativity cycle?" I love to share and connect with others. For me the highlights are no fun without sharing the journey. I do fear though that in my desire to share and connect that I will appear to others as showing off. If I've been seen as a shining star my hope is that my light doesn't blind others but help to illuminate the gifts and talents in others. My hope is that my light inspires the light in others to burn brighter.
"12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women" by Gail McMeekin
The Next Chapter Blog Book Group with Jamie Ridler
Soul Journal Project - Release & Receive