As an artist, an optimistic one at that, I've always perceived myself as mistress crafts-person of my future, or at the very least, my outlook on my future, gifted with constructing huge strokes of positivity, possibility and vibrancy. Unavoidably, when life has thrown me curve balls, I have struggled with this. I may have even failed. My vision, perspective, mindful tools were unavailable or inaccessible. A couple of years ago, I found myself doggy-paddling in stagnant waters. Don't cry for me - these things happen; at some sharp point to us all. On the outside, life looked pretty awesome. I was blessed with a secure job which allowed me to comfortably support my beautiful healthy baby girl, had a few rock-solid friendships, owned peace of mind (for the most part), possessed a path filled with opportunity. Yet, there was something lacking. A spark lit from within was dim. That confident feeling as I lay my head to sleep that I accomplished my goals and mission was fleeting if present at all. I was unsatisfied.
So how did/do I get my inside as sparkly as my outside and cast away those lurking neurotic thoughts; especially when feeling a bit jaded, regretful and/or petrified? Julia Cameron’s 1992 book and course, “The Artist Way”, a popular and incredibly useful resource adopted primarily among us artsy folk (writers, musicians, designers) to jump start and or reignite our creative selves has actually been a lifesaver and the ice-breaker needed to start an inner dialogue. How does it work? Through it’s weekly tasks, journaling and meditative exercises, it has played a pivotal role in squashing those scary fears and inhibitions that haunt this inner/outer spark seeker.
Here are a few Artist Way-inspired acts (and responses) that keep me on track and fearless in living vibrantly - risk-taking, exuding joy, glowing with hope and optimism, audacity and truth.
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How do you bounce back from, push forward, get up again and start anew? Let me know in the comments below.