One of my favorite ways to de-stress is to curl up on the couch with a good book. A young adult romance, a chilling thriller, or a non-fiction bestseller are what are typically stacked on my coffee table or in my Unabridged Bookstore tote on any given day.
Until this week. As I have been working through The Artist's Way, I have learned so much about myself. I understand how important it is for me to write three pages in my journal each morning to feel mentally prepared for the day. I am finding new ways to be creative, such as taking a pottery class through the parks and recreation department or take photos of my usual walk home. But I was not prepared to give up reading as a way to find creativity.
To be honest, I have felt stuck in life and creativity as of late. I have avoided writing for days at a time, saying I am too emotionally drained to even think about putting words down on paper. Having a dedicated seven days of reading deprivation is allowing me to focus in on why I have been feeling creatively blocked and giving myself time to write no matter how long I struggle before words become easier to type.
I've also opened myself up to be creative in different ways. Last night, I took a pottery class where I threw clay on the wheel for the first time in a decade. I realized that I have missed taking creative classes, so I am starting up ballet classes this fall to get back to my dancing roots. As I have stopped distracting myself by reading, I am opening myself up to other exciting opportunities.
While reading The Artist's Way, I've stripped away an exterior of cynicism that had crept into being a part of myself over the past few years. I am now open to new ideas, to new opportunities, to new friendships and relationships. I am open to finding my way, as easy or difficult as it may be.
Change is never easy, and sometimes it is unwanted. If you are looking for change in your own life, I cannot recommend The Artist's Way enough. You can thank me later.