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What Do I Wish To Make Time For?

18 Oct

Jiminy CricketWishcasting Wednesday: What do I wish to make time for?

I have three responses to this week’s prompt:

  1. More time playing
  2. More time accomplishing nagging tasks
  3. More time living in my body

Playing

For me, the hardest part of The Artist’s Way is the weekly artist’s date.  I have a very difficult time relaxing enough to just enjoy something pleasantly silly.  I’d like to spend a little more time planning and enjoying these dates, so I can give myself the opportunity to be joyful and exuberant and delighted and other such adjectives.

Nagging Tasks

At the same time, I’d also like to claim a little time each week to do the things I put off.  Like it or not, my car needs to be vacuumed, the kitchen cupboards need to cleaned, and my clothes need to be rearranged for winter.  I want to create a time to accomplish some of those things I’ve been procrastinating on so diligently.

Being In My Body

I over-think; I spend a lot of time in my head.  Every once in a while, I want to spend some of that time in my body.  I want to put my body’s needs first; I want act and react instead of wait and contemplate.  I’m pretty happy with my body, so I’d like to make sure I spend some time appreciating it and enjoying it.

How to Identify and Change Your Core Story

18 Oct

The purpose of this blog is to document and share the changes I’m making to my core beliefs.  In the past few weeks I’ve started to see some real change and growth, so I thought I’d share some of the tools and information I’ve found helpful thus far.

Reverb10

The Reverb prompts were what started this blog.  I’d written a few posts prior to December 2010, but I was never consistent or focused.  It was the final prompt that really gave me something to think about and something to write about.  It took some time to commit to making such big changes though, so aside from a valiant effort in January, I wrote very little between Reverb10 and August.

Wishcasting

I can’t remember how I first learned about Wishcasting Wednesdays, but I’m so glad I did.  I can’t change my core story without having an idea of how I want the new story to read.  The Wishcasting prompts have been useful tools for asking myself questions about what I want, a vital part of writing that new story.  They have also connected me to a lovely, supportive community, which I greatly appreciate.

The Artist’s Way

It’s an entire book about changing your core story.  It doesn’t matter what your old story was or what your new story will be, this book is about how to get from the old to the new.  I’m happy I’m reading it right now and I’m finding it very helpful.  I’ll give the book its own post once I’ve completed it, but it already deserves mention here.

My Affirmations

I started these on my own, but I received some reinforcement from The Artist’s Way.

  • I can do this.
  • I am focused and well disciplined.
  • Progress, not perfection.

After a few weeks, I’m actually starting to see evidence of all three of these.  It sounds so hokey, but they have made a difference for me and they’re becoming an important part of how I rewrite my core story.

750 Words

It’s the space where I write my morning pages for The Artist’s Way, but I love it and I’m sure I’ll use it long after I complete the book.  It’s simple, yet fun, and provides me some extra little incentives to write.  (I love the badges.)  As I write (it takes about 20 minutes to write all 750 words), I notice patterns, or things I didn’t realize I was thinking or feeling.  The stream-of-consciousness nature is an excellent way to get in touch with what I want.

Destuckification

I enjoy Havi Brooks’ blog.  She inspires me to listen to myself and offer myself some compassion.  Rewriting my core story isn’t going to be easy, so I’m going to need that compassion to help me through this project.  I’m also going to need to listen to myself, so I can remember who I am and learn who I want to be.

I also used her Very Personal Ads as the template for my weekly Hello, Universe post.  Those posts have become a great practice for identifying what I want or need at any given moment.

How to Change a Habit

It’s not just about fixing the bad habits, we also have to try to create new good habits.  Scott H. Young offers some great advice on how to make those changes, all of which is directly applicable to rewriting your core story.  I’ll give a brief summary here, but it’s worthwhile to read the entire post.

  1. Set a conditioning period.  Don’t focus on results yet, focus on actions instead.  A perfect example of my “Progress, not perfection,” affirmation.
  2. Do it every day.  That’s the best way to turn a fluke into a habit, and the reason I post daily.
  3. Replace what you’re eliminating.  There’s a great explanation in the article and I think this is the crux of being able to enjoy the habit.
  4. Begin with the start in mind.  Focus on doing something and scaling up from there; the end goal will eventually become more attainable.

Remember Who You Are

I read Pam Slim’s contribution over at Gaping Void quite some time ago, but it was the phrase “remember who you are” that stuck with me.  Who am I?  How did I become this person?  Who do I want to be?  How can I become that person?  How did I get so far away from her in the first place? Those are the big questions I’m asking myself as I try to change my core story.

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What tools do you use when you’re trying to make big changes?  What inspires you to examine your core beliefs?

Seeds Planted #5

17 Oct

Fibonacci!

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Every week we plant seeds, small actions that may someday become mighty sunflowers.  These are the seeds I planted this week:

  1. A job interview.  It’s just a part-time weekend job for some extra cash, but I think it went well.
  2. I called a friend and asked for help.  I hate asking for help, but not only will he be able to do so, talking to him left me feeling very good.
  3. I started using StumbleUpon, which is both entertaining and useful.
  4. I remembered my stepdad’s birthday!  I always forget, but this year we had a nice chat.

I also did a little watering and weeding of previous seeds:

  1. I tweaked my posting schedule a bit.  By the way, I’m still looking for guest posts.
  2. I’m still using my breaks at work to make progress on my own projects.
  3. I’m sticking with The Artist’s Way and being diligent about my morning pages.
  4. I’m tweeting regularly.  I typically go in fits and starts, but I’ve been much better about it recently.

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What seeds did you plant this week?  What projects did you tend to?  Remember, it’s all connected, so anything counts.

The Artist’s Way: Chapter Two

16 Oct

I’m enjoying working my way through The Artist’s Way.  This book is making me feel more productive, and more open to my own potential.  In some ways, I feel like my life is coming together very nicely.  Of course I also feel like it’s coming together very, very slowly.  I’m not patient, but at least I can see progress.

This week I accomplished several tasks:

  1. I did morning pages every day.  (I do them at night — I am not a morning person.)
  2. I managed an artist’s date!  I really just stayed home and spent several hours doing creative things — baking bread, coloring, and knitting.  It was fun and relaxing, and those qualities have been terribly absent from my life lately.
  3. I made a list of 20 things I enjoy doing.  I also noted the last time I remember doing each of those things…I’m glad I’m actively working to make my life better.
  4. However, I am doing a few of those things routinely, so I made a point of continuing them, and I this week I tried to include a few of the neglected items.
  5. I made a list of ten tiny changes I could do that would make my life better.  I had some success with two changes, but it’s too soon to declare victory.
  6. I rewrote the basic principles to be more helpful to me.

I’m ending the week feeling focused, with a few ideas of what I could do to make myself happier.    What more could I ask for?

The Artist’s Way: Chapter One

11 Oct

Penguin Badge!I almost didn’t write this post.

I’m trying to do one chapter of The Artist’s Way per week, and Friday was the last day of chapter one.  I felt excited about starting chapter two, but I wasn’t satisfied with my progress in chapter one.  I didn’t go on my artist date and I didn’t do anywhere near as many tasks as I wanted to — some of them really appealed to me, so shouldn’t I take an extra week and do them?

No.  That attitude is why it’s so easy for me to start things, yet so difficult for me to finish them.

What tasks I did do, I found very helpful.  I started doing the morning pages, and I did them every single day.  (I’m using 750 Words and I cannot recommend it enough.  It’s easy, it’s secure, and it’s fun.  I’ve already achieved the penguin badge, which makes me happier than a small arrangement of pixels should.)

I also created a set of apothegms for myself, which I’m finding tremendously helpful.  I’m sure this list will change as my goals change, but right now each of these motivates me and reminds me of what I’m trying to do.

  1. I can do this.  It’s a simple statement of faith in myself and my own abilities; I’ve used it several times on the blog.
  2. I am focused and well-disciplined.  I’m trying to remind myself of the importance of focusing and that exercising a little discipline gets things done.  I added the modifier “well” because I don’t think it’s all about will power, or being in control — discipline can become abuse.
  3. Progress, not perfection.  The reason I’m writing this post instead of remaining stuck on chapter one.

Camilla helped me find a group that is working on their own The Artist’s Way project and I found After the Artist’s Way, a blog that I’m really enjoying.

So no, I didn’t accomplish everything I though I should in chapter one, but I did accomplish some worthwhile things.  It’s time to move on and see what I can accomplish in chapter two.  Besides, I can always go back and try those tasks any time I like, any time it feels like the best way to make progress.

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Does anyone else have any experience with The Artist’s Way?  Any blogs on the subject I should try?  Do you have any affirmations that are particularly helpful to you?  Tell me all about it in the comments!