I met last night with a group of 11 women to start working our way through the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I read this book about 20 years ago with a couple of friends. Reading it got me back into the theater – first teaching it to kids. That lead to getting back on stage. Then I started writing for the theater, and now I’m writing, directing, and running a theater group. All good. All high energy!
What I like about The Artist’s Way is that it assumes that creativity is part of everyone’s nature but that it can get lost in the day-to-day shuffle of life. The book has fun, simple exercises that help you remember who you are and get you back to practicing “the art of creative living.”
And even if your goal isn’t to be a writer, sculptor, actor, etc., carving out a place in your life to be happy raises your energy for everything else you do. It helps you focus. Helps you prioritize. It keeps your head clear. And it helps you plan out your time to make sure you have time for your art.
I can’t wait to jump into this for the next 12 weeks. I wonder what personal insights I’ll stumble on? What I know for sure is that we’ll have terrific group discussions as we get to know each other better. And 12 weeks is the perfect amount of time to seal a new habit.
If you want to read along with us, please feel free to post thoughts or ideas here. We’ll start the exercises in Chapter #1 on 1/30.
Your life is a work of art. Want to make it beautiful??
I’ll leave you today with this beautiful piece of art. In case you missed it, we have a spinning ice disk in a nearby river that’s getting lots of press. Nature is so impressive.
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2 thoughts on “Walking the Artist’s Path”
Thank you, Janie. You’ve beautifully named elements of the book that are talking to me as well. Onto Chapter 2!
I can’t wait for our Chapter 2 discussion!