The Artists Way

The Artists Way

A continuation of last weeks conversation regarding the book the Artists Way by Julia Cameron

Week 10: Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection

This week we explore the perils that can ambush us on our creative path. Because creativity is a spiritual issue, many of the perils are spiritual perils. In the essays, tasks, and exercises of this week, we search out the toxic patterns we cling to that block our creative flow.

Morning Pages

Day 64 Tue - 2 pages.
Day 65 Wed - 2 pages.
Day 66 Thu - 3 pages and task.
Day 67 Fri - NO PAGES.
Day 68 Sat - 3 pages and task.
Day 69 Sun - NO PAGES.
Day 70 Mon - 3 pages, task, and check in.

This is the first week I’ve missed writing. This was also Kevin’s week of vacation and I wanted to enjoy my time with him. So he took priority over writing. Most mornings I wake up before him and that meant that I could write while he was still sleeping. The two days I didn’t end up writing are because he woke up before me and I completely forgot that writing was a thing. In fact I didn’t even clue into the fact that I had missed any until Mon when I started writing and counting back days.

The Artists Date

The Ice Cream Adventure

It’s strange how well my ice cream adventure lined up with the 12 weeks of the Artists Way. What didn’t line up was my timing. At the end of summer I wrote a blog post outlining all the places we visited during the ice cream adventure. This is stop 8, Villa Dolce Cafe, you can read about it here.

Other

As mentioned above, this was Kevin’s week off. So we did a lot of things we won’t normally do. You can see all the details here.

Weekly Tasks

This weeks tasks asked us to get to the bottom line. The three that I came up with after some thought was

  1. I will get a therapist.

  2. I will treat my body with respect and fuel it properly.

  3. I will not allow certain people in my life to disrupt my life.

To get to those statements we had to go through a series of questions and answer them truthfully. I really struggled with these questions. Especially the “What is the payoff in keeping your destructive friends and why?” My answer is one I’ll be running through when I do find a new therapist. But it leads me to a question that I’ve been rolling around in my head for months, how do you have people in your life that cause harm and limit it? It is not something I have the answer too. Boundaries are very important but setting and maintaining those are seemingly impossible, at least right now. I am not sure if there is a better path. Again this all takes me back to, needing to find a therapist. Honestly I think that needs to be my task for the next week. I’ve known it for months and doing this project has made that all the more clean. My fear is holding me back and that needs to change.

When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are.
— Cesar Chevez

I'm a lifestyle blogger, covering deep subjects including body images, battles with food, and overcoming how I was raised. I try to be as authentic as possible and I don’t sugar coat how I see things.