The Artists Way

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

Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power

This week may find you dealing with unaccustomed bursts of energy and sharp peaks of anger, joy, and grief. You are coming into your power as the illusory hold of your previously accepted limits is shaken. You will be asked to consciously experiment with spiritual open-mindedness.

Morning Pages

Day 15 - brain dumped for 3 pages, an exercise, doubts and counters, and affirmations.
Day 16 - brain dumped for 3 pages.
Day 17 - brain dumped for 3 pages.
Day 18 - brain dumped for 3 pages, affirmations, and task.
Day 19 - brain dumped for 3 pages.
Day 20 - brain dumped for 3 pages.
Day 21 - brain dumped for 2 pages and this check in.

I’ll be sharing the exercise I completed on Monday as I really enjoyed it.

The Artists Date

The Ice Cream Adventure

The second place we visited for our adventure was Fancy Roll. It’s located in of of Madison’s malls and there are two within fifty feet of each other. Though one was closed on the day we were there. The one that was closed was the one we would have preferred to have one to as they would have had more options but the options at the other were still alright. There’s a mystery flavored option and I truly debated it, but I went with the tried and true Strawberry Banana, because that’s hard to mess up. It was delicious. They definitely have a unique way of making the ice cream and too be honest I probably would have enjoyed it a ton more if things hadn’t felt weird with the people working there. The one location that was closed said, closed due to family emergency and the opened location was being run by children. There is potential that maybe one was 18 but out of the four people present two were definitely under ten and the other two were teens. In a family business you do what you have to do to stay open and take customers and I am definitely use to kids being a part of the serving, it just seemed odd that there was no adults around. That said for kids they made a decent ice cream and it was very pretty.

Other

This I also did this week was attempt to go Paddleboarding with a friend. It did not work out sadly. But Kevin and I did manage to go kayaking again and we were better prepared. With water bottle, sunscreen, and waterproof case for my phone. Which means I took a picture of the adventure this time and you can see if here on day 179.

Weekly Tasks

This weeks ten tasks I really struggled with. I’m only going to share a few with you.

Tasks 1: Describe your childhood room. What was your favorite thing about it? What’s your favorite thing about your room now? Nothing? Well, get something you like in there-maybe something from that old childhood room.

This task goes on the bases that you had a good childhood and a safe place to explore your creativity. So the question stumped me and completely blocked me from moving forward with the other tasks (not that they were any easier.). I have nothing positive to say about my childhood bedrooms. They were rooms, they were not a safe space for me as they could be invaded at anytime. Anything creative I did, I learned very early on needed to be hidden or done in a way that was approved (such as photo album scrapbooking)
However my adult bedroom is amazing. I love it so much. Not only is it a beautiful place, but it is a sanctuary. It is filled with very little and there is hardly any decor, but it is mine. I have two posts about it, the original master bedroom tour and an updated one a year later. But to be honest the room no longer looks like those pictures. We got a new bed in March 2018, a new headboard the following month, and new end tables the month after that. The chair got changed out for a puff and there’s a bench. I need to recover the the bench, add a rug, replace the curtains, and find better end tables. And yet even with all that, I love that space. I should probably make it up and take some pictures.

Task 2: Describe five traits you like in yourself as a child.

The only thing that came to mind original was that I was a excellent liar and a good listener. One of those traits I wish I was better at now. The other… well it’s not exactly something to be proud of. I became a good liar because it was easier than letting people know who I was as an individual. It got me safely through each day. As an adult I do my best to stay as truthful as physically possible and that is not easy, because people don’t always like to hear your truth.
I could not think of any other traits. After sitting on this task for a few days, I brought it up with Kevin who said, I was also a leader and stubborn. He did not mean in the traditional ways one would use those words but stubborn because I have always stuck to who am I since childhood even while lying to get by. Leadership in that I might not be an active leader but I have always set myself apart and take lead in my own life and allowed others the same. It was an interesting discussion and I can not do it justice here. It was however, really nice to see more than just the two I had come up with.
It’s amazing how getting stuck on one image makes it harder two see the whole picture. I am better at analyzing myself as an adult than analyzing myself as a child. I don’t think that’s typical for people.

Task 3: List five childhood accomplishments. And a treat: list five favorite childhood foods.

The foods is almost easy. One - DunkAroos (was not a treat I got often, usually only when babysitting). Two - five cent candies. Three - scalloped potatoes. Four - fresh hot buns with coffee sugar. No idea on number five. But I am totally going out and buying/making these soon.
The accomplishments were harder. One - I got free. Two - I graduated high school. Even after sitting on this question for a week and then finalizing this post, that is literally all I’ve got.

Task 8: List five people you admire. Now, list five people you secretly admire. What traits do these people have that you can cultivate further in yourself?

Oh I have so debated about putting this list out here. I’ve discovered that I don’t actually admire many people. Putting this list out to the public might offend someone who thinks they should be on here. But that’s life. The traits I love about these people - they are kind, intelligent, creative humans in unique ways, and they care, maybe not specifically about me but they care about people and they leave you feeling better after an interaction.

Colleen, my mother in law
Caitlyn, my bestie
Karen, my sister in law
Brenda Smage, Little Yogi B
Jess Clark, Jess Flying Yogi

After three weeks of doing this, I wasn’t really expecting to get stumped by a few questions. Seeing as I was, I am looking forward to what the next 8 weeks will bring.

Dear reader, if you’ve made it this far thank you. I’d love to hear your thoughts? Have you worked through the Artists Way before? What do you think of the tasks that stumped me and how would you answer them?

Our judgments are a mirror of our own insecurities.
— Joyce @geeoice_yoga

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.