The Artists Way

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

Week 8: Recovering a Sense of Strength

This week tackles another major creative block: time. You will explore the ways in which you have used your perception of time to preclude taking creative risks. You will identify immediate and practical changes you can make in your current life. You will excavate the early conditioning that may have encouraged you to settle for far less than you desire creatively.

Morning Pages

Day 50 Tue - 2 1/4 pages, an exercise and affirmations. Yes the 1/4 page is important.
Day 51 Wed - 3 pages.
Day 52 Thu - 1 page.
Day 53 Fri - 3 pages and tasks.
Day 54 Sat - 2 pages.
Day 55 Sun - 3 pages and tasks.
Day 56 Mon - 3 pages and tasks.

I’m frustrated with not getting three pages everyday. It’s my goal but my brain is not complying. I need to give myself grace when it comes to this but it’s hard to do. I dislike failing so frequently at something I feel “should” be easy.

The Artists Date

The Ice Cream Adventure

Our adventure this week was at Sujeo (this place is now sadly closed). Where each week they have a different ice cream creation and a interesting menu. I got the fish katsu, which had the most amazing sauce (Thai chili-tamarind-tartar sauce), that I wish I could have bought a bottle of and then we got the ice cream. This week’s combo was pineapple sorbet and vanilla bean ice cream. Your options was to have each individually or in a twister. We both got twists, though Nikki got hers in a cone and mine was in a dish. Suffice to say that this was some of the best ice cream we’ve had too date.

From there though our adventure wasn’t done. We headed to SkyZone. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would ever find someone who would go with me, and I don’t know anyone with kids to borrow to take. However Nikki was down and so we went. SkyZone is a trampoline park, they’ve a freestyle section, a skyslam, dodgeball, and a foam zone. They also have a mini ninja warrior course. Overall we stuff to the freestyle zone and just jumped for over 90 minutes. We had to buy their ugly socks, I discovered I could still do my front flip but was terrified of the back flip and they had silks, which Nikki immediately climbed! It was a good time and I very much want a trampoline, screw running on a treadmill, give me one of these and I’d be happy for forever.

Other

We had game night. I missed the week before but I am so glad I forced myself to go this week. I stuck to my boundaries during too and honestly that made it so much better. I also went to the garden center and got some supplies I was missing, which has allowed for a great week with my plants. This is the first week since we could go kayaking that we didn’t. Strange but okay.

Weekly Tasks

As with every week the tasks are interesting and really make me think. I didn’t even manage to do them all, because there was just so much to think about. The one I want to talk about is the first one;


Goal Search: You may find the following exercise difficult. Allow yourself to do it anyway. If multiple dreams occur to you, do the exercise for each one of them. The simple act of imagining a dream in concrete details helps us to bring it into reality. Think of your goal search as a preliminary architect’s drawing for the life you would wish to have.

The Steps

  1. Name your dream. That’s right. Write it down. “In a perfect world, I would secretly love to be a _____?”

  2. Name one concrete goal that signals to you its accomplishment. On your emotional compass, this goal signifies true north.

  3. In a perfect world, where would you like to be in five years in relation to your dream and true north?

  4. In the world we inhabit now, what action can you take, this year, to move you closer?

  5. What action can you take this month? This week? This day? Right now?

  6. List your dream. Make an action plan. Five years. Three years. One year. One month. One week. Now. Choose an action.


Naming the dream was easy. Number 3 however, the perfect world, five years after accomplishing that goal? That was hard. I can see certain aspects of it… I want a house with a yard, etc. Thinking about that though made the action plan easier. Easier because the goal was reached and I had somewhere else to already be. Maybe that was the point of the exercise, I am not sure but I am definitely happy with how things worked out.

Well 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 goal search and steps?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what people fear most.
— Fyodor Dostoyevski

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