Just Do You

Friday, February 27, 2015

I've finally started reading the Artist's Way. So many of my actor pals have read it and loved it and then I read this post last week by Christy and it pushed me over the edge to start it.

The book is supposed to help artists who feel "artistically blocked" release their inner creative power... or something like that. Two of the main components the author, Julia Cameron, suggests you do are handwrite three pages of unfiltered thoughts every single morning and go on an artist date with yourself once a week.

The "Morning Pages" as she calls them, can be about anything. They just have to be handwritten and done shortly after you wake up.  Turns out this task is actually kind of hard. I already screwed up and missed today. I accidentally had one too many drinks last night while celebrating a friend's acceptance into USC's elite writing for film and television masters program. I am very happy for this talented friend of mine, but also VERY jealous. I would give anything to go to grad school. Anything except more money I don't have... I'm still swimming in undergrad student loan debt. But we'll save those complaints for another post. I've told Sarah I'd just like a copy of all of her notes and assignments and I'll pretend to go to USC through her. While I'm at it, I'll also pretend that I'm Monica and I get to play basketball at USC as well. Love & Basketball FOREVER.

Where were we? Oh yes, The Artist's Way. I was supposed to go on an artist date with myself yesterday but I missed that as well. I stood my artist up. She might still be waiting at that coffee house for all I know. She's probably super mad but my afternoon got a little crazy yesterday and there was also a blizzard going on outside...

I'm not very good at carving out just "the me" time. Sure, I'm alone all day, but I'm always working on a 100 different things. And of course there's Harlow by my side at all times demanding attention.

I've partnered with Skinny Cow to help spread the movement about making more "me time" in our everyday busy lives. So many women that I know go about 500 miles per hour every day and rarely do anything for themselves, especially the hardworking moms out there taking care of everyone else.

Skinny Cow's new line of ice coffee, chocolates, and ice cream aims to remind women to take a moment every day and savor life's little indulgences.

Take a moment and do something just for you. Read a book, watch a movie, do whatever makes you happy. Even if it's just a 20 minute break out of your normally busy day to eat an ice-cream bar and pretend it's summer outside.

And that's all I've got for today. We are almost to March, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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  1. I love the idea of writing first thing in the morning and going on dates with yourself! I am not very artistically-inclined, but it would still be fun :D Those Skinny Cow ice cream bars look delicious!

    1. You would love the Artists Way then! You should check it out!

  2. I need to get up and write and carve out real time EVERY DAY to do it.

  3. So true, carving out time like that is so important! LOVE Skinny Cow, they are so good!

  4. I'm pretty good at doing my morning pages (my Instagram feed is full of pictures of my morning pages). I might make it to an artist date every 2-3 months. For me the power of morning pages is that it allows me to get it all out.Life works better when I do them. I have to get up between 3 & 4:00 every morning to make it happen (this morning I was too tired - no morning pages for me).

    Jen -Pierced Wonderings

  5. So true about carving out time. A must do for writers!

  6. I spend my mornings rushing around to get myself out the door. I can't imagine making time to handwrite pages of thoughts. But I might give it a try. Why not?