MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Sept. 15/17 – Artist Dates
If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I was experiencing a bout of loneliness connected with being a writer. With the help on an online writing buddy, who understood and supported me, I was able to get some work done. By the end of the day I was back on the front porch (where my day began) reflecting on the difference in my feelings from the morning.
Today, I’m taking myself out on what Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way calls, an artist date. I’m taking a day for yourself to do something I love. It’s been a long time since I took an artist date. I’ve been so busy trying to stay on top of everything, I forgot all about them. But we must make the time for our artists dates on a regular basis, instead of doing what I did, by waiting until I hit a wall before I realized I needed one.
So, today you’ll find me along the back country roads riding my bike. I love the feel of the sun on my back, and the breeze whizzing past my face as I gaze across flat fields of dying corn. I’ll eventually find myself at Maple Leaf Cemetery where I can take a break on one of the many benches and pull out pen and paper, which I always carry in my satchel. Maybe I’ll take some trail mix to munch on while I let my mind wander and enjoy the peace and quiet.
By the time I return home, my mind will be calm and I’ll be ready once again, to focus on the next chapter of my book. Artists dates are not just for the artist minded. They are for everyone. If you find yourself overwhelmed with life, why not throw caution to the wind and take yourself out on an artist date and discover and helpful it can be.