Artist’s dates came into my life this year (that story another day…) and they have really changed the way I think about creating.
I used to really get down on myself for not having something to write or getting on with this storybook that I wanted to do. And then I used to sit and think and think and think about why I couldn’t trust in my own writing, even though I had so much that wanted to come out.
Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way course suggests going on a creative, playful date each week with just yourself. The idea is that if we let our minds wander and play, creativity is set free.
Sometimes we do a gallery, sometimes a walk through a pile of leaves, sometimes a good rummage in a charity shop for beautiful, forgotten things, and sometimes, like today, it involves glitter glue and sequins! Although I can’t do it every week, and more often than not, I do it with my Little Bee, it always leaves me feeling calmer and happier and ready to play with words.