Letter of the Day: S
S is for Self-Care and Slumdog Millionaire.
If you don’t take care of yourself and tend to your needs, how are you going to be healthy enough to create? You need to claim time for yourself (see tomorrow’s guest post by Cher), and you need to nurture your creative soul.
Have you ever taken yourself on an Artist’s Date? This idea comes from Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way. This book is filled with great ways to unblock your creative spirit and get you to take steps towards building your art. If you haven’t worked your way through it, I recommend you find a creative partner and do it together. It’s great to talk through the ideas and exercises together and you’ll always have a cheerleader for your creative endeavors.
This week, I took a much needed Artist’s Date. I drove to a nearby town and visited the locally owned bookstore. I loved it. I chatted with the owner, and he said he was interested in bringing books to a Dementia Awareness workshop that’s being organized by a group I’ve recently joined, LAMAA (Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates).
Then, I stopped at a cute store called:
It’s a coffee/tea shop that also sells loose leaf tea and coffee beans. I was so excited to see that they carry a few of my favorites. My best tea lady closed shop in town a few years ago, and I hadn’t discovered this place, yet.
I also picked up some flowers for my mom. I wrote “Happy Spring” on the card. It includes her birthday, Easter, and Mother’s Day. She lives a ways away where it is now quite swampy and flooded, but she said the roads should be open by Friday.
One more thing that fed this “starving” artist was listening to Dawn’s CD during the drive. (She wrote the guest post on R Day.) Her music and voice are gorgeous.
And, a quick review of Slumdog Millionaire. It’s intense. I was so nervous the first time I watched it. I was afraid it would be too violent or heart-wrenching for me. And, yes, there are a few tough scenes, especially with the children. It depicts a place filled with strife and violence. But, it’s a story of survival. I am drawn in by those stories. I had to see it to the end. I figured it wouldn’t have gotten such rave reviews, Oscar nominations and awards, if it wasn’t a strong and satisfying story. It is. I didn’t know it was a love story. Despite all the struggles, all the ugliness of that place and time, the corruption of some of the people, Good triumphs over evil – with great sacrifice. I was left feeling hope in the end.
Journaling Prompt: Where would you like to go on an Artist’s Date?
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I was doing morning pages for awhile but never really went on an artist date. Good question! Maybe a public garden.
I agree with your ideas about self-care. We all require a bit of time for ourselves and can be much more helpful to others, if we allow ourselves that time.
Sounds like a lovely tea shop.. I’ve never tried Evening in Missoula.
Love that name, Petals & Beans. I’d go to a pottery store and paint. I used to do this several times a year and haven’t found a good one nearby yet.
No, I’ve never been on an artist date. But I would love to go to a quaint town with shops and book stores and drink tea. Sounds heavenly.
That’s easy – dinner and a movie! Wait, I do that every week. Guess I’m already doing the artist date. Hope it’s all right I take my wife – I’d be in trouble if I didn’t!
We’re on the same wavelength! I was just thinking about the Artist’s Way. I don’t do Morning Pages, but the idea of a date sounded like fun. I like museums and plays. 🙂
I love Evening in Missoula tea.
I also loved the film Slumdog Millionaire.
Sounds like you had a good artist date.
What a noble idea of the bookstore owner to bring books to the Dementia Awareness Workshop. I wished I could attend. 🙂
Slumdog Millionaire is a fabulous movie!
Mary, Slumdog Millionaire is among my favorites. I’ve seen it twice or three times but would gladly see it again. I LOVED the music too — I’ll bet that pulled you in as well? Yeah, it’s good. And Artist’s Date…wow. I think I need one. Oh, I did kind of take one the other day. I went to B&N to buy my mom a book gift certificate for her 70th birthday ($1 per year of her life) and ended up staying, getting a little work done, and chatting with a nice fellow who shared my table and outlet (there are not enough in the little coffee shop there). That was refreshing! Wishing you a beautiful Easter! Happy Birthday to your mom!
Just wanted to share I have the Artists Way in my book bag, which I took along with me on our trip this weekend. I am hoping to sneak a bit of writing time at a coffee shop that has huge windows with mountains on all sides.
Petals&Beans – what a darling name! I ended up loving Slumdog but it took me awhile to see it as I’ve been where it was filmed and had (still have, actually) serious reservations about some issues.