Strength… AW Week 8 – Check-In

Strength… AW Week 8 – Check-In

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If the last few weeks were difficult to keep on track, then this last week has been… well, a test of strength! TheO had his 5th birthday on Sunday, then promptly caught Chickenpox and has been off school since. For anyone who’s nursed a child through the itchy, scratchy, seemingly endless nights of this childhood trial, I don’t have to explain just how tired I feel right now. That’s a bit of an understatement.

But, it also feels like a progressive week, another week where things have shifted a notch or two. As Julia Cameron predicted, I haven’t done the Morning Pages every day – this is exactly the point when most people give up with it. Have you been very tempted to abandon them? she asks in the check-in part of this chapter… I already have, screams my inner saboteur, and I’ve got good reasons and everything… I read a review of another creative coaching book (which I’ve bookmarked to buy) which suggests that writing every morning is fine for some, but these other exercises “can be completed by a whole range of methods geared towards the visual artist”. ie. there might be a better way.

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And indeed there might, but I know instinctively that, although the course of action you choose is important, the main point is to choose something and stick with it – to actually DO it right through to the end – to show up every day, every week, to do the work and to then evaluate the benefits. I can do the next course once I’ve (successfully) finished this one and given it a chance.

So, my check-in for last week;

How many days this week did you do your morning pages?
I only did my Morning Pages for 2 days, but I wrote/scribbled/noted in the notebook I use every day.

Have you been very tempted to abandon them? How was the experience for you?
Oh yes, but I’m back on track now – Sabotage!

Did you do your artist’s date this week? What did you do? How did you feel?
I didn’t plan or do an Artist’s Date, but I did go for an inspired and beautiful run one morning along the beach, which made me feel great!

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Have you been allowing workaholism or other commitments to sabotage this practice?
Yes, I’ve been splitting myself in all directions, but I feel strong. I also have been reading whole juicy chapters of Sarah Thornton’s “Seven Days in the Art World”. I’d love to interview her for this site in the future. I haven’t completed many of this week’s tasks either. I need to make a firmer commitment to the Artist’s Dates especially.

Did you experience any synchronicity this week? What was it?
I had my numerology session with our yoga teacher Sada Nam – she said my numbers were clear – guru-teacher!! How fab… I’ll keep on keeping on then. She’s about to give me an hour a day yoga and meditation practice to do, which will take away an hour each morning from what’s available for my workaholism. Is that good? Yes, that’s good. How will I do it all? My inner voice says ‘give up the work ethic’ and my saboteur says ‘and how the hell do you expect to make a living’. My soul says ‘quiet both of you – and listen!’.

Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant in your recovery? Describe them.
I did another business coaching session – a mini one, with the fab Dawn Campbell – she’s on my case and it’s made me stop and think. Is this all just a hobby, because I’m treating it like one. I need to treat it like a business, or I can’t expect it to behave like one. I also edited my interview with Janet Breitmaier, a Financial Alchemy coach based near Toronto. Cultivating a good relationship with money is all about our relationship with ourselves – be nice to ourselves – which is where next week’s Artist’s Way takes over – developing a sense of Compassion.

My takeaway from this week;
treating myself like a precious object will make me strong…

Strength… AW Week 8 – Check-In was last modified: January 4th, 2015 by Mi

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