Today’s check-in will be short and sweet. Sarahphina’s got lots to do this beautiful Sunday! So let’s hop to it!
Question One: How many days this week did you do your Morning Pages? Have you been tempted to abandon them? How was the experience for you? For the first time in weeks, I did my Morning Pages ALL SEVEN DAYS. Over the past three or so weeks I’ve been very tempted to abandon my pages, but this week I had some fun with them. I wrote weird abstract-y stories and poems and meandering trips down memory lane rather than anything that resembled a journal entry. And that seemed to be the right choice for this week. I’m not sure if I found any answers in them. But it was a new way of writing them for me, and I was interested.
Question Two: What was your Artist Date this week? Have you let workaholicism or other committments sabotage this time? What did you do and how did it feel? Ok. This makes me feel giggly and dorkly. Many exercises in The Artist’s Way talk about “other lives”–professions you might take on if you had several lives to live. One of mine that keeps cropping up is makeup artist. Similarly, whenever the book has me list things I enjoyed as a child, playing dress-up and playing with makeup are always on the list. But I wasn’t taking these seriously, for some reason. So last night, I did. I had the whole house to myself for over an hour before going out for the night. So I put on some music and DID MY FACE UP RIGHT. It sounds like the lamest Artist Date ever, but I had so much fun. I gave myself permission to go as over-the-top as I wanted–and also the permission to tone it down before I actually left the house–so I went nutsoid. I looked like an 18th century fop. I drew stars over my eyebrows with liquid eyeliner and had a bright red tiny-heart mouth. Big eyes with tons of liner and fake lashes. So fun. Alas, I had already washed my face before it even occurred to me to take a picture. Which really is too bad, because I looked fucking awesome. In a Queen of Hearts type way.
Question Three: Did you experience any synchronicity this week? What was it? You know, this week I think I stopped looking. I’ve been quite discouraged about certain things (sorry for being vague–you know how it goes) over the past few weeks, and I think I got tired of getting discouraged about synchronicity so I stopped looking. I’m not really sure what that means right now. More thought is required here.
Question Four: Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant for your recovery? Describe them. This week had a great sense of promise and opportunitity for me. My decision last week to calm down for a few weeks and let things come to me rather than attacking them full-force seems to be a wise decision. Also, as soon as I took the pressure of myself to be Polly Pro-Active, I started having more ideas for creativity and collaboration. And I was able to go after them in a gentler, more positive way. I had some possible future career opportunities appear. I made some strides in my future as a writer. I had a great conversation with a friend who I admire sooooo much about a possible collaboration. Things are happening. I just have to wait and watch….and rest.
Until next week, Artists.