Slow Down And Don't Block The Creativity

Maximizing time is key. Today was about doing the things I cannot do when Lavinia is with me. It's no longer about showering, cooking or laundry.
Morning People Have it Gooooood

It's been a week since my last post and I have a confession to make. Matt and I have been caught up/obsessed with Sons of Anarchy. We started over the holidays and are now on the third season.  Last night we took a time off so he could watch some of the Australian Open. I ended up doing a heap of blog research while on the couch next to him. It was the most productive I've been in weeks!

To top it off, on our road trip over the weekend we started listening to the Serial podcast. Between SOA, Serial, and our daughter, I have no idea when my husband and I will have another actual conversation. We either need to rip through the rest of the episodes together or take a small break. Because you know I can't cheat on him and watch ahead.

Another confession: when Hubs and I get way into a show, I try and prep dinner during the day and we race through evening chores like fools so we can squeeze in two, maybe three Eps before lights out. WHO AM I???

Major Spoiler Alert Anxiety while Googling for these Images

Today was Lavinia's first day back at Day Care since December 10th! She cried when I left her because she's going through separation anxiety. It sucks big time. At least there are some familiar, friendly faces at our childcare center. They haven't called to tell me that she has obliterated herself in tears or tantrum so I don't feel too, too, bad.

This morning I was able to organize myself enough to head right from drop off to my chiropractic appointment. His office is above a cafe and upon arriving early I knew I would be able to have a quiet breakfast and a coffee. I even brought my kindle. Bliss. I love doing things in the mornings even though am the definition of-not a morning person. But every once in a while, when forced to be awake and in the world- it's really wonderful.

I sound like a broken record, but maximizing time is key. Today was about doing the things I cannot do when Lavinia is with me. It's no longer about showering, cooking or laundry- because I can do that all during her waking hours even if it means she makes a mess in one room while I clean up another. So today- I read.

This book called "The Artist's Way," was recommended to me during my blogcourse. The intro sounded preachy and religious but when I read further about how the author battled with alcoholism it made more sense.  In AA they tell you to find a higher power to believe in.  And she explains:

"When the word God is used in these pages, you may substitute the thought good orderly direction or flow. What we are talking about is a creative energy."
"If you are creatively blocked- and I believe all of us are to some extent- it is possible, even probable, that you can learn to create more freely through your willing use of the tools this book provides."
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way
I decided to reserve judgment and give the book a go. It seems like many artists have been inspired by her words- Maybe this is what I can do instead of watching a bunch of sexy bikers ride around and do bad stuff on the television.

Tell me, what TV shows or podcasts are you obsessive about lately? What are your favorite distractions?

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7 comments on “Slow Down And Don't Block The Creativity”

  1. Rachael you legend! My html was a tad wonky, thank you so much for picking up on it. Should be all good now. <3

  2. Awwwwesommmme!!! I left another comment and IDK where it went, yo! LOL. I think I bring out the wonkiness in websites. 🙂 I said that I love your blog and think you have a nice combo of silly/deep going on. I love that!

    And it just occurred to me that I may have said that on another post? You'll have to let me know. Lol.

  3. Dude! That happens to me sometimes on Facebook and I get all weirded out that I will end up posting two slightly different comments on the same thing. It takes effort to be this big of a dork. And thank you for the compliment- means a lot! You're so good at writing like you speak, it's like talking to a friend whom I stalked on the Interwebs. 😉

  4. Great blog Dawn. My husband and I fall into this same pattern too. We've binge watched Game of Thrones and Walking Dead and it's like it takes over your life. Can so totally relate to this. Also the Artists Way is the best book!

  5. Thank you Deb! Oooh I absolutely love GOT. Can't wait for the next season. Hopefully I'll be finished with my current binge by then. I am really inspired by The Artist's Way. I've forced my best friend on the other side of the world to order it so we can do it together....some insurance for follow through.

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