Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Once again, I will try this blog thing...

I have been in a slump for several months, I think about doing something and that is all that happens, I THINK about it. I hate to admit this, and that is part of the reason that I haven't been blogging.

However, recently I have been re-reading two books I found when we did a major book weeding-out. One is To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love by Marsha Sinetar. She also wrote Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow. I like the first one better, because I am so usually so worried about money that I can't figure out what I love...!

The other book I found is The Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way. I wanted to jump into Vein of Gold after doing Artist's Way with two friends years ago, but we were all off on new paths found by doing Artists's Way, and no longer had time.

Both books struck me as possible ways to find out how to move myself out of this slump I have been in. One important discovery is that though the slump is definitely a slump, it is in small part a time of (very non-productive) discovery. I say negative things about this slump because it has gone on far too long, and I am sick of being so slothful.

Anyway, I have finally started to move in an upward fashion, or to recognize that I have been on a spiral, it seemed that I was just going around in circles, but I have actually been making some upward progress.

I want to work my way through the Vein of Gold, and share my experiences here in my blog. YIKES-----that is scary to say! Of course, that is assuming that anyone reads it anymore... As you may know, Julia Cameron uses several tools to further the artist's progress, one of them being Morning Pages. I have kept a written journal for most of my adult life, so that isn't hard, I just have to commit to doing it daily, and I have added a new wrinkle to this.

I am going to also do a morning visual journal page, or two. I have wanted to do visual journaling for a couple of years, and I don't have much consistency to it, so I grabbed a blank lined journal, and I will do a color and paste journal, no particular subject, just put something on the page(s) each day.

I did my first one today, and it felt marvelous. I collect a lot of stuff, and this journal will be one way to use it, and get my creative juices going. I am going to try not to be self-conscious about it, and I will do that by posting photos of it, to be accountable to the process.

Marsha Sinetar's book has been inspirational also, and I will write more about that later. Part of this slump has been about ruminating about what my life/work is all about, and how I can make it work better for me.


Judy Wise said...

Oh Gwen, halleluia - I love your page and I just know that doing one as often as possible will fill your heart with a glad feeling. Keep it up please and keep sharing it here. Your fairy godmother's watching.

liz elayne said...

hey gwen!
i can so relate to a lot of thinking and not much doing sometimes. this week started a new committment to the idea of "action." i think we go through cycles where we need to think and meditate and leave things be and so on...and then there are the times when we need to take that thought and create.

can't wait to see what happens next on your journey!!!