Thanks for joining us for March’s Book Challenge and Chat!
This month I read The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Guide to Higher Creativity. A synopsis via the sleeve: “The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, it has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that can inhibit the creative process.”
I do not consider myself an “artist,” but it’s no secret that I love writing and creating. Fear is a debilitating factor in the creative process… and I let it consume me. I asked for this book for Christmas because I need inspiration and courage to put myself out into the world!
Full disclosure: I haven’t finished reading the entire book. The chapters are designed to be read weekly for 12 weeks, so it’s going to take a couple of months to work my way through it! However, I highly, highly recommend this. I admit I spend the majority of my time being creatively blocked and/or afraid to explore. This passage perfectly encapsulates the spirit of this book: “No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” How many of us get caught up in those doubts?
Items to note:
If you’re interested, give yourself 12 weeks to finish. You won’t want to rush through it!
Morning Pages: I knew nothing of morning pages. Do you? Part of the “unblocking” process includes writing three pages in a journal every morning. It doesn’t have to make sense- it can be a stream of consciousness. Whatever you’re thinking about. Perhaps it’s work, a relationship, or your grocery list. Write it out. I’ve yet to start this as I struggle to get everything done in the morning, but I WILL begin soon. Writing “morning pages” enables you to have a clearer mind… something we could all use. A morning pages journal is included with book purchase.
Quotes: One of my favorite things about the book are the inspirational quotes on nearly every page. Some might sound a bit contrived, but I need all of the inspiration I can get!
It’s not fair to give this a full review since I have a ways to go, but I legitimately love it at this point. I look forward to finishing the 12 week program.
If you’re struggling with finding/unblocking your creativity or think your art isn’t “good” enough, give this book a shot!
Next month’s challenge is “a book about your hobby” and we’ll chat on Tuesday, April 26th. I am not 100% sure what I’m going to read, but I’m thinking “Making Faces” by Kevyn Aucoin. I’m burned out on reading about blogging, and my second hobby is makeup- I think this classic will definitely satisfy that need.
Make sure to check out what Llinos read this month!