The Artist’s Way is a book dedicated to unblocking the creative within you by overcoming your deepest fears and doubts so that you can do what you are meant to do. The “program” is outlined into weekly readings/tasks, morning pages, and a weekly artist date. “An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist.” It needn’t cost much and you can do anything so long as you are having fun and doing it alone.
If you’re anything like me, the artist date is the hardest part of the program, which is odd because it’s arguably the easiest part. But, there is a deep feeling of guilt around spending two perfectly good waking hours alone, not working, not spending quality time with my family, and not getting precious sleep. I’m three weeks into the 12-week program, and so far, no artist date. There is always a “good” reason to not do it, skip it, reschedule it – the resistance is real, folks.
Why do we feel so guilty about making time for ourselves? We are worth it. We deserve it. And, we need it. So, tonight, it’s going down for me – my first artist date. Tell you about it tomorrow! 😉
When was the last time you did something alone that was fun and stimulating for your inner creative?