Living more creative lives has always been a favorite topic for us – Karen Beth, an Etsy entrepreneur and publisher of This is what a vegetarian eats, and Rebecca, a freelance writer and publisher of Ezra Pound Cake.
That’s probably because we WEREN’T living creative lives when we met.
We “met” on an online message board for people who wanted to make life changes. Most people posted about why they couldn’t change anything. We were definitely the brainstormers. It didn’t take long for us to get frustrated with the board and start e-mailing ideas to each other.
Two years ago, we started a blog on this site and invited people to read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way with us and discuss the book.
It was inspiring.
As a result, we’ve both built creative lives. We’ve changed careers, started our own businesses, moved to different cities, blogged, painted, cooked, photographed, made vision boards, journaled, taken classes and tried new things.
And we can’t wait to take on The Artist’s Way with you!
But first, there are two or three things you should know:
1. This is totally free. There’s no joining fee. You’re not even required to buy the book to participate in the group. We just want to see you here.
2. We are not affiliated with the official The Artist’s Way program or Julia Cameron in any way. We simply use the book as a springboard for discussion. How much (or how little) you follow the TAW program is completely up to you.
For example, the book emphasizes the importance of Morning Pages. If MPs just aren’t for you, that’s fine by us, but we do recommend finding the right creative daily ritual for you – whether that’s journaling, sketching, painting, playing music, reading, meditating, cooking, crafting, dancing. You could even mix them up. It’s the daily commitment that’s important.
OK, SO HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK?
The Artist’s Way (aka TAW) has a 12-week format, so we’ll complete the book just before the start of the new year. Think about what you’d like to accomplish in these three months.
Do you want to …
•Get comfortable with calling yourself a creative person?
•Start a creative project that you’ve been putting off?
•Find your passion?
•Figure out the next step on your creative path?
•Get out of your rut?
•Be more confident or productive?
•Start or finish creating a book, jewelery line, painting, costume, quilt, piñata, sculpture, song or script? Open an Etsy store? Take a knitting class? Make a sculpted cake? Plan a garden? Start a party planning business?
You’ll get the most out of this group if you pick a goal for yourself and let us support you in accomplishing it.
We’ll start discussing the “Basic Principles” and the ideas in “Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety” on Monday, Oct. 4.
Until then, we’d like for you to introduce yourself and tell us your goal for this experience.
You can do that in the comments section of this blog, or visit our group Facebook page, go to the “Discussions Section,” and introduce yourself there.
We can’t wait to get started! Looking forward to hearing from all of you.