Just came across the list from the end of my first Artist's Way journey. It's a testimony to the power of the process. 12 weeks. Life changing. In case it's not clear from the photo .. my big 7 shifts were:
- Moving from “I can’t” to “I can do art!”
- Making space for self
- Getting ok with taking care of my needs instead of only valuing doing things for others
- Less stress about what needs to be done
- No guilt about not doing things/being quiet or still
- Better at focussed activity/doing one thing at a time
- Experiencing joy
If this sounds appealing, then perhaps The Artist’s Way is for you too.
This 12 weeks was the beginning of me really getting to know myself. It shone a light on some of the patterns I had and helped me begin to make different choices.
Before, I was lost. Carrying a lot of baggage. Drinking too much, too often. Knew what I didn't want to do but didn't have a clue what I did want. Didn't know what to do with myself when I wasn't needed. The Artist's Way changed my life. Gave me a glimmer of how life could be. It’s the best thing I ever did.
Not going to lie - it's not exactly been a walk in the park. None of us get to middle age without some battle scars and the crosses we bear vary in weight depending on the complexity of our childhood. I've had a lot of therapy. Done the painful work. Made difficult choices. It hasn't been easy. It's a choice. Everything always is. And I couldn’t have done it without great support.
If we’re to have great wellbeing, we need to take care of the past so we are free to live in the present.
I knew that I could keep ticking over, playing safe and small. Instead, I chose leaps.
I didn't want to look back at the end of my life and wish that I'd been braver.
Throughout it all, creativity has been my compass and my cushion. I’ve learned how to use it when I’m lost, to help me find my way again. I’ve leaned into it for comfort and it brings me boundless joy. It is the gift that keeps on giving and it was The Artist’s Way that got my re-connected to mine.
I am forever grateful to Julia Cameron for coming up with the book and Natasha Lythgoe for being my shepherd.
If you are lost or living with the sense that something is missing, The Artist’s Way could work for you too. I’m running a course later this year. Interested? Pop me a message. Let's chat.