This is part of my work in the Julia Cameron Artist’s Way series. The work this time is from the book the Artist’s Way at Work: Riding the Dragon. The responses are self-examinations and assessments based on work through a daily series of exercises. While I do keep some material offline as it can be very personal and jarring, I often opt to be fairly open about my experiences, both positive and negative.
I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I’m actually very impressed with you. Considering that you got involved with the Artist’s Way just to add a level of connection to some people you knew online, you’ve taken it and made massive inroads into your life. The greatest accomplishment of course, is the book contract. From producing virtually nothing in 2008 to a book you can pitch is phenomenal. I know you’re nervous about what might happen because of the difficulty of the research and the vagaries of the publishing business, but even so – what you’ve done, and with the subject you’re writing about, is amazing. The time you spend at the gym also took a lot of inner work to get there, and every step was necessary. Re-evaluating and “restocking” your social life took a lot of both courage and restraint: courage, because you would get verbally abused as a child for letting negative friendships fall away (having friends being perceived as more important than having positive relationships) and overcoming that conditioning takes work. Restraint, for refusing to engage in drama whenever refusal was a genuine option as certain former friends realized that you were not going to fulfill their agendas. You’ve also started to accept that you can’t do everything – and you don’t have to do it all at once. Your decluttering schedule has done you a lot of good, and really does seem to help with that. The perfumery will still be there when the writing phase of your life turns a bend; in the meantime do the “back building” work with the packaging on your weekends so that you have it ready to go as a part time project in 1-2 years. Work on what’s before you – you know there’s plenty to do. I’m especially proud of how willing you are to change, how willing you are to try new things, and how you know what you have to do to be happy – and that it’s OK to want to be happy.