Sound of Paper: 10 small kindnesses to do for myself

This is part of my work in the Julia Cameron Artist’s Way series. The work this time is from the book the Sound of Paper. 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.

Rose Garden August 2009

10 Small things to do when feeling creatively dried up: (for me, changing scenery seems to be the most effective thing to do.)

  1. Go sit in a local cathedral. The energy is really strong and healing, in spite of the priests and humanity.
  2. Visit the rose garden.
  3. Get a massage – preferably at the one place where I know the masseuse won’t chat me up, ask me for advice, or end up asking for my services – in the past three years, this has only not happened at ONE massage. ONE.
  4. Do my time-out facial thing, and insist it be a regular appointment. I only wish Netflix on demand hadn’t lost so many of the decent romantic comedies.
  5. See a movie by myself.
  6. Go dancing, by myself. (I did it! I can do it again! Western purdah be damned!)
  7. Pull up that yoga video that has simple moves that work so dramatically.
  8. Pick a small area to declutter.
  9. Pick a shop, or park, or restaurant I’ve never been to to visit.
  10. Get out my crayons and literally scribble.