I have a new morning ritual and commitment. It involves waking up early before anyone else is up and making an amazing coffee drink (how did I live so long without it?!).
Writing and thinking; processing and dreaming.
I absolutely treasure this quiet time alone with my thoughts and a blank page. I light a few candles, make my coffee, and open my notebook.
As part of The Artist's Way book and course, I write three "morning pages" longhand first thing. It's part journal, part brain dump. I process my life, discover insights, and get the junk out of the way so that the real art can happen.
Is it happening? Am I making art?
Yes and no. But I am sitting down to draw with the kids and that's a step in the right direction, right? That drawing time is for me, too.
I'm also doing some drawing and creating on my own. Not a lot. But some. And I LOVE it when I do. And I've done a few art-related assignments for class (I'll share more soon...).
I guess part of my excuse is that I feel like I have so much on my to do list right now that it's hard for me to justify taking the time to draw and create. And also part of it is that I don't know what I am.
Am I a writer or a visual artist? I've always thought of myself as a visual artist but maybe I've become a writer over the past 8 years. I wanted to. I've written a lot. I even wrote a book! And believe that it's a good one. But it doesn't feel like creative writing to me. I think of creative writing as fiction or poetry. Or creative non-fiction. But not what I do. Not this blog. Or my book. Or the magazine articles I've written.
Anyway, something for me to continue to think about (and write about!)...
And while we're on the subject of writing, I also wanted to share some writing that Maia and Daphne have been doing...
Daphne started writing recently. She's beginning to form the letters in her name.
And she's also writing letters to Grandma that look like this...
...and then decorating them with leaf print stickers (an activity from my spring crafts ebook).
And Maia writes notes and letters and cards to her grandmas and aunt. We are loving these adorable paper doll notecards! They've even provided artistic inspiration as well, which I'll share in a later post.
How about you? Do you journal? Do your kids? Also, I'd love any tips for encouraging writing in children!