We make crafts and create little fun games and "lands" daily, but I considered myself
so that when I do get the chance, I can use my studio time productively.
the mean voice inside my head that tears apart every idea that enters it...
"That's already been done before"
or feel as though the creative well has run dry.
(or whatever time of day feels right for you -- naptime?).
and to work stuff out. I call it my "brain dump."
I have my "real life" tribe (support network) of girlfriends
and my "on-line" tribe of bloggy girlfriends --
both groups are critical to my emotional and creative well-being.
everyday to clear out your head and get some fresh air (this is also great for fighting the blues).
This was easier to do when I was still in college and had to walk outside to get meals three times a day but now I find that I can go several days without leaving my home, office, studio, or car.
If you can take a 1-hour walk at least once a week,
that's great - as a busy mom I do mine on the weekend while hubby plays with our girls.
Julia Cameron suggests taking a "prayerful" walk once a week.
I call it a gratitude walk where you conscientiously list
and vocalize your gratitude for everything about your life that you enjoy.
I also find that simple stretching (Yoga is great)
and deep breathing/meditation can be very restorative.
I also enjoy gardening and doing this with my hands in the dirt when the weather cooperates!
*Get Enough Sleep*
It's rewarding but also very. hard. work.
It's strange to go all day without talking to anyone over two feet tall -- talking to your spouse
(or a friend, other mom, etc) is something that can easily be pushed to the back of the priority list.
If I don't unload my brain and talk to another grown-up
regularly, my brain gets too full and overwhelmed then I have a mini mental breakdown where I'm
crying and snapping at my kids. Nothing creative is going to happen when I'm like that.
Hubby and I try to skip turning on the TV a few nightsa week (we can't give it up completely)
and just sit and talk to each other (Shocking! I know!)
Frequently, we'll have a glass of our favorite red wine and just turn on some classical music.
* Drink Enough Water *
I really don't feel well when I skip this one...
As a girl who has a special gift for growing kidney stones, I can't stress this one enough.
I'll get through a day and realize the only thing I drank
was my cup of coffee and one sip of milk at dinner...
If you drink water daily your skin will be clearer, you'll have more energy, and you'll get fewer colds.
I'm also a fan of taking daily Probiotics and Vitamin D and essential oils.
(Florastor for me, Jarrow Formulas: Yum-Yum dophilus chewables from Whole Foods for the girls)
If you don't stay hydrated and rested, your brain
doesn't work at full speed and that inhibits your inner artist.
Painting by MaryLea (2006)
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea