Confession time: I have been doing this program that’s very well known to individuals who are creatively blocked – “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.
She has written dozens of books, but this is her most famous. And even though I’ve started her program several times in my life, I’ve begun again. I am hoping this time it will stick.
Really, I am not blocked. I have no problem writing at all. But I’ve noticed that lately, I’ve questioned my ability and whether I should be making my living with the written word. It’s been a month since I’ve worked on a substantial copywriting or travel writing project. And so I’ve gotten the blues. I’ve sent a dozens of queries and cover letters and resumes, with nary an interest.
Now the pity party is over…and I’m ready to roar back.
It’s funny. I’ve also traveled quite a bit in the past month – to Austin for the AWAI Web Intensive (like I did last year), Black Hawk (a tiny slice of Las Vegas in the Rockies) and Winter Park for some skiing with the family. I could’ve written and photographed any of these places.
But I’m going through a blog break, both here and with Schultze Copy Thoughts. With both, I’ll be posting every other week. So the next time I’ll have something new here will be in March.
In the meantime, I’ve also learned to practice gratitude. I write a little list every day, but right here is where I want to expand on it. So here goes…
I’m so grateful for:
My family – a husband who is my soulmate, best friend, number one fan and supporter, as well as someone to grow better with; one older daughter who is iconoclastic, smart, kind-hearted and profound; and a younger daughter who is spirited, athletic, intellectual and full of light.
My California family – my two older sisters and two brothers-in-law and my niece, who are caring and fun to be with, and unified in our extended family’s agricultural business dealings (which can get pretty sticky at times).
My home – in beautiful town at the gateway to the Rockies, situated in the tranquil suburban rolling hills, central to everything. It’s been the place I’ve lived the longest since my childhood home in California, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
My work – I love working from home, doing what I love (writing and photography) and not having to commute to my job.
My friends – Whether they are here in Colorado, California, Washington, DC or online, I’m blessed to have these people in my life.
My travels – being fortunate to go to 31 American states, two Canadian provinces, eight Caribbean islands, Mexico, Venezuela, Britain, France, Switzerland and Italy, and hoping I can keep going until it’s physically impossible.
Having more than enough in abundance.
The Giants and 49ers – through their success, I have a little sports fun and still feel my late dad’s presence and hope that he’s enjoying seeing them win from up above.
Knowing how to knit and create all kinds of wonderful, cozy garments and accessories (plus that unruly stash of yarn in the basement).
This blog, and my other one…and all the people who support me in both.
Vegetarian Mexican, Indian, Thai, Italian, Mediterranean and California cuisine. Fresh vegetables and fruits. Freshly baked breads and chocolate desserts. Super-rich ice cream, sometimes with hot fudge syrup, whipped cream and nuts. Artisan cheese and brewed coffee.
Beautiful sunrises and even more spectacular sunsets. The silence of forest, and the roar of ocean waves crashing on the shore.
The ability to be active and athletic for running, skiing, hiking, swimming, practicing yoga.
Walks and runs along the ocean and being cooled by its breezes.
A nice glass of wine (doesn’t matter if it’s red or white), or a pint of well-crafted microbrew.
Color, in its many forms.
Great books, movies and TV shows that challenge my thinking, help me feel a full spectrum of emotions and sometimes just entertain me when I need it.
God, Jesus and any higher power that blesses my life with grace and beauty.