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Last weekend I spent at Julia Cameron’s workshop “The Artist’s Way”. Majority there were people whose main occupation involved artistic skills – writers, film makers, singers, artists, painters etc. Many of them pursue arts as a hobby or a part-time job as their passion doesn’t allow them to make a living yet.

 

IMG_0693 (1)Obviously if your skills are in demand you can turn your passion into your main income generator.

I truly believe that everyone should be given an opportunity to spend their working hours doing what their love.

Unfortunately, it’s not true for too many people. Maybe, because they don’t see that running a business is just another form of art and all you need to do is to unblock your creativity.

This is what I was after when I attended the workshop. I wanted to wake up my creativity. I wanted to find the way to nurture my soul.

Creativity is vital not only for artists but also for business owners.

Because we need to have a source of inspiration to come with ideas how to present our offer that people who we meant to serve can find us.

We need to find some activities that nurture our souls so we can be present in the moment, so we can serve better to our clients.

We need to learn how to listen to and hear our soul.

Things that I’ve mentioned above are possible to achieve by using tools that Julia teaches, and I wanted to list here 3 of them that help me tremendously.

 

Morning Pages

You write Morning Pages the first thing in the morning after you have woken up. Julia shared that she prepares iced coffee the evening before. It is important to start as soon as possible while our mind is half asleep and we can tap into the subconscious mind.

My morning routine is making coffee first and writing 3 pages while sipping a divine beverage.

It helps me clear my mind, I get answers to my questions and set my intentions for the day. I use it to get clarity how to run my business day, what I’ve been resisting, how I can stretch myself.  Give it a go for at least a week. Read here more about the Morning Pages.

Artist Date

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you…”  Personally, I was resisting this exercise because it means that you get comfortable on being on your own. Though it was amazing feeling to go to the cinema on my own for the first time. It may seem like not a big deal but it is vital to show appreciation to yourself. It is important to learn to enjoy your own company, to choose what you really want and also nourish your soul. You are the main asset of your business, you need to make sure that you charge your own batteries.

Self-reflection exercises

To do these you need to either buy a book, or a course, or attend the workshop. It is money well spent. Over the weekend at the workshop there was no escape from doing exercises, which are not complicated. They will tell you so much about yourself. They also will encourage you to move towards your dreams in a practical way.

The exercise that we were asked to do as a homework was to write 3 letters – one from you as a 80-year old to your current you; one from you as a 8-year old and one from the current day you where you share the insides from the course/workshop. You would be surprised how much gentler you will sound when you address yourself as an 80 year old.

Another great book, especially for business owners is

Have you read the book or attended the course? I would love to hear from you, please share your insights.

 

 

 

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