Reflections on The Artist's Way, Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity

This is the second in a series of posts about The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a book and a self-study program developed by Julia Cameron in the 1990s.

Each week of the program is focused on a theme. In the post, I’ll be looking back on Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity. Cameron begins the week by discussing the ebb and flow of gaining strength and falling back into self-doubt. As we grow, there can be doubt even in the growth itself. Cameron gives some helpful advice — ‘Do not let your self-doubt turn into self-sabotage.’

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Creative Habits and the Power of Small Changes

Lately, I’ve been spending lots of time thinking and talking about creative habits. Over the past year or so, I’ve transformed my creative process through the power of a flexible daily routine built from habits that support my creative exploration, purpose, and well-being.

Through a process of experimentation, I discovered there were certain activities that shifted my mindset, helped me feel in alignment, and generally built up my confidence.

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Build a Creative Routine You'll Love

Registration is open for my online course — Build a Creative Routine You’ll Love.

After transforming my own relationship to creativity through the magic of routine, it was an easy decision to make habits the focus of my first online course. The creation of the course material and exercises has been a labour of love, and I can't wait to share them with you and the world.

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Why I Started the Creative Spirit Co.

I’m so happy to introduce you to the Creative Spirit Co, the new home for my coaching and courses on living a creative life. I've launched this new business to connect with my mission to help people reach their creative potential.

If you’ve been reading this blog or checking-in on my Instagram, you’ll already know that big things have been happening over the past year. I’ve been diving deeper into work that fills me with joy and aligns with my passions and purpose.

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Four Habits I Learned from The Artist's Way

At the close of last year, I completed The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a book and self-study program developed by Julia Cameron in the 1990s.

The course helped me reclaim my identity as an artist and return to my passions with new energy and confidence.

At the start of the course, Cameron introduces a few exercises to repeat over the 12 weeks, along with a course contract to sign.

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Self-Expression Is Inevitable

‘Work is self-expression. We must not think of self-expression as something we may do or something we may not do. Self-expression is inevitable. In your work, in the way you do your work and in the results of your work, your self is expressed.’

—Agnes Martin, Abstract Expressionist Painter

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52 Ways to Be Creative: Mini Zine with The Drawing Club

I met Manolya Isik a year ago when she dropped in to support Bill Wright’s Enhanced Illustration course at Central Saint Martins. The course was a lot of fun, introduced me to new digital techniques, and connected me a group of independent illustrators working in London.

Since then, I had my eye on attending one of her workshops. Manolya runs The Drawing Club, a monthly event held upstairs at SMUG, a lovely lifestyle store on Camden Passage in Islington, London.

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