I may have bit off more than I can comfortably chew this semester in terms of my side hustles, as I affectionately call my non-writing work. Fortunately, I’ve managed to stay sane thanks, in part, to the following indulgences and joyful moments.
1. Ignoring my phone and reading a book when I do have free-time (usually in the evening). Some nights, I’ll curl up with a novel and a cup of tea. Other nights, I’ll grab my journal and work through some of the exercises in Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit. I just finished writing my “creative autobiography” by answering a series of questions about my relationship with creativity (of course), ambition, and my muses (which, as it turns out, tend to be places).
As I was going over my notes, I misread my answer to the question, “What is your ideal creative activity?” as “Spend an entire week as…myself.” What I really wrote was something like writing by myself and spending an entire week as a full-time blogger, but my misreading wasn’t totally inaccurate. There are times when I urge myself to live more closely to the more private, root idea of my myself. When I’m busy or around people often, I feel myself ignoring that truer self.
What’s a better creative act than living as yourself?
2. Pretending it’s autumn where I live and wearing this dreamy berry lip. I got such joy from writing an article for Peaceful Dumpling on channeling Fall. Even though the summer has eased off a bit in ol’ CC, it’s not exactly sweater season yet. Nonetheless, I’m embracing this perfect cool-weather lipstick (Loganberry by Too Faced). It’s a goodie I have the privilege of reviewing for Debb Report in the coming weeks. I expected to like it, of course, but this has gone beyond like…I think I’ve found my spirit lippie.
3. Looking forward to a little break in October. September has been treating us well, and I’m not one to wish away time, but I am excited about taking a few days off in October to fly home to NC to spend time with my parents. There will be coffee, home cooking, trips to our favorite spots in Charlotte, and, hopefully, the beginnings of some pretty foliage.
4. Planning my wedding scrapbook. I haven’t made much progress yet, but I’m gathering ideas for a handmade wedding book with Coptic-stich binding and mementos galore. I admit that I’m a bit afraid to get started because I want to make everything perfect, but I also know that once I’m working on it, it will be a source of peace. I’ve always found crafting to be a very meditative activity.
How are you staying sane–or better yet, how are you enjoying the season thus far?