Last october I bought the 3 Julia Cameron books in her Artist's Way Trilogy, the Morning Pages Journal, and the Artist's Way Workbook, and eventually a handful of her other writing, and inspirational books, and began readng, and writing, the initial Artist's Way Program.
Artist's Way is described as a Spiritual Path to higher creativity, a personal journey of discovery of a better, more creative, you, not just career-wise, but personally, as well.
I read the first book, did the workbook, and my first collection of Morning Pages, expanding on a collection of "Thoughts to Start the Day" that hang on the wall above my desk, and writing my own "Creative Writer's Prayer".
I found myself taking up Journaling, beyond just finding a new journal for my Morning Pages.
The Light brown book is Morning Pages #2, began on Feb. 6, 2012, and completed yesterday.
The Journal next to it is the first of what I call "Thoughts & Ramblings of a Mad Macedonian. I began it on Jan. 6, and finished it yesterday as well.
The Black Journal in the center, begun on Feb. 7, is a Writing Prompts Journal, writing pieces that I end up sharing here.
I finished reading book #2 the other day, and began book #3, in the Artist's Way set, this morning.
It's been more than a month since I last wrote in it, and I am determinited to begin again.
The Cat themed Journal is my new Morning Pages Journal, and the book next to it is the new home of my Thoughts, & Ramblings.
As readers of this blog know I spent the month of April involved, with dozens of other published, and aspiring writers, in a Platform Building Challenge.
In the weeks since it ended many of us have gotten together on Facebook to take things in new directions, coming together to learn from, and encourage, and support, each other, in various ways.
One of the women I've begun to get to know has a blog on which she has embarked on a long term daily writing prompt-a-thon that she calls a 365 Creativity Project.
Her Chronicles Blog began in 2005, and I'm finding it an interesting read.
Jo Ann has written an inspiring, and thoughtful, poem in the 152nd entry of her Project.
It is a piece called "Personal Pep Talk".
After reading it, and her Journal entry, this morning, it really affected me, and encouraged me to write my own variation of the piece:
BEING MY OWN CHEERLEADER by Kiril Kundurazieff
I Believe in myself,
I have accomplished a lot, personally, and creatively,
As I've developed my writing talent for 14 years.
Leading me to do things
I once would never have considered.
God gave me talents
That He meant for no other,
I must find the strength, & determination, to utilize
My gifts or the world loses
Much the Great Creator meant for its enrichment.
My talent is an asset
Which should not be squandered in
A meaningless way.
Through my writing I have opportunity
To make a lasting impact on the world around me, and beyond.
I will Let no one tell me
That I lack any merit,
For they cannot judge
What great contributions I
Present to humanity.
I will continue to
Be my own Cheerleader,
Letting my heart engage
Totally in all of life,
With as much creativity as I can muster..
Jo Ann is a remarkable person who has perservered through much in her life, and I'll leave you with 4 Tweets that she has shared over the last 3 days:
Write not for fame and fortune, but because you must. Write to enrich your soul and encourage yourself to greatness, accolades will follow.
Sometimes you may feel inclined to give up, don't do it. There is so much potential for greatness within you. Keep believing in your dreams.
God controls your past, present, and future. He can make a success of even the most problematic life. Just surrender yourself to His power.
Do your best and the rest of your life will ultimately fall into place. You create your future by the actions of your present. Be courageous.
More food for thought, and words of inspiration. :-D