My Morning Pages Practice

I’ve recently started my 36th volume of Morning Pages so I think it’s a good time to share more with you about my Morning Pages practice and how I make it work for me.

I’ve been writing Morning Pages for over 5 years now and I first blogged about them here.

My Morning Pages Practice pin featuring a photo of a notebook, pen and cup of coffee.

What are Morning Pages?

Morning Pages are a form of journaling suggested by Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist’s Way.

This is what Cameron says about them on her website:

“Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.”

How I make my Morning Pages practice work for me

  • I use A5 notebooks and aim to write 3 pages each morning before I start my day.
  • I do miss the odd day – especially if I oversleep, have an early appointment or feel unwell.
  • Some days I only write one page and sometimes it’s more than 3 pages. It’s usually 2-3 pages.
  • I used to write whatever came to mind and sometimes still do. But I have also developed something of a structure which I often use to keep the words flowing:
    • I start out writing about how I’m feeling and how I slept.
    • I often give myself a score out of 10 for how I am feeling. Then note down some ideas of what I can do that day to improve my score.
    • Recently I’ve been drawing a card from my Starseed Oracle deck each day. I write down which card I’ve pulled and any thoughts about it.
    • Next I write out my affirmations – I currently have a list of 9.
    • I write about plans for the day, things on my mind and about dreams I’ve had.
  • If I don’t have time to write my pages first thing sometimes I get to them later in the morning. I’ve even written them in the afternoon and evening.
  • It usually takes me around 10-20 minutes depending on how many pages I write, what’s on my mind and if I am interrupted by family members.

Benefits of Morning Pages

  1. My morning pages journals are a great place to vent, express emotion, solve problems, come up with creative ideas and untangle all the random thoughts that get in the way of me getting on with things.
  2. Writing them each day (usually in the morning) gives me that all important time as an introvert to process my thoughts and have time to myself.
  3. They often help me wake up. I am often bleary-eyed as I begin and feel much more awake by the time I am done.
  4. They are a commitment to myself and my self-care. By completing them first thing they often create a momentum for the day to get other things done.
  5. I usually write my morning pages before I pick up my phone or go near a screen. They help me have less screen time. Plus I get my own thoughts out before I am bombarded with the internet and everyone else’s thoughts!

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Have you tried writing morning pages? How did you get on?

I hope my morning pages practice inspires you to give them a go… be sure to let me know how you get on!

My Morning Pages Practice Pin features a desk with stationery items including a journal and pen plus a yellow cup of coffee

Weekly Artist Dates

This year I’ve been getting back into weekly Artist Dates and I wanted to share what they are, why I do them and which ones I’ve tried so far.

If you’ve not heard of Artist Dates or you’re looking for more information about them please read on…

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What is an Artist’s Date?

The idea of an Artist Date is from a book by Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. I worked through the book in early 2017 and really enjoyed the process. I blogged about the book here. I’m also a huge fan of Morning Pages which is another tool that Cameron recommends in The Artist’s Way.

Here’s what Julia Cameron has to say about Artist Dates:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” —think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

Why am I making weekly artist dates a priority?

I have set myself 3 intentions this year – they are Wellbeing, Creativity and Joy. When I was thinking about how I can bring more of each of those things into my life I realised that Artist Dates can often tick two of the boxes! (Creativity and Joy).

And combined with my word for 2021 which is Curiosity it feels like Artist Dates are the right thing to do.

I talk a lot about Joy and use my creativity here for Find the Good Everyday. I do that because I want to… but I also want to make sure that I’m making time for joy and creativity outside of any commitments I have. It’s important to refill the creative well and to have some fun in our lives!

How I’ve been getting back into weekly Artist Dates

It requires a commitment – I need to make sure I plan it into my week and actually do it! It’s so easy to cast it aside when urgent and important things come up. But I really want to give myself this time to play and discover and create on a weekly basis so I’ve set aside time to do so.

I’ve marked out time on Friday’s for Artist Dates. This is changeable but if I haven’t done an artist’s date by the time I get to Friday – I am committing to doing it then.

I want to get into the habit of thinking of a couple of options each week and then choosing the one that sounds most interesting or fits best with the time and resources I have available that week.

So far, for my weekly artist date, I’ve:

1 Taught myself cross-stitch with a teeny rainbow kit
2 Watched It’s a Sin
3 Had a brainstorm about Spring and creativity and all the things I wanted to do
4 Created a Spring-time journal
5 Had a rummage in Poundland (went in for some essentials but had a look at the arts and crafts aisle while I was there!)
6 Played with felt pens and cling film to create watercolour backgrounds (which I’m hoping to turn into bookmarks!)
7 Purchased and put up some rainbow watercolour dot decals in our hallway
8 Worked on my Spring Journal – capturing the things I love most about the season

I think it’s important to keep coming back to the Julia Cameron quote above to make sure it’s about fun, mischief and whimsy rather than a chore!

When I get stuck for ideas I’ll be referring back to the ideas I’ve already shared here on the blog. If you’re looking for some fun and creative ideas check out these posts:

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Had you heard of Artist Dates before? Is it something you’ve tried or you’re keen to try?

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Curiosity – My 2021 Word

Today I want to talk about Curiosity which I’ve picked as my 2021 word. I’ll talk about why I chose it and what it means to me.

Curiosity - my 2021 word (pin image)

This is not my first time picking a theme/focus word…

I do love to collect words! These themes or mantras work well alongside my personal values and my core desired feelings to help guide me when I need focus and as a reminder of what’s important.

Curiosity – Why I Chose my 2021 Word

Curiosity kept popping up for me towards the end of 2020. I saw a few quotes I liked about it and it kept winding its way into conversation around me. I attended (virtually) a couple of different year end review workshops and did some work around vision boarding and goal setting and curiosity popped up each time.

So before 2020 came to a close I decided that it was a good word to guide me in these strange, uncertain times and officially* chose it as my 2021 word. (*wrote it down, saved related images to a Pinterest board and told my husband.)

I think the reason it resonated with me was because I’m quite a curious person anyway (also known as: nosy and enjoys exploring) and it feels flexible. It doesn’t feel at all demanding or set in stone. The word itself allows for exploration, experimentation and an open mind. Which is exactly what I think I need this year when I really have no clue how the year is going to pan out:

  • Will we get to travel again?
  • How long will lockdown last?
  • What will happen next?

The Meaning of Curiosity

Firstly – wouldn’t that ^ be a great book title? That would draw me in straight away!

For me, curiosity is all all about:

  • Exploring
  • Experimentation
  • Keeping an Open Mind
  • Creativity
  • Less Judgement
  • Wonder
  • Joy

Here are some quotes I found that helped me get a feeling for what curiosity means to me:

“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” – Henri Matisse

“The sky tells me there are no limits and curiosity tells me to explore.” – Duncan Sham

“Be curious not judgemental.” – Walt Whitman

“When you replace judgement with curiosity, everything changes.” – Robyn Conley Downs

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker

I’d like to display my 2021 word somewhere to remind me throughout the year. And I wonder if it’s time to create some new Word Pebbles for the latest words I’ve collected!

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Have you chosen a word for 2021? If so I’d love to know what it is. If you haven’t and this idea intrigues you it’s definitely not too late!

Remember to stay curious!

My 2021 Word - Curiosity Pin Image

The New Find the Good Everyday Logo

Hello – a quick post today to share the brand new Find the Good Everyday Logo with you! This has been in the works for a while and I am so excited to be able to share it here on the blog! The new logos will show up across social media and in emails from me from now on.

There’s even a little site icon too! (If you’re viewing this from a computer it should show up as a little icon on your internet tab).

The New Logo

When I first started working with the designer Toby I knew I wanted to feature rainbows somehow. I had a search online and found a few examples I liked to send through.

And I am so pleased with what he came up with…

There are a couple of variations of the new logo:

New Find the Good Everyday Logo - icon and text

This icon/image is made up of a ring of rainbow circles with a sun in the middle. I think it also looks like a flower. So a combination of rainbow, sun and flower – that fits well with finding the good everyday!

New Find the Good Everyday - long version

This other logo has rainbow circles laid in a line with the Find the Good Everyday name over the top.

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My 2020 Themes

Today I want to share my 2020 themes.

In the past I’ve set goals. I’ve had guiding words for the year (2016 and 2017, 2018) and last year I picked a different word each month (see the words HERE and HERE). Plus I have my Core Desired Feelings and Personal Values to guide me in my daily and life decisions (sometimes I need a reminder though!). I think it’s safe to say I enjoy collecting words and using them to help me shape my life and make decisions.

This year I do have some goals which all fit within the three 2020 themes I have set this year.

I had 3 themes in 2019 as well – they were Wellness, Writing and Home & Family. They worked well but I wanted to tweak them a little this year to make them more inclusive.

My 2020 Themes Pin with Post-It’s showing words Wellbeing, Creativity and Connection

My 2020 Themes

The three words I have chosen are:

  • Wellness
  • Creativity and
  • Connection.

So what does each word mean to me? And why did I choose it?

Wellness

For years I used to set myself goals to lose weight or reach a certain clothes size. (Spoiler – I never quite reached any of these goals. Many times I came close and yet I still thought I was failing.)
Over the last few years I’ve realised that I want my focus to be on WELLNESS rather than a number on the weighing scales or in a clothes label. This year I want to focus on eating nourishing foods, moving my body in ways that I enjoy and other activities that contribute to my wellbeing. And I want this to be one of my top 3 priorities.

Creativity

I changed last year’s theme of Writing to CREATIVITY. I wanted to include other activities that I enjoy and that allow me to try new things and create.
For example – I learnt how to sew last Autumn and I’ve been enjoying being a beginner and getting lots of practice in. This wouldn’t fit under writing but it fits under creativity.
I have realised I am very much a creator. It fuels me. It inspires me. And it makes me happy. So this year I intend to embrace my creativity – whatever form it comes in!
I usually share what I am creating on Instagram – come over for a peek!

Connection

When I used the term CONNECTION in my Core Desired Feelings I used these words to try and define it: Mindful, Loyal, Engagement, Collaboration and Love. And these are the things I want to focus on this year. I want to stay connected to myself, my family, my friends, nature and the bigger picture.
Connection (or Love) is the thing, for me, that makes life great.
Of the three – this is possibly the most ambiguous theme but I have tried to set some more concrete goals around this to steer me in the direction I want to go.

So what now?

I will be referring to my 2020 themes often. They will form the focus of goals I set both short and long term over the course of the year. I’ve got them noted down in my Bullet Journal and I’ll be trying to check in with them at least monthly to see how they are working to help steer me where I want to go.

Do you have a word for 2020? Or themes? Or goals? I’d love to hear about them. Please do share in the comments.

Choosing Theme Words for the Year Pinnable Image showing someone journaling outside

Twenty Cozy Artist Date Ideas

Today I’d like to share some Cozy Artist Date Ideas.

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Earlier this year I posted some Fair Weather Artist Dates. And now the weather and seasons are turning cooler here in the UK I thought I’d share some artist date ideas for the Autumn and Winter months. I also have a post sharing 40 Artist Date Ideas from a couple of years ago.

What is an Artist Date?

An Artist Date is an idea from a book by Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. I’ve blogged about the book HERE.

And this is what Julia Cameron says about Artist Dates:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” —think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

I don’t think you have to class yourself as an ‘artist’ to enjoy the concept of an Artist Date so why not give it a go?

20 Cozy Artist Date Ideas

  1. Make a blanket fort/den! You could create a cozy spot to watch movies or hide away in
  2. Try a new recipe – something seasonal that’s warm and comforting
  3. Bundle up in layers and head outside to explore on a rainy or cold day (remember “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!”)
  4. Take yourself on a seasonal treasure hunt – seek out conkers, acorns, anything interesting looking and crunchy leaves
  5. Make art using or inspired by the seasonal treasures you found (examples include: a collage, painting, drawing, poem, nature writing piece)
  6. Try some knitting or crochet and create a blanket to keep you warm on the chilly nights (or maybe some hand warmers if you want a smaller project!)
  7. String up some fairy lights and spend an evening by the light of them rather than big overhead lights. Bonus points for no screens!
  8. Make your own list of activities you want to try during the darker evenings of Autumn and Winter. Then pick one and do it.
  9. Have dinner or a meal in darkness. (You can go to restaurants to do this and you don’t know what you’re eating! Or you could just try with a favourite meal at home)
  10. Visit a local art gallery or museum and find something that inspires you
  11. People watch in a cafe or a shopping mall – invent stories for the people that pass you by
  12. Take a notebook or a sketchbook to a cafe, order a hot drink and let your imagination run free. Why not try the Find Your Happy Journalling workbook?
  13. Create a photo-book or scrapbook of your Summer adventures
  14. Plan outfits to wear the brightest colours on the greyest days (I love wearing rainbows! example 1, example 2)
  15. Watch a fireworks display (UK specific due to fireworks night!)
  16. Plant garlic on the shortest day – to harvest on the longest day
  17. Plan a Spring or Summer garden (real or imaginary) – what would you plant? How would you design it?
  18. If you celebrate Christmas – make your own Christmas decorations or tree ornaments (or something similar for a celebration you take part in)
  19. Invent your own seasonal drink (like the Costa Christmas Drinks and winter warmers like Spiced Apple Tea)
  20. Re-imagine a popular Christmas/Festive story or movie – how could you put a twist on it or change the genre?

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Don’t forget to check out my Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas (some may even work in the colder months) or my original 40 Artist Date Ideas post.

And do let me know your own cozy Artist Date Ideas in the comments below.

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Find Your Happy is the perfect companion for your Artist Dates. It’s full of journalling prompts which you can try during your artist dates and also helps you generate ideas for future dates. You can read more about it here. And buy your own copy here.

Write Your Own ‘Things That Make You Happy’ List

Today I want to help you write your own list of things that make you happy.

A Happy list is a great resource to have to recognise what brings you joy. It can work as a great reminder to do more of what you love and also for days that don’t feel so great to remind you to find the good! Plus creating the list can help you recognise and show gratitude for the happy things in your life.

My things that make me happy lists (list 1 and list 2) are popular posts here at Find the Good Everyday so I thought I’d share some tips so you can write your own version.

I’ve also created a journalling workbook full of journalling prompts to help you get more joy in your everyday. Happy Lists feature as do 20 other 10 minute prompts for happiness. You can find out more here. And buy your copy here.

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Writing your own things that make you Happy list

I’d recommend 100 things if you can – it’s a challenge but it really gets you thinking about all the things (small and large) that bring you joy.

Grab some paper or a notebook and a pen and let’s get started…

First of all – get as many things on paper that come to mind straightaway. Number them as you go so you know how many you’ve got.

Do that now and if/when you start to get stuck come back to read the prompts below (and the What Next section).

Happy List Prompts

If you’re stuck for ideas have a think about these categories and if any happy things spring to mind.

  • At home
  • Outside
  • Things you collect
  • Keepsakes
  • Places
  • Time of day
  • Day of the week
  • Each season (which is your favourite and what makes you happy during each season)
  • Occasions & Celebrations
  • Things that make you smile
  • Colours
  • Clothes
  • Food & Drinks
  • People
  • Scents
  • Hobbies
  • Animals
  • Activities (that make you feel good during and after)
  • Music
  • Movies & TV
  • Books
  • Things that made you happy as a child
  • The 5 senses (sight, sound, touch, taste and scent)

If you’ve worked your way through these prompts and still have space on your happy list have a read of my 100 things and 100 more things lists to see if they spark any ideas.

What next?

I’d recommend leaving the list for a day or two and then coming back to review it.

You could type it up or hand letter your list or stick with the original version.

And then display your list somewhere you can see it everyday – on a notice board, vision board, in your planner. Or take a photo and save it as your screensaver.

Make a pact with yourself to read it often and try to encourage some of those things that make you happy in to your daily life.

Happy List Templates

I have a couple of printable Happy List templates for you to use if you’d like. Sign up to my newsletter to get a copy or contact me.

There are also more tips for your Happy List as well as other prompts for journalling your way to happiness in Find Your Happy. You can buy a copy here.

Happy List Writing!

Do let me know how it goes and how many things end up on your own list!

My Current Notebook Collection

I thought it would be fun to show you my current notebook collection and explain the different ways I use notebooks. I LOVE stationery and I find the same level of satisfaction at finishing a notebook as I do a job well done (or even using up a lip-balm!)

My Current Notebook Collection

So let’s take a peek into my current notebook collection…

Gratitude Diary

I am currently using a small A6 rose gold page-a-day diary for my gratitude journal. I bought it from Sainsburys for about £5 at the start of the year.
Each night I aim to write 5 things I am grateful for from that day. Click here to read more about my Gratitude practice including tips to start your own.

A Sentence a Day

This is a Kikki K notebook with prompts for each day. And there is space for up to 3 answers (so up to 3 years worth of answers). I purchased this notebook back in 2015 and started using it for a few months. I rediscovered it in 2018 and decided to carry on. It’s been great filling it out each day and looking back to see my previous responses.

100 Things

This was another Kikki K purchase from New Zealand. It has 100 numbered (but otherwise blank) pages. I use it like a commonplace book – I go through phases of adding lots to it and then not touching it for ages. I write fun lists. And journal about what’s happening currently in my life. I copy down favourite quotes. And my son has drawn some pictures in it too.

My current notebook collection - covers
Events/Seminars/Learning Notes

I bought a pack of Moleskine Cahier’s ages ago for my Traveller’s Notebook but unfortunately they didn’t fit. They sat in my notebook stash for ages. I grabbed one to keep as my FTG30 journal for April (read more about that here) but I ended up documenting it on Instagram stories and the notebook didn’t get used after a while. I tore those pages out and re-purposed it for keeping notes at events and seminars I attend. It’s a handy size and the paper is lovely for jotting down quick notes.

My Bullet Journal

This is the notebook that tends to go everywhere with me. It’s my main planner. And if I could choose only one from my current notebook collection (which would be a tough call!) it would be this and I would incorporate as much as I could from the other notebooks. I recently shared a post where you can see how my Bullet Journal is set up. It’s an A5 dot grid from Flying Tiger.

Morning Pages

I’ve been writing Morning Pages (most days) since October 2015. Almost 4 years. This is my 27th notebook (yes I am a hoarder and keep them all!). Morning Pages are my therapy – they give me a space to vent, to clear my head, to plan, to reflect and to dream. I’d recommend EVERYONE gives them a try! Julia Cameron encourages the practice in her book – The Artist’s Way. Back at the start of Find the Good Everyday I wrote a post all about using Morning Pages as a Self Care tool.

Author Your Life

This is my newest notebook and method of journalling. I recently participated in Lara Zielen’s Author Your Life Online Summit and it was wonderful to hear from 21 speakers how writing and journalling has changed their lives. Lara has written a book called Author Your Life which encourages us to create the story of our future writing from a third person perspective with ourselves as the main character. I really love this idea so I’m having a go before I read the book (she has some tips and advice for getting started on her website. The notebook I’m using was a gift from a coach I was working with last year. I love all the inspirational quotes on the front and it felt like a good fit for the positive story I am creating for my future!

My current notebook collection - insides
Writing Group Notebook

I attend a monthly local writers group. Back when I first joined I grabbed this Koyoko notebook to take along and I’ve kept the notebook solely for writing group. It’s great to have all the writing prompts and my work in one space. I love this notebook – I picked up a couple of them from the sale section at Home Sense. The paper is lovely to write with and I like being able to date and number the pages at the top.

Blog Calendar and Planner (not pictured)

I picked up this 2019 Planner in Home Sense towards the end of last year for £4. It has a double page calendar spread for each month and then pages of lined note paper. It’s been great for planning my blog posts, newsletter and social media. I will share a post with more detail and photos of how I use it soon. And I’m intending to pick up something similar for 2020 too.

Grow & Glow Notes (not pictured)

I’ve been a member of Grow and Glow for several months now. It’s a community for online creatives. Each month there’s a different focus such as Instagram, Branding and Growing Your Audience. I’ve found it really useful and I love that there is a checklist of tasks (broken down by expected duration) for each month’s topic. I “shopped my stash” for a square grid notebook (which I bought from Homesense at some point thinking I’d use it for a Bullet Journal.) I keep notes for each months topic and I use it for brainstorming too.

If you’d like to learn more about Grow & Glow click here.
(Please note this is an affiliate link and I will receive a small commission should you click through and join. This does not affect how much you pay.)

Grow & Glow | A Hub For Creators & Creatives

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Wow that’s 10 notebooks currently in reasonably regular use. (Plus I’ve probably forgotten some!) I hope you’ve enjoyed having a peek at my current notebook collection.

How many notebooks do you have on the go at any time? I’d love to hear how you use notebooks?

My Quarterly Writing Diary – June 2019

Welcome to my Quarterly Writing Diary. Today I’m sharing a review of Quarter 2 (April, May, June) and my goals for Quarter 3. You can see my first Writing Diary from March here.

Quarterly Writing Diary - June 2019

Review of Quarter 2 (April, May and June 2019)

Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo (during April) to get a good chunk of the new draft of the memoir written

I didn’t do this. I scheduled time in during April on several occasions but I let life and other projects get in the way and didn’t get any words written for Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s easy to see now that I’d over-extended myself with FTG30, regular blogging and life in general. I was disappointed but I made the call to let this one go.

Get the new draft of the memoir completed and start revisions

I was hoping Camp NaNoWriMo would help me here. And because I didn’t do anything for Camp NaNoWriMo it meant I did no work on the memoir throughout April and that trickled through into May and June. I get frustrated with myself for putting this project down for months on end. But I find it quite overwhelming – it’s my story and it means everything to me and I think I put too much pressure on myself as a result.

Release FTG30 into the wild

I did this and I’m really proud of it. I really enjoyed sharing the prompts daily on Instagram and also on the blog. It was great to see people joining along and I’m considering turning it into some kind of workbook for people to download.

Blog at least weekly and send monthly newsletters

I’ve kept up with regular blog posts and newsletters which makes me happy.

Read at least one book on writing

I really thought I’d done this but when I look back through my Goodreads the last writing book I read was Fast Draft Your Memoir. Perhaps I should pick one now to read!

Start looking at courses for writers for later in the year

I’m booked into 2 writing workshops at the Felixstowe Book Festival this coming weekend. This makes me feel nervous and excited all at once! Also I’m going to see Danielle La Porte (author of The Desire Map) in July which I’m hoping will be inspiring but it’s not specific to writers.

My Quarterly Writing Diary – What I’ve Been Learning About Writing

  • Monthly Writers Group – I’ve been attending my monthly local writers group when I can and I’ve found another group locally that I am keen to try.
  • Grow and Glow – I’ve signed up as a member of an online creatives community with lots of resources and monthly lessons. I’m just starting to get stuck in and have my notebook at the ready! I may share more on this soon. I’m hoping to improve the blog and “my online presence” (does that sound a bit naff?!) as well as get to know other creatives.

My Quarterly Writing Diary – Goals for Quarter 3

Looking forward to July, August and September I’d like to…

  • Blog at least weekly and send monthly newsletters (this will require some planning with the school holidays and some travel planned)
  • Get the memoir completed (this might be a tall ask with 7 weeks of school holidays in this quarter!)
  • Research potential publishers for the memoir and how to write a proposal
  • Send proposal to at least one publisher regarding the memoir (eeek!)
  • Read a book on writing
  • Take part in Grow & Glow community – commit time weekly to work through resources and complete action items.
  • Keep looking at courses for writers and other learning opportunities

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So that’s my latest Quarterly Writing Diary. If you’re a writer I’d love to know what you’re working on right now or if you have any useful tips to share!

Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas

Today I want to share some ideas and inspiration for Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas.

A while back, I shared Forty Artist Date Ideas and it’s a well visited post on this blog. So I thought it was about time I come up with some more! Here are some new Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas. (I have also shared some Cozy Artist Date Ideas for when the weather isn’t so fair!)

What is an Artist Date?

The idea of an Artist Date is from a book by Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. I’ve blogged about the book HERE.

Here’s what Julia Cameron has to say about Artist Dates:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” —think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas

Twenty Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas

  1. Beach-combing – look for shark teeth, seas glass, shells, crabs, sea pottery, seaweed and other ocean treasure. Bonus points for finding a message in a bottle!
  2. Forest-bathing – get out amongst the trees, hug them, gaze up at them and breathe in all the beautiful oxygen they produce
  3. Lay on the grass and make up stories about the shapes in the clouds
  4. Build sandcastles
  5. Draw pictures and messages in the sand
  6. Build a cairn ( a man-made stack of stones) – how high can you go? I find this really meditative.
  7. Buy an ice-cream or ice-lolly you remember from childhood (ideally from an ice-cream van that you chased down the street!) and enjoy it
  8. Rent a boat, canoe or pedalo (this may be easier with a friend!)
  9. Attend an outdoor concert or movie
  10. Send a postcard to yourself from a distant land (or the next town!)
  11. Stop everything to listen to the dawn or twilight chorus
  12. Take art outside – drawing, watercolours, poetry – the addition of a breeze, fresh air and insects may have interesting results!
  13. Visit an open garden or somewhere not always open to the public (my county has a special weekend where places are opened up and you can apply for tickets)
  14. Play or practice a summer sport – tennis, boules etc
  15. Create a summer nature journal documenting (drawing or photos and words) flora and fauna you have encountered
  16. Create a garden ornament or a place for wildlife (e.g. bug house or bird house)
  17. Try tie-dye or another fabric dying project (it’s good to do this outside in buckets)
  18. Sit on a bench in the park and watch the world go by. What inspires you?
  19. Try your hand at cocktail or mocktail making – remember the gaudy accessories! (& enjoy your drink in the sunshine)
  20. Create a fairy/miniature garden to tend – let your imagination go wild.
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I’ve fallen out the habit of regularly scheduling artist dates lately but coming up with this list has motivated me to get back into weekly whimsical dates with myself!

Do any of these ideas inspire you? I’d love to hear your own ideas for outdoors and Fair Weather Artist Dates.