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Thoughts for a Tuesday

I’ve been having a hard time integrating The Artist’s Way into my days, aside from the Morning Pages, which I have been compartmentalizing. So I thought I’d make something out of a quote I pulled from this week’s chapter. I hope the act of creating something with the content of each week’s chapter will help me integrate it more fully into my consciousness throughout the week.

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One Month!

So, I’ve hit the approximate one month mark since I left my 9-to-5.

I can honestly say that I don’t regret it in the least, and I’m incredibly blessed/lucky/privileged to have been able to leave.

Since then, I’ve been focusing on writing, learning web design, and working on other projects that I’m excited to share in the near future! I’m calling it “learnployment.” I am not unemployed. I chose to leave, and I work from home every day on projects of my choosing. In a lot of ways, I feel more occupied with projects than I did when I commuted to a job in the suburbs.

Though I am still struggling a bit with the schedule I’ve laid out for myself, and some days I feel like a huge failure in the productivity department, I realize that I have been either learning or creating (or both) every single day.

I’m used to getting it all done. Overscheduling and writing to-do lists that no one could accomplish in a day. I expected that most days I would feel like I haven’t done enough or learned enough or managed my time well. And that’s been true. But I’m also learning to recognize that progress sometimes comes at a slower pace, in smaller increments than I would like, and that’s ok.

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Starting something new

I had heard of The Artist’s Way before Girl Crush Philly, I think perhaps from Buster Benson‘s 750words.com. I liked the idea of doing morning pages (writing three pages longhand each morning)in theory, but I never started them. I didn’t want to start anything except a job at the time.

I was also hesitant because the website looks, well, a little hokey. But then Danielle did an excellent job of selling me on the book and process during Girl Crush and a new neighbor friend also suggested I give it a try. Seemed like someone was trying to tell me something.

So I bought the book, and now that I’ve intentionally bailed on the 9-to-5, it seems like the perfect time to get started.

I’m hoping it will help lend structure to my day and also inform my work going forward.

Proper ingredients to begin:

Collage made during Girl Crush

Writing utensils and photo of happy time

Serious stuff

Inspirational mug to help me channel the honesty of Cheryl Strayed/Dear Sugar.
(I had a writing teacher in high school who kept a stash of hot tea in her room. Her reasoning was that when others critiqued our work, holding something warm would make us feel safer.)

A tidy workspace devoid of phone or computer. Bonus: A lighthearted friend with limited vocabulary to keep me company without criticism.

So here we go!

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Week 1: Writing

So, what in the world am I doing now that I quit my job? A lot. 

I got a bit of a slow start last week, with all of the hurricane excitement. Chad couldn’t get to his office in Manhattan, so he worked from home with me all last week.

I did manage to write and take photos for an article that was posted to Chestnut Hill Dish today. It’s a brunch review of Heirloom. Just thinking about this review makes me really hungry for French toast and cheesecake. Chestnut Hill Dish is part of Town Dish, a network of hyper-local foodie websites I’ve been contributing to since the spring. I was even able to write a preview and recap of the food we ate in Iceland for their travel site, Dish Trip!

I’ve also been working on some things for APIARY, a Philly print and web literary magazine. Takes me all the way back to Problem Child.

I’m hoping to keep sharing what I’m working on! In the meantime, enjoy some brunch photos and feel free to read other things I’ve written, mostly¬†for the Town Dish sites.