Saturday, 2 March 2013

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!

Inspire Bohemia: Inspirational Words

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the live you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler! Henry David Thoreau.

I love this quote and I find it inspiring. Over the last few months I have been thinking about what I liked to do before Faith was born. What were my interests? What did I do with my time and what did I think about? I then thought back to my dreams and aspirations when I was younger and it came back to writing. I love to write and sometimes I don’t know what to write about. The counselor I see suggested the book called The Artist’s Way, a course in discovering and recovering your creative self. The back cover says that it dispels the "I’m not talented enough conditioning that holds many people back and helps them to unleash their inner artist". The book tackles self-doubts, self-criticism and worries about time, money and the support to pursue the creative dream. I found the book at the local library and started reading. What first caught my attention was how there were quotes written on the side of each page.

Wonderful quotes like:

Straightaway the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God. Johannes Brahms

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God. Mary Daly

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Ingrid Bengis

So you see, imagination needs modeling – long inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering. Brenda Ueland

I shut my eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin

I love journals. I always have one around writing all sorts of things but I thought I'd start afresh recording what I hope to be a process of change and renewed inspiration and help. Each morning as the book suggests I write my morning pages, whatever pops into my head. I am finding it very therapeutic. There are weekly tasks to complete and it has looked at self-doubts and past criticisms.  I am finding it has already helped me heal from words I hadn't thought had affected me when they had. There is a good change and I like it, I feel it within, just letting my mind float a bit and get past all the unnecessary bits and being more free. It gives me the feeling that I am letting go of past hurts and believing in myself more. One of the tasks in it is to write out affirmations daily and that in itself is a very positive experience one that I am finding is helping me believe in myself more and that I can achieve anything. So I continue on my creative journey in The Artist’s Way but also in my university writing course in publishing, writing and editing. What an enthralling journey I am on and I am loving every minute of it.

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    1. great to have you drop by. thanks :)

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  2. I love this and think it's a super idea for a life of artistry and writing. It's important to rethink where we are on the journey of life and how our priories and dreams change. I have a journal as well and have gotten much worse about writing in it as my baby's gotten older (3 1/2 now) and life's gotten so much busier. I need to get back to it though, as I think it centers me. Great quotes, too!

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    1. thanks for your comment. You are write, writing in a journal does center me too. I love quotes I will have to get some more out of that inspiring book.

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  3. This is a really wonderful post. I have just recently started journaling again. Most of what I write becomes posts on my blog, but the actual act of writing them, pen to paper, is so cathartic. When they are of the struggles I am having, it's like I can't even remember what the problem was once I close the book. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, glad you like it. I love writing on paper and I feel my troubles melt away by doing so or at least feel less burdened

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  4. I think all of these things are great ways to get in touch with your voice. I've never done Artist's Way, but I know people who have.

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    1. Hi, nice to meet you and thanks for your comment. I am loving the way the exercises in The Artist's Way are helping me.

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