2015 was a time of moving around, picking things up and putting them down. A feeling of restlessness that needed to quiet down had been bubbling under for a long time and I needed a challenge and a breaking of old habits. I gave myself a year to (I apologise in advance for using the following phrase) “find myself”. Now it seems significant and important. I made a deal with myself to start some new habits to stop me falling off the wagon at the beginning of the year. One of them is instead of getting up in the morning, flicking on the kettle and settling down to read emails/browse the web with my mug of tea I now sit down on the sofa and read. A proper book. It’s a baby step but I’ve heard you only need 21 days to form a habit and I’m surprised at the difference it makes. So far I’ve read:
- The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. Which is utterly brilliant and you must read it straight away.
- Art Inc by Lisa Congdon, which helped me with intentions and goals and reality
- Everything I’ve Ever Done That Worked by Lesley Garner. A collection of short essays that I picked up secondhand in a junkshop for 20 cents, but quite honestly I’d happily pay 20 euros for it. I dip in and out of this alongside whatever else I’m reading which at the moment is…
- The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle La Porte.
I first read TFSS this time last year. I’m one of those people who is a sucker for an online course that’s going to change my world, create the life and work I want. Thankfully those sort of courses are generally too expensive so I’ve no option but to resist. Early last year I took part in one as I’d got my place via a half-price offer. I gleaned a few interesting things, mostly got fed up with the facebook group, realised I already had the building blocks for the work/life I want, it just needed focus and that everything spun out into an 5 week course was pretty much the same as TFSS anyway that I was reading at the same time. It is a great book. Read it.
“Ah yes”, you might say, “but how are you going to stick with all this, given that you are always stopping and starting ideas? Just look at your track record!” Way ahead of you, my friend. I thought of that. By making myself accountable, that’s how. Everyday I HAVE to show up. This isn’t so hard because this time I’m finally making the work I WANT to do, not feel I SHOULD do.
P.S. Bet you’re jealous of my bunny mug.
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