How was your weekend? Are you starting to enjoy The Fool vibes for this week? I hope so!
Did you complete the exercises from Friday’s suggestions? Some of you have posted your thoughts about these, especially the twenty things you enjoy doing. If you haven’t made your list yet, please do, because this week, we have some more homework to do, before starting Step Three.
In fact, our next exercise depends on having made your list of twenty fun things. From that list, Julia asks us to write down two favorite things that we’ve avoided doing. And then making them goals for this week. It doesn’t have to be huge or difficult. For instance, if you love to surf, this might not be the best time of year to hit the waves, unless you live somewhere very warm!
It doesn’t even have to be the whole, entire thing. Instead, she suggests, “Look for windows of time just for you, and use them in small creative acts…Stop looking for big blocks of time when you will be free. Find small bits of time instead.”
Which brings me to another treasured resource for encouraging our creative nature: the glorious SARK. SARK is the pen name for a woman named Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy. She is a much loved artist and author of dozens of books about how to live our lives big and out loud by being the juicy, joyful creators we are meant to be. Julia calls her an “effervescent, festive, creative catalyst” and she is, despite being the survivor of many years of childhood abuse and incest.
SARK has coined a term for a technique that can work for even the most busy and distracted of us. She calls them “micromovements.”
“The micromovement method,” she writes in her delicious, Make Your Creative Dreams Real, “works even if you don’t want to…If you are a practicing procrastinator, perfectionist, avoider, just plain busy, or want to stay in bed and not really do anything, micromovements are designed especially for you…
“A micromovement is a very tiny action that anyone can take toward some part of his or her creative dream. It’s five seconds to 5 minutes in length, and you write it down, along with a gentle date and time for completion.”
She explains, “We think of our creative dream and imagine what needs to happen before it can become true and real, and we sigh and stop ourselves.” It becomes so overwhelming that we give up, especially when we think about all the boring, mundane, tedious parts, instead of the big ta-daa moment at the end.
She recommends that instead, we take just one teensy little baby step on a regular basis. These tiny micromovements are easy, non-threatening, and often, our inner critic will sleep right through them. And little by little, we will make actual progress.
So here are some ideas to inspire your micromovements:
Dream: Play in a bluegrass band
Micromovement: Tuesday, April 7, 5:30-5:35 p.m.: Tune the banjo
Micromovement: Wednesday, April 8, 12:30-12:35 pm: Google search banjo tablature files.
Dream: Write a novel
Micromovement: Tuesday, April 7, 6:45-6:47 p.m.: Open a folder file on computer and label it “Novel.”
Micromovement: Thursday after work: go to favorite bookstore and browse books about writing.
Fun thing I haven’t done in a while: Make a dream collage
Micromovement: Tuesday, April 7, 2:15-2:20pm: Take out the pile of magazines under the bed and stack on dining room table for cutting out later.
Micromovement: Wednesday, April 8, 2:15-2:20pm: Put scissors, glue stick and blank paper on dining room table.
That’s it! Stop after five minutes! The micromovements are designed to keep us from going overboard, causing so much guilt about the time you didn’t mean to spend, that all progress stops for another five or ten years! Unless you really do have a very comfortable chunk of time and this gets you on a roll. Which it, sneakily, might!