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How do you recharge?

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I made a list yesterday of things I wanted to accomplish.

C.C., my beloved, is away on business for a few days. It’s me and Beaumont, the Sheepadoodle and my daughter’s cat Zoë, who is visiting while her parents are away.  (Unfortunately, Marley the Great Cat has not yet returned.)

Home alone. Uncharted time. Why not make a list of things I want to accomplish?

My Home Alone ToDo List

1. Wake up when I feel like it.
2. Lay in bed and savour the morning and a latte in bed.
3. Have a leisurely bath.
4. Go to river and play with Beaumont.  (repeat as necessary later in day)
5. Go to store to buy ball to replace one lost in river. (We lost two yesterday.)
6. Dance by myself. Done. (repeat as necessary)
7. Read a book.
8. Relax and watch the river flow by.
9. Organize front hall closet.
10. Change the bedding.
11. Vacuum
12. Relax and watch the river flow by.

I accomplished 1 – 8 with ease. Jumped to No. 12 several times throughout the day and never did get to No.s 9, 10 and 11. But I did add one more item.

13.  Get creating.

My studio downstairs is not yet set up. It’s planned for September when our contractor has time to comeback and start building.

I still need to create.

And that’s the beauty of a 15ft island and the house to myself.

Not being able to access my art journals — somewhere buried in a box they wait for me to find them — I wasn’t sure what I wanted to create.

I had a ‘needs list’.

  1. It had to be free flowing.
    • I didn’t want to go into anything with a plan. I just wanted to ‘let it happen’.
  2. It had to be tactile.
    • I wanted to feel the work. To not paint a ‘scene’ as much as create a feeling, a sense of being immersed in the process.
  3. It needed to be soft and romantic.
    • I wasn’t into harsh colours or straight lines. I wanted soft tones, muted melding together of colours and lines.

As I was scouring my ‘studio-to-be’ space, I found a box from a hairdryer I’d bought some time ago. It is sturdy, is a perfect small treasure-box size, and has a unique opening. I also found a rolled up tube of all my rice papers as well as naturally made papers and decided to bring it up along with a few paints, pens, inks and other supplies.

And now, my island is a creative mess. A centre for free-flow expression of my desire to simply be present to myself, to the process, to the wonderment and awe of letting the muse have her way with me.

I had a day all to myself yesterday. Aside from saying ‘Thank-you’ to the young woman at the checkout counter at Chapters when I went to see if they had a new issue of Somerset Studio (they didn’t but they did have a beautiful book of Embers, a collection of Ojibway meditations by the late Richard Wagamese), the only people I spoke with were other dog owner’s at the river and both my sisters on the phone.

It was a day of meditation, restoration, and creation.

A day to be present in the stillness of being one with the universe around me.

What do you do to restore your equilibrium? How do you sink into your core and connect to your creative essence? How do you enter the stillness?

 

 

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

13 thoughts on “How do you recharge?

  1. It sounds like a lovely leisurely day, but not one designed for creativity. Your list of 13 items seem to put ‘creating’ dead last. What if it was first? Looks like 12 rationalizations to delay/avoid the 13th.

    Which is not to say a ‘day-off’ isn’t something we all need, but we shouldn’t call it a creation day if it is really a ‘delay/avoid creation’ day.

    Get up early, walk the dog – then create. Chores can wait, always, if the juices are flowing – but they aren’t going to flow very well if you put a list of 12 to-do’s in creativity’s way, are they?

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    • Actually, it is because of the design of the day I got creative. For me, savouring the morning, leisurely time all add up to creative time. The thing I was avoiding were the chores — and creativity won out right from the get go! 🙂

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  2. The Infamous LIST! Why do Homo sapiens believe if they make a list they gave accomplished something, put a bit of structure into an otherwise perceived chaotic period of time. I agree with Mark K. You have conveniently thought by putting some semblance of order into place, that you have created TIME to create. It is called procrastination. You have taken the spontaneity out of creativity. Lists are okay as a guide so at our mature stage of life, we do not forget or neglect to do certain chores. But that is what they are a guide. So if your number 13 pops up first, go do it. Ignore that twinge of guilt, creativity pops up most unexpectedly and should not be relegated to wherever. And going down to the river’s edge with Beaumont is not a chore, it is part of your creativity process! It gives you time to think, ponder, contemplate life writ large!

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    • LOL. The list was just… a list. 🙂 And I so agree. Time at the river with Beau was/is all part of my creative process. Creating the space by being present in my day opened me up to the muse calling me to not do ‘the chores’ and to simply create. It was a beautiful day! ❤

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  3. That sounds perfect. Time on a river is always good for recharging.

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  4. Creativity takes all forms. Kudos to you for making/finding the time and recognizing the impulses to create the list which led to your wonderfully relaxing day which led to your creative use of your kitchen island as an alternative creative space. Hopefully it will lead to even more creativity.

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  5. I love this so much. Seeing the creative process outlined, self-care as a priority. It is rich and delicious and has me wanting to create my own 🙂

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  6. I do so miss living near the water, of any kind! I agree, sometimes the muses are so much easier to find by the river, in the company of a pet, with a relaxed mind. That was always one of my ways of entering the creative process. It always yielded such good results!

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