What is your vision for the perfect summer day? Wakeboarding with your Weimaraner? Cuddling with your Calico? Cooking chewy, gooey Chocolate Chip cookies? Sipping spiked lemonade as you relax on a comfy beach chair?
I have newfound appreciation for the restorative properties of summer after a fulfilling but all-consuming stint as a middle school Literature teacher. I was so wrapped up and tapped out, I couldn’t find spare time to read (gasp) or write (groan). Kudos to those of you who have full time responsibilities (inside the house or out) and still find time to write or illustrate!
As I struggle to rekindle my creative spark, I realize I’m not alone: it’s a rare writer who doesn’t struggle from time to time. For me, the key is finding the proper life balance. This is what I tell myself and will happily share with you:
Write about the things that make your heart sing
Write about the things that make your heart ache
Make time for the ones you love
Make time for doing what you love
Be kind to others when critiquing their work
Be kind to yourself when critiquing your own work
Explore the world
Explore your backyard
Read for your own enjoyment
Read to children, dogs, cats, birds, and stuffed animals
Have compassion for yourself and others
Have courage as you face life’s challenges
Look forward, not backward
Look at the beauty all around you
Embrace failure and learn from it
Embrace your loved ones every day!!
What pearls of wisdom help you to rekindle your creative spark?