Wednesday, April 1, 2015

my creative process: introduction

I sat in the doctor's office on Monday morning and my stomach growled. Not the angry growls of hunger, but the digesting sort of groans. The nurse and I laughed and she said I must have had something good for breakfast.

The truth is, I only had a protein shake. A shake that was hearty and served the purpose of keeping me full until lunch, but not anything like bacon and eggs, or french toast, or pancakes. It growled and gurgled and I sort of started to giggle.

But as the giggles subsided I started to think of this place and how it's not about whether life is good or bad, happy or sad, nutritious or delicious, our job as humans is digestion. Sometimes we're digesting food, pulling what's important and life-sustaining. Sometimes we're digesting big news, removing the bits and pieces that change our life. Sometimes we're digesting what's happening daily, our routines and our movements.

And as bloggers we digest online. We take our daily life, mundane moments, and environments and we consume them, spill them out here in our online spaces in an attempt to create energy, creative energy, from them for you.

This growling belly and digestive moment started my mind thinking about creativity, about the way my mind and soul works in a rhythm similar to my gut. And from that came this series, a series on my creative process, a series I'm hoping will enrich your process as well as help me to glean greater goodness from my work.
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I'll be covering a half dozen different topics that range from what inspires me and how my mind mulls over happenings, but if you've got specific questions or interests, feel free to let me know. Email, text, comment, any way you wish to get in touch with me.

11 comments:

  1. I read that second to last paragraph as "this growing belly" and I was over here like I KNOW YOUR SECRET hahaha

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  2. I love this idea, Amber! Can't wait to follow along. (and for the record, I did NOT read it as "growing belly" like everyone else - which is probably a commentary on how much I love food)

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  3. Oh this is wonder filled. I am reading and doing the Artists Way and it is all about being a creator! And not denying our creative self, our creative child, it's nourishment. I love it!

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  4. Just a growling belly! :) And no secrets because they don't make friends! (Although this would be hilarious timing after your post last week!)

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  5. Nothing growing (or at least I hope not because NOT CUTE because no baby!) :)

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  6. Oh you. You flatter me all over the place. And I'm thankful you TOO hear the growling and appreciate it's IMPORTANCE. :)

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  7. OOOOH, tell me more about the Artists Way? Do you LOVE? And is it encouraging? And not daunting? And all the things?

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  8. Cannot wait to follow along with you in this-- you're a beautiful, wonderful genius, Amb.

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  9. Yes to the max of All The Things. I got the book and the Morning Pages journal. She is all about recovering and unburying our artist child. Her Book is written in weeks, you have tasks to complete, which to be candid I usually don't do until the end of the week. If I were to rate myself at this class course, I would probably receive a C-. But the best part is the morning pages – you're supposed to wake up early and write three pages of handwritten writing. Of anything that comes to mind, it does not matter what it says, even "I don't know what to write," over and over. The point is to just write. And I have loved this. It is daunting because I know that I need to write every morning and on the days that my calendar screams 7 am to 10 pm, I do not wake up early to write because I am weary. But it is good. My writing has transformed over the last 3 weeks in those journals. Even tho some pages are Dark as coal, there are chunks of beauty to be found. Unburied within.

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  10. I'm really excited about this series!!

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