It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: #A-Z Challenge
“…although it may take some trial and error, it is possible to find a routine that can begin to feel like a spiritual practice, opening you to guidance, energy, and creativity. Creating routines for yourself that comfort you will quiet your mind, and it is this quiet mind that allows inspiration to spring forth.”
It’s Never too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond by Julia Cameron
Cameron’s daily routine begins with her own invention, Morning Pages. Have you heard of them? Before doing anything else, before even getting out of bed in the morning, do three pages of longhand stream of consciousness writing. Be aware of the thoughts swirling around in your brain, and dump them on paper. It’s that simple. Cameron says, “It’s a rare day when the pages fail to dictate the next right thing.” Here’s a 2:36 minute video of Cameron explaining the benefits of Morning Pages.
My Routine is RAW NEWS
I retired early–at age 55–after burning out in my big career. You can learn about it in this 5 minute animated whiteboard video – Joining the Club of the Living Dead.
I didn’t do much of anything other than sleep and destress for quite a while. But when I felt better, I got antsy about the fact that my intentions and actions weren’t aligned. I was enjoying pleasant days, but not doing the things that I kept saying were important to me.
I needed a routine for my days and weeks, one that was supportive, not restrictive. A few months ago, at the end of October, I came up with RAW NEWS. This acronym stands for Reading, Art and Writing (my creative passions) built on a foundation of Nutrition, Energy, Wonder (learning and spirituality), and Self-Care.
What’s Your Routine?
Cameron has a helpful exercise if you’re trying to determine your own ideal routine. She says to complete this sentence five times – “I would be relieved if I made time to….” Then analyze your list for clues as to what you’d love to include in your framework.
Do you have a routine that is working for you? Please share.