It’s taken me 3 weeks to finish Chapter Five… but I’ve done it and it’s been an interesting process.
The first week brought me low, the second week I was too busy travelling to commit to completing Julia’s exercises, but this third week… well, it’s been quite inspiring. Continue reading
Reigniting a Sense of Honesty.
If I’m going to be completely honest here, I have to admit to two things. Continue reading
Reigniting a Sense of Honesty
In fiction writing, there’s a point in the middle of a story where the main character gets a glimpse of who they really are. Some people call it the Mirror Moment. In Pride and Prejudice it’s when Elizabeth reads Darcy’s letter and admits, ‘Until this moment I never knew myself’. In the James Bond reboot Casino Royale with Daniel Craig, it’s when he puts on his first tailored tuxedo and looks at himself in the mirror. It’s also the first time in that film we hear the faint strains of the iconic theme music. Bond is seeing himself properly for the first time.
This week’s topic was Reigniting a Sense of Honesty, and it was a hard one because I experienced my mirror moment… and I didn’t like what I saw. Continue reading
Working through Week Four of Julia Cameron’s “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again” is helping me heal from the terrible wounds of Grey Divorce.
The memoir part of this fourth week required taking a look at ages 16 to 22 – a time of great change…leaving home, going to university, meeting my future husband..
Guided through questions such as “describe a taste from that time” or “where did you live,” I sat down to face some painful memories, a rehashing of all the mistakes I made that led to me being a divorced woman at 64 years old.
Following Julia’s thoughtful and gentle process, it almost didn’t hurt. In fact, it felt good to finally face the past in the hopes of finding a future. Continue reading
REIGNITING A SENSE OF PURPOSE
1) How Many days did you do your Morning Pages /MPs?
Most days… but not always the full three pages. Life is complicated at the moment so some days I barely even managed one. (Which is, perhaps, when we should be concentrating the most on our MPs.)
2) Did you do an Artist Date?
See above for complicated life, but the truth is I didn’t make it a priority. Hmmm. Why not? Continue reading
It’s never Too Late to Begin Again – Reigniting a Sense of Community is the theme of Week Three in Julia Cameron’s book.
By Day Four, I figured I had blown it.
Morning pages – I wrote a measly three. Artist date – none. Walks alone – none. On the last day, it was the memoir part with its remembering tasks and questions.
I looked at the blank pages in my notebook and knew I was a failure.
Failure at growing up, failure at marriage, failure at life. Oh, yeah, the self-pity demon was in full force on that seventh day. Continue reading
This week’s focus was on Reigniting a Sense of Connection.
Normally, when I write my weekly review, I simply follow the list of questions at the end of each chapter of Julia’s book, It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again. This week, because of two particular elements of synchronicity I experienced, I’m going to change my approach. Continue reading