Every morning I spend time with a spiral notebook and fountain pen writing about the day before and the day to come. I write about things I need to do, ideas for doing them, I sort out my thoughts on things going in my life and the world around me. I do my best to write three full pages without stopping.
When I am done I feel peaceful. I've gotten rid of many thoughts that started racing through my mind as soon as I woke up. I've sorted out the things I need to do for the day. Sometimes I write about something special that happened the day before and sometimes I rant about something difficult happening in my life.
I've been doing morning pages as instructed by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self for years. They make a big difference in how I feel and my husband even says he can tell when I have skipped them for a day or two.
Next week I start an on-line class on the sequel, Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity being lead by creative coach Quinn McDonald (www.quinncreative.wordpress.com.) I've taken workshops with Quinn and she is extremely inspiring. I look forward to learning new things and finding more of my creative self.
In the meantime, I will be doing my morning pages and hope some of you will give then a try. Let me know how they work for you.