Hello dear Creative Souls!
Leah here. Coming to you on a Sunday afternoon, just two weeks away from the 2016 Creative Soul Weekend. Two weeks away from what is shaping up to be an exciting, inspiring, restful and filling weekend. There are still two spots available. Four women have already signed up, we hope you will join them. (All the details here.)
I'm sitting in my office, listening through the open window to the crickets, and thinking about alone time. I had a fairly social Friday night and Saturday morning, this weekend, and by the time I got home, I was toast. My throat hurt. My energy was low. I bailed on a friend's bachelorette party and stayed home to rest.
Sunday I woke up less sick, but still sniffling, and itching to get into my office, a spare bedroom in our home that I've turned into a studio. It's my happy place (well, that and the beach). I create in it. I write it in it. I stare at the walls in it, if I want to. All the posters and art on the walls are my choice. I can tape things up or take them down, whenever I want. I can play whatever weirdo music I want, without worrying if Adam will like it or not. In short: its my alone-time-space.
Alone time is so necessary for creative people. Especially women! We're taught by culture to be Everything to Everyone, and that's not sustainable in any way. We need to recharge. We need to give to ourselves.
I remember last year, during the Creative Soul Weekend, at the end of Saturday, I stepped away from the group. Some women were sitting around the campfire. Some were sitting around the table inside. But I needed a break from the social. So I went across the road to the beach. It was dark, and I had to peer to make my way along the path through the beachgrass. There was a moon but there were also some clouds. I walked along the shore where little quiet waves lapped. I took a deep breath in, and let it out. I felt something inside me recalibrate, return to balance. While I love, love, love other women and being with them, I also need that time alone to be my own person, to recharge.
This year, we built alone time into the schedule. On Saturday afternoon, after lunch and before 5 PM, there is nothing scheduled. It's free time. You can sit at the table and play with all the creative goodies we're going to have (paper, pens, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, magazines). You can read some of the books we're bringing. You can walk on the beach. You can write in your journal. You can take a drive. You can take a nap. You can swim if the weather is nice. You can do whatever strikes your fancy. Personally, I'm not sure yet how I'm going to spend that time. I'm going to wait and see.
I asked Emily to share how she decompresses in her day to day life. She listed: "Walking down to the river. Going for a ride on my bike or the 4 wheeler. Writing in my journal. Yoga or another form of movement. And sometimes, I just sit, close my eyes and breathe."
Maybe that's what I'll do on Saturday, September 10th, for that free time: just sit, close my eyes and breathe. We'll see.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Creative Soul Weekend, or you're on the fence about coming, leave a comment and let us know if there is anything we can do to help answer your questions!
Here is where you can find all the details about the weekend.
Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!