Take Back the Weekend

A note from Emily:

Remember when you were a kid and you looked forward to the weekend?

It was a big thing! Maybe, like me you were allowed to stay up late and watch TGIF (hello Family Matters and Step by Step) and you'd get to sleep in. On rainy days you'd stay in your pjs, colour, read a book or build a pillow fort. On nice days you'd go outside, decorate the driveway with chalk, ride bikes and play. Remember play? When you were older it was friends, parties, lessons and more stuff that hopefully lit you up.

Over time your plate filled up a lot morel. It's not bad. It just - is. There's work, a house to run, errands, volunteer commitments, kids, relationships, pets, appointments.

Now it's all so much that the fun and thrill of a weekend can flash by before you even know it’s here.

Work is what ate my weekends. I love my work. It's creative and fulfilling but when you do creative work for a living it's hard to "clock out". Everything is inspiration and your brain is always looking for connections and that spark of genius for your current project. And the fact that I work from home means it can be hard to keep clear separations between work hours and life hours. The days can blur together and before you know it you haven't done something for yourself in weeks, months and for some - years.

There's a lot of talk about boundaries these days. And rightfully so. We're all busy. There's a lot of us walking around in a fog, dazed, depressed, numb and going through the motions. Life's crazy - we don't need to dwell on that, we all know it.

But if you don't carve out time for yourself and what matters to you, no one else will. If you don't set your own priorities, someone else will.

That's what Creative Soul Weekend is all about. Creating the space to slow down, do something for yourself and share experiences with other women. But it's only once a year. So over the past few months I've been taking back my weekends.

I've been intentionally making the Creative Soul Weekend mission a part of my everyday life.

I've started exploring watercolour painting, going for walks in the woods, reading more (I just finished Turn Your Pain Into Art - Ariel Bloomer and am currently reading In the Land of Birdfshes - Rebecca Silver Slayter) and allowing for down time. I definitely still struggle with thoughts like "This isn't productive,"  "I'm not making money or contributing," and "Is this selfish?" It’s hard to juggle at first. But the longer I do this, the better I feel. And the more creative and effective I am when I do sit back down to do the work.

 Getting out for some fresh air and photo walks with my husband.

Getting out for some fresh air and photo walks with my husband.

 Experimenting with watercolours! 

Experimenting with watercolours! 

Which brings me to my challenge to you:

Do something this weekend that feels good and creative. I can hear you now -"Uhm, excuse me? There's so much I have to do! How can I possibly spend the whole weekend being creative?" No sweat! You don't have to dedicate your entire weekend (but consider working your way up to it). You can start small. Take one hour and just write if that's your thing, decorate a cake for no occasion at all, get down on the floor and play with your kids or ask yourself how you can do mundane tasks with just a little more creative intention. The "stuff" will be there when you're done. And trust me - you'll be more relaxed and capable of tackling it once you've fed your creative soul.

Take back your creativity. Take back your time. Take back your sanity.  

Take back the weekend.

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What's one thing you're going to do this weekend to unleash your creative soul? Share with us in the comments below. We'd love to know!