Must-Reads for Creatives is a monthly curation of articles + art for thoughtful creative parents. Each post arrives tied together by a gentle thread—because I’m not here to add to the noise. Let’s simplify creative living, shall we? (At the end of each post, I share how I’ve been doing just that.) Bookmark these posts. Savor them slowly.
From Comparison to Creative Freedom:
This month’s Must-Reads for Creatives help us shift from comparison mode toward greater creative freedom.
As the fall season nears, we revisit our schedules. What if we use this transition time as a chance to rework our habits, expectations, and goals, as well?
If you’re a parent or student, you may be bracing yourself for a more scheduled fall. Instead, bring your shoulders down from your ears and ask yourself:
- Do you have to attend every meeting or extracurricular activity?
- Who are you trying to keep up with?
- What expectations can you release?
- Whom can you ask for help and support?
- When can you restore yourself, with a moment of unstructured family time, a creative pursuit, exercise, meditation, or time in nature?
Together, we can take a stand against busyness and seasonal “should’s.” Step back from unnecessary minutiae that zaps your time and energy. Think wide lens, not zoom lens. You’re freer than you think you are.
This Month’s Must-Reads for Creatives:
You Can Be a Mother and Still Be a Successful Artist >>>
Comparison Among Moms: A Practical Solution / Well Done >>>
Being Too Precious About the Process >>>
Community Building 101 Part Two: Inviting Brilliant People Into Your Life >>>
Psychologist Writes About “Gender Creative” Children >>>
21 Incredible New Books You Need to Read This Fall >>>
“Drawing with Porcelain” >>>
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How’s your August? I enjoyed a mix of family adventures (a pool party with a double rainbow and a trip to a different zoo) and adult time (a Wye Oak concert with my husband, and a Happy Hour with my mompreneur group friends). I’ve been taking 10 minutes for yoga most mornings, and a full hour for yoga, Pilates, or therapy ball work on Sundays. It’s been incredibly restorative. I work a challenging day job, counseling survivors of trauma; mind/body practices are my commitment to myself (along with having my own coach)! I hope you’re finding your right mix of adventures and wellbeing practices.
Share a Comment: How does comparison crop up in your life? What helps you trust your own vision and timeline?
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