Today’s prompt from Kat McNally, courtesy of Sophie Appleby:
In the busyness of the everyday, taking time to nourish the soul doesn’t reach the top of the ‘to do’ list as often as it should.
What nourishes your soul? How would you like to incorporate more of this into your life in 2015?
and…because it’s so similar…
From Day 11 –What tiny rituals: signal that your day is starting; help you ease into a creative project; give you closure from an intensive task; or mark other significant milestones in your day? What new rituals would you like to create in the new year?
I combined these prompts because for me, they are so very similar to me.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that almost every morning, I write with my cup of coffee. For many years I struggled with a regular writing practice, but in the last two-three years, it’s finally come together for me. After playing around with when I write, I’ve come to accept that the best time to write (at least in my writer’s notebook) is in the morning. That wasn’t a happy realization for me. My work day starts by 7 at the latest. In order to get that writing/thinking time in, that means I have to get up around 4:00. On mornings that I need to drive to the ‘burg, that wake-up is 3:00.
I really fought against that. I tried to get my writing done at night – and I’ve even reasoned here that it was OK to write at night – make my morning pages evening pages – but the truth of the matter is that my writing turned into something entirely different. They were a processing of my day rather than a collection of my thoughts that center me.
I’m not sure when I made the connection – perhaps those last few months during my tenure at the career college when I was able to request a later start time in order to facilitate a morning routine that was better for me – between writing and nourishing myself, but now that it’s been made, it’s hard to undo.
Some mornings I only get to write for 15-20 minutes because sleep or the demands of the rest of my life intrude. Some mornings I don’t write at all, and those are days that are rough for more than one reason. I happen to think that the days are rough because I don’t write but I can’t tell you if it’s a correlation or causation relationship.
I am a better person when I get a chance to write and have a cup of coffee in the morning. I’m an even better person when I get to make coffee with my Chemex pot, write, and meditate in the mornings. It’s my ritual, my routine. Most people know not to mess with it.
As for what I would like to create more space for? Meditation. When I do it, I feel better. I sleep better (If I get a chance to meditate, it usually happens at night before bed) I would like to meditate in the mornings AND evenings, but it just doesn’t happen in the mornings. 10-20 minutes doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when you’re already getting up at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning, I don’t know how you get up earlier.
I also want to make more time for my photography and exercise. Fitting it all in is a juggling act I’m not very good at yet.
..and from Project Reverb, today’s prompt:
Ah ha moment: Did you have an “ah ha” moment this year? Was it a big one? Or just a small enlightenment?
I think really the enlightenment might be that I have to be kinder to myself. Too much pressure doesn’t do anything for anyone and makes me difficult to be around.
Because I essentially went a week without writing, I have a few days to catch up on for Reverb 14. Today’s catch up posts are from Day 11.
Small Pleasures: What small pleasures did you discover this year?
Outlander from Starz? It’s an incredible thing.