Last week, I shared my new love for writing morning pages and all the positive benefits I’ve found from writing them for the past 30 days. Going along with the concept of morning pages, I’ve recently started going on Artist Dates. This idea also comes from the book The Artists Way and was another cool take-a-way from the book.
According to the author, Artist Dates are defined as:
“Once-weekly, festive, solo expeditions to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”—think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination, they spark whimsy and they encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?”—then make time to try it.”
Since I tend to focus my attention on work—almost always—I figured setting time aside just for me was a great idea. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, it’s just that you make time for yourself and that you’re taking care of your inner creative.
My Artist Dates
I’ve enjoyed scheduling time away to do fun things! So far, I’ve:
- Went to get my nails professionally done
- Took a bath- The first bath in at least 5 years. It was magical.
- Browsed the craft store with no plan
- Browsed the used bookstore with no plan
- Spent hours in my kitchen cooking and baking
This is just the start, I have so many other ideas of things I want to do and places I want to explore on my own.
It’s been really easy for me to prioritize work projects over anything else and say “I don’t have time for myself,” but that’s completely ridiculous. One big reason I wanted to become self-employed was to have “more time” to do what I wanted. There are many days where this change has been the exact opposite of that—I work more than ever and my mind is constantly swimming with “what more can I do?”
Taking two hours a week for myself is not going to make me fall behind. I know I can’t be productive all the time, so taking time away is the best thing for my mental health, creativity and workflow.
What’s the point?
The whole idea of taking yourself out on solo Artist Dates are to rejuvenate you!
- Makes you see different perspectives
- Lets your mind wander, and in turn, uncovers new ideas
- Makes you excited about your work again
- Helps you get in touch with yourself
- Gives you a creative outlet doing something totally different than your normal day-to-day
Taking time for myself is not the type of thing that comes easy for me, and I know I’m not alone. There are always going to be things you feel that you need to take care of right now and if you don’t your whole life will fall apart. This is far from the truth. Prioritize yourself first, the rest of it can wait.
Where would you go on an Artist Date? Comment below!
“Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia
Thanks for reading,