This week our theme in creative flow practice was the three creative energies: creative work rest and play. And how they can be integrated.
In the Flow Practice Group, we looked at rest on Monday, play on Tuesday, work on Wednesday and integrating all three on Thursday.
And below is what happened during my creative week this week 31, Q3, 2019. How was your week? You can share your accomplishments, setbacks and side-tours with us in our Facebook group here. Then come back on Monday to set intentions for Week 32.
Theme of the Week: The Three Energies of Creative Work Rest and Play
There’s so much that can be said about each of these three energies of creative work rest and play. I’m going to return to consider each separately in its own blog post. In the meantime, if you’d like to see the practice we did around them, you can join our Flow Practice Facebook group here.
Monday: Creative Rest was about different flavors of tiredness and how fatigue can be a messenger from our creative depths.
Tuesday: Creative Play was about consciously practicing play in the form of a contrasting activity to our day work and also bringing a playful attitude to our work and rest, as play is highly personal.
Wednesday: Creative Work was about what happens when we label something “work” and especially what happens it when we label it work that we don’t want to do. What does that do to our experience of the work and to the output.
As we wear our three hats of work: making, managing, and marketing, what energies are we bringing. The invitation was to stop labeling. We need to identify these streams of work but we don’t need to pre-judge them.
Bringing true creative presence to work, which is always open, allowing. No labels, no pre-judging, no post-judging either.
That’s what we practice with Inspiration Meditation and F-R-E-E-writing: that optimal creative approach.
And finally, on Thursday, we explored integrating creative work rest and play through 90 minutes cycles in each day and across each week and month. What it is to live the understanding that we have been drawn to creative work because we wanted something deeper.
And the keys to that depth are play and rest as well as work.
So the question we emerged with was: how much space and time we give over to full integration of all the layers of our life experience through creative work rest and play?
My Creative Week: Taking The Scenic Route
I was challenged this week to stay focussed and integrated as a website upgrade was brought cross the line in my “day job” at the Alliance of Independent Authors.
So my author business intentions for this week, as outlined in the Go Creative! in Business Facebook group last Monday, were to sign off on the Go Creative! Quarterly Planner, set up long-awaited affiliate pages on OrnaRoss.com and get new perma-free and free self-publishing guides up for ALLi.
And what happened? None of the above.
BUT the long-awaited, upgraded super-duper ALLi website did, finally go live. It pushed everything else aside as we all got stuck into tweaks and fixes, that are still ongoing, but almost there.
So my author-business took a hit this week for the greater good!
I did find some space though for smaller projects that inched everything a little forward. Here’s what I actually achieved, wearing my three work hats.
MAKER: I made some large-print editions of poetry books and an ALLi guide. And worked on the cover of a new poetry collection with Jane.
MANAGER: I set up a new social media manager on my websites, a fantastic tool called Nelio [affiliate link]. I’ll write more about this when I’ve had a chance to use it some more–but so far, so fabulous.
MARKETER: Set up a new blog and social plan with Kayleigh, my social media assistant.
What about you, how was your creative week? What did you produce, process or promote in your creative business?
In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week. What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and Marketer (who promotes). Join us?
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