I’ve been saying for months that I need to press the pause button, so I have some uninterrupted, concentrated time to think and recharge. My thought is this would be a day at home and everyone in the house will pretend I’m not there. Yeah, I know that was wishful thinking!
My kids can pretend to be ninjas and spacemen and super heroes, but they cannot pretend I am not there. Sebastian doesn’t know what a creative retreat is and when he has to pee, my elbow is the one he will bump with his nose. Jeff would do his best, but there’s only so much a guy who works full-time and is a full-time grad student can do to keep me fenced off.
So, he brought up the idea of giving me the chance to go a local hotel for my own creative retreat. The idea was still on a small scale. It would be local, just for a day and a night, but it sounded amazing.
Then, an opportunity arose! A fellow mom and creative at our church needed some time away and wanted to go somewhere warm. When her husband mentioned that in passing to Jeff, he had a lightbulb moment. Why don’t we go together?
So, we are! We’re going to Clearwater Beach in Florida for a few days. I am so excited for this “gift” to get away from daily life, by myself! Well, I’m going with a friend, but we’re each going for some alone time. So, we’ll share the expense of the hotel room and car rental, but then we’ll go our separate ways to get what we each need.
Once the tickets were booked, I realized I really needed to plan for this trip, so I wouldn’t be aimless or distracted once I got there.
Planning for me has involved taking a lot of notes, making lists, and doing some preliminary journaling, mostly asking myself questions.
What does this next chapter of my business look like? What are my priorities? What do I want to pursue? What do I want to remove? Why will people want to read my blog over the next year? What is fulfilling? What is draining? How can I structure my days and weeks to help me reach my goals? What even are my goals?!
Jeff and I laughed as we looked over my long lists, goals, questions, and thoughts.
“Basically, I’m going to have everything figured out by the time I come home.”
I know that I’ll only scratch the surface of what I’ve laid out for myself, but I also know that I will have focus and direction and, even if I only scratch the surface, it’ll be scratching the surface that needs to be scratched. And, hopefully, I’ll have some momentum that will carry me through the next few months.
To help me think through some of these things, I have downloaded some podcasts to listen to and bought some magazines and books to read. I am also planning to spend lots of time sketching, painting, reading up on art, listening to music, and doing things that feed my creative soul.
I’ve created a watercolor palette that mirrors the palette I use in oils, so I can explore a faster-drying medium in my field journals. I’m excited to try making watercolor and pencil sketches that I can use as reference for future oil paintings. I haven’t done that before.
I am also going to do things that are rejuvenating, like getting a massage, getting my nails done, sleeping in, taking walks on the beach in the evening, sitting by the pool, etc.
I’ve got my linen dresses packed, I bought a new comfy pair of sandals and I am ready to go soak up some sun, put my toes in the sand, and return with some clarity and renewed energy.
Any suggestions for inspiring creative podcasts? Any must-read creative/design/art/business books?
How do you recharge your creative batteries?