How to boost your creativity with play dates
You’re feeling tired, bored, and stuck in the routine of everyday life. It’s almost like you can sleepwalk through doing all the things that keep you successful on a daily basis.
You can’t think of the last time you raised the bar in any area of your life.
You’re feeling a strong craving to breakout in some way, but how?
I have the answer; Artist Dates
Working or being productive over an extended period of time can lead to energetic and creative depletion. Artist Dates allow you to replenish your resources when you’re feeling like you’re running on empty. They teach you to be self-nourishing and help you manage the balance of your creative resources.
What is an Artist Date?
An artist date is a block of time, in the neighborhood of 2 hours or so, that is scheduled and committed to exclusively for nurturing and replenishing your creative awareness and energy.
Artist dates are solo expeditions (emphasis on solo) designed to reignite your creative energy by exploring something that interests you. It’s going to be tempting to invite a companion, don’t. Trust me on this; if you don’t go solo, you won’t enjoy the benefits only an artist date can provide.
Depending on how depleted you are, you may find weekly Artists Dates beneficial. Any time you can schedule an Artist Date will be time well spent.
Benefits of Artist Dates
Art is about the play of ideas; they open our minds and nourish our soul. They ignite our creativity, our passions, and our dreams by replenishing our inner fuel tank of images, inspiration, and fun.
- Artist Dates fire up the imagination
- They spark quirkiness
- They encourage play
- They challenge yourself to try new things
- They improve confidence
- They provide an opportunity to reconnect with ourselves and our innermost dreams and desires.
When choosing an Artist Date, ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” Then go out there and try it and see what happens.
20 Artist Date Ideas
- Visit an art supply store, hobby store or fabric store. Take your time to walk through the aisles and take it all in. Find and buy an art project to create.
- Get out a map and plan a roadtrip.
- Visit a farmer’s market that you’ve never been to. Explore all the displays and treat yourself to something that sparks your interest.
- Spend some time outdoors with your journal or sketchbook.
- Visit your local library and check out a book or audio program on a topic that you know very little about but that looks fascinating to you. Check it out, read or listen to it.
- Watch an Oscar-nominated movie, foreign film, or look for films screened at your local art museum and go.
- Check out the local museum scene by visiting the Art or Science museum or other specialty museums in your area.
- Go for a walk or hike, take your camera with you and document the experience. Store these images in an easy to access place for when you want to remind yourself of the imagines and feeling of the experience.
- Create a Pinterest account. Search areas of interest to you and Pin whatever inspires you or sparks your imagination and create your own dream or wish board.
- Attend a local festival, music event, art show, play, or other cultural events.
- Set aside an hour of quiet time; no phone, TV, computer, or manufactured sound whatsoever, and allow your mind to roam freely.
- Visit your local Zoo. Research special events held there to make your visit extra special.
- Spend an hour going through your books. Pick ten to read or re-read and ten to donate to charity.
- Visit your local Botanical Gardens, Arboretum, or park. Take your camera.
- Bake some chocolate chip cookies (or whatever your favorite treat is) while listening to your favorite music.
- Read an old journal and appreciate your journey and the progression of your life.
- Volunteer for an hour or two at a local shelter and play with or exercise the animals that are waiting for good homes.
- Expose yourself to new music. Take a walk with someone else’s iPod or get a referral to a playlist on Spotify or station on Pandora.
- Play tourist in your own town and surrounding area. Visit the local tourism office or web site and explore and learn something new about your town.
- Handwrite a letter to your parents or a special friend or relative. Remind them of special memories you have and what you are grateful to them for. Send it.
Schedule Your First Date
Now that you have some ideas for Artist Dates, create your own Artist Date list. Write down and commit to three (3) artists dates that you plan to do in the next months.
Remember: do something that intrigues you, explore what interests you. Do something new and fun for a couple of hours and see what happens.
Artist Dates are the brain child of Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way.
Morning Pages, the companion to Artist Dates
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