Spoiler Alert: I’m not writing to you from that Magic Kingdom. The one with the mouse-ear hats, over-priced Princess Breakfasts and nightly fairytale parades. Although that does sound like fun!
The magical place I’m writing to you from today is simply: my studio.
You see, I’ve been in here for almost a month straight now, painting, writing, and creating.
Honestly, it’s hard to break away, but I got this crazy idea to run by you. More on that in a sec.
A month ago at this time, I was on a weeklong retreat with one of my spiritual teachers, at a fancy resort in Cancun with 1,400 other like-minded people. Yeah, we took over the biggest resort in Cancun, and that in itself was a peak experience.
How to come back to “real life” after that?
With no other plan in mind than to simply ease back into “ordinary life” after such an extraordinary retreat, on my first morning back, (a Sunday) I got out of bed and went directly to my studio — because this is where I always feel good, no matter what else is happening.
Creating a gentler “re-entry” after such a powerful week off was like having another vacation. Do try this at home if you feel you need a vacation after your next vacation.
While I expected that putting my studio time first (instead of doing laundry or confronting 10 days worth of email, for example) would make the transition back to ordinary life easier, I also had a bit of agenda.
During the retreat, a radical question formed in my mind regarding my business and creative life.
So when I got home, I wanted to see what would happen if I “lived my question”. Props to Rilke.
The best way I know how to live my questions is by doing my creative practice, and making studio time THE most important part of my day.
I’ve been *leaping out of bed and going right to the studio, eager to see what new work (and insights regarding my radical question) will emerge next.
This momentum has continued to build, resulting in all sorts of new clarity, focus and ENERGY for creative projects.
This is where you come in.
The Crazy Idea
Well, maybe it’s not so crazy now that I’m writing it down.
But I got the idea to give everyone a copy of my memoir, Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice, in exchange for the answer to ONE simple question.
After you complete and submit the form above, you’ll get an email from me.
If you don’t see an email from me, check your SPAM and promotions tabs.
Make sure you open the email, because the link to download the book for free is in that email.
If you’re not seeing the question or form, above, to submit your answer, get it here.
Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice is over 500 pages of uncensored journal entries, brought together in a beautifully designed .pdf — with color photos from the visual sketchbooks and notebooks I keep in my studio.
After you download your free copy of Sketchbooks, I invite you to go to YOUR studio and make stuff. (Even if your “studio” space is the kitchen table. I’ve done some of my best work in that kind of studio.)
Creative Studio time. Mine, yours and everyone’s.
It’s the most magical place on Earth. Maybe even the whole Universe.
Here’s what it looks like in my studio right now, including the sketchbooks on my work table, and how I use them as part of my creative practice.
Thanks so much for being a part of my creative journey, and participating in this questioning experiment.
More to come so stay tuned!
Feel to drop me a note about Sketchbooks in the meanwhile, after you’ve had a chance to read a little.
*Leaping out of bed with eagerness was something I’ve always envied in others. I am NOT a morning person. At all.