Do you dream of a writing retreat? My summer writing retreat in Mexico is both a state of mind, and very fierce protecting of boundaries around both creative work time and the creative work space. Come visit the writing cabin where I’m working in a garden in Mexico — quick video tour inside.
My Not-So-Graceful Balancing Act
So I am learning about balance. Not my strong point at all.
Right now I’m thinking of balance as my creative edge. Social visits with alone time. Balancing physical activity (running!) with mental activity — sitting my ass down and doing the work of writing.
Wellness and physical well-being are always a top priority. Even more so since I just came out of a two-month-long cold/flu/pneumonia experience that just depleted me to the core and put me behind on so many projects.
I’ve been doing tree poses in the park during my running stretch breaks. Coached by one dog or another accompanying me.
The Summer Plan to Write (and Retreat)
Because I knew the start of the year would be full-on busy, I planned a quiet summer, with no in-person teaching until September — so that I could dive deep into some writing projects.
Three weeklong trips (a personal retreat, family vacation, and business powwow with a client, in that order) happen one month apart, a nice break in a concentrated work schedule. We’ll see how it actually goes in terms of keeping up my creative momentum.
Momentum is my word of the summer, more on that in a sec.
Completion is another key word. Oh, I love the sound of that.
So, starting last week. I AM HERE. On my own personal creative retreat.
Since I’m actually HOME, being on retreat is both a state of mind, and very fierce protecting of boundaries around both creative work time and my creative work space.
My Writing Retreat Cabin in a Mexico
Living in a warm climate means there is a wonderful opportunity to mix indoor and outdoor living and working. So instead of an office, which I don’t have anyway, I do my writing outside on the patio, surrounded by trees and birds, in a small screened-in room.
Here’s what my little writing cabin (cabaña, in Spanish) looks like here in Mexico:
On my lunch break I took this quick video tour for you.
Balance is teaching me about acceptance and surrender, while still planning, plotting, and working.
Like any creative endeavor, I’m figuring it out as I go.
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One Week into my Writing Retreat
Last week there was another writer here doing her own writing retreat, so we supported each other in keeping to our morning and afternoon work schedule.
What a luxury to have someone nearby doing their own creative work. I love that and look forward to more!
I got a book project all mapped out and worked on structure.
Momentum & Completion
This week, I decided that before I could dive in fully on the book, that one big project that got sidelined during my long illness needs completion.
So I’ve had a bit of a creative u-turn, and it feels just right. I’m actually breathing a little easier now that I’m shifting in to completion mode, rather than revving up into start mode. Does that make sense?
How about you?
What creative projects are you working on this summer?
How are you playing with the idea of balance?
Do you have a work for the summer that is helping you focus?