“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
— Aristotle Onassis
In all these years teaching and attending workshops and retreats, what really moves me is just how often difficult life transitions spark the desire toward creativity.
It’s when things fall apart, when we’re suffering, that we tend to search out, or be open to finding, something that helps us heal, mend, recover, regroup.
Dark moments happen to everyone. We all face illness, death, disappointment. There is divorce, downsizing, addiction. Depression. Anxiety. Money issues. Betrayals.
It was at a workshop with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estès, where I heard her say that at a certain point in a woman’s life, she has one big decision to make: Whether or not to be bitter.
In other words, are we going to be a victim, or are we going to be the heroine of our life, and live into the story with the happy ending?
There’s another piece I want to share with you, too, in case you are stuck in a bout of creative darkness.
It might be that you’ve lost faith in your art, can’t see the value of your work, or are just stuck, stuck, stuck in massive procrastination and avoidance.
I’ve been there, and also been pinned down by
most all of the dark moments listed above.
What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed and Can’t Create gives you a step-by-step creative project you can do right now to get yourself headed in a lighter direction, while meeting you where you are.
Today’s Journal Prompts
Make a list of 10 things that are going well for you right now:
Make a list of 10 things you are appreciating, that you can see / hear / taste / smell / touch right where you are sitting:
Make a list of 10 books, movies, and/or songs that make you feel good:
Make a list of 10 things you are grateful for:
Keep this list handy for when you need help focusing on the light, instead of the dark.
The Journal Prompts in this Post Are Included in the FIRE: 30 Day Journal Project Printables
During the first journal challenge, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my writing for the day.
The 30 Day Journal Project Printables are designed to make your journaling quicker, easier, and more organized.
This is my lazy writing & journaling method. It works!
Included: 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs
FIRE: PRINTABLES | $18
Whether you are brand new to writing or journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, these printable prompts make it fast and easy to get going.
See All 30 Day Journal Printable Designs
There are four different sets of 30 Day Journal Project Printables, beautifully designed, each with a different theme.
Use the printables on your own, or with The 30 Day Journal Workshop
Come on over to my studio in Mexico (via video!) where I’ll show you how to journal with intention and focus as we create two different kinds of handmade journals. It all happens in The 30 Day Journal Project Workshop, designed for experienced and brand new journalers alike!