The Emerald Girl

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What I'm Giving Up for Lent 2017

I'm about to embark on a one month leave from social media. Everything except blogging and possibly IG stories (just creating, not consuming). On this leave of absence, I will be treating myself to Artist Dates.

"The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore
something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly
“artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the
imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the
play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well
of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask
yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it."
-Julie Cameron, from here.
For over a year now, I've seen the "Be Still" text that is so popular on the internets, felt a deep calling for myself to be still and yet I have not heeded the command. My heart longs for creative entrepreneurship but I feel more like a hamster in a wheel - just running in circles. It's exhausting and discouraging. I have fallen deep into the death trap of comparison (as you may have surmised from my last post). It's time to step back, breathe and fill my well.
It's scary and exciting but mostly scary. I had put so much energy into my Instagram so to stop and lose the momentum feels depressing. I think the scariest thing is letting go of the tiny bit of what I felt like was moving me in the general direction that I wanted to go. It's scary to think that maybe my goals aren't what God has planned for my life and I hate the idea of not getting what I want. Hope is what remains. Hopeful that I will gain clarity and feel enthusiastic and balanced.
I'm not catholic but think that lent is a good day to embark on this new challenge. 40 days and 40 nights without consuming other people's social media feeds, 1 artist date a week (I'll look up some fun stuff to do and share in another post), reading the Bible, playing with my kids, reading other books, writing. Lent begins on March 1 and ends on April 13th. This is a perfect transition out of this gloomy season of winter and into spring.

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