It's Friday, my friends. I have a lot on my plate this weekend, but I'm happy to be home (for once!) and working and I plan to embrace productivity in all it's exhaustive glory so long as I actually accomplish it all. I know, I know. I can do anything, but not everything.
For now, I'm struck by this thought that Shauna shared on her blog the other day,
"I choose to believe that inspiration is my responsibility—I create it in the life I lead…It's my responsibility to live a life that sustains me creatively, so that when it’s "go-time" and I’m staring at a blank screen, I’ve got something to say. The work of inspiration doesn't happen when you sit down to write—it happens all the rest of time, when you're reading great writing, when you're taking walks or taking naps or taking pictures on your phone at the farmer's market. Pay attention to what inspires you creatively, and work that into your life with the same urgency and intention that you plan writing time."
I, like many many artists and creative people before me, struggle with effective inspiration-gathering. What is inspiration and what is wasted time? How do we live life and make time to write about it? How do I write about life if I'm not living it?
This weekend I know I have to dedicate myself to work and life - producing the articles and write-ups and quotes I've committed to, paying my bills, cleaning up around the house, scheduling my car repairs, going grocery shopping. It's not glamorous and it's not always fun, but I can't avoid life if I'm going to write about it.
As for inspiration, I plan to make time for that promising 70 degrees and sunny Sunday headed our way and throw a cook-out with my favorite people. Good food and good company are a recipe for the best kind of writing, truly. And for tonight, I'm going on a date with my hubby. We plan to see Midnight in Paris and eat dinner together (a rarity for us right now, unfortunately.)
What will you do with your weekend? I hope it's a good one.
[Image: Source: re-nest.com via Bethany on Pinterest]