The book I wish you'd write – A Grace Full Life
January doesn’t seem like the ideal time of year to reinvent myself. I heard somewhere that making resolutions at this time of year makes no sense, and I agree. It’s winter. We should burrow down, take care of ourselves, and be gentler on our bodies.
As a result, no resolutions will be made until the spring. Maybe even no resolutions at all.
I also brought up the woman who asked strangers in bookstores about their favorite book of all-time. I didn’t know what mine was at the time, but after some thought, I now know. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
I also said that I enjoy a good guilty pleasure book. I’m not always about soul homework. I even have a book about the gossip on the Real Housewives on hold at the library! I enjoy a good Tori Spelling tell-all, just in case you thought I was all Oprah’s book club all the time.
From my friend Rita’s blog, I learned of Julia Cameron’s follow up book titled It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.
I discuss the three components of Julia’s books:
Artist’s dates It’s not necessary to be an artist to attend the dates; it’s simply a word. Similarly, when she mentions God, you don’t have to be religious; it’s simply a word.
In the new book, she also recommends taking solo walks twice a week. But they aren’t a deal breaker for me since they sound too much like a resolution, and we aren’t doing resolutions right now.
When researching Julia Cameron for this post, I came across this New York Times article, about her growing up north of Chicago. Of course, I had to dig up where she was born and raised, and discovered it was 10 minutes from where I live.
The Memoir is an added component in Julia’s second book that I did not discuss on the podcast. It’s a weekly activity that helps you recall past events.
This quote from her book jumped out at me since I’ve heard it said so many times, even by myself:
“One especially heartbreaking sentence I have heard over and over from my newly retired students is, “Oh, my life wasn’t that interesting.” The truth is that every life is fascinating. And when we are willing to look at, and thus honor, the life we have led, we inevitably bring ourselves to a place of both power and self-appreciation.”
Here are some other links that tie in to what I talked about:
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments on the podcast, or The Artist’s Way.