Today was another truly beautiful day along the California Coast. Today I stopped and allowed myself to enjoy it. I decided to be generous to myself for a change-to give myself just a bit of luxury. I walked down to the Little Red Cafe in my town and ate breakfast. I know this probably doesn't sound like much but for me its huge. I don't need to tell you that the last 7 years have been difficult for me. I've lost pretty much everything I spent years working towards-my job, my house,family members,my studio,and now my dogs. Because of the lack of available cash I stopped allowing myself any luxuries. I figured that because I wasn't pulling in much money that I didn't deserve to treat myself. I needed to just go home and work- to be a successful artist. Recently through the 12 step program "The Artists Way" I have started to change my thinking. In the process I have found a little corner of Heaven. This corner is called The Montara Cafe and Bakery-I just call it the Little Red Cafe. And today I quite literally found a corner all for myself and my inner artist. Here's our little corner.
This is perfect-it faced out to the ocean, the window was open and a soft breeze was blowing . I was enjoying a wonderful breakfast and watching the world go by in a local friendly eatery-(one of my favorite things). It felt sinful sitting there watching the ocean, eating breakfast instead of working. But it also felt so good. It felt right-like finally taking a deep breath. Because of this hour of luxury I am ready to work on a project that I have been dragging my feet on for some time now-I feel that "sense of abundance" that the Artists Way talks about - a sense of renewel. In the months ahead I will continue to fight to give myself these little gifts because as the Artist's Way states " art is born in expansion, in a belief in sufficient supply, it is critical that we pamper ourselves for the sense of abundance it brings to us."
So I guess my message to anyone reading is : don't deny yourself a little luxury. If you do you may deny yourself of your creativity which can only manifest as a result of the joy.
The Montara Bakery and Cafe along highway 1 (Cabrillo Hwy) in Montara, Ca.
Creativity lives in paradox: serious art is born from serious play
-Julia Cameron-The Artists Way