Yes, that’s me. Looking up a word in an old Webster’s, way back in grade school. The whole scene feels vintage; the feel of my dad’s mechanical pencil, mom’s clunky white telephone and that enormous dictionary I lugged around our house, landing at the location of my homework station that particular day.
This picture reminds me of what writing used to feel like. It’s when we took time to find the right word with the correct spelling (vs. today’s ever present spellcheck), a thoughtful process which briefly took you from a busy family and everything surrounding you. Concentration needed. Multitasking not acceptable. Breath required.
It’s the reason why I’ve recently decided to make a conscious effort to place more energy into my own personal writing, beginning with my first writing class! During the month of March I will attend a three week writing practice and meditation class. The course, taught by local teacher Teri Blair, will focus on slowing down and becoming intentional in our lives and writing, no pressure attached. It honestly makes me a bit nervous sharing this decision. But now that it’s out there I promise to keep you abreast to my experiences throughout the class (if anyone would like to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
I also signed up for a class this spring; Writing Your Baby’s Birth Story at Blooma, my sister’s yoga studio. This activity has been on my mind since giving birth to Bea. It’s a chance to relive the day our baby girl arrived into the world through my own memory and handwriting. The teacher Alisa Blackwood states, “The act of writing can help you process your labor experience, from the highs and lows, to the surprises, challenges, rewards, and funny or poignant moments.” I look forward to documenting this day before the details start to blend and eventually fade.
Lastly (yes, there is more) I am returning back to a morning writing ritual by following The Artist’s Way. Just to give you a brief history, two years ago when Nick and I were pondering the idea of creating a blog, my friend Jean suggested I pick up The Artist’s Way. For those unfamiliar, The Artist’s Way, written by Julia Cameron, is a book which teaches techniques and exercises to help people gain self-confidence by supporting their creative talents and skills. One of the two basic tools is the morning pages, a daily journal entry consisting of three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness stuff. Yes, three pages each day. I gave this a go during my first trimester with Bea, but I was so darn tuckered out that it didn’t last too long. Now that I’m getting a little more rest, I feel the time has come to start fresh and bring the morning pages back into my life. Wish me luck people!!!
I certainly understand this entry is a bit self-centered. Apologies. My simple intention was to remind you fabulous readers (and writers) of the many resources available. The hope is for writing to be a natural, perhaps daily, part of your day. And for the mechanical pencil to not “bring me back” to younger years, but present ones instead.