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The NaNo of Nuture

October 22, 2012

So, I’m not going to hold myself to NaNo per the rules this year. Let’s forget for a moment that my brain is consumed by BABY OMG BABY. I thought, perhaps, that I should take some mothering lessons for myself and rather than squeeze this wizened, wrinkled grape of my creativity to try and get some drips of juice, I’ll plump it up.  I’ll learn. I’ll *gasp* try to do things I’m not already able to slide through without much effort.

It’ll be the NaNo of Nurture. I will spend every day of November building nurturing habits for my inspiration, mind, body and spirit. And perhaps in doing this, I will build something that will continue PAST November, that will lead me to NaMar’s and NaJan’s – to be able to call upon that unsettled lightning inside me whenever, even when I have a lot of laundry and THINGS ™ to do.

I have a few mantras in mind for this coming adventure:

  • Love is a Creative Force.
  • Life is Practice and Exercise.
  • Be Present, Explore New Futures.

I have a few rules too:

  • Every day, something that nurtures my creative self
  • Be aware of my ever changing perspective. There’s more going on inside me right now than perhaps any other time in my life. My brain is remapping, my body is changing, my whole life is going to twist and reshape itself. I want to experience it.  And I don’t want to feel guilty for doing so. (Cause, you know, I do. I feel guilty.)
  • Use my giving nature to help with this prospect. So what if I have trouble doing things on my own? Maybe I don’t have to? At least not at first?
  • Use my lack of self trust and self-motivation against me to build creative habits that will act later without their help. Use my willingness to be accountable to others to build accountability for myself.
  • Stop making excuses.
  • Ask for help. Because, damn. If that ain’t hard.
  • Stop comparing myself to others. I may never get where they are. I will only get where I strive to reach. And I must take into account the sacrifices and realities of all of those “successes”.
  • Redefine Success for Me. No one else’s opinion really matters. For realz.

Here is a list of things that I could potentially involve myself in to start working that creative muscle again.

  • Morning (or whatever time pages)
  • Early morning walks
  • Go back to Folk Dancing
  • Choreograph the songs that have been winding my brain into impossible lines.
  • And if that doesn’t work, fuck it. Just dance to them, for god’s sake.
  • Study my Riqq
  • Reacquaint myself with drumming rhythms.
  • Ask for inspiration, help and accountability (on my lj/blog, ask for people to submit moments in life, thoughts, words, whatever, and I have to write a story/song about it.)
  • Look for inspiration. Just because the origin of the idea didn’t pop into your own head doesn’t mean you can’t write something awesome about it. That’s the beauty of the human condition – we all are connected through these experiences. It’s how we express them that is different and personal.
  • Pull out the keyboard(s) and start working on them again
  • Put together the Patchwork.
  • Blog these my results of what I do.

So, those are some of my thoughts for now. All Hail the NaNo of Nuture!

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