Well, here we are then. It's the last day of the twelve week programme.
If you're reading this and you've completed The Artist's Way before, you'll understand the emotions I'm feeling. Happy, proud, scared, curious—a whole mixed bag. More than anything else I feel satisfied and pleased with myself for making it right the way through. It took a lot of commitment, especially after my previous false starts, but once I began to experience the changes for myself this time I knew it was going to be worthwhile. I was always going to get there.
I had my wonderful Artist's Day today. A big long extended Artist's Date to myself to celebrate reaching the end. I spent several blissful hours doing some of my favourite things one after the after, many of them simple pleasures that might seem so little to others but make me feel really happy, and have consequently found myself in a very peaceful and relaxed mood tonight.
By the time I sat down to write this post I thought I'd feel a bit sadder—like something good was coming to an end. The truth of the matter is I recognise that this isn't really the end of the journey; it's only the beginning. The ground work has now been done, and it's up to me to live these positive changes I've made in my life and continue on my path of creative discovery. I will write my morning pages. I will go on my Artist's Dates. I will look out and be thankful for synchronicity, I will keep building my network of supporters and nurture my friendships and relationships, and most importantly, I will continue to believe in and be kind to myself.
Debbie and I have agreed to keep our creative cluster going, so we'll be checking in once a week to see how life after The Artist's Way is faring—it sounds like we'll also continue with a weekly blog on an “After the Artist's Way” theme, with a view to us having a crack at Walking in This World, Julia Cameron's follow up programme, in 2012.
If you've stumbled upon my blog because you're researching the book or the course and want to find out more about it, then I heartily recommend that you give it a try. The fact you've decided to look it up means some part of it has already resonated with you, and your curiosity means you're ready for it right now. You owe it to yourself and whatever creative passion you have to unlock. My one suggestion is to form a supportive creative cluster; I found the journey so much easier having Debbie to share it with rather than dealing with lots of change on my own.
I could get sentimental and reflective at this point, but I don't see the need. It's after 10pm on a Sunday night, and I, my friends, am about to end the day by doing another of my favourite things: an early bed with a large mug of hot chocolate and a good book. ;-)