Get out of there. Really. GET OUT! Get out of your home, your studio, your comfort zone.
I’ve been a hermit. I’ve been working overtime trying to get the audio, video, and content ready for the smARTist Telesummit and Blast Off class. And I’ve been making all kinds of excuses (I know!) for staying in my home office.
It’s not healthy. It’s not healthy to see only the same three cats and husband day in and day out–no matter how cute the four of them are. And it’s rotten for mental and creative stimulation. (Incidentally, that's cute kitty #3, our newest addition that we adopted last month: Dharma. Dharma doesn't realize that the basket is too small for her. Or maybe she's just drunk on catnip.)
This morning I had a long-planned breakfast with tactile artist Ann Cunningham. It was great! Not only do I love Ann’s company, but during our brief time together, I came up with three newsletter or blog topics. I also have an idea for a contest that I’m going to be posting very soon.
These ideas never would have come to me at home or by being glued to this computer screen.
I know all of the above already. In fact, I teach it in my classes and mention it in my book. But I haven’t been practicing it. Or I’ve been practicing it only when the timing is perfect. The truth is, timing is never perfect. You just have to do it.
My new intention for getting out, as I create my vision for 2009 with the Blast Off class, is to schedule (schedule is the key word) at least one appointment out of the office per week.
A related intention is to have a dinner party once a month. Just four guests, but people we don’t see all of the time–people who can enrich our lives with their ideas and from whom we can be inspired. This will also allow me to be a hostess and cook, which are two things I truly enjoy.