In 7 days I will mildly lose my shit. It’s inevitable.
I will cry at Pamper’s commercials, or that damn car commercial where the dad drops his daughter off at the airport to go to college. I’ll have to sleep an extra 2 hours a night for a few nights. I’ll need to watch some pretty silly TV.
Why, you ask?
Because the Kickstarter for my guidebook, Becoming Religish, will have closed. And whether we’ve made it happen together, or whether we’re saying goodbye together to that particular version of the spiritual empowerment dream, I will be at the end of a creative cycle.
Talking about Becoming Religish has meant an EPIC amount of creative work. I’ve written posts, and held workshops on Google Hangout. I’ve recorded videos, and edited them and added captions — which if you’ve known me for even ten minutes you know is a herculean amount of technical savvy for this girl! I’ve created a zillion graphics on Canva for social media promotions, and thought up dozens of ways to say “Come join me….thank you” with clever pledge rewards and collaborative gifts from my soulsisters. And I have loved it all! The synapses are firing baby! The Muse is afoot.
But in 9 days, things will go quiet and the birth will be done– one way or another. And that means The Lull. And in the Lull my inner critic gets very loud. And I swear my horomones do that postpartumish thing. And it’s just kinda hard.
Less hard than it used to be, before I knew The Lull was part of my creative cycle. Because now I know about the need for extra sleep, and silly TV, and a lot of fallow time. But still, it’s kind of…not difficult…uncomfortable I guess, to wade through.
The reason I am telling you this is because maybe you have a postpartum-ish part of your creative cycle too. And maybe no one has ever said, “Hey, that’s kinda uncomfortable, I know–but you can totally selfcare yourself through it! The fallow ground is as important as the creative burst.“
So I’m saying it to you now, in these last 7 days of my own creative cycle, so you will not be alone in yours. So we will be together. And that in that togetherness we can be a little more nonresistant to the reality of creating beautiful things, and a little more compassionate with ourselves.
So, creative friend, I’ll meet you on Netflix in 7 days to watch silly TV. Until then, thanks for being part of the creative process for Becoming Religish. It feels good to be in the birth room together with you.
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