This is the first in a series of posts about The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a book and a self-study program developed by Julia Cameron in the 1990s. I completed the 12-week program a few months ago. By doing the reading and working through the course exercises, I experienced a significant change in my own creative process. The course helped me reclaim my identity as an artist and return to my passions with new energy and confidence. I’ve decided to start this year by revisiting the book and sharing some of my insights.
As this year kicks off, I’m experimenting with methods to weave new habits and creative behaviours into my daily routine. I recently announced my new project, 52 Ways to be Creative. During each week of this year, I plan to spend a few hours developing an existing creative skill, refreshing a forgotten ability, or learning something entirely new — all in the spirit of exploration, community and growth. I'm inspired by the calm energy of kaizen, an approach that requires making small, continuous changes over time.
The past eight months have been an exhilarating time for me, and I feel more connected than ever to my life’s dual-purpose of sharing my creativity and helping others to tap into their own creative potential. This comes after a period of feeling extremely stuck. Like, waist-deep in swampland stuck. Like, ‘is my life ever gonna change or should I just accept this is it?’ stuck.
On a walk home the other day, I ended up feeling the first signs of what I thought might be imposter syndrome. I chat about what it felt like, and how I moved into and through it. Today I’m going to talk a little bit about imposter syndrome. A few weeks ago, I was walking home and I started to feel a little bit of anxiety and a lot of self-doubt. And I thought that I was experiencing imposter syndrome. It’s possible that’s what it was. Although as I sit here, I’m not totally sure. But I can say, it was the closest to imposter syndrome that I’ve ever experienced, I think. Prior to this, for the most part when...