I was happy to welcome 2017 but the truth is that the things that complicated 2016 didn’t just disappear at the strike of midnight on 12/31/16.
Family stress, work stress and various obligations have continued throughout January. Sometimes, it is easier to just withdraw, shrink into yourself and stay isolated.
My local writers group hosted a writing workshop today and yours truly was the planning coordinator. I have to admit, I really wanted to bury my head in my covers and just sleep-in this morning. But the coordinator has to show up. So I did.
There is something about being in a group of artists, whether literary or visual. There is an energy that grows and spreads. As we delved into words, writing exercises and sharing experiences, I found my mood lifting. I tackled the writing exercises with gusto and enjoyed hearing everyone’s work. I even started a new poem this evening, something I haven’t done in weeks.
Creativity breeds creativity. Whether an art/writers guild or an inspirational friend, it is important to make connections that motivate your inner muse.