Rituals / by Michelle Everett

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This week work has taken me to San Francisco. I enjoy the opportunity it provides. A change of scenery, I get to work with the best vendors and the travel perks are pretty nice too!

For entertainment, I decided to reread Twyla Tharp's book The Creative Habit. It's been almost 14 years since I pulled it from the shelves of Charlotte Moss's shop on East 63rd. 

I'm pretty sure the first reading was completely lost on me. I was not even 30 and, as I look back, was overly confident in my understanding of the world and life. 

I want a deeper insight into my process and hopefully discover better tools. As Kanye said, "Work it, make it, do it...Makes us harder, better, faster, stronger!" 

One of Tharp's admonishments is to develop creative rituals. Tasks that are performed every time (or everyday) you create.

It can be anything. Light a candle when writing. Loud music when painting. As long as it becomes a Pavlovian trigger to work. 

Ritual. Click. Create.

Let's face it, creating is hard. Any type; business, science and yes, arts. I think it's one of the reasons it's easy to get distracted and procrastinate. 

Personally, I have developed a morning ritual. Every single morning begins the same. 

Rise 6am. Drink large glass of lemon water.

Make-up. Dress.

Feed and walk dog for 30 minutes.

20 minute meditation.

Eat.

Make my bed and walk out the door.

Same routine, day in, day out.

But since starting my weekly diary, I need a writing ritual. It's not a muscle I flex often..and it's weak.  

What are your rituals? Leave me a comment below.