Waking up this morning, a day off after a 12 hour day of parent teacher conferences, a slight bit of gloom weighs heavy on me. As an introvert, so much people time depletes my energy reserves and I need days of aloneness to restore and renew my supply.
My husband, chipper as a five year old on Christmas, skipped out this morning with buddies – an ice fishing trip until Monday. I have the house to myself for three whole days. Yet, every room of the house begs for my attention; dishes, laundry, bills, school work. I burrow into my bed a little longer than usual until our yellow lab, Sandy, comes into my bedroom and finds my elbow to lick.
After coffee, my notebook is pulled out. A few morning pages and then some creating is in store. A little doodling is all it takes to start refilling the well. Sometimes, I cut and glue and paint and design art journal pages on a Saturday morning, but today, a pen is all that is needed.
There is no end product in mind, just a process of doodling. Sometimes zentangle designs come up, sometimes it’s faces filled with a variety of expressions. I giggle a bit after each face as some characters come alive – or I come to the realization that I know that face in real life.
When I don’t know where to start, drawing what I’m wearing, including the emotions I might be carrying gets me going down the doodling path and stokes the fires a bit. My pen takes over with a mind of it’s own and I just follow it. An hour or so later, some heaviness is lifted and I feel ready to dig into my day.
Some people start their day with prayer. Some with writing (me, too) Some exercise. Others create their to-do lists. On my weekends, I start with art.
How about you? How do you restock the well?
I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post every day in March.