When I'm busy, I find my mind wandering to my happy place, a cave-like coffee shop with squashy leather couches, a gentle fire going, and the doors wide open, allowing the ambient noise of rainfall in until its smell magically mixes with fresh coffee beans.
Books like Big Magic and The War of Art have changed the conversation about creative endeavors, shifting the focus from art/hobby to work. But we must remember that there's another side of that coin--the importance of rest. When I began to see my writing as work, it was hard to shift that mentality from hobby and outlet to something I needed regular breaks from. It used to be my respite, after all!
But no matter how much fulfillment our work may give us, it's important to find a healthy balance and allow our creative wells to refill.
But it's not practical to get away every weekend, and I certainly can't escape to my coffee shop and leave babies to fend for themselves. So I have been spending beautiful nap times outside, tiny pockets of time soaking in the Vitamin D, reading for fun, or diving into the Bible. There may be lumbering cement trucks instead of the peace of the hills, but this special little spot helps me enjoy my work a little more :)
Do you have good boundaries with your work? (Teach us your ways!!) How do you create space for rest? Tell us about your dream reading/writing spot!
Previously a full-time book publicist, Laurie now serves as a virtual assistant and runs a freelance editing and PR consulting business called 1624 Communications.
She lives with her husband and two small children in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her debut contemporary romance novel, With No Reservations, is now available wherever books are sold from Harlequin Heartwarming.