In my mind, my trip to New York marked my last holiday for quite a while. The only things I have left on my calendar for this summer are a family wedding in August and a few concerts scattered over the next few months. I’m pulling a “Shopaholic” and putting my credit card in the freezer as to not put any more evil upon the poor innocent piece of plastic.
Along with the literal “freeze” upon my credit card I’m going to embark on a few other phases that I am dubbing my New Chapter. The initial phase involved green smoothies which has been going surprisingly well over the past 2 weeks. The second phase involves staying active which will lead to my last great purchase of the next few months (minus concert tickets because music is the one thing that helps me keep my sanity.) This great purchase is a gym membership. I had one a few years back in college and loved it because of the classes that were offered. I’ve found when I work out and just hit the treadmill or elliptical, my hour long workout feels like 6 because it is so monotonous and you don’t move anywhere. With Pilates or Zumba or Step classes, you’re constantly in motion and working out doesn’t feel forced. Added to these workout classes will be taking advantage of the hills Los Angeles has to offer me by going on more morning hikes on the weekends. Because with views like these, you have to take advantage of it.
The third phase of New Chapter is creating a creative space in my apartment. I’ve been told by many that the living room of my apartment in itself is a very open creative space, which it is. But I think I have become so used to it and have now associated it with other things like eating dinner or watching TV and it has lost the original appeal of being creative. Instead, I think I’m going to make a little corner of the apartment my Creative Corner. I have these beautiful, vibrant colored vintage scarves from flea markets I’ve collected over the years and I think I’m going to hang them all up, Moroccan style on the walls. It will create a space that says “Hi. I’m a safe, creative, open space where you can say whatever you want and dream in words that are as pretty as you want them to be.”
For me, being creative is all about being in the right headspace. If I can’t tap into that headspace where I feel unbound, weightless and free, I can’t write. I mean I can, write something but it’s never as good as I want or know it can be. Hence the need for Creative Corner.
Here are some ideas I pulled from Pinterest for my little Moroccan corner. Pretty, vibrant colors with lots of pillows and seating that is low to the ground. For some reason, sitting or laying on the floor helps me feel more connected to whatever I’m writing. Here we go Morocco. Let’s paint with pretty words.