It has been a while between updates, but I’m so glad you’re here.
Over the last few months I’ve been spending a lot more time on offline creative pursuits. It started with the artist’s way, a book I can wholeheartedly stand behind for creatives in need of a new frame of mind. For as long as I can remember, my creativity has ebbed and flowed. I don’t think it is ever a linear narrative for creatives, and I know first hand how real burnout can become.
Because of these ups and downs (which are of course a natural progression of life), I’ve been working to create simple morning rituals to start each day right.
Since my early twenties, caffeine and me have been very good friends.
If I have ever had a morning ritual that I’ve stuck by, it has been coffee. And it only became more and more of a lifeline as I continued to travel more frequently! But with age I have also developed a relationship with anxiety, which I think has become fairly common place in our highly connected, hyper-alert society.
And do you know what is bad for anxiety? Coffee!
Sadly, coffee and I have been seeing less and less of each other. That isn’t to say we’ve broken up, but we’ve certainly been on a slight break.
I no longer drink five or six cups of coffee in the morning before I get going for the day. Instead, I’ve been replacing my coffee cups with a delicious cup of iced matcha, which I make from scratch each day.
Not only is matcha great for anxiety-relief and boosts your brain function, but also the practice of making matcha has become a ritual for me. Each day as I prepare the match (with an electric whisk, I must confess) I think about the day ahead, plan a roadmap in my mind, and by the time the matcha is made, I’m ready to sit down and start my next morning ritual.
I mentioned earlier the artist’s way, a book geared towards sparking creativity in creatives. The book is less of a traditional read and more an opportunity to take part in a six week program to unlock your creative abilities. The program includes morning pages (writing whatever comes to mind as soon as you wake up) and artist’s dates (taking yourself on a creative date once a week). I can highly recommend it for anyone who is stuck creatively.
And with that, I hope you’re all keeping well and refining your own morning rituals in this pandemic pause.