September is the time of year for getting back to things (work, school, the routine of our daily lives) after the summer break. The French call this time of year La Rentrée – the return – and it affects everyone, not just workers and students.
I like to think of this time of year as the Creative Return – where we can harness this feeling of beginning, to look forward to the rest of the year and prepare, to be ready to meet whatever opportunities or challenges we may come to.
It can be tempting, with the start of autumn, to launch straight into work, to see the long list of things to do, to catch up on, and to just get going. Why not resist that impulse for just a moment. Pause. Give yourself time for your own Creative Return, to identify what is most important for your practice right now.
Returning to work with a new focus on those important tasks, alongside all the day-to-day things you already have to do, will ensure you don’t find yourself getting carried away by all the urgent things that start to appear. You will feel in control of your time and ready for all the amazing things that happen at the end of the year.
All this month here on the blog I’m sharing my Creative Return resources from the past 2 years – I’ll be asking you questions that get to the heart of your practice and offering places you can gain additional inspiration or chances for reflection.
This week from the archives:
• A Creative Return – Introduction
• Start your Creative Return – how to survive as an artist
• Creative Return Intro: Values
• Creative Return: The Big Picture