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Recovering A Sense Of Identity #WYHO Week 2

Continuing from last year, I am revisiting The Artist’s Way by first republishing the posts from last year and then carrying on from there. Week 2 focuses on recovering a sense of identity.

Week Two is an important week in the Artist’s Way journey. You’ve been writing your morning pages for a week now and hopefully have had an Artist’s Date too. Hopefully, you’ve done the exercises shared last week.

Week 2 : Recovering A Sense of Identity

This week is all about making space for your inner artist to flourish by shutting up that inner critic and moving away from attacks to our creativity from external sources. The artist (and remember, that is YOU) must safeguard herself from allowing self-doubt to lead to self-sabotage.

Cameron describes the external sources of sabotage and recommends that both these kinds of people must be avoided:

Poisonous Playmates – Sometimes the people we are friends with don’t want to move and when they find that you are moving ahead and finding new ways to express yourself, they might,consciously or unconsciously, do or say things that lead you to doubt yourself.

Crazy-makers – These are people who love drama and and suck up your time and energy. Divorce yourself from the drama.

Some suggested exercises this week besides the Morning Pages and the Artist Date are:

Life Pie
Divide a circle into six parts. Label them – spirituality, exercise, romance, play, work, friends and family.
Place a dot in each section at the level to which you are fulfilled in that area — out on the rim if you’re very pleased with that part of your life, toward the center if you are less fulfilled. Connect the dots. You will soon see the areas that need focus. Choose one and work on it this week.

10 Tiny Changes
List 10 changes you’d like to make, big or small.
Do it this way:
I would like to… get a
I would like to… go on an African safari
I would like to… get rid of….

Choose one item and make it your goal for this week. You could even take on the big ones. For example, you can’t go on safari this week, but you can find out details, connect with a travel agent, check costs etc. Do that one thing and see if it frees up some energy for you.


Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers. -Brenda Ueland

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This week’s prompts are :

  1. The worst enemy to my creativity is………….
  2. Why I wish I was abducted by an alien!
  3. The best part of me is………
  4. What do you need to allow to take more time or space in your life?


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  1. kalpana kalpana September 20, 2018

    Very inspiring and practical tips Corinne. The two types of people are so very alive and kicking…Need to be very aware of their presence because its easy to miss and fall into the self-doubting trap they lay out for us. Thank you for writing this post. Very helpful indeed.

  2. janice Wald janice Wald February 3, 2016

    Hi Corinne,
    Excited to see you here! Your post was totally relatable. I started thinking of how I would divide my pie, and what action plans I could make to reach my goals.
    Thanks for bringing this to Bloggers Pit Stop. Great to see you,
    Janice, one of your hostesses

  3. Esha Esha February 1, 2016

    Wow, loved the quote! What a sure shot way to get started on the ‘creative process’ by shutting down thinner critic! Thanks for sharing the Life Pi…and the other exercises. Worth a try.
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  4. Hi Corrine, it’s been years since I’ve read The Artist’s Way and I can see that it would benefit me to re-read it. It’s like a bible for creatives. Great reminders you’ve shared here!

  5. Parul Parul January 30, 2016

    The concept of Life-Pie is so interesting. Something that everyone can try and get the focus back on areas that need them the most. Great ideas Corinne. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | January 31, 2016

      Yes, Parul. I know it worked for me. If you do it, let me know how it goes.

  6. Liv Liv January 30, 2016

    Great tips! Very inspiring !

  7. Rosemond Rosemond January 30, 2016

    Corinne, love these tips! I love the visual exercise of the life pie. I’ve been feeling really unbalanced and out of whack. I need to “see” that illustrated. And love the tip of taking those “I would” statements to then build your to do list. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  8. Roxanne Jones Roxanne Jones January 30, 2016

    Great prompts! Even if I don’t write them down, these are wonderful things to ponder while driving, for example, or while waiting for sleep to arrive…

  9. Diane Diane January 29, 2016

    I have been aware that my life has recently gotten out of balance. Your Life Pie sounds like just the tool I need to help me get everything realigned. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Kitten Holiday ( Kitten Holiday ( January 29, 2016

    I loved the Artists Way. Shutting up that inner critic is so important. Very hard to do. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

  11. Kala Ravi Kala Ravi January 29, 2016

    Can I Divorce myself from the Drama? That is stuck in my mind. I wholly agree that we are often surrounded by folks close to us, who want to hold us back from moving ahead. Tough to break away from such influences, but one has got to do it! This was really inspiring Corinne. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. BellyBytes BellyBytes January 29, 2016

    This is one inspiring post. Sometimes it is hard to divorce oneself from reality though…..will try this exercise and let you know how it goes.

  13. Carol Graham Carol Graham January 28, 2016

    What an absolute EXCELLENT idea — makes one stop and consciously do these exercises. Thank you. I loved your line: shutting up that inner critic and moving away from attacks to our creativity from external sources.
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  14. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara January 28, 2016

    I love that quote. I wonder how many of us, including me, take the time to really appreciate the gift we are to the world and our dear ones. Insecurity abounds and is an obstacle we must overcome. Good exercise, Corinne!

  15. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek January 28, 2016

    I have come across both the personalities in my life. I love the Life Pie & 10 changes …… I am happy that I have done one …… I would like to go an African Safari. ….. done during our last vacation to South Africa ….. LOL….. Would like to join with you, Corinne in your WYHO ……

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