F is for free time

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[Image credit: Stuart Miles]

There was one day last week where the left side of my Franklin was penciled in from 5:30 in the morning until 7:00 at night, after which I simply wrote free in big bold letters (and which ended up being filled with dinner and a movie).  The next day I woke up to an almost blank page.  For some people an open day may elicit excitement, but not for me.  I need that security blanket of knowing what to do and when.  But I’ve also learned my Franklin is more like a guideline and that it’s okay for me to deviate from the list. After sitting at the patio table that morning and writing for a bit, I pulled out my planner and jotted in my day, including some more free time.  It helps to know I can thoroughly immerse myself in my daily tasks, and eventually receive the earned reward of time to do whatever it is my heart desires.  This is one of my ideas for eliminating stress.  Of course the real test will be keeping a flexible schedule on my upcoming travels.  Wish me luck!

Is your to-do list a loose guideline or set in stone?

What’s the big idea?

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[Image credit: Stuart Miles]

For someone whose career aspirations and life’s passion revolves around the creative arts, I’m embarrassed to admit I’m probably one of the least creative people I know.  When sewing, I need a pattern to follow.  Any meal I make requires a recipe.  Whether performing on my trumpet or at the keyboard, a written score has always directed my fingers.  In other words: improvisation is not my middle name.  Imagine my surprise when I took my first creative writing course at ASU and learned there were no “formulas” for good writing.  Guidelines, yes.  Absolutes, no.  Obviously, there are dos and don’ts, but as a rule, there are no rules.  I still remember asking my professor what we were supposed to write about for our first story: Whatever you want.  Although slightly freaked out at the time, over the past few years, I’ve learned that the freedom in being creative gives me license to try on a new me for size, or to see what Someday may look like from different angles.  I still use patterns to sew, recipes to cook and sheet music to play.  But when it comes to my writing, it’s a mystery that unfolds one word at a time … and I like it that way.

Do you lean towards creativity, or logic?