Being grateful for a yummy brunch on my Artist’s Date:
Today it was time for a change of scenery. I needed to get out of the house. And thankfully I felt up for going on an Artist’s Date.
I’ve been taking myself on Artist’s Dates since first reading about them in Julia’s Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, around ten years ago.
“Artist Dates are assigned play,” says Cameron. And the best thing is that you don’t have to be an artist to go on an Artist’s Date.
The idea is to take yourself on a date once per week to “fill the well” of creativity. There are the rules:
- You must do the activity alone. The idea is to get in touch with your inner creative self, to spark your imagination, and having anyone else with you will change your behaviour.
- The activity should be fun. Find something that appeals to you and do it.
Of course, the nature of an Artist’s Date can be something different to everyone.
Amongst my favourites are: a long walk in the country or along the coastline; a visit to a Farmer’s Market; a nose around a photography exhibition; a visit to the cinema; a day trip to somewhere new; and a delicious brunch in a nice cafe.
Ever since discovering brunch culture when I spent time in the US and Canada, it’s become my absolute favourite meal to enjoy out. I love catching up with friends over brunch, and I also really love my solo dates.
Taking myself out for brunch provides a welcome break from my current mainly sedentary lifestyle. It feels like I’m living a normal life again. I try to go a couple of times a month, depending on health and wealth of course.
This morning, I went to my favourite brunch place Bill’s, and enjoyed Eggs Royale; a toasted English muffin topped with smoked salmon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, and finished with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds.
Yum. Yum. Yum.
Upon returning, I feel restored, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Hooray for Artist’s Dates. Hooray for yummy brunches.
So with this in mind, my happy for today is being grateful for my yummy brunch on my Artist’s Date.