WAF’s Five for Friday: The “Artist’s Date” Edition

00399469Whether a) You need some “me time”  b) You need to recapture your creativity c) Are on a tight budget, or d) All the above, today’s edition might be what you need. Mani/Pedis are great for a little pampering, but we also need to make time for the pampering of our creativity, mind and spirit.

The Artist’s Way calls this time an Artist’s Date, but you don’t have to be the next J.K. Rowling or Picasso to find these excursions helpful. All they involve is spending an hour away from the noise and bustle of every day life to focus on just about anything else. There’s nothing to buy and no agenda to follow. It’s just you, your thoughts and an hour of exploring something new. To get you started, here are five suggestions for your own artist’s date. A few caveats – turn your cell phone off, leave your wallet at home, make the artist’s date with you, and only you, and try to do it at least once a month.

1. Empty Church – Have you ever been inside a beautiful Catholic Church? Alone? Believer or not, the architecture alone is enough to get your mind off your problems for a while. Many church doors remain unlocked during weekdays. The next time you drive by one in between errands, run inside and sit for a while.

2. Antique Market – While you can find some great deals at an antique market, some of my best artist’s dates have involved simply strolling down the aisles of one of my local antique markets. Wandering the aisles and looking at and touching some of the pieces is like a living history lesson. My trick for not buying – I only bring $10 or less with me.

3. Farmers Markets – My love affair with the farmers market is legendary, but you don’t have to love cooking to enjoy visiting one. The one I visit is an international market with foods and spices from all over the world.  A day at the farmers market represents people watching at its finest, and you might leave with a great idea for your next dinner party.

4. Book Store – It’s hard to say which I love more, farmers markets or book stores, but if we’re clocking hours spent, book stores win hands down. Roam the aisles scanning current best-sellers, biographies or books you wouldn’t typically buy.

5. Cemetery – Full disclosure: This is one I have yet to try. But Kalin’s Cemetery Tour post planted a seed, and I’ll definitely be checking one out in the future. One thing’s for sure though, you will not catch me there after dark!

If you’ve got a great idea for an artist’s date, or for a future Five for Friday, email me at contribute(@)womenatforty.com.

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