Thanks to the Ladies Who Launch Speaker Series, I was introduced to Julia Cameron. Most of you reading this might have just raised an eyebrow, but it's true. I think I've been leading my own Artist's Way, and had no idea of these natural teachings by such a clear-minded woman.
The event and book signing was held at Barnes and Noble at Lincoln Center, the location of which was thanks to the relationship with Ladies Who Launch member and event planner, Christine Paul. And what a great spot to host the event - surrounded by inspirational letters, book covers, stickers, scrapbooks, pens, wrapping paper - a paper lover's delight. Listening to Julia Cameron was so peaceful. Her life has contained so much, and yet she has led it simply - by listening to her voice, her gut.
She was there to promote her new book, The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size, which we all got copies of, each of which she signed on the spot. While walking (one of her most recommended activities to create sparks of forward motion), she had the most startling revelation: that people in her Artist's Way classes typically lost weight if they were overweight. They looked fresher and more healthy at the end of the class. She attributed this to writing, and to how Morning Pages purges people of clogging thoughts. In fact, after the event, my friend told me that in fact her Morning Pages led her to divorce her husband. When I leave a job I don't like, I have been known to go through a transformation. Twice this has happened, where I leave a terrible job, see my old co-workers, and I look like I've been on vacation. Now that I work for myself, I wonder what I look like... ;)