Come inside and feel – There's so much here and something tells me it's for real

Xiane\'s Life Pie

lyrics from Modern English [ricochet days]

I haven’t been keeping up much with posting my Artist’s Way progress this week, and for that I apologise. This week has been very “heavy” for me, emotionally, and I’ve been wrapped up in some of that work as well as quietly doing this Work in my paper journal.

I decided to make an image of the Life Pie that I drew in my Morning Pages book, to share with you.

The way the Life Pie works: you divide a circle into six parts [see above] then chart with points how fulfilled you are in each area – outer rim indicates greatly, inner circle, not so much. I expect this pie to change pretty regularly, hopefully with my dots moving closer to the edge!

A breakdown of each section:

  • Spirituality – I’ve been rather neglectful of that part of myself and my life. That needs work. It’s good to map it out, because I’ve been aware of my dissatisfaction in that regard, but it is really easy to push it to the back burner, because it is an “intangible” – except, of course, I AM feeling it.
  • Exercise – I probably should have moved that dot out a little closer to the edge, but even though I *am* working on adding more exercise to my life, I don’t feel like I’m doing enough. [stop beating up on yourself.]
  • Romance/Adventure – ironically, I get more exercise than I do romance/adventure. Jeez. However, the quality of what I get is pretty excellent. If I made this pie today I might have changed where this dot falls.
  • Play – not enough. This needs work. Artist’s Dates are there to help with this, thankfully!
  • Friends – I am very blessed to have some amazing, supportive friends, who always seem to have the knack for being there when I need them and having the right things to say. My only regret is that I don’t have many locally, and that’s tough to change currently. However, the ones I have across the world make up for that in their amazingly high quality!
  • Work – I love what I do. I love that I get to do what I love. Everyone should have that opportunity, in my opinion.

I can look at the figure created by my dots and see that my happiness leans to one side, rather strongly. I like this exercise, because it clearly plots what I should be focusing on improving for my increased happiness and fulfillment, and I definitely have some work to do in some areas!

I’ll touch on this in more detail later, when I post some lists for you to look over. But for now, I’m off to the book store! Yay, literature!

I write, as openly as possible, about my experiences with life, love, creativity, depression and not-depression. I share opinions. I promote compassion and change. I talk about music. I also write poetry and short stories. I like to share them here.

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