Overfishing: Fisherman know it, and they take care. They know very well, that if they overfish; that the ponds will be depleted and bare.

Overfarming: Farmers know it. and the smart ones, take care. They know very well that if they plant again and again the same crops, on the same acres; and do not give the soils time to regenerate, that the lands that were once fertile will turn barren. One big dustbowl.

Overworking: Yes, we know it. We know, and the smart ones take care. They too know, very well, that if they continue to push and give and go out with their energies and do not take time to regenerate they will feel depleted and at some point hit bottom. Burn out.

As artists and poets,
do we too, need to take care
when we are so highly creative
not to overfish? Over-farm? Overwork?

Most talk about writing blocks. The inability to create. Yet what if you are one of those artists, who is constantly creating, and you have forgotten to stock the pond, so to speak.

What if the writer’s block is not fear,
but emptiness.

by Kara Johnstad

writing journals filled with thoughts and music for upcoming albums.

Your inner shelves have no more wares. You may have forgotten to regenerate. You may have been running and writing and in concert, and forgot to take time off just for YOU.

In writing and performing you are giving: You need to consciously find activities to receive. To listen in. To perceive and allow yourself to be touched by beauty.

Here is a great tip and one of my favorite things to do to regenerate and gather new inspirations for songs, for poems, for books and paintings, and yes, amazingly enough for business. It ignites and sparks. It feeds your well-spring and stocks your shelves and puts fish back in your inner pond.


Create a block of time. It can be an hour, it can be a morning, it can be a day.

Commit and make a promise to take yourself to someplace new and wonderful. An excursion, a museum, a book shop, a favorite café with your journals tucked inside your bag.

by Kara Johnstad

time to slow down and enjoy.

It is a date with your INNER ARTIST.
No spouse, no kids, no best friends.
Quality time for just you and your inner muse.

A date with me? Yes, your inner muse needs to be taken out and wined and dined. Needs to be pampered and fed rhymes. Needs to not hesitate when you see a pair of flowered bell bottoms that you always dreamed of wearing but instead went for the chinos, not to hesitate to go visit the monkeys in the zoo or paint your bicycle blue and put a big basket on the front. No one next to you to tell you how silly you seem to be.

Or perhaps you wanted to rent a house boat and float down the river for the afternoon?
Your inner artist, the lover and the child, loves to discover the oddest places. Nurture that space.

Here are 15 easy places to start:

1) Go check out an old antique shop or thrift store.

2) Discover a used book store and pick up a book of poetry.

3) Grab a big stack of old magazines and create a vision board.

4) Become a “guerilla gardener” and scatter seeds randomly and see what grows.
Like watching mother nature on the run leaving her clothes behind.

5) Buy a sketchbook and some colored pens and start drawing wherever you are.
In the bus, in the café, along the banks of the river, or while sitting in your porch swing.

6) Go get a pedicure and paint your nails in a crazy color.

7) Have a day free from all technology. Unplug the computers, the tv, leave your phone
at home, make your coffee on the stove and go simple for the day.

8) Go out and get yourself a big bunch of fresh flowers.

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getting ready to write

9) Go to the local market.

10) Go to a park and swing.

11) Take out your bike or jump in the car and go check out the neighboring town and
poke around the shops and have lunch.

12) Pack a picnic and a good book and go to the park.

13) Watch a movie in another language with the subtitles on.

14) Go for a walk around the neighborhood and take pictures of odd things.
You can look for certain shapes or colors, and don’t forget to try out your zoom or
try putting your camera close to your knees for simply a different perspective.

15) If you are at home, alone, you can always simply try going naked for a few hours.
Many a writers like, Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin and
Agatha Christie have been known write in the buff.

We shy away from self-intimacy. And yet it is this self intimacy that we need to come back to. Deeply listening and not only discovering our ESSENCE, but also VOICING that ESSENCE.

“breathe in experience breathe out poetry”
Muriel Rukeyser

Let me know what your experience is with going on artist dates by writing your comments below.

Stay Gold,


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  1. Awesome reminder! I used to regularly create space for myself to go to a local coffee shop with my books and my journal to take an afternoon for myself. I haven’t been doing that enough lately.

  2. Great Kara ,I loved reading it .I often do that lol in fact I can spend a lot of time,.losing myself .and think were time has gone .But I play ..And my garden is already a guerilla one .lol.I love it wild ..Thanks for the reminder that I am doing something right .<3

  3. Oooh this So resonates with me! I am planning a date with my muse because she absolutely deserves the attention. Thank you for this reminder

  4. What a wonderful post, Kara! I have such limited time to myself that my inspirations seem to come to me when I’m driving to work…one of the few moments I have to myself. Now that my grandkids are back in school, I’m going to try some of your ideas. Thank you!

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