"We are perpetually standing up our future-self, leaving her wide-eyed and hopeful under the clocktower at noon. But there is another way..."
Loving seeing you on Substack more! <3
This is such a good idea, Sara. I relate to so much of this post, thanks so much for sharing. What an exciting place Substack is turning out to be.
Loving this Sara - thank you for starting it. I also have the joy of ADHD ( undiagnosed but oh so obvious - along with dyslexia ) and really struggle to actually get anything focused done until 17.00 - when you have to begin to wind down to do dinner / kids / dog walk etc etc - looking forward to this A LOT ❣️🙌🏻
With a 7-month old and professional procrastinating syndrome, this is exactly what I need to get some shit done! Booking out some space in the diary - what time are the co-working calls?
Hooray! I’ve done just a handful of virtual coworking sessions in the past, each one amazingly productive - I totally agree your word choice of magic! I would love some weekday evening and/or weekend morning options but I totally understand if that doesn’t fit your happy place for working! Working full time as a teacher it will be hard for me to join during the work day, but will try to join for the first 20 minutes of the first Wednesday session. (Sidenote: Image of the woman vacuuming the mountain = SO good 😂!!)
Honestly, I signed up as soon as I heard about these co-working calls. It is the push I need just now. Hoping to make the one next weds but have a 9am hospital appointment. If I feel up for working after that, I look forward to joining. Otherwise, look forward to the next one. How often will they be and are they going to be various days? Thanks.
This sounds like just the kind of thing I need. We are away on holiday next week but I'll definitely be up for joining in future sessions.
Ahh the rabbit 🐇 ! All the magic!!
Here for it all but...Est-ce que je peux y réfléchir.
We are on hols aboard for the first co working.
(I totally googled ‘rain check in French’ because it’s just SUCH a beautiful language isn’t it?) ✨
Some rabbit holes are totally worth it... 👩🏽💻 ☔️ 🕳️✨🐇
I've never heard of mirror neurons before, but that makes so much sense! It makes me think of how motivating I find it to write in a coffee shop. Something about the atmosphere of other people around me, quietly focused on their work helps motivate me to work on my own (plus a croissant is excellent motivation).
I also have been thinking lately about creative processes and how there often are tasks in the creative process that we just don't like doing. I'm a photographer, and for me it's color-grading. I find it overwhelming and tedious, but have always felt like it's a necessary part of the editing process. Lately though, I've questioned where that feeling of 'necessity' is coming from. Do I actually need to color-grade if I don't want to? Am I feeling pressure to do so because I feel like my work won't look as professional compared to other fine art photographers if I don't?
I think it's worthwhile to question where we feel this type of resistance in our creative process. If we're not showing up for ourselves, maybe there's an underlying thing we can change to make the process more enjoyable. There will always be 'work' tasks that have to get done, but I truly believe that if we're procrastinating or avoiding doing something, there's probably a deeper reason that warrants investigation.
I loved today's post. I'm (very) new to Substack and just working out who the very useful people are for getting started. I love the idea of a co-working session. I'm not too confident yet about going all-in on here but so many people are inspiring me. I retired a couple of years ago and finally have time to write about All The Things. So, I'm finding my way and learning from others.
I’m so happy to join ☺️ It’s fun because as an artist, I have this idea in my to do list for months : “make a virtual studio for every botanical painter who needs a little help to get things done”. I can’t wait our co-working session. I will work from my little town in Brittany, France.
Looking forward to joining in some of the sessions, Sara. I love virtual co-working. I've been going to the London Writers Salan co-writing sessions for a while now, and I get so much more done there than when it's just me and my laptop - you're right about the magic ✨
French lady here! I love that you used “poser un lapin”!
Did you read or hear about Gretchen Rubin s 4 tendencies? It’s a good way to identify what motivates you and why you procrastinate. I’m like you, I always show up for others but not for me. This book showed me that I am a questioner. I need to know the why for things I need to do for myself. It helped a bit but I still fail at showing up consistently for me. So I hope those sessions will get me back on track.
Thanks for arranging this.
Virtual co-working sessions worked really well for me during COVID lockdowns.... Let these slip recently so looking forward to getting back to them.... Though I start my day job at 12 so won't be able to stay for all of this session...
That's 3am here, but love the idea. Actually rather serendipitously I started testing out a similar thing with some folks last night. Having that commitment to other people can make such a difference. 💫
So excited you’re here and thank you for explaining how my brain works to me 😅✌️