Thoughts and ideas to inspire, uplift and affirm the childless and childfree, by circumstance and by choice
Perhaps because I’m still getting over my flu, I’ve been at a bit of a standstill in my creative work. So I’ve been consulting some of my own childless and childfree heroines to see if they have any words of wisdom to help me or anyone else who is in a slump of some kind.
Georgia O’Keeffe reminds us to pull back the layers of convention and peek at what lies underneath…
“I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe
Simone de Beauvoir reminds us to be entirely authentic in our work…
“I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.” – Simone de Beauvoir
And George Eliot helps us to get our tasks into perspective…
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – George Eliot
If you’re interested in connections between non-motherhood and creative work, you might be interested to read a post about the childless/childfree artist or a discussion of patterns of creative excellence among non-mothers.
But in the meantime, how about you? Is there a wise woman whose thoughts you consult when you’re not sure what to do next?