Fiona Apple took six years off from performing before releasing her album “Extraordinary Machine.”
She says about taking such a long time away from her creative performances:
“I realized that after six years of not doing this kind of stuff, it doesn’t define who I am, and I’ll be just fine without it. It’s not a life-or-death-thing anymore, or at least it doesn’t feel that anymore. And I also think it is also getting a little bit more grown up. I’m more secure in who I am and I don’t need everybody’s approval as much (laughs)… As much!”
[From article: Apple not so anxious – Singer more relaxed, secure back on tour. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press Jul. 12, 2006]
In another interview, she commented:
“I sat in my yard in Venice [Calif.] with a little knife and cut sticks. The stillness was exactly what I needed.”
[Parade mag., July 9, 2006]
[Photo from post: The 10 Best Fiona Apple Songs.]
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Take a break from always working
Even a brief “time out” can be helpful.
In her article Self-Care for Creative Artists, coach Linda Dessau suggests:
“Today, just for five minutes, STOP. Stop and listen to what your inner muse might be trying to tell you (if it could just get your attention).
“This process will be easier and more effective if you consciously relax your mind and body first – a few deep breaths might be enough, or a few minutes listening to your favourite relaxing piece of music. If you have the time, try a progressive relaxation exercise…”
Painter Rebecca Alzofon thinks “Creative work doesn’t start without stillness. Sitting still and letting ideas pass through you” is a necessary part of the creative process. – From post: Rebecca Alzofon on Painting and Developing Creativity.
Resource page: Self Care For Your Creative Life
Why bother with self care? Aren’t we busy enough just trying to keep up with complex lives and be creative and successful?
Taking steps to stay replenished with energy and positive attitude helps keep us healthy and productively creative.