If you had five other lives to lead, what would you do in each of them? This is your time to play.

You might be a scuba diver, a football player, a country singer, a fisherman, a soap-opera star. Whatever occurs to you, jot it down. Do not overthink this.

Allow yourself free rein on this. Here’s a quote from our beloved Julia to inspire you:

I like to think of the mind as a room. In that room, we keep all of our usual ideas about life, God, what’s possible and what’s not. The room has a door. That door is ever so slightly ajar, and outside we can see a great deal of dazzling light. Out there in the dazzling light are a lot of new ideas that we consider too far-out for us, and so we keep them out there. The ideas we are comfortable with are in the room with us. The other ideas are out, and we keep them out.’

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Look over the list of imaginary lives that you made and select one. Then imagine doing it. Illustrate it in your art journal and really visualise it. Cut out images from a magazine and create a collage. You can also write about it in your morning pages.

Remember to do your artist date this week and try and link it with your imaginary life. For example, if you chose to be a botanist, how about visiting a botanical garden?

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  • My imaginary life was to be a shepherd! Don’t know where that came from, but it’s interesting to see what ideas pop into your head when you do something like this.

    • Ha ha. Who’d have thought you’d have a secret desire to be a shepherd! Mine was to be a hairdresser. I’d love to own my own shop and chat to people as I do their hair.

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