Last weekend at the PAWLP seminar, our keynote speaker, poet and author Janet Wong was generous enough to give away some books to the attendees. My book? Austin Kleon’s The Steal Like an Artist Journal.
I love Austin Kleon’s other two books, his original Steal Like an Artist and then Show Your Work. His work on creativity, and nurturing the creative spirit, are more important now than ever. I paged through Kleon’s journal when I got home, considering which prompt I might use for my slice today.
While there were many to choose from, I decided that what I needed most today in my writing—and really, in my life right now—is a little bit of gratitude. So here’s what Kleon’s prompt looks like in the journal, and below that is what I’ve got:
Thanks to my mom,
Who taught me math shortcuts in my head whenever we went shopping.
Thanks to my dad,
Who taught me to feed the squirrels in our backyard.
Thanks to my brother,
Who taught me that you can play with G.I.Joe and Tranformers and Barbies, all in one scene.
Thanks to my husband,
Who taught me that you can have too many favorite boy bands.
And thanks to my boys,
Who demand of me, every day, the best version of myself.
This post is part of the Slice of Life Challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers, who have created a space for writers and teachers of writers to come together. To learn more about this challenge, click here.