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The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood Paperback – December 13, 2013
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|Lucy's book is a gift of beauty that feels like a waterfall of sweet nectar flowing upon the flower of our soul. With tender warmth, the author takes our hand and invites us on the magical journey of authentic self expression. Walking beside us each step of the way, she encourages our unfolding dance of creativity with a rainbow of inspirations and ideas. Guided by Lucy's vibrant support, each woman will traverse her unique path of creative self discovery... a path that leads us to the exquisitely fulfilling experience of inner communion and outer expression.|
We're dedicated to our kids, but can’t afford to lose ourselves in the chaos of motherhood. So how do we do it?
This book is the generous answer – and the most important survival guide creative mothers will ever read.
(Ariel Gore, founding editor of Hip Mama)
The Rainbow Way is much more than a practical guide for mothers to stay creative, it is a spiritual and personal journey to understand the essence of one’s true self. This book is big and all encompassing. Lucy has managed to cover almost every aspect of working creatively from specific exercises and tools to the psychology of fears, doubt, vulnerability, courage and sensitivity. She discusses with nuance and insightfulness the ideas of finding flow, needing a muse, intuition, using dreams, and imagination. She understands and has experience working with other mothers and values the importance of supporting each other.
The testaments from other mothers about the absolute need to be creative in their lives while raising children are wonderful, inspiring and sometimes painful. But all experiences we can relate to—even if one is not a mother.
In all ways, Lucy, has depicted every color of the rainbow in this book. It inspired me greatly and I know it will inspire so many others. The best gift of all from this rainbow of ideas is that our creative force as mothers will not only help us grow but it will help our children grow into creative, caring and compassionate human beings. (Mary Trunk, filmmaker, director of Lost in Living a documentary film about creative mothers)
About the Author
Lucy H. Pearce, lives and breathes the creative mother archetype in a little pink house on the south coast of Ireland. She is an established writer, editor, blogger, artist, teacher and mother of three young children.
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My identity as mother and as artist birthed at the same time. They have been parallel (but conflicting) tracks of my recent life. I picked up your book as a life-preserver, I was drowning in guilt and burnout. I didn't see how the two lives could merge successfully.
I'm 1/2 way through The Rainbow Way and just came across the snippet on Highly Sensitive People. This, among countless other points of practicality that you've offered, is affirming and life-changing for me. I'm reminding myself that for every three days of high-creativity, there comes a crash. Also reminding myself that taking creative time ensures I'll be the best mom I can be. I'm also giving myself permission to say no to the more demanding/draining elements of my work (commissions, etc) in order to have a more free-flowing pace of creativity while my children are still young.
You have brought to focus so many hazy dynamics in my life and I am indebted. In short, your book has illumined the mommy/artist path that is before me. I intend to read this book every year, to bring myself back to the basics and remind myself that I can in fact be an artist and mother at the same time. I've already recommended this book to many of my artist/mommy friends who are struggling to live in both worlds. They have not been disappointed!
Thank you. A thousand thank-you's...
When I first glimpsed Lucy Pearce's book, The Rainbow Way, I was tweaked with jealousy. Here was a gorgeous book, a guidebook really, to what I live and write and talk about. Our shared topics, of motherhood and creativity and the yearning born within this dynamic, burns brightly in both of our souls. Lucy, living in Ireland and me, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, both of us missing timely meals and wearing aprons stuck with glue, paint, clay, dashing out the door late for soccer pick-up or the post office, nearly, always nearly never finishing a thought, but grateful for having them.
How could I be jealous of Lucy? That she'd gotten this big book out in the world? It is a great sized book, all 314 pages of it and right now, mine is tagged and highlighted and wrinkled for having been read in the tub and carried around. How could I be jealous of someone as open and ready to explore her own vulnerabilities and invite me to find strength in my own, as Lucy Pearce has done?
Well, jealous or not, Lucy's book is gorgeous. It is full of really useable content, very special content for women who are conflicted while mothering. We, who Lucy describes using Lynn Andrews' terms, are Creative Rainbow Mothers. We, who mother in a messy way and blaze our own trail, will find wonderful companionship in this book and at Lucy's blog, Dreaming Aloud.
If you poke around Lucy's site and see all the ways she works in the world, you will be touched by her palette, vivid and vibrant, and by her generosity. Lucy's work invites us all to step closer in to our own self-expression and in doing so, step closer to others exploring the territory of creative expression while mothering.
I learned from Mama Gena that "jealousy is an indication of appetite". If I read myself well, I'd say, I too yearn to blaze as brightly as Lucy. I am sure other readers will turn towards their next creative forays with greater bravery and enthusiasm, knowing that Lucy's book, The Rainbow Way, is at their side, like a sister, cheering them onward. The book is backed with a long list of reading resources relating to each chapter.
In Lucy's words,"The only place to start is at the beginning-just start-and keep going! You can paint over it, rub it out, delete the words. You can start again, and again, and again, and no one dies." Lucy's frank style laced with dear terms that American readers will cherish for their authentic Irish character draws the reader towards the scary starting line-up of living a bigger life, of being okay with living a life different because you are caught in your own expression. We are all better for this effort, our children witness women engaged with energized passion and the world will know more of the inside story of women's lives.
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