When your muse comes out to play

by Starla J. King on October 13, 2011

“I could NEVER live in a city!”

I’ve said that a LOT in my life.  Farm girl for a few of my young years, then rural living, then suburban living.

Nature first… wide open spaces for my dreams (and body) to roam … quiet … solitude(ish) … space.

Clearly I could NEVER live in a city.

Um. hmm.  well.

My new address is Philadelphia, PA.  In a city. Oops.

So what in the world happened?!?!

I changed.  A lot.  And started letting my muse (creative spirit) out to play more often.

Then one day she came out and stayed out…so I changed my job (ah, the beauty of being an entrepreneur) to writing and creative coaching (coming soon!).  My muse was happy for a while in our beautifully landscaped back yard, framed with its bright white picket fence splayed with climbing roses.  Then she started getting restless… asking for more interest …visual and energetic subjects she could sink her teeth into and create from.

And about then my partner realized she really needed a change in her environment.

Magically, around the same time, we both realized that the standard suburban environment of our life no longer matched our interests and our energies.

So we moved (well, almost… one more week til we’re in Philly fulltime).  And my muse is frolicking like a puppy at the ocean because I gave her a change, an adventure, a new source of interest and inspiration and wonder and yes even a little fear to keep us all hoppin’.

We don’t all need (or want!) to move to a whole new environment to renew our creative interests, but I bet there is a little part in most of us that is craving a taste of adventure, a smidge of change, a little something different to spark ideas and energy.

If you’re feeling that nudge, please don’t ignore it. It’s your muse (we all have one, we all create in some form every day) asking for the little treat of change.  It doesn’t have to be big or terrifying or expensive or time-consuming.  Maybe get up 10 minutes early and watch the sun rise.  Maybe start a journal.  Maybe start a weekly date night with your partner.  Maybe try some new music, different food, go to bed earlier, read a new book.

Or, if you want, move to the city.  I’ll be one at the cafe table with my laptop and coffee, grinning like a banshee.

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Adrienne Lyne October 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Love this…so very true. And I hope you love my hometown as much as I do! Good luck!


Starla J. King October 22, 2011 at 8:49 am

Thank you, Adrienne! I keep forgetting this is YOUR hometown! thanks for sharing it 🙂


Snow March 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm

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patti October 15, 2011 at 7:27 am

It’s kinda like taking this “born in the city” kid and throwing her and the family into an RV and telling them to go camping…and soak in the beauty of early morning, campfire-side, sunrises with coffee and a sense of peace of mind that energizes the soul. Who knew this “born in the city” kid could love camping so much!!


Starla J. King October 22, 2011 at 8:50 am

P, it really is amazing how much we can love the opposite of what we’ve known all our lives, isn’t it???


jeffers October 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

Awesome, so where is the coffee shop?


Starla J. King October 22, 2011 at 8:50 am

Jeffers, it’s just over there (pointing across the plaza). Right beside the other one!


Kelly G October 21, 2011 at 8:03 am

well put! Thanks for putting in words what we all feel and go through. Some listen and some don’t. I envy the courage you and Sandy have to follow your muse and your dreams!!


Starla J. King October 22, 2011 at 8:55 am

Ah, you’re so welcome, Kel. I suspect you’re one of the people who knows the sound of your muse.

The first steps of following your muse are the hardest… after that, it becomes each next step forward and all of a sudden you’ve made a big change. Stealth change is the best. 🙂


Cinderella March 9, 2017 at 9:57 pm

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