When I Take Care of Myself, There’s Always Inspiration
Omega: After more than two decades in music and acting, what continues to inspire your creativity?
Alanis: Servicefulness, activism, leadership, and my obsession with wholeness and storytelling.
Omega: What’s your personal daily practice like? How do you maintain this on the road?
Alanis: Puttering, grooming, working, writing, lively conversation, snuggling, cooking, meditating, watching really fun television, exercise, and sitting in the sun. I can do all these while I travel. I often make sure my hotel rooms have kitchens so I can cook. And I travel as a village, so there are always friends to bandy things around with.
Omega: How do you work through creative blocks?
Alanis: I don’t believe in writer’s block. If I am not inspired to write, it means I shouldn’t be writing in that moment. Maybe I need to go make a sandwich or watch a movie or rest. When I take care of myself, I am always filled with inspiration to express something. The forms of expression are constantly changing, but the impetus to create remains steadfast, as long as I take care of myself.
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