XX. Day 2 is done, much like day 1: same paper & pen, before coffee, while kids were eating breakfast. Routine is key for me. Everyday I will carry my sketchpad and marker downstairs with me in the morning. I'll make the kids' breakfasts and put the coffee on. I'll set 5 minutes on my phone timer and I'll begin. Afterward, I'll celebrate with my coffee. EVERYDAY this month. A different habit will probably mean a different routine, but this is it for now. It all starts with picking up my sketchbook and walking downstairs. Much like Twyla Tharp says in The Creative Habit:
I begin each day of my life with a ritual: I wake up at 5:30 a.m., put on my workout clothes, my leg warmers, my sweatshirt, and my hat. I walk outside my Manhattan home, hail a taxi, and tell the driver to take me to the Pumping Iron gym at 91st St. and 1st Ave., where I work out for two hours. The ritual is not the stretching and weight training I put my body through each morning at the gym; the ritual is the cab. The moment I tell the driver where to go I have completed the ritual.