I am at the one year mark or reimagining where I wanted my art to take me. A casual conversation with a fellow artist gave me a whole new take on things. Sometimes that is what it takes, just a fresh perspective from someone on the outside to show new possibilities. It allows the chance to stop doing the same things over and over, and to try something different. Of course, changing courses always means leaving the known and stepping out in faith that any bumps in the road will be minor. It has been quite a year, full of creativity, growth and new experiences. Two authors I read early on that helped spur me on are Jen Sincero and Marie Forleo, if you are looking for some motivation, check them out.
Here we go into June! There is a feeling at the end of the school year that summer will provide a break, a respite from daily cares. Adults know this is an illusion and that the worldly woes won’t take a vacation, we still have that childlike feeling though that summer is different from the rest of the year.
Writing this after the week we had makes me hope we can turn things around. The realist in me knows how unlikely any sort of change is. When we talk of cultural change we forget that it takes generations for the things to improve in a culture, for mindsets entrenched in fear and loathing to get unstuck and find an open space in their hearts. Turning things around takes so much time.
I have just wrapped up the Creative Jumpstart 2022, a full month of art lessons focusing mainly on mixed media. I wasn’t able to get every lesson completed, but hit about 75% and learned so much. It was a great way to start off the year as it pushed me to try new techniques. I feel as if I am on the cusp of a change, there is something in the air that I can just catch the first scent of. Perhaps in February it will be revealed.
“Keep learning” is advice mentioned regularly, and good advice it is. From simple things like taking a new route on the way to or from work, cook a new dish, or listen to different music. To more involved ones like learn a new language, take a course, or tackle a new skill. Any one of them can shakes up the cemented pathways in your brain and open up all sorts of new and potentially amazing possibilities. Which then lead to more! The best part is that it is all up to you to take that first step and try something new. It doesn’t have to be grand and expensive, it can be as simple as a daily walk through a different neighborhood and grow from there. Start today, engage a friend or two, write it down and tape that first intention to your mirror. Just give it a go!
Here we are, at the very final hours of the year. 2021 will soon be behind us. We will enter the new year with 365 days of unknowns to be dealt with. Throughout the year there will be all the usual ups and downs, plus delights and sorrows which will catch us off guard. I wish all of you a year filled with more ups and delights, and lots of laughter and success to offset the downs and sorrows. Happy New Year!
December; short days, cold nights, and snow. It can feel hard to thrive. But you can, change it to; crisp air, bright stars and winter birds, giving yourself a different place to see it from. And in that place you might feel you can easily thrive. I find I have to mix things up a bit when late fall arrives. Activities done later in the day in summer I shift to late morning so the early dark doesn’t creep up on me mid task. I spend more time reading in the evening when the desire to be inside makes snuggling up with a good book appealing. I mull over and write poems in the evening too, when my mind seems open to the word play. December can be a time of unexpected, unusual growth, and end of the year time to grow before the new one starts.