a fresh perspective…
Time to make a new plan for the new year. Resolutions, in certain terms, are hard to keep, which can give us a sense of defeat when things don’t work out. So I decided instead of making “resolutions” which, to me, seem to infer a final decision,
do-or-die, change-or-suffer-the-consequences kind of mind state, I will simply develop a “new plan” for the new year ahead. Instead of stating a matter-of-fact change I want to make in my life, I will make a plan which involves setting a series of goals within a loosely defined time frame. I like things to be flexible.
First of all, I intend to keep a daily journal. This will be a personal journal where I can write a few sentences or a few pages —whatever I have the time or inclination to do. I can write down what I’ve done, what I’ve dreamed or thought of, what I am praying for, or what I am planning to do that day, or that week, with my art, my family, or with my life. In other words, it will be a sort of vent to help me organize my thoughts, and give me an outlet to justify my feelings. I’ve read in various places that writing in the morning is preferable to help get the day off to a good start, but I will not restrict myself to a morning journal. I may write in the afternoon or evening if that works out for me. So far I have two days accomplished!
Next, I plan to set aside time at least once a week to paint or draw. This in turn may result in getting my art studio organized, and help me stay on top of where everything is located, because I find it hard to get comfortable drawing or painting when things are cluttered or out of order all around me. Painting helps me focus and puts me in a “happy place” so if I condition myself to paint on regular basis, I will probably be a happier, healthier person, and my artwork will most likely evolve.
I also intend to write a new blog each month. My daily journal may become a source to assist me with writing the blogs or I may come up with a topic that stems from my painting sessions. These plans are meant to help with my overall growth as an artist. As I build up a stack of new art work and ideas, I will have fresh, new art to show when the opportunity arrises. Who knows where it will lead. I’m excited about these goals and where they may take me.
I have numerous personal goals for the year that involve simplifying my lifestyle, getting more sleep, starting my Christmas shopping early in the year, keeping track of everyone’s birthdays, etc. But perhaps by journalling, organizing my art studio, and creating new art with a fresh perspective, I’ll have added insights into how to get a handle on my personal agenda as well.
Here’s to a creative and happy new year to all of you!