Saturday, April 8, 2017

Go With The Flow: Minimize Your Daily List

Go With The Flow
Here we are again: a month or so has gone by without a new post. To be honest, I don't have an excuse this time. The plan was to post a few weeks ago about yoga and meditation since they’re my newfound loves, but time got past me, a week turned into 2, and here we are.

It’s been difficult setting aside time to write and draw daily. The two are fighting each other and I'm left half-assing two things that are very important to me. I've been at this crossroad before, finding it difficult to better manage myself and wisely distribute my time. It’s overwhelming being a one-man operation and trying to plan things accordingly.

As much as I would like to say that I'm organized, there is a mild form of self-destruction that goes on in my life. I'm starting to understand that if I'm to be my own boss, I need to first learn how to manage myself. I know the beginning is rough and there will be challenges along the way, but that was part of the reason I chose to transition to a minimalist lifestyle: to put a head the things that are most important and everything else last.

Go With The Flow

Moving forward there's going to be some lifestyle changes to be made.
·         To start, I'm no longer creating new lettering pieces every day.
I've realized this has caused unnecessary self-induced stress in my life. I’m expecting perfection daily vs. enjoying the process of producing work I'm very proud of. The point of taking on a daily lettering challenge was to freely express me creatively every day, even if that meant working on the same piece for multiple days.

I wanted to explore going through the design process of planning and execution but instead, I feel stuck to my sketchbook and not experimenting with different mediums. It's also the main reason I currently feel overwhelmed with lettering. It's becoming a daily haunting project and another form of work rather than an enjoyable experience. Because of that, I've decided to do away with themes for the moment until I get into a groove of doing things.

·         Next I'll have designated days to blog.
For now, expect to see posts on wellness, lettering, or just an update of life every 2 weeks; of course, if I have free time, I will post more often than that. As I've said in the past, I want this blog to be a melding of art and sustainable/ethical/fair trade living. I'm trying to find the balance between the two and so far, this is a good start. In the beginning, things will be slow moving as far as getting acquainted with change but over time I'll get the hang of it and fall into a smooth rhythm.

I know I often share posts like this where I reevaluate what I'm doing or thinking and make changes accordingly but being capable of recognizing areas that need improvement in your life is beneficial to self-growth. I enjoy sharing the battles and doubt that goes on in my life as I explore the realms of entrepreneurship. The idea is even when you’re down you have to keep pushing.
Last night, I told Jon that I was afraid because I've never really pushed myself to do anything. Imagine how different my life would be if I just believed.

Go With The Flow

I wanted my work to be a source of enjoyment but along the way, I turned enjoyment into a revolving door of stress.  Now that I'm putting appropriate time into steering my business in the right direction, I know I can start to relax a bit.

I suppose this post was an open invitation to review your goals. Check in with your progress and see if some adjustments need to be made. Are you feeling unnecessarily stressed or anxious? Is that stress steamed from your goals? Can adjustments be made? Are you doing too much? Ask yourself open ended questions and give yourself permission to take a break when necessary. Taking care of yourself has a huge impact on how you walk through life. It’s one of the many reasons why I love yoga so much, but I'll share more on that the next post. 

Having a better understanding of how you feel and why you feel that way will guide you to pinpoint the areas where change needs to be applied. I think these small changes will help dramatically. So, I ask you to take the time to tune into yourself.  Remember if you need any extra guidance or need support I'm always here to listen and to guide.

Till Next Time!


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