So many reason why I’m posting this today…so many burdens on my heart. I hope I will always be someone who is not afraid to learn…and if need be, to change.
Another good one from @itscatharriss on Instagram. I have to say, the closer I get to 40 (still have a few years to go), the easier this gets. Partly because I don’t suffer from the same insecurities I once did, but more so because I am acutely aware with each passing day, just how few things in life really, truly matter. And those that DO deserve all the energy I can give them. What DESERVES (not just demands) your energy?
Wow, I just had to share this great thought from @jennscalia on Instagram. I’ve become somewhat of a ‘worry wort’ in recent years, allowing all of life’s problems, big and small, to overwhelm me to the point where I feel helpless and stuck (and in turn, accomplish very little). I know I can be better and that I shouldn’t let my insecurities keep me from reaching for my goals. Time to face the facts and work harder!
Beautiful thought from @itscatharriss on Instagram I had to share. The only things that last forever are our memories. Take some time out from the whirlwind of activity to just be and to savor every precious moment with your loved ones. For me this week, it was being asked to dance by my 4 year old son when Michael Buble singing White Christmas came on Pandora…as we slow danced together around the living room, all I could think about was how no present in the world would never mean as much to me as that oh so special moment.
This has been my daily challenge for this year. As a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom (who also holds down a part time job to help pay the bills) it is much harder than it sounds. But I’m learning that if I make it a priority (the dishes can wait for an hour while I sit down & sketch something) more often than not it actually happens. I’m making progress towards my big life goals and I’m happier for it.
Such a great thought @itscatharriss on Instagram has shared. And what a difference it can make in your day when you choose to focus on the positives. If you’re in need of a mood boost, try taking some time out to write down & reflect on what you have to be thankful for (no matter how small). If you’re anything like me, once you get started it will be hard to stop.
Excellent advice from @1000lifelessons . This is something I really struggle with when life gets hectic. But by identifying specific goals & committing to working on them every day, I’ve achieved more than I ever would have by simply waiting for the ‘mood’ to strike.
The other day I was taking an ‘Insta-break’, while I scarfed down my lunch before resuming work on a design project with a looming deadline, and when I came across this quote I just stopped. Could that really be true? I mean, nice thought, but I’m pretty sure my paying customers will mind quite a bit if I suddenly decide I need twice as much time as I originally told them to complete their project. Then it hit me. Yes, some things in life do need to follow a specific timeline, but when it comes to the broader goals I have for myself – both personally and professionally – no matter how many roadblocks I keep coming up against, I’m only a failure if I decide to quit instead of pressing onward. And some days it really feels like I’m making zero progress, but deep in my heart I know that’s not true because I haven’t stopped. And I’m not going to.
As a lifelong artist, I’m constantly seeking new sources of inspiration (sometimes consciously, sometimes not). I have within me a NEED to create, which tends to pop up at rather ‘inconvenient’ times – like when I’m halfway through a project and suddenly get an idea for something else I just HAVE to try out. Now. On any given day, you can walk into my office and see several different works-in-progress in various stages of completion…I used to consider this one of my biggest setbacks as an artist, but I’ve come to accept that this is just how I work. Eventually I will circle back to each piece and finish it. And more often than not it turns out better than I originally envisioned. I just needed to take a break so I could return again with a fresh perspective and renewed energy. As it happens, this applies to quite a lot of other things in life as well.