Allow yourself the freedom to have your perspective altered by new people and experiences. Feed your mind – you will be richer, wiser and happier because the human brain’s capacity to learn is unlimited. Don’t ever forget that.
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.
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.
This might be the best advice I’ve come across in years.
It may seem impossible at first, with so many other things vying for your urgent attention, but the truth is if you want more time for your passion you need to make it a priority – because (as we all know) ‘tomorrow never comes’. I wasted over a decade doing what I thought was ‘right’ and what ‘had to be done’, feeling like I was constantly in survivor mode, jumping on the same treadmill day after day, year after year. I swallowed the rhetoric of ‘follow the money’ but it only left me feeling drained & unfulfilled. Of course, we all need a little cash to get by on (which is why, much as I’d like to be a full-time artist, I have a part-time job to supplement my husband’s income). But for me, money is no longer the primary, driving force behind what motivates me to get out of bed every morning. The excitement I feel when I’ve hatched a new idea and the sense of pure relaxation when I lose myself in the creative process are such priceless pleasures – I will never trade them in for the promise of a ‘good life’ again. But perhaps, if I work really hard at pursuing what I love most, one day the money will follow me (instead of the other way around).