Another year has come, folks. I hope that you find yourself more courageous this year than ever before. Take some time for goal setting. Let last year go.
I want to be whole-hearted in my efforts this year. Here is an interesting bit from researcher/storyteller Brene Brown that you might want to give a listen: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html. I like the idea of living life whole-heartedly. I think that we could all benefit from accepting that we are imperfect.
In terms of creativity, be kind to yourself and don't treat yourself like some little nobody whose work is never going to amount anything. Don't let yourself or anyone for that matter treat your artistic pursuits as some meaningless hobby that you are using to fill your days while the rest of society is paving your path. All the voices that make you feel like a freeloader -- inside and out -- don't listen. The idea that seeking to express yourself is a worthless pursuit and you-ought-to-get-a-real job is small-minded -- ridiculous even. I reject the overflow of fear and bitterness that could taint us. We will bring the light within us into the dark places of this world. Of this, I am sure. Do not lose sight of it.
Choosing the artist way is difficult. I'm one voice that is here to cheer you on! Do whatever you do fervently with spirit. Be whole-hearted. I'm looking forward to journeying with you in the coming year.
This doodle is from a series called "Magic Carpet Night."
Here is a quote to start out with: Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Lance Armstrong