This week, I was inspired by a Gen Y visionary, Noah Urban. Designer, artist and all around great guy, Urban already sees the connection between feeling stuck and low self-esteem. … Continue reading Two Daily Practices to Get Your Motor Running….
Do you give yourself rewards for the creative fire you offer the world? Yesterday, I gave myself one — the Washington National Opera’s production of Aida. Bathing in the music … Continue reading Aida: Art to Open the Heart
There’s a reason our dream projects haunt us when we neglect them. Unlike personal obligations to family or partners, or daily requirements for survival like cooking, these visionary callings rise from the soul. Even if we postpone them for years, these dreams insist we remember them, and we cannot forget because they remind us of who we really are.
What dream project are you postponing, or yearning to finish? It doesn’t matter how much or how little you’ve accomplished so far. It matters that the project continues to call you. Answering that call will give you energy, and help you find meaning and satisfaction. The best thing about finishing that project is that this kind of soul work is as satisfying to do as it is to complete.
Here are three creative tools to move forward, and make that long-cherished vision come true:
1. Take the work one step at a time. I know, this seems so basic, and when you’ve been hungry to finish, each step feels so much smaller than the whole you’ve imagined.
TOOL: Create a mindmap or an outline that breaks down your project into short, interconnected pieces. Then tackle them (in any order that pleases you) one at a time. Finish one, start another, and wait until you’ve got a full working “draft” to go back and integrate the parts.
2. Feed your stamina. You’ll prevent burnout, and keep up your interest as you go. You’ll also make more meaningful connections as you move forward, bringing it into the world with more vitality.
TOOL: Celebrate each completed step with a simple, even small reward that reminds you that you accomplished something.
3. Be willing to experiment. Let the project take its natural course, as you go; plan your time, but learn from your experiences as you go. Dream projects are all about surprises, not certainties. What’s the point of taking a risk if you don’t give your soul the freedom to activate the unexpected!?
TOOL: Every week, before you plan your next steps, look back at the week before and assess your progress, always thinking of it as an experiment. Think about the lessons you learned about what worked, and what didn’t work. What did you do that fit with your natural process? What surprised you? What steps did you take that really moved your project forward? Repeat what works, change what doesn’t, and embrace the experiments, new and old week by week.
Everything changes. Why not make room for the project that calls you with the loudest voice, and will not stop calling you? That’s the project that will awaken your spirit of adventure, and satisfaction. That’s the project that will ultimately serve you and the world.
Listen to your calling. Love the story of your life.
Writers, artists, dancers, dreamers — we make a difference in the world! Let your voice rise up, share your authenticity, challenge authority, and lift others up with you! Here’s inspiration … Continue reading Art Matters! Never let yourself be silenced, by your own doubt or by others!
Grateful as always for Terri St. Cloud and BoneSigh Arts, art and affirmations that remind me to step up with compassion and love:
i see what happens when we don’t stop and think and
work hard to reach towards love…
i see what happens when we give in to fear and our need
and maybe even more unnerving than that, i see how that’s
encouraged all around us. (Read more in her blog….)
(Available from bonesigh arts as a card or print.)
Courage requires acknowledging, using, and freeing yourself from the fear that holds you back. You know this in your bones! You can do it…
Whatever beast you might be at heart, there’s a solution out there! Sometimes the story we need most is a story that’s entertaining enough to help us see our way to a brighter future.
The movie Zootopia is one that helps us see the best in ourselves, and beat the bullies in our system, wherever we may find them!
Check out this preview; the movie’s available now on Netflix, if you’re a member. It’s worth buying for family holidays, a blessing in this divided time….
Many thanks today to artist Cathy G. Johnson, whose blog, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down reminded me to take a deep breath and be less serious! (Also thanks to … Continue reading Are you TOO SERIOUS!? Stop It! (w/Inspiration from Artist Susan Johnson)