It’s so valuable to do a reflection process to see how my busy-ness adds up to my satisfaction and goals. I spend time checking in with how things are going so I can make adjustments for more joy the following year. I often design a luscious and vast magazine-style annual report. Because of travel, my […]
If you are like me, you like heaping lots of things onto your plate. At the buffet line or in life, you love the abundance of having many things going at once. Then this crazy thing happens – when overwhelm approaches, we don’t let go of things. We add MORE! I don’t know why I […]
You’ve got it all set – you’ll write (or make art) on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, at 3:00, for an hour each time. Sounds good, doable and perhaps even a little exciting. This lasts for a week, maybe two. Something comes up – always – and you’re thrown off your routine faster than a squirrel […]
You find a structure that seems great to help you stay on track with your art or writing- something like the 100 Days Project. You choose your focus and start out with a BANG! The first days are heady, where you feel joyously connected and committed to your creative love. You see progress. You feel […]
100/100 Portrait of the artist Cynthia Morris 9 x 12 watercolor on Hahnemuhle paper.
Being an artist means getting to know yourself on a deep level. We have to dig deep into what we care about and somehow express that in our chosen medium. Making art is a process of learning to respect and love ourselves. Just taking the time to make art is a huge act of self-respect. .
Showing up over the course of several months to make portraits hasn’t been easy. Some days I was barely able to ‘phone it in’. I didn’t have as much time as I wanted to really dive in. It would have been easy to abandon it. But something I have learned about myself: I’d rather lower my own expectations and stay with it than abandon it because of some notion of perfection or excellence. .
I’m finishing a week after the rest of the tribe, barely getting over the finish line. I feel successful in my quest to improve my skills. I have had fun seeing improvement. .
As I continue this adventure of self-discovery and expression, I am grateful for the art and writing that continues to reveal me to me. Thanks for sharing in this process, and for cheering me on. Your encouragement means a lot to me.
You might not be depositing checks earned by the sweat of your pen (yet). But that doesn’t mean you can’t start becoming financially savvy with your writing or art. One of the top tips for becoming financially empowered is to pay yourself first. But how can you do that without incoming cash? Set your intention, […]
You have an abundance of creative ideas, and sometimes this overwhelms you. Here’s a process that will help you honor your creative impulses, actually do some of the things you want, and finally feel like you are honoring your inner artist. I’m working on a new book based on exercises I consistently give my coaching […]
There are lots of things that build our creative confidence. Being awake to what works in our creative process is vital to feeling happy about our creative lives. Most important to my satisfaction is noticing progress. When I see improvements and changes, it boosts my morale immeasurably. I train my clients to notice shifts, because […]
Last year at this time I was in Paris, happily ensconced in my apartment with my pal Carl. Engrossed in my self-designed artist residency, the focus of my days was spent making commissioned paintings, exploring new creative avenues and wandering Paris, taking in all the inspiration there. This was one of the best periods of […]
Getting back on the wagon.