I’m sure by now, you’ve noticed I’ve been a little quiet. Although I enjoy writing and tugging on the heartstring of readers, I found myself going against everything I would encourage readers to do, self-care.
Over the past three months, I pulled back from my passion project and truly focused on completing a series of paintings I started over two years ago. A series that was meaningful to me. All year I spent a lot of time focusing on everyone’s priorities that I neglected my own. I also put pressure on myself to revisit my art because I needed to get over my fear and publicly share my work by the end of the year. Believe it or not, for a long time, I kept my art as a secret because I was afraid of being judged and it was important that I didn’t go back on my word.
From this hiatus, I was able to reap the rewards of self-care, reconnect with my art and get clarity on my future. When I choose to focus on my craft I even slept better at night. I finally had some quiet time to hear myself think. I cleared the space in my head and transferred a lot of my thoughts and feelings to canvas.
Immediately after completing the series, I was invited by the Ad Club of New York to showcase my work at their inaugural Culture Club this past November. This was huge for me. The very thing I wanted to accomplish came to fruition because I spent time nurturing the idea. In the midst of my selfishness, others also had something to gain. The folks that had a chance to experience my art felt empowered to live their best life ever! It was a very fulfilling experience.
It’s okay to pause for a moment and focus on that one thing that you just need to get done for you. When we take a moment to shift gears, refocus and spend time alone, we find the freedom to behave in our best interest, with fewer distractions and gain more positive results.
I also learned all that you will ever be or accomplish hinges on how you choose to turn your thoughts into action.
Now that I got that out the way, I look forward to reconnecting with you. Until then, take a moment to act on one thing you promised you would do by the end of the year. It may change your whole life.