Years back I would to commit to New Year’s resolutions, only to break them within days or even hours of making them. It left me feeling weak. My solution: don’t make resolutions. If you don’t make them, you can’t break them. Got to love logic like that.
I’m not sure precisely when it started, but at least a decade ago, I either chose a project and/or word to commit to at the beginning of each year. I find my choices although varied are basically the same. I focus on having the courage to do things outside of my comfort zone. A perfect example is putting my artwork out there, all my artwork, even what I am working on. It is a very vulnerable thing to do. Doubt and insecurity is as much of the process, as a sense of accomplishment or joy of creating.
This year’s word is BRAVE. It won’t change what I do this year, but I hope during moments of uncertainty and challenge, it will act as a reminder. I frequently turn to “I am brave” as my Sankalpa at the beginning of a yoga practice. A Sankalpa is one’s intention. This morning I took my 6 a.m. yoga sculpt (a Vinyassa Flow class interspersed with weight work and cardio exercises) with three other women. I was the oldest, at age 66, by more than 25 years.
How will I be brave with my art this year?
- I will enter exhibitions;
- I will participate in my town’s Open Studios;
- I will join Art Quilt Challenge for a project this January;
- I will provide work for SAQA’s Spot Light and Benefit Auctions; and
- I will work on series of 4″ x 6″ pieces, when I am far more comfortable working at larger scale.
What are your thoughts on resolutions? How do you keep yourself on track, allow for growth and exploration?
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.