I hope this letter finds you well and that you had a wonderful month. I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited about reaching April. The clocks have changed, the first quarter of the year has passed and I’m ready to embrace the rhythm and flow of spring and all the joyful beauty that it brings with it.
Spring is a great time to think about our long-term goals. The energy and warmth can support our endeavours, lifting us from the chilly hibernation of winter. As I get older, I’ve noticed how the seasonal changes affect me. When I work with the seasons, and I’m more mindful of how I’m feeling and what I’m being drawn to, I tend to get more meaningful work done. We’re all part of this beautiful planet and I enjoy looking to it for guidance and support.
Long-term goals and aspirations
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say there are items lingering at the bottom of my to-do list. There are also things that I’d like to start but keep putting off. For me, it’s often the curse of perfectionism and the fear of failure – and in some cases, the fear of success. If I start something, and it doesn’t go to plan, it could impact on how I feel. So, more often than not, I tell myself that it’s not worth taking the risk. This is something I’m working on.
To cut a long story short, the thing I’d like to reconnect with is my painting. I studied fine art in the early 1990s, and after graduating I always had a painting on the go. This creative practice paused when I bought my first digital camera. I loved the speed in which I could create images and I enjoyed the slick process of editing. I’m sad to admit that the distraction of the online world and the quick hit of likes and instant feedback knocked me off my path. I definitely think social media hampers creativity and I’m determined to get myself and my paint brushes back on track!
Holding myself accountable to my dreams
So, to hold myself accountable, I’m sharing with you that I plan to buy some paints and prepare my canvas frames by the end of the month. One giant leap forward to take me out of my artist’s dormancy.
Now, over to you. What have you been putting off, or procrastinating over? And why do you think this is? Is there someone you can share your thoughts with and explore the resistance you’re experiencing? Could you set yourself a goal and find an accountability partner or cheerleader for help and support?
If you’re about to get stuck into a shiny new project, I wish you the very best of luck. I’m certainly looking forward to reconnecting with my dusty paintbrushes and I’m excited to see what images evolve. I’ll let you know how I get on and who knows, I might even share what I create.
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Thank you for reading. I wish you a beautiful and inspiring month ahead. And keep creating!
Until next time,
PS. On the blog, I've shared some tips and motivation to help you organise your schedule, surroundings and digital life for spring. I've also written about my journey to a simpler life.
Image: Sand Dunes, Natasha Denness, 1998