Taking it easy 

Normally at this point in the year, I have a massive to-do list. I’ve carefully considered my goals for the year, broken the big goals into bite-sized monthly pieces, and then set up what I need to do each week to hit the monthly portion.

After last year, I refuse to completely overwhelm myself with a hundred tasks that I need to do right now immediately. Don’t get me wrong. I have goals that I’d like to accomplish this year. But I’m not going to drive myself crazy with every minute detail of how I think I should get there.

My word for 2018 is wild. The word picked me and refused to let me choose anything else. Part of that guiding theme is letting go of “should” and embracing “could.” Specifically, it includes allowing what could be or what I could do if I stopped focusing so much on what I think I should do or am supposed to do.

So, I’m easing into the year and easing back into the creative process.

I’ve committed to completing 365 somethings this year. No narrowing it to a specific medium or subject. Just creating something every day, using the art supplies I’m moved to work with that day.

I’m taking part in the 100 Mandalas Challenge, but I’m not limiting myself to 100 days to complete it. All in the right time.

I started with a mandala for my word of the year. It fits the January challenge in Kathryn Costa’s Sharing Circle group. The words/phrases around it are ways I can bring a little more Wild into my day.

mandala in blue-green, yellow-orange, and red-orange with silver words
Word of the Year Mandala

I also did a quick freehand mandala. The challenge checklist starts with growing one by drawing it freehand. So that’s 1 of 100.

freehand mandala in multiple colors
Freehand mandala

Over the course of the past year, I also picked up quite a few online art workshops. Whenever the artist teaching or hosting the class would have one of their big annual or semi-annual sales, I would buy the class for the super cheap price. So, I have a lot to work through and plenty of opportunity to learn during the coming year.

Additionally, I’m hoping to get back into my writing practice. I picked up a copy of A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves. I plan to work my way through that and through Carl Greer’s Change Your Story, Change Your Life. I have several other books with writing exercises and personal growth/story exercises that I may get around to when I finish those.

Right now, I’m basically waiting for everyone in my house to stop being sick and get back to their regular schedules. This feeling of being on hold used to be a source of serious frustration, but I’ve been reminding myself not to worry about it. Take the moment as it is, however it is. Things will all work out. And there’s plenty of time left in this year.

Peace and kindness, lovelies

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