I always like to spend the end of a year reflecting and clearing. It allows space for changes... and there will be some changes coming. Here are my top 10 "aha's" for 2018 as I strategize for authenticity, simplicity and more time for art.
- I'm the master of how much I volunteer. I'm cutting my time in half this year so I can have more happy painting time.
- I don't have to do it all. Delegation is my new friend.
- Independent artists can find crafty ways to outsource. I'll be taking advantage of ArtStorefronts to feed me only the marketing tools I need when I need them.
- I can decide what is "good enough" and delete "perfection" related things off my to-do list.
- Clearing out the old negative letters, files, abandoned projects feels really good. Really good.
- I DO need to organize my computer files. Megan Dunagan has one of the best plans for artists that I've found.
- It's best to clear out before organizing. Ask me how I figured this out. Sigh.
- I can create my own art retreat. (So empowering!)
- Taking a look at "what brings value" can really simplify things... including the calendar.
- And, if all that fails, I'm listening to "Unfuck Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life" by Gary John Bishop. His notion of embracing uncertainty is really taking hold with me.
So, these are the things that are bubbling up from my "clearing". Very hopeful that these things will plant the seeds for more painting & family time.
Wishing you and all of yours an authentic and value filled 2018!
-- R. Bangs