Jumping or planning?

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Over the years I’ve gone between

“jumping and the net will appear”
and
“making sure all my ducks are in a row before beginning.”

Not a whole lot of in-between as I tend to be an all or nothing kind of girl. After much debate within myself and loads of self analyzing I’ve finally come to the conclusion that the absolute BEST way to approach anything is

…what ever feels right at the moment!

You got it, no right or wrong, black or white here.

Sometimes spending oodles of time planning, studying, plotting, analyzing, and all the other ‘ings’ that can go with this method of getting things done are good. They’re necessary and needed even. Whether it’s to raise self-confidence or establish a knowledge base to propel forward, taking the time before beginning a project can be wonderful.

Other times, though, just jumping in and going for it rocks!

adrenaline rush,
the pressure of needing to hustle to make things happen,
the thrill of the unknown-

WOW!!! What a feeling!

And it’s amazing to me how often the net really does appear when we do our part by working, taking action, and trusting that it’ll all happen as needed.

Often there’s a bit of a combination of both methods at work. We spend years reading, studying, listening, learning from the people around us. At some point something inside says,

“Now’s the time…GO FOR IT!”

And *BAM* we find ourselves taking a leap- marriage, kids, jobs, hobbies, writing a blog (eek!)- whatever it is.

I’m in the ‘leaping’ category right now in my career and my art. But as I write this I see that it’s not really as big of a leap as it may feel or appear. It’s built on a foundation of 40+ years of experience which is now begging to be explored deeper and shared with the world!

So perhaps our nets don’t appear, perhaps they’re always beneath us.

It’s when we become brave enough to jump out of our comfortable ‘nests’ and soar with our soul open wide that we have the eyes to see them!

Let’s all hold hands and support each other wherever we are in our current journeys! Nets and ducks unite!

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Fearless

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Fearless

I have so many dreams, so many goals, so many things I want to do and see in my lifetime…and yet for so many years I’ve allowed fear to hold me back from flying with them. Fear of rejection, criticism, not being good enough, succeeding, failing, “what will the neighbors think”, being laughed at, being considered a freak…and I’m sure fear of much more! But this year I’ve decided that fear has taken up enough space in my short and precious life. This year it’s time to be FEARLESS! To allow myself to dream the big, scary dreams of soaring with the giants! Of becoming all that I’ve wanted to be since I was a child and beyond. The picture above is my first public sharing of art that I’ve painted since I was in middle school. I remember receiving my first art scar after being told my fruit didn’t look anything like the fruit that we were suppose to draw. I was about 10 years old. I’m 44 now. It’s taken me 34 years to start to get over that experience. To allow myself to be an artist. Even while creating other types of art through the years I never allowed myself to be an artist. Because, of course, a ‘real’ artist would be able to draw fruit that looked like fruit. I am now learning differently. A ‘real’ artist, in my opinion, expresses and explores their soul through whatever medium sings to them at the moment- dance, paint, words, theatre, fabric, paper, wood… A ‘real’ artist lights the world up with their willingness to go to their core and ignite a fire that burns bright within them, illuminating the world around them. Whether they choose to share their creations or keep it to themselves. The light touches us all, making the world a better place.

And while this all may seem really stupid to some people, that it’s taken me so long to get over that one experience, there are many others who I know relate big time, in a super big way! Whether it’s art, athletics, beauty, writing, crafting, mothering, business, or any thing else that has touched our souls at it’s deepest core when commented on. Fearing to allow our souls to soar in their beauty and light is often the casualty of well meaning, and not so well meaning, comments and criticism. Especially on children, but also on us as adults.

So this year I’ve made a commitment to myself to move beyond the fear that has kept me quiet for so many years. I’m taking an art technique class right now which is where my “Fearless” painting was born from. I am now writing a blog, this blog, with MY name on it. I’m being myself, open and honest to what’s in my heart. These are my first two big steps this year with lots of little ones thrown in for good measure.

I’m excited to see where this year’s journey will lead! I hope you’ll come along with me and explore what your world looks like with a little less fear in it. What will you do to let your soul sing and shine this year?