What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ah…the age old question. My go-to answer was “I want to do EVERYTHING!”
That was me. I wasn’t happy if I couldn’t do everything. As someone who loved to create, inspiration was everywhere – in the trees, in the Saturday morning cartoons, in my french toast. The trick to happiness – I’ve realized – is that whatever you do, do it HEARTfully, and do it well.
Thankfully there’s help for people like me. On the wonderful website A Crafty Muse, I found out about three books that bring out the renaissance person in all of us!
You can learn more about these books and why they can help center your self in your various interests on this post from Crafty Muse – I certainly learned a lot!
It’s not unusual for creative types to integrate arts, values, practices and ideas into one livelihood. There’s a great post on the blog While She Naps about how incorporate multiple businesses into one company.
Through integrating all the various parts of us, we feel whole. Our dimensions give us unity. Our shattered bits make us a mosaic. We’re each a big melting pot. And the trick is how to make that big old soupy conglomeration taste yummy 🙂
Take Ted Talks for example. Their mission is to integrate various ideas across a wide spectrum into one general theme.
“TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.”
I have a favorite Ted Talk that brings it all together. Watch an amazing kid talk about how by creating an innovative and integrated education, you can create a truly connected, innovative and immersive life.
I’d like to integrate my art, my show and my story under the general message of “creativity” being a mindset – just as this wise boy is telling his audience. I’ve just started reworking Gutless & Grateful to incorporate my artwork on a projector behind me, since most of my art was made when I was living the story I’ve brought to life in my show!
Living this through my art.
With this intention in mind, I started to play around in the studio…
At this point when I’m down here, I basically start off thinking “okay paint, what are you going to teach me today?”
Never really know what I’m doing…
Intuitively, I started to make these out of fabric.
I guess I just needed some self-compassion and care today.
Before I Go…
It’s great to want to do it all. And you can. Today, my painting left me with this affirmation:
Today, I WILL do everything. I will do everything simply.
You keep it simple by sticking to ONE thing – whatever’s in your heart. Once your heart guides you, you’ll never be spread too thin. In fact, you’ll be spread the thickest, richest layer of YOU you’ve ever seen.
And that’s a LOT of soul-paint 🙂
What is your self-care intention today? (Send me a comment through the form on the sidebar!)
And while you’re at it...vote for some of your favorite art for my next greeting cards and help me with my indecisiveness!)