Making room in your life for what you’re passionate about.
Above: Page spread from the Winsor & Newton 90 lb. HP watercolor journal I made which is approximately 8 inches square. A gouache painting (over a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch) of a guinea fowl using sketches made at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. (Have I mentioned that it’s never to early to start practicing?) The pre-painted background was first rubberstamped with old office stamps and Brilliance stamp ink. Using a MiniMister (from Archivers) filled with diluted Golden Fluid Acrylic paint (rinse immediately when you are through spraying!) paint was sprayed over some commercial stencils (also found at Archivers).
On December 31, 2008 I wrote about my New Year’s Day ritual. Later today I’ll actually be carving an eraser, making a print, doing a small binding job, going to the zoo to sketch, making a painting (small of course); you get the idea. All things that I love. I do this every year (even when the neighbors burn down our garage!). It’s the best celebration of my passions and interests ever.
On December 4, 2009 my friend Ricë Freeman-Zachery posted a podcast on her blog: “Finding Your Passion.” If you haven’t already listened to it go do so now. Ricë asks the question, “Doing things you’re passionate about, does your day include them?” (I’m sorry, but Ricë has taken down her blog. That podcast is no longer available.)
If the answer is no, you have to jump into action right away and do something to fix it. It is simply not sustainable to have days containing nothing you’re passionate about. Ricë’s podcast will give you some ideas on how to discover what you’re passionate about. My New Year’s Day ritual might help you celebrate your passions and set goals for the new year.
The bottom line is that you need to do something to set an intention this year to live your life applying your energy to your passions. And you need to rededicate yourself to this every day, regardless of what life throws at you—because it’s worth it, because you’re worth it, and because the other option is not sustainable.