Princess Lasertron is one of my most favorite bloggers. She is a bridal designer like me, but while I create custom painted shoes, she makes custom bouquets! I love reading her blog because she not only has a wide range of beautiful work, she has some great blog posts and ideas for creative people. For 2013, she created a short list of power words to focus on during the year to help guide her.
I decided to try the activity and here is what I came up with!
1. Play: I am a very serious and focused artist. And, while this is great for maintaining professional demeanor with others, it hardly reflected my quirky, bright and fun paintings. I am intending to rediscover my inner child and artist soul by bringing play back into my life.
2. Gratitude: From gratitude comes happiness. It appears that the more giving and thankful I am, the more I receive. I am intending to be thankful for all of the opportunities, people, resources, gifts, changes and events that happen this year.
3. Transformation: During the next two years, I am working with the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) and working with a mentor, Jill Waterhouse, to guide me. I have set aside these two years to determine what I really want and allow for it to manifest. I am learning to say NO!….so I can say yes to other opportunities, I am setting boundaries, and I am allowing myself to grow and change. Just in the first few weeks of the program and of this year, I have had numerous changes, both small and large. The transformation has begun (insert evil laugh)!
4. Imperfection: I am a perfectionist. The first step is admitting to it! So I am practicing being an imperfectionist. I am learning to take a step back, put perfection aside and not expect certain outcomes.
5. Pace: If you have been following me and my arts career, you know that I am always busy, always doing something, always having a side project. I have been on hyper-drive for a long time now. I am changing pace and taking it down a notch. If I stay on hyper drive too long I will burn out. So 2013, marks a more consistent and doable pace for me. Slow and steady wins the race!
While we tend to focus on a resolution, how about trying to focus on power words, setting intentions and guiding principles to make changes in our lives? This sort of method is a lot less rigid than “I am going to walk the dog every day” or “I am going to lose 20 lbs by March.” Power words and intention setting give you wiggle room to explore, they don’t set a bar or a standard for success or failure. If goal setting and resolutions are difficult for you try thinking up your own power words list and use it like a guiding principle.