Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Value of Just a Little

It takes 21 days to change a habit or establish a new one. To that end, I've been rising early to paint the sky for 3 weeks now.

Feb. 16, 2012
It's just a small commitment - 15 minutes every morning devoted to painting the small section of sky outside my front window. This small change has made a big difference in the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of each day. How could this be?

By committing to painting each morning for only 15 minutes, creative momentum is established - a jump-start for the rest of the day.
With this small action, I'm reminded that first, I'm an artist. I have a sense of well-being when I remember who I am.

After I can be a teacher, bookkeeper, mom, wife, or whatever other hat I have to wear that day. Speaking of the "wife and mom" hats, when I don't paint, I get cranky. I spent years cranky and out-of-sorts because I felt that taking time out of my life to be an artist would be a selfish thing to do. I'll admit it - I felt like a martyr and acted like one. Now, I know that when I take the time to be selfish, the everyone in my life benefits.  

Feb. 23, 2012
Painting is becoming easier. I'm not "rusty" each morning. I paint the same patch of sky every day, yet it's never the same, so I don't get bored.

From this morning jump-start, I find it easier to paint later in the day. They say that whatever you keep track of gets better, so I've been marking the calendar (I love to give myself gold stars) for each time I paint. Since Feb. 5, I have awarded myself 17 stars! Some days, the sky is grey and no sky painting is done, but the habit prevails and I just work on something else. I have about 5 paintings going at a time, so there is always something to do.

One small step, one good decision, one small commitment, has led to more productivity, which generates more creativity, more ideas, and more excitement about the creative process and my place it all of it.

Take the time to create and should you be tempted to feel selfish or guilty, remember this old saying and insert your name:

"If (your name here) ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."



  1. I'm totally moved an inspired by you and your take action attitude, you go girl!

    1. Thanks, Kelly - I am inspired by you and your dedication to what we do!

  2. You call your roles "hats" - I have called mine "bags." At one point I literally had different bags packed for my different roles I'd grab a bag and go - to the next meeting or whatever. They became the many bags I carry. Either way -HATS or BAGS- it is so nice to know there are others out there that paint to feel that all is good in the world. Thanks for the reminder that a little goes a long way.

  3. That's funny, Suzanne - I have different bags always packed to go too.
    Also funny how long it took me to actually decide that I'm worth just a little prime time each day.