Friday, January 3, 2014

One. My Word

It's been awfully quiet here on the blog. 
I've made some resolutions this year, like everyone else.
And that's one of them. 

I was thinking about the resolutions I wanted for this year. 
So many many things flooded my mind. 
Yoga daily, wake up by 9, blog every day, meditate, every day, do art every day. 

But, I'm NOT a strict person. I have lots of self discipline, but I know, that if I don't wake up at 9, i won't do yoga, then I won't blog, I probably won't get anything done on the list of 5 if I don't do one. So, I scrapped it. I scrapped just about everything on my resolutions list. 

And my word for the new year? 


Yes. One. Very simple. But, it means so much to ME.

One means me. Looking out for me. Relaxing, not being stressed, figuring myself out again. Because apparently that's something you need to do often. And, instead of focusing on doing 5 things a day, my big goal, is to do One. That one thing that I will do daily? Art. That's the only thing I'm requiring myself to do. 

This means I might not blog as much. But that also means the blog will be meaningful. There were too many times last year that I did a blog, just because I was trying to reach my quota. Not a lot of heart was put into it..
I will wake up when I feel like it. If I wake up at 9, great. If I wake up at noon, great. Because I'm going to listen to my body, and put myself first, be number One, and do what I want to do, when I want to do it. I will meditate when I feel I need to. I will do yoga when I feel like I need to. 

All these strict requirements I've placed on myself are gone. And it feels great. Because I haven't felt any Oneness in a while. I've felt disappointed, stressed, frantic and cloudy. Dropping all of this has been like a rebirth. 

For the past few days, I've woken up when I wanted to, even gone back to bed. I woke up and painted or worked on art. Since the new year I've even finished one piece. The one above this. I have yet to name it, but it will be in the shop soon. I will also have limited edition prints. 

I also worked on a self portrait over the holidays. It was a lot of fun to bring out my charcoals. It's been a very long time. Since college I think. When I was told "Real artists don't draw. They paint." I'll be doing a lot more drawing this year I think. 

 As well as painting of course. Because if it weren't for that art class, I wouldn't have learned to paint. 
And today I'm working on the cover design for Cinderskella's sequel. 

I have big plans for this new year. Other than my One resolution, I do have lots of goals. I'm hoping to make 2014 the biggest bestest year. With lots of art stuff going on. 

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  1. Reading what you're planning to do this year was quite an inspiration. I find way too often that we don't listen to our own selves and focus on our souls and our body, so it makes me happy to read that you are. :-)

  2. It is good that you are learning to put yourself first. Even though people think it's selfish it's not. You work harder, better, and do things more meaningfully when you put yourself first. It something I have to remind myself to do.

  3. I totally understand what you mean. That is why I am trying to stick to the one. Mine is a mantra, Do yoga today so that you can do yoga tomorrow. Which I also interpret as Wake up and do yoga. If I do this one I feel alot of the other things on my need to do list will start to fall into place.

  4. you have such a great spirit about you. I really love that. thank you - you show me there is hope and to go with the positive.

  5. I am feeling so creative so far this year! I love your one little word. Mine is Strength, and my mantra is: do no harm, but take no shit. I do have a little list of goals for myself, however they are all meaningful, important, and what I need to be and do in my life. So they don't feel stressful! Which I think is definitely a good thing. :D

  6. What a great post! Do the one most important thing every day and everything else is sure to fall into place. My motto this year is "Less is more." Less busywork, more artwork! :-)

  7. Thanks for always being a source of spiritual inspiration and peace. I always look forward to your posts, as I can relate to almost all of them. I hope you focus on yourself this year, and find out all sorts of new things about yourself that you didn't really see before :)

  8. Hi Rachel!
    I'm not sure if you remember, but a couple months ago I sent you a message asking for advice on trying to sell my art and starting an Etsy acct. I just wanted to stop by to tell you I FINALLY did it! I don't have much at all in there yet but I'm working on getting more photos/scans done so I can add more. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time just to help someone you don't even know out. It meant so much to me <3 Thanks again!! You're the best!



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