Amelia Earhart’s quote: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity”?
Well I believe that about sums it up for me!! Take a look at my colorful/filled calendar above. This is exactly what my days look like. People often ask me how I get everything done…for me it is one word…DEADLINES!! I use calendar…online and off!!! If you want to get a lot done, give yourself deadlines after you ask yourself who is expecting you to do it all right now!! (see Recovering Super Woman post for more ideas)
There is a lot I want to do in my life. I have MAJOR goals and Vision…I am creating my legacy. Why? A couple of reasons. One is I had to write an About Page for Cre8Tive Compass and two Gary Lord wrote an article about me. I joined a group called Blog Masters Club to learn to be a well, a Master Blogger!!! When they looked at Cre8Tive Compass (a critique is part of the process), they said I needed to be more upfront and tell my story. So I had to write my story…if you read it you will understand…it is totally transparent. My dear friend Gary Lord, at the urging of another friend Lyna Farkas, wrote my life story for The Faux Finisher Magazine. if you read it you would understand.
Master of Reinvention by Gary Lord The author profiles an amazing woman who has meant a lot to him and many others in the industry: Rebecca E. Parsons.
So I MUST MUST MUST be organized
i do this best with my dot mine day planner…i even entered a contest to design a new cover recently!!! keep your fingers crossed!!! Do you have yours?
Creating My Legacy
Creating my legacy takes COURAGE, determination, doggedness, firmness, fortitude, grit, guts, hardihood, heart, intestinal fortitude, mettle, moral fiber, nerve, perseverence, persistence, pluck, resolution, resolve, spunk, stamina, steadfastness, tenacity, toughness, will, willpower…all synonyms of tenacity!!! All descriptive of me.
I have a singular focus to show other artists the way to make a living doing what they love…my legacy.
If you are here reading this today, YOU are the reason I write, research, draw, paint, teach…SHARE! I am in service to your dream! Period!
I hope this comes across in my work.
Another question I get is how do you decide what topics to blog about? I keep an editorial calendar for each blog and the magazine. Whenever I run across something that inspires me I bookmark it (online) or jot it down in a sketchbook I always have with me! One a quarter I unearth all the ideas and create an editorial calendar. I usually stick pretty close to it unless something jumps up and says…WRITE ABOUT THIS IMMEDIATLY!!!
On Sunday morning, I usually write the bulk of the posts for the week. I may wait to create the graphics and images until the day of the post, depending on how long the writing takes. If I am really inspired by a topic, I usually go ahead and write it on the spot and save a draft to publish later. I know when to follow the muse before I lose the inspiration. So I am always flexible. Sometimes someone asks a question and as I answer it develops into a post:
I wrote this in answer to an artist who was feeling overwhelm and indecisive recently:
big hugs to you…as a wise elder in this group i offer the following: be gentle with yourself and just take it one thing at a time..trust me, at times, i feel overwhelmed by it all and i have been doing these things for many years now…the course has added an extra layer of action to my already crowded days…so, if i miss a day. i can feel less than…
i know that when i am feeling this way, i am ready for a breakthrough BIG TIME, so i also feel excitement…
here is a little thing i do at these times: when there is a feeling of overwhelm, i sit with my feelings for a while in a quiet place…i let overwhelm engulf me to really experience it…i ask for answers to come to me…then i journal freely writing anything that comes to me without editing or correcting spelling or grammar …during this time i almost always find answers and solutions…if not, sometime during the day or even night a breakthrough comes…
when you are ready, here are some coaching questions for you to mull over…but don’t add another layer of stress with them either:
what is your goal with social media? really try to formulate a list of things you want to achieve by doing all these new things…it is important to know because you may not need or even want to do them all…who is expecting you to do it all right now?
- which of these new ventures would you like to do the most? why?
- which do you feel would bring you the most joy? why?
- which is causing you the most stress? why?
more hugs and good energy to surround you
if you do this, i promise you will feel less overwhelmed…it works for me