Monday, February 08, 2016

Yes to This, No to That


This year I'm making some intentional shifts in where my yes's and no's are. Some of this feels terrifying, some of it feels like a relief, some feels like adventure waiting to unfold.

SAYING YES TO TRAVEL means saying NO to:
- a geographically fixed workspace
- a consistent open-to-the-public schedule at the gallery 
- being able to attend all of the local events that interest me
- other tempting ways of using my time and money

SAYING YES TO THE WORK I WANT TO MAKE means saying NO to:
- certain requests for custom work or repairs
- certain social activities because I need lots of time in the studio
- an easily defined image/style (which causes me stress because I like to be cohesive, and the work I want to make feels pretty random right now)

SAYING YES TO MY PHYSICAL HEALTH means saying NO to:
- eating too much sugar
- smoking too much weed
- weighing myself obsessively

SAYING YES TO MY EMOTIONAL HEALTH means saying NO to:
- behavior patterns that cause me pain
- toxic relationships
- the stigma of being in therapy

SAYING YES TO THE SPACE I NEED means saying NO to:
- a shared studio space
- employing an assistant
- a boundary-less existence with the family business

SAYING YES TO MY CREATIVE PRACTICE means saying NO to:
- having my phone in the studio
- the need to make "good" work
- fear of being vulnerable

3 comments:

Stacie said...

great list...and I've been doing the same sort of thing for the last 3 months...totally just stopped everything other than feathering my nest physically as well as emotionally! Total re-evaluation of everything...good luck!!!

Ali la Loca said...

~Stacie - Sometimes a major pause is the only way to go. I hope your re-evaluating is bringing you what you need. Much love from CA!

Stacie said...

Have fun in Italy, kiddo...you are creating an amazing artwork..YOURSELF! :)