WEEK TWO - Create an Environment for Your Art to Flourish
Week One was about learning to find meaning in your home and circumstances no matter what they look or feel like. Week Two is about giving you the tools you need for your life to become a place where art and beauty can flourish. You have to define this for yourself. You can’t let your past, your peers or your parents do it for you (subconscious or not).
Honestly, this week can be a tough one because a lot of it looks like drawing boundaries and working to maintain them. But if you’ll trust the process, I promise the rewards are worth it. YOU are worth it.
Step One: take pen to paper and write out where you are happiest. What does it look like? What does it feel like? This might include recalling a memory or it might look like picturing a hope for the future. Write out at least one descriptive paragraph. With that descriptive paragraph firmly formed in your mind, make an honest assessment of your life. How far apart is your paragraph from your current reality?
This exercise isn’t designed to make you feel shame or discontentment. It’s helping you identify what you want to change about your life to make it place where your art can flourish. Don’t let this exercise bring you down. Remember last week? You already know that--regardless of your circumstances--your life contains meaning, purpose and so much beauty.
Just For You:
Start with the physical. Walk though your house. Observe things as they are (you already have practice with this from week one). Every item you have in your home should pass through two filters. We’ll call them Joy and Purpose.
Purpose: If something doesn’t have a home (i.e., a designated, functional space and purpose) it needs to find a new home.
Joy: If an object in your home isn’t giving you joy, you have every right to peacefully send it on it’s way.
Emotional clutter is trickier to identify. But you can use the same filters of Joy and Purpose to find and rid yourself of Emotional Clutter.
Is this emotion bringing me joy?
What purpose is it serving in my life?
Watch the video below
Untether yourself from anything that isn’t propelling you forward into the lifestyle you’re hoping for.
I understand that this week’s homework can feel like a daunting, exhausting task. Especially the emotional, spiritual aspect. It’s going to take a special kind or bravery to face things that have been holding you back for so long.
Remember this: You’re not alone. I get it and I’ve been there. But the good news is, you don’t have to tackle it all at once.
Pick one emotion, one drawer, one situation, one closet at time. ONE. Sit quietly working away at completing the work for that one task as long as you need to and then move on to the next.