As I sometimes wander from focus, I decided to look back at my last 4 blogs to review what I said. Being someone who SAYS and doesn't DO is something I DO NOT want. So far, I have talked about sharing, a little background, commitment, massive action and a touch on goals. It is clear to me that I am taking the "road less traveled". It can get overwhelming. Being the strong willed, persistent, and downright stubborn person that I am, I WILL NOT let that stop me! As I step back, I think, what do I need to do to make success happen? How will I take this MASSIVE ACTION that I talk about? Anchored with expert guidance and my own instincts, my first step of action is to define what success means to me. The elements of success to me today are....
1. Relationship. When I say this, I am first talking about a strong sense of who I am....If you are not good with yourself, you cannot be good with others. Somehow, I managed to lose the strong sense of myself during this journey I am on....however, it is coming back BIG TIME!! To be SOLID at this point in my life involves spirituality, strength, and art. This is why I am watching nature, strength training, and practicing oil painting. Solidity towards a solid relationship.
2.Art. For me, success in Art is also defined on it's own. And for my success as an artist, spirituality comes first. My dream is to bring peace and serenity through my art, as I strive to help people remember and FEEL their vacations even when they are not on them...for moments to recharge.
Before I can even THINK about that, I have to be anchored, at peace, and with serenity. This is why I start my day with a Sunrise, Strength Training, and I AM painting. It is ALL coming together.
Success with Art is...to have a strong, consistent portfolio of oil paintings....to bring my dreams into reality. Dreams DO come true.
3. Financial. Money has never been a priority for me. I spent years as a preschool teacher and a server. Dedication and love for helping children learn to love learning and life kept me there. The benefit was LOVE. As I grow to value myself more, I strive to be more valued. So, money would be nice. My new approach is Do what you love and the money will follow. Yes.
4. Family. I love my family and always will. And I am ok with not having children or a husband. As a teacher, I taught over 1000 children. That's enough!!!....Also, my soulmate will find me.
5. Home. My dream is to have a tiny home on the sea with outdoor space for painting and gardening. When I travel with my easel, my home will be in a spot on the water in the mountains where I feel peaceful. Feelings are contagious.
There defines what Success means to me today.
There were thoughts of pulling this article together much sooner, but my thoughts needed a rest. The article was written. It needed to sit for a bit so I could come back to it fresh.
The much needed break led to clarification on what thoughts I wanted to share. I choose thoughts of MASSIVE ACTION.
Now that the website is underway, and I have shared a bit of information, it is clear to me that ACTION to be taken. MASSIVE ACTION. Hiring myself as a full time Fine Artist is the beginning. No more fiddling. With massive action, there needs to be structure.
The first thing I will need to do is DECIDE on what I want. What do I want to happen?...keeping my current goals in mind? And I MUST write this down (I also put little signs all over my home!!)....Make goals...Make a Plan...WORK the plan (MASSIVE ACTION).
So here goes. Now I will share my current goals.
First and foremost, I am working on my strength, both inner and outer. The workout plan is written out and it WILL be followed. There I said it. Now I am accountable. This is my #1 priority. Without strength, I am not being true to myself.
With strength, I can paint. This is my current #2 priority...Embracing painting with an open heart to bring peace and serenity with love.
This is wonderful, but there needs to be more structure in my day. Therefore, I made a schedule. With STRENGTH and PRACTICING ART being the current priorities for me, I will move forward.
With that, I make a concrete schedule that is supportive of my current goals. Now....I have gone over this schedule over and over TONS....to the point where I got aggravated( And it takes a lot to aggravate me!!!!). This one is feeling right.
4:45 a.m. Rise
5-6 a.m. Cardio
6-7 a.m. Strength Train
7 a.m. Sunrise (research)
8 a.m. Breakfast
Prepare food for day
9 p.m. Bed
Now, there's a schedule I can follow (with a touch of flexibility). I simply need to focus and take one step at a time.....one moment at a time. There is NO STOPPING ME. As I listen to the soothing sounds of the fountain, I repeat these words as often as I remember to. It is important to be true to who we are, with STRENGTH and MASSIVE ACTION, so we can share (and be) a FULL heart at peace with serenity.🎨