I had something funny happen the other day. I was toodling around on the internet and came across an interview I gave two years ago on Stephanie Levy's Artists Who Blog series. As I was reading through the interview I came to this question:
What are your top 5 goals that you’d like to accomplish within the next 5 years?
And I was shocked, because 4 of the 5 goals have already happened or are in the process of happening! For fun I'd like to share my responses:
1. Have my second child.
Having a second little one was a long-held dream of mine. Callum is about to turn 2, and he is the apple of my eye.
2. Expand my artwork in scale and diversity.
Most of my work is petite (9 x 9 inches is my average), but I've been painting big lately. This painting was finished a couple of weeks ago and is 24 x 36-- huge for me!
3. Publish a "how to" art book.
This is the one that I'm nowhere near. It feels like a "should" more than a "want" right now, so it's on the back burner for the time being.
4. Publish a young children's picture book.
July 1st I sent off a children's picture book submission to a (scream-with-joy-if-they-say-yes) publisher in Northern California, and yesterday I sent off a baby board book submission to a publisher in the UK. FINGERS CROSSED!!!
5. Learn to cook.
This one makes me laugh, because when I wrote it I was just learning how to use my oven and pots and pans to make things to eat. I'm serious. I asked for cookbooks for Christmas and birthdays, and by osmosis I just started cooking one day. I was shocked at how fun and relaxing it can be! Here's some "kitchen sink pesto" I made the other day, and yes, that is a mortar and pestal, thank you very much:
(Can you see the rainbow on the right side of the bowl? Our kitchen is filled with rainbows in the afternoon)
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I was so happy to come across the interview. I have so many wants and goals and things to do, and here was proof that I had accomplished a lot in two years, much more than I had realized. And most importantly: the things I made happen were the ones most dear to my heart.
Do you need a little push making your goals and dreams come true? Here are some lovely things I've spied lately:
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tara Sophia Mohr, I can best describe her as a beacon of wonderfulness. She and I first connected several years back over art (mine) and poetry (hers) and I have followed her work and her blog since then. Her words are always a source of inspiration for me.
Tara plays big. She is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has been featured on The Today Show, BigThink.com, Whole Living, CNN.com, USA Today, Forbes, Beliefnet, and numerous other media outlets. She is also the author of The Real Life: Poems for Wise Living.
Now, she is inviting us to Play Big, too. Playing Big is a six-month, in-depth program for women who want to play bigger in their work and in their lives. The journey includes inner work to help us overcome fears and clarify our vision, as well as practical training in skills such as communication and negotiation. Yes, please!!!
This is from a deck of cards by Chronicle Books called Sweet Dreams. I came across it yesterday tucked in a bookshelf, and what a lovely gift it was to read these words. Be patient, and try to love the questions...
I have received the most wonderful new Year's gift from Tara Sophia Mohr: a copy of her beautiful ebook: The Real Life. Tara is a poet, coach, and inspiration, and her ebook is a melding of gorgeous poems and imagery. I am a proud contributer to her book, and pleased as punch that my work appears on the cover! There is also work by Super Artist Jessica Swift, and several brilliant photographers who are now among my favorites.
The Real Life is available for free download. Enjoy it, and send it along to anyone in your life who could use some wise, comforting words for the year ahead.
Things are still pretty slow around here.. not a lot of art-making, just a lot of trying not to trip over all the new toys.. I am very excited about what the year has in store, though; and I'm taking my time making my list of what I want to do with 2011. Have you decided?
Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, successful, love-filled new year. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me here!