Over the past few weeks when meeting with friends, it has been mentioned that it looks like I’m getting stuff done. My Instagram @cassandraharrison7 is lit up with all sorts of shiny new things and my Facebook is pinging all sorts of happy neon colours. I look busy. And I am busy. Now, admittedly, some of that is curated. We curate ourselves daily whether it’s on social media or in conversation with acquaintances/family/friends. You might be crying your heart out on the inside but maybe don’t want to reveal that to your colleague who you barely know.
With all of that said, I am actually getting shit done and it feels so nice to feel like I’m not bumbling around in the darkness of my many notebooks with my many big ideas.
Maybe you’re like me in that you love a bright shiny new notebook and love to list and plan and dream and write. Spilling all of that out onto paper feels both necessary and fun. But then…more often than not…it just kinda stays there. I might flip back and scribble some more but then nothing much happens because I’m too busy firefighting. I’m just dealing with the stuff that lands at my feet on the day and then it’s night time and that’s that.
For years I’ve had ideas to put together a solo exhibition and for years it’s just been this nebulous thing.
When I purchased the Maker’s Yearbook I found that I was actually starting to make steps towards doing those things I had only thought about doing.
I’m cringing in that I feel like I’m trying to sell something here. What I’m saying is, the concept of setting out my intention then writing out small steps to make it happen has been invaluable. I easily slide off track, easily get bored with projects if I don’t finish then quickly, or like a dog that has spied a squirrel, chase after that new exciting idea and forget what I was doing the moment before.
I’ve also signed up to Creative Live and have downloaded a workshop lead by Lisa Congdon (artist and writer of Art Inc). In the kitchen when making dinner, I fire up one of her mini courses, burn the food and listen to tips on the things that many artists struggle with when making a living in their nook of the creative industry.
I’ve also been attending a regular meditation class, but more on that another day.
Namaste and all that jazz.