Ep048: All or Nothing? How About Something In-Between?

Too often people wait for conditions to be perfect before they take action.

They say things like, “I wanted to go on a bike ride this weekend, but it’s supposed to rain,” or “When Sally finishes her big work project, we’ll try to get the gang together,” or “I’d love to work on craft projects, but I just don’t have the space to leave things set up.”

In this week’s episode, I challenge listeners to remove “but” and “when” from their thought process when making plans to enjoy their favorite activities or relationships.

Show Notes:

Sheri’s journey and paintings can be seen on her Facebook page “Sheri’s Art.” 

She is also in the process of developing a website at www.sheridoyon.com. Full disclosure… Sheri is my sister-in-law (technically, my former sis-in-law), but more importantly… she’s my friend!

Portland Headlight by Sheri Doyon
“Portland Headlight” by Sheri Doyon
White Winter by Sheri Doyon
“White Winter” by Sheri Doyon

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  1. Donna, what a great episode! I’m so happy you made me a part of it!

    I’d love to add a little bit about my experience with the “all or nothing” mentality. First, I’d like to mention that back in 2015, I trained for and ran a half marathon and while that may not seem like a very big deal to some… It was huge for me! I suffer with Fibromyalgia, migraines and fatigue; training with these symptoms is truly no easy task! If I waited until I felt ok, I would not be able to say that I ran and completed a half marathon! 13.1 miles!

    Fast forward to painting… While it is at a much slower pace than running, it is not always easy to overcome my symptoms enough focus on painting. I try to complete one painting per week, more is better. I often don’t feel good and sometimes I need to take extra breaks, but the joy and reward for completing my artwork far outweighs the desire to wait for the right lighting, setup, feeling good, brush or even paint colors… If I don’t have the right color – I mix my own, if I don’t feel well – I pick up a brush and try anyway, if I can’t have everything layed out at the table – I’ll make a sketch of an idea for my next piece, etc…

    In my mind… It is “all or at the very least something”
    If I waited until conditions were just right, my life would be more than lacking… life would just be, lifeless!

    Keep inspiring us Donna! ❤️

  2. Thank you for sharing your story, Sheri. You are a woman of strength and determination. I can only imagine the challenges you overcome each day. But knowing you as I do, I also was confident that you would not settle for “nothing.” Your statement about life being lifeless if we wait until conditions are perfect sums it up perfectly. What’s the fun in perfections? 🙂 Keep painting!

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