Personal development is similar to a flower garden. You can add more color, texture, height, or depth to it.
If your life feels too calm and comfortable, you can replace or add activities that offer more excitement and fun. If your life feels too overwhelming and chaotic, you can replace or add activities that restore order and peace.
Sometimes these changes may last for only a short season, other activities may be part of your life for decades.
It’s your life. Fill it with activities that make you feel fresh and alive. Fill it with people who make you feel loved and cherished.
Here’s a picture of my beautiful Hibiscus. The overhang from the window forces them to lean out away from the protection of the house. It has been my “plan” for the past many years to move them to the side of my condo, where they will be better supported. But even though I have neglected to do this, they thrive each year.
This is my collection of gGardening inspired stories to help you grow a new perspective and love of self
Have you ever gotten the proverbial bee in your bonnet about something? Mind you… this bee doesn’t have to be an angry biting bee… it could be a gentle, kind, buzzing bee who wants to make sure you know it is there, so you can release it whenever it is convenient to do so.
Oftentimes for me, these types of bees represent something creative. I have a thought, a story, a message that I want to share with others. I express that creative idea in the form of a podcast episode, a video, a blog post, or an e-mail message.
Lately, however, my bonnet bee has been buzzing a different tune.
Lately, it has been encouraging me to express myself visually, thru drawing.
I’m guessing this bee became more vocal as I watched a friend explore creative expression thru acrylic painting.
I will admit this bee took up residence in my bonnet decades ago when my children were toddlers. I wrote stories for them, and illustrated them with photographs of their stuffed animals acting out the stories. This, of course, was extremely limiting for the actions these critters could take. (Although safety pins, tape, and string were amazing helpers!)
If I had been able to draw, I would have illustrated those stories myself. That is one of my (never before shared with anyone) dreams. To go back and illustrate those stories.
I’ve been thinking about learning how to draw.
Perhaps because I put this thought out into the universe, I saw an ad for Udemy course on something not about drawing, but that interested me. I clicked the link and was whisked off into the world of amazing courses. One of the top ones recommended was a drawing course.
Yupper doodle… right there… and on sale!
No, I did not buy it at that moment. I did, however, watch the preview videos and read the reviews.
I made a mental note of the title and decided to sleep on it.
I slept on the idea a second night, too.
And on the third day, I spent $11.99 on a drawing course.
Yesterday, I went to Michaels, the craft store, to buy some pencils and a sketch book. As I walked into the store, there was a rack of books. One book caught my eye: Art for Kids, Drawing: The only drawing book you’ll ever need to be the artist you’ve always wanted to be.
That’s a long title, but I thought two things…
1) If it was for kids, I could probably do it
2) I want to become the artist I always wanted to be
So I bought it…
Now I have my pencils, an eraser, a course, and a book to help me with my artist’s journey.
But guess what… I still haven’t drawn a thing!
To be fair… I only bought this stuff yesterday afternoon…
But we know what happens with best intentions, right?
We need to act quickly. We need to make new intentions part of our daily life.
That is why, I’m going to finish this story, grab my pencils and sketchbook, and go draw some straight lines, curvy lines, circles, and dots. According to artist/author Kathryn Temple, that’s all I need to know to be the artist I always wanted to be. I’ll set my timer for 15 minutes and see how it goes.
Is the today the day you can release that bee that has taken up residence in your bonnet? Are you ready to let it out so you can creatively express who you always wanted to be?
You were pursuing a new interest, learning a new skill, or having what started as a normal conversation with someone and then suddenly…
You hit a wall…
An invisible wall…
Interest withers, learning stops, and conversations become adversarial.
You find yourself wondering, “What the heck happened?”
In this week’s episode, I’m going to invite you to consider whether you were trapped by the meaning you have adopted of a particular word.
It happened to me, and it may have happened to you.
Too often, we don’t realize the problem, and therefore, we can’t resolve it, and move on.
Have you identified words that put a barrier between you and your dreams? You can choose to relabel things to less inflammatory words (you could even just call it Steve) or keep repeating the word until it becomes a non-word to you.
The important thing to remember, is to pay attention when you feel like your forward momentum has stopped. The problem is most likely NOT what you think it is. 🙂