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Cool your heels, Toots

Do you ever feel like you bite off more than you can chew? 

Do you love to say ‘yes!’ ‘absolutely,’ ‘fan-fucking-tastic,’ or ‘oki-doki-artichoki’?

Do you take on so many projects, you forget to leave time for, oh I don’t know, yourself?

No?…yea, me either…I think in my last post I kind of jinxed myself…

It definitely reminded me that I’m in this for the long con though. By ‘this’ I mean…well life, but also growing as an artist, and figuring out how to turn a passion into a business. I need to do things slow and steady, be ok with making mistakes, learning, and building a good foundation rather expecting things to balance nicely right away.

But oh, how I love when things work out just the right way.

 August had me in a headlock. If I wasn’t doing something F-U-N (i.e. glow-ball golfing with in-laws, celebrating a best friend’s engagement, and seeing the eclipse totality at the family reunion) I was in an F-U-N-K. No mistake about it, that one letter makes a BIG difference, K?

So this month, I’m taking things s-l-o-o-o-w-er-ish.

I’m trying to be #mindful of more than whatever bright shiny thing draws my attention that moment, and making time to create some space between myself and this big, crazy, loud, beautiful, but draining world.

I’m doing that by painting more, learning from people I admire, working out, making time for yoga, eating healthy, but still always saving room for dessert.

Well writing all of this has been very theraputic, but let’s see if the proof is in the puddin’, Puddin’.

 

Want to try? Here’s something I’ve been practicing more…

Turn off your audiobook, remove your earbuds, and look up from your phone when your walking down the street. Just keep walking. Looking straight down doesn’t count, eyes up! Don’t freak out, there’s no need to make eye contact and shake hands with each person you pass (I’m in DC, and personal bubbles are a THING, so don’t touch mine!). Just keep your eyes straight ahead or slightly above that big honkin’ crown of yours. Now, walk.

You don’t realize what a habit you’ve made, or how hard it is to break, until you start seeing.