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Weekly smARTips: Completion

Bridge the gap between making art and making a living,

… one tip at a time

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Your smARTip for the week:

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Completion 
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I know… completion…a bit of yawner.

But hang in here with me because I think you’re going to like this smARTip:

From Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher: “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”

The **third principle of any artist’s ongoing

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Weekly smARTips: Courage

Bridge the gap between making art and making a living,

… one tip at a time

weekly smARTips Courage

Your smARTip for the week:

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Courage
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The word, ‘courage,’ has roots in the Latin word, ‘cor’—which means heart.  And heart, way back when, referred originally to the passions, all of them: anger, greed, love, lust—the entire range of big feelings.

It wasn’t until the 17th century that the French hooked up ‘corage’ with the concept of bravery.

For me, what I notice about courage is that it’s first and foremost an act of choice.  As an artist, you make choices all the time that reflect the bravery of your heartfelt passions—often in the face of disparagement.

As I see it, there are three areas where your bravery shows up. For today, let’s just

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Weekly smARTips: What compromises creativity?

Weekly smARTips What compromises creativity

Move your career into high gear… one tip at a time!

 

Your smARTip for the week:
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What compromises creativity?
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Just like the quality of your daily life depends on how you and your body are feeling, so too does the quality of your artwork and art career depend on how you and your body are feeling.

And nothing does creativity in more quickly than when you feel overwhelmed, discouraged, or burned out – in the short term, or long term.

Here are four remedies any art career doctor would prescribe immediately:

  1. Passion running on passion juice feels great in the moment, but without learning how to be aware and intentional about your passion, you run the risk of literally running dry.
  2. There are two kinds of clutter. 1) The “I can’t stand this mess a minute longer” kind. 2) And the “I know exactly where to put my hands on anything” clutter. The trick is not to fool your self about number two when it has shaped shifted into number one.
  3. Putting yourself first is not selfish, it’s the key to true health since without your mind, body and spirit thriving, how on earth will you be able to take care of others over a whole lifetime?
  4. Pay attention to the authentic rhythm of how you work and play so you can increase your productivity with grace and ease.

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Your smARTist Move of the week

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This week, pick one of the four remedies above – the one that speaks to you the most – and explore it.

For #1:  Keep this Q in mind as you go about your daily life: What would change if I was aware and intentional about my passion for making art?

For #2: Which kind of clutter is surrounding you? And, do you pick on yourself about not being as organized as you want, or do you explore ways to gentle yourself into “just enough” organization?

For #3: What one thing can you do this week 100% for yourself – and feel great about it?

For #4: What would it feel like to move through a day dancing to your own drummer? Pick a day and give it a whirl.

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Hiding Out, Eating In

hiding out eating inYou’ve known me to disappear from this blog before, yes? Which, considering I am a writer, is pretty darn odd.

I love to write. I don’t like blogging. Something wasn’t copesetic in Kansas.

And because this has been going on ever since I put this blog up, I knew browbeating myself wasn’t going to work.

So, what was? What was going to turn the tide? Pizza or Chinese?

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