In a lot of ways the artist journey is a lonely one, but artists certainly need not go it alone, nor should they. Having a strong support network of carefully selected family, friends, mentors, and even mentees is so important. It’s important to be very selective about who you include in this inner network as an artist because the act of making art is such a vulnerable act.

Here are some traits to look for in the persons you choose:

They take you (and your dreams) seriously, no matter how crazy, out of reach or wild they may seem.

The listen to you and provide a strong sounding board.

SANS Judgement – your artist has to feel safe sharing without the potential for judgement.

Look for reciprocity – we imagine it might be nice to just have people who center their lives on us and our dreams, but optimally, you want to connect with other movers, shakers, and dreamers. This mutually sustaining energy will truly feed you and you won’t ever feel guilt about having great dreams. You also shield yourself from the negativity or jealousy of blocked individuals.

They lift you up when you are feeling doubt or fear and believe in you unfalteringly.

It’s not always easy to gather up your support network but we must guard our dreams and our artist self – in the earliest stages, our ideas and thoughts can be crushed with doubt, jealousy, and negativity by those persons we bring into our confidence. Be discriminate. Choose thoughtfully.

Courage. This month’s global theme for CreativeMornings. This last few weeks have been all about taking risks and mustering up my courage to make the biggest career jump and investment risk of my life to date… to choose me over someone else… to say no to certainty and to embrace risk. All of these things take great courage. And there is yet more to come.

Today, I also took a plunge and publicly invited members of the CMBos community to join me for #The100DayProject and it will be my labor of love to facilitate this small community of 100Day’ers locally. This took a bit of courage since it is outside of my comfort zone, but I was moved to do it. If not me, then who? If not now, then when? Amiright?

Thinking about my 100 Day project that is going to coincide with the Global 100 Day Project. I am kind of at the tail end of my 100 day project to write my morning pages and to paint every day… so, I’m excited to have an overlapping 100 day to join in with the global one. Here are some ideas for my unique theme:

100 Days of Spring Photography – taking a 15 minute walk every day and taking photos – this will allow me to get better acquainted with my camera.

100 Days of Black and White Portraits- This can be a series of me just getting the people around me who I love – I can’t imagine who the 100 people would be. Maybe I can share their stories? This is a very vulnerable and more involved one.

100 Days of Ink – 15 minutes of ink painting, zentangling, textures, abstract, doodling, calligraphy, hand lettering – I just love ink and I love the stark contrast of black and white and the very many ways ink as a medium can be used. In one little bag of prompts I can choose a tool or a mini project. This could be so much fun! (<- I think this might be it)

100 Days of Hand Lettered Haiku – hehe.. this one makes me giggle. It could be fun.

Gonna brainstorm more… it’s just right around the corner now.

It’s been a long day but I spent the last three hours in absolute joy and laughter with two of my besties over dinner – my mind, body, and soul feel fed. I feel full.

I have learned over the years that the true measure of a relationship is that gut check afterwards. Some “friends” exhaust you of your energy and reserves with their drama. Some people are simply takers and there is no room for reciprocity. Do a gut check with your relationships – those relationships that leave you chronically feeling empty… they’re just not worth your time.

I have been so excitedly planning for this new venture of mine that I have not been able to sleep. I know this is not sustainable. Tonight is a self intervention of sorts to get me to bed before 10.

But before I do that, I want to just put in plain words how blessed I am in life. I am so grateful for everything that I have – all the good people, wonderful opportunities, beautiful family, and enough in worldly possessions that I can invest into a dream that will become what I believe to be a lifelong labor of love and a possible profitable venture. Today I am especially grateful for one of my best friends (you know who you are) for listening to me with support, empathy and non-judgement… and then pointing me toward an attitude of gratitude.

With that said, I’ll be entering hybernation mediation mode in 3… 2… 1.

These days my brain never stops thinking… or so it feels like it. Maybe what’s really happening is that all my thoughts are focused on this one thing and it feels like my brain never stops because I am channeling all my energy in that direction deliberately.

It’s been a long day and a lot of things are in the works… I can’t wait to share the news with the world once things are official. 🤞🏼

Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your Vision, your Ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration… The vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, this you will become.

-James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

Today was an upside down kind of day… but in a good way. Like an upside down pineapple cake. Everything that needed to get done magically got done despite some interesting twists in the routine. And somehow, I managed to paint in the morning and in the evening. I’ll gladly take the #win!

Just gonna leave this right here. I plan on doing this since I am already doing it on my own. My goal is to hone in on a specific sliver of art… and delve into it deeply for 100 days. It will be a great next step in my journey.

I think I will enjoy the community aspect. I am also planning to instigate greater engagement locally…. Are you gonna join?

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