Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Golden Nugget

Spots of Gold © 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
12 x 12 Oil Painting on Canvas
It's as good as gold!. Remember my last post when I decided to start my day the happy way as per Dr. Joe Dispenza. Well, this is what happened the second day after I started my new morning practice.
As part of my morning intending, I added a little bonus for myself. I intended, beside the beautiful way my day would unfold, that I would receive a happy surprise...a golden nugget. Then I added that when the surprise unveils itself to me, that I would be fully aware that I received my happy surprise, which would then make me all the happier. That afternoon when I was standing at the sink having my afternoon snack my cell phone rang.  I did not recognize the number and answered it to find out I had gotten into a photoshop class I was wanting to take.  I had called two weeks prior to find out the class was full, I was bummed but requested to be put on the waiting list. She agreed but said it was unlikely that I would get in because there were all ready many names on the waiting list.
I was then standing at my sink with this big huge grin because I knew I had just received my happy surprise. As Joe says
" (it) gives me the power and the incentive to do it the next day." time I think I'll create my day with me winning the Texas Lotto! how 'bout you, how are you going to create your day?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Creating Your Day the Happy Way

Wedges with an Edge © 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
12 x 12 Oil Painting on Canvas

Last time I wrote, I left you with my strategy of not starting your day with getting on the computer, which got me to thinking.  What would be a great way to start my day?  Well I got my answer today, just popped into the old' noggin. Love when that happens. Ask a question and Voilà, get the answer. It was something I had been doing, but kinda forgot about.

I can't claim it as my idea, it comes from the movie What the Bleep Do We Know? So many great concepts in that movie, but one that stands out in my mind is Dr. Joe Dispenza relating how he starts his day. Here is a little part of it: 
"I wake up in the morning, and I consciously create my day the way I want it to happen. Now, sometimes, because my mind is examining all the things that I need to get done, it takes me a little bit to settle down, and get to the point, of where I'm actually intentionally creating my day. But here's the thing."
"When I create my day, and out of nowhere, little things happen that are so unexplainable, I know that they are the process or the result of my creation. And the more I do that, the more I build a neural net, in my brain, that I accept that that's possible. Gives me the power and the incentive to do it the next day."
That is part of the quote that was in the movie. I have my own version. It is really fun to play with this concept and it's quite magical. If you don't have your own version you can download Joe's version  here. I will often create my day the night before, right before I go to sleep. Try it Mikey, you might like it. I know, I know I'm dating myself.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

It Can Get Really Windy Down There

  Cowboy Chic
14 x 18 oil on canvas

Changing habits is not for the faint of heart. I think it all boils down to how bad do you want it,. Do you have complete clarity that you want what you want? Make sense? Clear as mud, isn't it? 

As I am craving more time for the business side of art, I had the realization I needed to find more time in my day.  I will not sacrifice the painting time, noooooooo, that's not negotiable. So that left the other parts of the day. After observing myself and my habits for the last couple of weeks, I found one huge time waster. Drum roll please.....the black hole of the computer, huge time suck. I bet you can hear the swirling sound of the wind as you are sucked in.

Now spending time on the computer can be very beneficial. You can learn things. You can learn about some great marketing tools. You can find websites to post your art on.  You can find groups that share your interests. You can learn what Mary Sue did yesterday. You can see pictures of your class from your high school days. You can be entertained by watching strange videos of dogs dancing. You can find.....See how it just gets windier and windier?

My tips for not allowing the computer to suck you down into the black hole are: 1) Don't get on your computer first thing in the morning. Do all the other things first  2) then set a time limit for computer tasks.  15 minutes for checking and responding to email, 15 minutes for surfing and Facebook, etc. I know that computer surfing can be a great procrastination tool, yes, I would rather be watching the dogs dancing then writing an artist statement, but then I  think back to how bad do I want what I want.