Every year I select one word as a focus word to guide me through the year. I have decided on “BALANCE” as my word for 2016.
Balance is having the right amount — not too much or too little — of any quality, which leads to harmony or evenness.
In 2015 I found I was out of balance and spent too much time in my art business. It is hard not to when you love what you do! My studio is like a magnet. But at the same time I felt that I did not stay fresh and I felt burnt out at times.
What does that mean for 2016?
It means I am going to reduce the hours I spend on art and art related work.
I am going to spend more time in nature. Walking, canoeing, and camping. This is where I connect with my inner self and become refreshed and renewed.
In turn this leads to better work.
I am going to spend more time on music – both making it myself and listening to it live. This is another activity that feeds my soul.
I am going to spend time doing projects that have been put on hold. Unfinished projects take lots of energy!
I am going to explore some new activities – like belly fit, zumba and Qi Gong.
I am going to meditate more.
I am going to connect with friends more regularly. Being an artist is an insular life and it is easy to spend too much time in your own thoughts!
How am I going to do this?
I am going to rely on a schedule. I know that sounds linear for a creative person but it is the only way I will be able to replace some of my studio time an achieve my goal of balance.
What is your guiding word for 2016?