Many of us have said things like, “I’d create it if I had the time and space.” I’ve found over the last few weeks that time and space are not what’s needed to create. It’s time and grace.
When there’s something nagging at you, a dream or a desire, sometimes it’s hard to give it an honest look.
Whose got time for fanciful dreams of peace and fulfillment when there’s work to be done and things to take care of? We often cast it off before we’ve even given it a thorough examination. It’s so unrealistic. Why bother?
It’s a wall we all face. Over and over again. It’s a wall that creatives are intimately familiar with because we spend so much time bouncing up against it. We just can’t help it. We’re drawn to using our creative talents to make a better and brighter space around us but then we get knocked back with a hard dose of reality. There are more important things than making art.
It takes up too much time. It doesn’t pay the bills. You don’t have enough training. No one would understand it. You’re a nobody. No one would ever buy it. It’s probably not that good anyway.
But it makes you feel so good inside. Like you’ve finally found a slide of chocolate pudding that never ends. (Awesome visual. You’re welcome.)
Except, it does end because you talk yourself out of it time and time again.
Recently, I’ve started looking at art as a practice of self-love. Therapy, really. It’s grace that I’ve started to offer myself. It’s an opportunity to be free, to stop judging, and just feel. To be me. Authentic and pure.
I don’t consider myself an artist as far as canvas and paint, but I am creative and a dabbler in many arts. I’ve decided to give myself permission to be unrealistic for a time and practice art. Because it’s nourishment for my heart and soul. And it’s a reprieve for my mind.
I’ve started art journaling and I invite you to join me in the process. I created a 30 Day Art Journaling Challenge. It’s a daily practice that only takes a few minutes each day. It can be as simple or involved as you want to allow. Think of it as an open door. A breath of fresh air. An invitation to be real, unfiltered, and whole.
You’ll be surprised how much making art a daily practice can change your outlook and feelings about your life. Suddenly, you see things in a new light. Your perspective broadens. Your heart grows bigger.
Growth and learning are natural products when you give yourself the grace and time to just do what you love. You allow yourself to be imperfect. You accept your art for what it is. You connect with your heart.
You don’t have to be great. You don’t need a lot of time and space. You just have to be you. And be okay with that.
So, no matter what your dream or passion is, give it time and grace. Make it a daily practice of self-love and nurturing. Release the potential that you’ve been ignoring. Go make some art.
If you’re interested in joining me in the 30 Days Art Journal Challenge, please connect with me on Facebook or Instagram and share your art with me! Just use the hashtag #30DayArtJournal! And leave a comment below telling me what dreams you’ve been putting on hold because you haven’t allowed yourself the time and grace to do it.