Instead of calendars this year, I have created this participatory focus book which is neither a calendar nor a journal but rather a container to notice and guide your work and everyday living. You can preview all of the pages to see how it works before deciding if it is something you might like to try. I have designed it for myself, family, friends, artists and art collectors alike.
These are challenging times. Times where intentions are more flexible than goals. Times where we must keep our eye on what needs to be courageously finished. Times where we will be stronger and more resilient if we regularly acknowledge highlights, surprises and our gratitude.
I often get asked how I do what I do or concern that I might be working too hard or amazement in what is accomplished. My inside voice is always surprised and a little shocked by the disconnect between my internal view of joyfully plodding along and how this is perceived by others. So I started to explore what might possibly be the disconnect. I realized that I mostly hold flexible, lightly held, intentions rather than hard fixed goals developed into detailed work plans. I keep my focus on small actions I can take everyday towards fulfilling my intentions. Yes, there are firm deadlines at times. Sales taxes that have been collected must be filed and paid on a specific schedule. Income Tax has specific filing timelines as does gallery rental, art show openings and so on. But these items are actually a short list of actions to be completed during an overall year. The rest of my life and work is often quite flexible and within my ability to focus and organize as I wish. There are always challenges, failures, losses and frustrations. I do notices these. I give them their moment of consideration and then I like to move on…. to what is next, what is working, what is giving me energy and fills me with curiosity. Travel Within is designed to focus our intentions in this way. I hope you enjoy the adventure that is supported by a painting or painting sketch for each month.
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