This year I have been concentrating on BALANCE, MINDFULLNESS and ALIGNMENT in my daily life and in my art.
I’ve gone back to Journaling to time in order to shift, become aware and adjust those three themes.
1. Focus Journal – My keeping a weekly record of the 12 identified areas of my life that I consider most import I have been able to see where I fall out of BALANCE and one or two areas become extremely demanding of my limited time.
1. RILEY – SCHOOL & OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES
4. EXTENDED FAMILY & FRIENDS
5. DOG IN THE HOLE STUDIO – Art
8. COMMUNITY & ART
9. 3150 STUDIO ARTISTS – Workshops
10. VOLUNTEER TIME AT SCHOOL
I am able to make adjustments and put focus on areas that have slipped through the cracks.
It is a messy journal. Each Focus area has a TO DO LIST and a CONTACT LIST. I may have listed them in order of what I consider my priority but it doesn’t always mean that is how a week will play out.
I am trying to keep a 52 WEEKS Photographic Journal.
I am trying to keep a MORNING PAGES Journal.
I am trying to keep an IDEAS & INSPIRATION Journal for my art.
I am now keep a FOOD DIARY JOURNAL.
Finding the right time for all of this is far more difficult than I realized.
The way I look at it I have a choice. I make a choice to do something because it provides me with a positive benefit. When that no longer happens then I have another decision to make.
While I follow my choice, I develop a discipline, a routine that isn’t negotiable. If the discipline continues to provide me with a positive benefit then I’m happy and everyone around me is happy.
Establishing a new habit or discipline seems to require at least six weeks of consecutive work for it to become established. There will be slip ups, mistakes made but if the INTENT remains foremost and an examination of why they mistake were made and corrections made the habit should become established.
Balance in my life is both a noun and a verb. I like stability and a sense of equilibrium, when I don’t have that I begin to feel stressed, tired, and irritable. By JOURNALING I can BALANCE my life activities by comparing and evaluating how much time they require of me. I can assess and appraise the need of eliminating something, asking for help and maybe easing up on myself.
I see ALIGNMENT happening once I have established BALANCE in my life. And BALANCE in my life requires me to be MINDFUL of every activity I choose to do during the day. I can choose to view some activities as being time consuming, irritating, unnecessary or I can be MINDFUL of why I am even doing the activity. I can see the bigger picture even though I am trying to stay in the moment.