Do you ever listen for your calling? Some people know their calling. There are no questions. For me, I either feel it in my soul or it comes unsolicited from people around me. I call them signs, synchronicity, or patterns from God. I notice it.
I’m feeling called to paint. God has placed people in my life to encourage me to continue.
I started back at my job full-time this spring and I haven’t painted since. My work is a fast paced environment that I thrive in, and it can be all-life-encompassing…but I love it. I make a difference in this world. So my art has taken a back seat. I can create room for both.
Painting for me is so peaceful. When I paint, time flies. Strokes of color are fast, and in the moment everything appears as a blur and at the same time quite clear. When I stop, up close I don’t see what is on the canvas. It always looks like blotches of color to me. It’s only when I take a break, leave the room and review the piece from a distance upon returning that I pause. It takes my breath away. In a way, I’m in disbelief and feel the need for validation. With that said, every time I paint, I snap a shot and send it to my best friend, MeMe. I ask her, “is this good?” She’s one of my biggest fans. MeMe sees it before anyone else.
Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, I have chosen to participate in the One Little Word movement. I selected a word to focus every day this year. I’ve struggled with my choice because words truly motivate me and there are so many words! One word that stands out is Create. It works for all parts of my life.
Create applies to many areas of my life. Create art. Create Memories. Create Relationships. Create Opportunities. Create Good. Create Patience. Create Beauty. Create Laughter. Create Solutions. Create Badassery. Create Peace. Create Magical Moments. Create Fun. Create from Nothing. Create More Statement Necklace Combinations. The possibilities to create are endless.
No one ever says, “I wish you were on Facebook more.” Here’s to a year of less Facebook (unless I’m sharing something I created with you).
So, for 2015, I’ll be creating.
Do you have a word for the year? My friend, Jacqueline Wolven, has inspired her fellow Arkansas Women Bloggers to choose a word. If you are interested in choosing a word and would like some ideas, check out her post here.
Share your resolutions and/or your word for 2015.