A quick post to cap off this year's challenge, reviewing how I feel it's gone talking about the tricky things I was trying to untangle.
In today's post, I talk about my relationship with plans and scheduling and how it's evolving, hopefully, for the better.
After posting yesterdays Art Soundoff Leonard Angelo posted another journal & expanded a couple of points on the original question he had asked on Twitter that I don't think I had covered particularly well so I have attempted to round out my answers a bit more & also have set a couple questions out into the Art Soundoff community for consideration.
Today I try to tackle a couple of questions set to me by Leonard Angelo on Twitter the other day as part of the #ArtSoundoff event in response to my first journal post from this year.
These focus around how I'm feeling about my progress and how am I'm able to put aside any feelings of FOMO or anxiety over falling behind with my art studies whilst I focus on tackling my health and fitness challenges.
I'm linking here to a good example of the "Stress Bucket" idea that I talked about. It's another tool that can be used in conjunction with a written journal to help identify and explore those things which may be contributing to unhelpful challenges.
Once we're able to identify and analyse the causes of stress we can more easily manage and resolve those which are problematic & make sure that we have adequate coping strategies in place to maintain a healthy buffer.
It's Sunday so I've gone for a quick exploration of my recent thoughts around procrastination & how maybe it's one of our most misunderstood subconcious systems.
My second post this year is concentrating on journalling but maybe not the type you'd expect given the audio nature of this challenge.
There is a special magic to taking up pen and paper and I talk a little about how that manifests as well as passing on a tip for a way to get a quick health check on how balanced your days are working out.
As mentioned in the post you can find a B.A.C.E worksheet here which should give you a good idea of how the tool works. This one is geared towards students but we all have to define what our own metrics for achievements, enjoyment etc.. might be.
Personally, I just track this stuff in my journal when I use the tool but this is the demo sheet I was introduced to the concept with.
I really, really tried to make this short and concise. Alas, it was not to be and I couldn't figure out how to proceed without the post being super long, or how to split it up.
Fortunately, my wife has taken the first hit for you & given me a 15-minute edit to cut out from the original posting! So if at any point I seem to be referring to something mentioned earlier, but you didn't hear it being mentioned, that's why.
To summarise, this edit was trying to convey that over the last few years I've been slowly stacking up physical and mental health challenges behind an increasingly strained dam which was approaching a critical point of flux.
My aim with these posts is not to post downers. In my own journey, I have stumbled across some positive things I believe might help people going through similar issues. There's a wider conversation happening around mental and physical health challenges prevalent in the modern world, and this seems to be particularly relevant to the art community.
So if you really love artists you probably don't know waxing lyrical about their random art life stuff, settle on in and make yourself comfortable.