We are now two weeks into the new year and perhaps we are rocking our new years resolutions... or perhaps we are not. I heard today on the radio that at this point in the year about 75% of new year's resolutions have been laid to the wayside. Seasonal affected disorder (SAD) has coloured our world grey; our bursting credit card bills from the holidays have arrived; and perhaps a social media ennui has crept in after seeing idealized family gatherings, exotic all inclusive vacations and the like all over our feed. If this sounds a little like you, what can you do about it?
First, recognize just ONE area where you feel you need to develop. You might feel that this is an impossible task in a society that tells us we need to be the fittest, smartest, richest, well-read, most creative, best dressed etc. etc. person out there. Generally people come up with lists and lists of things they need to improve. This is an insurmountable task for many and quickly becomes very overwhelming. If you do come up with a resolution, think of one area you'd like to improve in and give it your all.
For me, it has meant taking a side step away from my Facebook profile and trying harder to read print (remember books?!), to pay attention to the beauty around me without feeling I need to capture it and post it and using some of that extra time to develop my own talents. Social media is a great thing. On a personal note, it enables me to stay in contact with my family abroad and feel that I know a little more about what's going on in their lives. It also always me to connect to artists, meet new clients and learn more about what is going on in the art world. However, it is also a huge drain on my time and as much as I love kitten videos and #ootd posts on my Instagram it is not worth the time investment. I also feel a lot better when I use my time in more tangible ways.
A new year is like a blank canvas, you are the artist with the whole palette at your disposal. Take the opportunity to create something beautiful out of your time, energy and talents. If you are reading this you are either a) a friend/ family member who feels compelled to read what I write (lol) and/or b) interested in the arts. Perhaps as an addition to your new fitness plan, or rigorous budget you're drafting for yourself, I hope you find the opportunity this year to appreciate the beauty around you, explore that new gallery bursting with fresh talent, or grab that paintbrush and just... let go! No #selfie required.