Today is February first and the start of month two of dedicated daily sketches. One month in and I can say that I have made some fundamental changes to how I live my life. Daily sketching, painting and yoga are at the core of these changes---all linked together by my real accomplishment a day planner.
Fighting all of my natural instincts I have managed to keep a day planner for an entire month. Every single day. This is basically unprecedented for me. I am seeing many rewards, but it is also a challenge. I don't always want to know what my day holds, but I am trying to leave room for mystery.
I am seeing new growth as an artist as I face down my weaknesses instead of hiding from them. I am finding new strength and flexibility in a daily yoga practice. Planning groceries for the entire week including all snacks for the girls is tedium, but I do it every Sunday because it is in the planner. The result is money saved. Sticking to a strict shopping list has kept us from three or more stops at the store for forgotten essentials...and random finds.
Forcing time for daily reading has been such a gift to myself. I usually do it right before bed as a way to unwind, instead of looking at nonsense on my phone. I have finished three novels, read poetry and essays and articles. My mind is alive with new concepts.
Honestly on January first I was not sure how sustainable this hopeful process would be, but I decided to try. I have no idea what clicked or what has changed, but I feel new and invigorated. I am excited today as I open a brand new sketch book and start in on what is a new chapter in my life. I hope you are well today!