Get your head sorted!
It’s been a while and I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend. Today is Sunday which calls out for some you-time. Whether you are interested in art or not, what I am about to tell you literally applies to almost everything. But first, coffee and my morning ramble. Because 1. Why the hell not and 2. It’s nice. Lately I’ve been thinking about the importance of perspectives and how it can change our lives. When I was younger I often faced obstacles with ignorance; the classic ‘’I’m putting my head elsewhere, unaware of the circumstances’’. An utterly exhausting behavior I know to be true and that I am not alone in. So why did I and why do you keep doing it? So, next time you ignore that important call, keep taking crap from your boss or being the rude one at your local co-up… get your head sorted.
First Aid to Getting Your Head Sorted
There are five golden goose eggs. 1. Perspective, 2. Motivation, 3. Routines, 4, Self-love and 5. Self-awareness.
First, take a look at the situation. This obstacle or challenge you are facing, is it really that bad?
Is it I’m-standing-in-a-volcano-type-of-bad or is it an I-might-not-be-able-to-see-this-person-again-because-I’m-too-embarrassed-type-of-bad? Often it’s the less dramatic one, so before you get upsetask yourself does it matter and will this go down in history?
Step number two is finding your motivation. Instead of making massive goals, start out small and ask yourself – how would I like to feel handing in this paper? Do I want to feel like I’m not finished or like I’m proud to hand in this assignment? Focus on that feeling and you will get through it.
Number three, the key to consistency in routines lies within understanding the importance of creating small goals that are easy to achieve. Making them an easy task will make you want to do more and better! Once you have a balanced routine you can start creating bigger long-term goals to strive for. Having routines create a sense of power/control and it is that feeling that keeps us going.
The forth step is finding self-love. This one is a bit trickier and definitely easier said than done but if you really try I do believe self-love will come naturally with achieving good things, and sometimes in even the smallest of things like a new haircut or a good grade. I really wish someone could have told me this when I was younger hmm…
Number five. The last but not least is the magic of self-awareness. Being aware how you are towards the people around you at all times is the ultimate recipe for success, at least in creating good relations. Follow all the previous steps and I hope you will walk around smiling to the world and find joy in the simplest things. I read somewhere that the foundation to happiness holds the relationship we have with ourselves and others. So if you don’t have any good relations it does not matter how much money you have in your bank account.
If you managed to read all of that you are awarded with a cup of coffee! Get comfy because now I’m going to talk about art.
Let’s talk about art… tips!
Hmm, where do I begin? I honestly feel like I should have asked Da Vinci before deciding to write this post but since you know he’s not around anymore I’ll just do my best on my own. Probably not the best way to grab your audience attention; by telling them you don’t know much about it either but what the heck, let’s go with it. According to me art is more about feeling than knowing anyways. But I must say I’ve snapped up a few things here and there along the way.
Number One – Have many breaks. Why? Because sitting or standing five hours straight in extreme focus makes you hungry. Wondering when your brush strokes went from soft to hard often have a simple explanation, eat something.
Number two – Have a plan. The feeling of having no plan can be exciting but when you have an expensive canvas in front of you it’s probably a good idea to have a plan. There have been many times where I have tried removing thick layers of paint where I’ve later wanted thin paint.
Number three – Let it rest. When you don’t feel like painting, don’t paint. It’s just like bad writing, you can tell when it’s being forced. Let it rest for a while and regain some inspiration first.
Number four – Pick four colours to go for. Chose a colour palette before you begin, I often look at Pinterest for colour combinations. Four colours are usually a good number with one pop-colour.