Perform one simple task a day to assist me in becoming more creatively productive and consistent in my studio. All tasks can be followed with a reward to encourage consistency.
HOW RE-BOOTING THIS CHALLENGE IS HELPING MY THINKING PROCESS
I continue on with my reward-base work outdoors. The small task today to move me creatively forward with my art, didn't happen. But all is not lost. And I need to remember not to allow that vague shameful feeling to permeate within to the point I don't see the bigger picture here. Re-booting this challenge to help me attain the #100DayProject goal has positively impacted my thinking process. I'm more aware of how my mind meanders to the point I detour, get lost and mentally muddled and many a goal falls away from my personal agenda.
In other words, rebooting's helped me to think things through more carefully before jumping to a hasty decision, or allowing my impatient ADD behavior work faster on a project to rush to the instant-gratification end only to create more work for myself down the road.
The above picture is a five dollar plant I got at Lowes today. Originally it was to go into a hand-painted toolbox that I inscribed: "Bloom where Ye are planted" on it. But today I discovered the toolbox's wood was rotted and soft. I had to stick by my difficult decision to scrap it and substitute with this little iron chair. I also had to re-think how I would set up this small decorative visual by my garden boxes. I carefully broke down in my mind where to place, how to use what I had, and what would create a lasting feature that would keep weeds at bay. I grabbed several garden tools, heaved a heavy bag of rocks and used a level for accuracy. All this careful planning would've been lost prior to the challenge, in fact I'd probably would've–(in the past)– jammed the flowers in the rotted tool box for a quick but pretty fix, only the fix wouldn't last too long as wood is falling apart.
HOW SLOWING MY THINKING PROCESS DOWN ENCOURAGES BETTER SOLUTIONS TO ARISE:
I've also found that not jumping to a decision is helping me to avoid financial pitfalls, mainly not doing enough research on shrubs, plants and flowers. I've purchased a lot of flora since we moved here, and have lost some expensive shrubs because I didn't do my homework on them. Slowing down to arrive at a better decision takes time. Just a couple of weeks ago I was going to fill the above large planters with Ligustrum a bright yellow, decorative plant. Luckily, my new found patience rescued me from buying this non-native, highly invasive shrub, birds eat the berries, poop all over your lawn and you've got little Ligustrum seedlings hatching all over your yard. I also arrived at other shrubs to place in the planters, and finally found these winners after weeks of online research.
My name is Suzanne Urban. I am a writer and artist. I sell my funny stuff here: SmirkingGoddess and my art is available here: SuzanneUrbanArt