Getting Started: Do It Now! (part 3 of 3)

This is the last in a series of 3 posts about how I finally fulfilled my dream of making painting a part of my everyday life.  In the first post, I wrote about spending time alone.  In the second post, I wrote about the magical and practical benefits of writing wishes, dreams, and intentions down on paper.  Today is the last post in the series.

Getting Started part 3

On September 6, 2010, Tracy and I started The Dao of Doing.  It was our personal “January 1.”  I did that on purpose so that I would be able to tell people that you can start something new, make a change, take a chance, or work towards a goal on ANY day of the year.  The most important day of the year to do any of these things is…TODAY. The most auspicious time…NOW. Which leads me to the last pebble I dropped into my stagnant pond life all those months ago: doing it now.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it.  Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”

-Goethe

I was doing all the things I thought I “should” be doing as a good wife, mother, and daughter.  I’m not sure if it’s very politically correct to say this, but doing these things were not bringing happiness to me and even worse, didn’t seem to be contributing to a happy household.  Profoundly unhappy with my life, I sought some kind of relief.  In desperation I tried spending some time by myself to figure out where I had gone wrong.  Time alone turned out to be a pebble that caused some ripples in my stagnant pond of a life.  During my time alone I also wrote about my dreams and wishes, who I wished I could be….that was the second pebble to plunk into my pond: writing it down.  Writing made even bigger ripples.  Writing down my dreams made me realize that I wasn’t taking care of myself, that I didn’t spend any time on me or things that I loved to do.  This led me to find a third pebble and toss it in to see what happened.

I decided that I needed to do something I LOVED to do….NOW.  Not tomorrow, or on my next birthday.  Not at the first of the month, or January 1st.  Now.  Not waiting for a perfect time or perfect place, but doing it right away was the third pebble I tossed into the pond.

And it has made all the difference.

The old me, the one who was so unhappy, would have waited for the perfect moment to begin painting everyday.  She would have told herself that “when she was less busy” she would paint, or “when the kids get older,” or…there would always be a reason to wait.

Read that again.

There will always be a reason to wait.

The reasons never go away.  I didn’t try to figure out if I had all the supplies or the perfect place. I didn’t contemplate how I was going to fit it into my busy schedule. And that boldness that Goethe speaks of is magic. That is the magic that made me paint. I didn’t over think it. I did it.

I just plain did it.

When I wrote that Ripples post back in September I wrote about how I wanted so many things to change. I wanted to pay off debt, lose weight, travel, dress better, and be more confident.  But I picked painting everyday because I LOVED to do it. And you know what?  It’s had a spiral effect on my life.  My life is far from perfect but I have seen improvement in my weight, in our finances, and in my stress level.

Today we are on the doorstep of the New Year, 2013.  I think it’s exciting!  I’ve always liked the New Year.  It’s a clean slate with all the momentum and high hopes of all the people in the world willing to start something new, or at least willing to let go of something old.  (Secretly, I just LOVE a new clean calendar or pocket organizer. They are so fun!)

My wish for all of you in 2013 is that you will commit to BEING you and DOING something you love to do everyday.  Take one hour to be alone and write some crazy, wild dreams down on paper and find one that you can start to do now.  Goethe’s words are worth repeating today.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it.  Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”

-Goethe

A very Happy New Year to you all!

Kel

Kel Wilson

I am a wildlife biologist turned wife and mother, and more recently artist and blogger. It’s my mission to spread this idea to as many women as possible: Stop punishing and depriving yourself! You are so important, unique, and special! Start loving yourself enough to make the changes you need to find your happy place. Start doing this by adding something you love to your everyday life. I promise you, it will rock your world!

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