The second win within 2 months
We’re in the middle of beautiful summer and I’m getting on track with visioning my creative business. After the recent Brockley Open Studios success, I’ve been analysing the things that went well and thinking about guests’ feedback. Last Friday, though, I’m getting this message from Jackson’s Art saying:
“Congratulations. Your work has won the 2nd prize in our competition!”.
This is fantastic news; especially that this is my second art prize within 2 months (after BOS artist award), which makes me feel ecstatic. I don’t enter many competitions, and my focus is to connect directly with people, but now and again I see something and give it a chance.
The painting that won the competition is called Flourish. It symbolises growth and progress. It has emerged from the idea of building our own destiny by our passion, motivation and hope. As all my body of work, it was created with a mission to share that positive inspiration.
Recently I’ve been opening myself to abundance, trying to trust my path. Like all of you, I have my moments of self-doubt, and usually sort this out with mindfulness meditation and yoga. Yes, I “sort this out”. For me these are very practical tools, so no worries about religious aspect of that. Just like gym is a training for the body - meditation is a training for the mind. Having started my journaling meditation a few weeks ago, I can see things shifting. Before I didn’t know the first thing about it, but this is so easy. Just wake up 20 minutes earlier get a pen and a pad and start writing. The idea isn’t to write an essay. It serves a purpose to spit out all the things that bug you onto the paper. Mornings are good because that’s when we don’t think very logically or cohesively. At least for some short time after waking up. And this is the moment to tap into your subconsciousness. You’ll see that what comes out in your writing is something along these lines.”This heat is killing me. John really pissed me off last night at the dinner. I felt humiliated in front of the guests. I’m interested to see how is the weather on the weekend. I really want to wear my new trainers. What is on my list today? Oh, of course, Carla is dropping by. God, she can be annoying with that laughter of hers…”
There will be a lot of rants and self-pity, which is exactly the key to freeing yourself from suppressing those feelings. What goes on paper, comes out of your mind. When you throw your trouble out, it’s less likely for them to come back distracting you during the day. I miss the stillness of my breathing meditation, but I might continue journaling for a while before going back.
The changes I’ve noticed after a few weeks of journaling:
- I've become more open to new opportunities (it clearly pays off)
- I’ve started meeting new people intentionally. By being more adventurous I’m looking for people with a similar mindset, which surrounds me with positive energy. This is both motivating and rewarding.
- I’m looking to experiment more with my art.
Have you tried journaling? What are your experiences? I’m curious to know.