Friday, October 4, 2013

Checking in With My Core Values

One year, I think it was about 2011, I created a vision board on my birthday. One of the things I generally do on my birthday is check in with myself. Am I happy? Am I doing what I want to do with my life? What are my core values anyway?

I put all my answers to these questions on index cards and arranged them on a giant bulletin board in my computer/studio room. I added pictures, articles, notes and even an old 45 for additional support. I really didn't make changes or hardly ever looked at the board since I arranged the pictures and cards in 2011.

What's striking to me today is how these values are still relevant.  I am especially struck by my third column cards. Just this week I put out 3 bags of paper into the recycle bin and that was just from this room alone. I'm already working on a fourth bag. I've been shipping boxes of junk to my sister to sell on eBay all summer long and still my attic is not empty. 

Granted, I've been working more seriously at this since we decided we are putting our house on the market next summer, but it is striking how I've been working at this since 2011 and still have so far to go.

What's with Artists and Clutter

I'm not sure if artists in particular are more prone to clutter than others or that I read a lot of art magazines but I have found several  articles about getting rid of clutter as I sort through and dump my old art magazines. (I'm saving these articles for now to read weekly to keep me on motivated.) What I am realizing is how much time this is taking and, as I continue to root through my stuff, how little time I am spending on making art, which is what I really want to be doing.

One of the best critiques about clutter hwas made by George Carlin a long time ago, but still so relevant today. Classic George Carlin on Stuff

1 comment:

  1. Artists do have a tendency to produce clutter. What's important is that the clutter isn't getting in the way of you having a productive life. Either keeping them in storage, or even selling them is a good idea if you want to finally be rid of them. Take care!

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