Motivation!

Sometimes life events can bog us down and make us fearful to take anymore steps…                      It is like holding your breath…                                                                                                                                                                        You are not moving backwards…                                                                                                                                                        But, you also are not moving forward…It is more like being in limbo.                                

Stuck in PlaceThis time can be a time of rest…                                                                                                            a time of recharging…                                                                                                                                      or time of incubating new ideas.                                                                                                But, with time, there is a need to move forward… 

Many creative ideas may swirl @ in our heads but the motivation to take that    first step of action is lacking…                                                                                                            Like being at the end of a diving board…                                                                                           and as much as you want to dive in…                                                                                                               you just can’t let go and jump.                                            

 I was stuck for quite a while…                                                                                                     I would make lists…research ideas…and experiment with new techniques.                    But, when it was time to move forward, I would feel too tired to begin.

One day I picked up a  book entitled, Make Your Creative Dreams Real, A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day, by SARK (2004). SARK’s suggestion to take micromovements, or very small actions, to break out of procrastination spoke to where I was.    

                      Micromovement                           Making micromovement felt less overwhelming than considering a large project all at once. She says one option is to “complete your micromovement and go take a nap.” (SARK, p. 89)

I did one micro action. At the end of a chapter in SARK’s book, I found a website, Right Brain Business Plan,  listed that caught my interest. Author Jennifer Lee was announcing a free 2-week video summit on this subject, which was just starting. For 2 weeks I looked forward to interacting daily with people who spoke and understood my language. From this action, I took more micromovements…                                                                                      and slowly tried new things and moved forward…                  

Stepping Forward

 Today in the studio, I am in the process of creating a 12” art quilt. I may choose to donate it to the Studio Art Quilter’s Associaton’s (SAQA) Benefit Auction, which is held in September.           

12" Art Quilt In Process

This quilt will be an expression  of the idea of the sunlight and bright blue sky that is always above the dark clouds…whether we can see it or not…

After piecing the hand-dyed and commercial batik fabrics, I will use

free-motion quilting to add texture and detail to the piece. 

After a time of being stuck, it feels good to experience the movement of the creative process again!                                                                                                                         New possibilities seem to open up…                                                                                                     a sense of positivity is regained…                                                                                                                              and hope is renewed…

♦Are there micromovements you would like to take before your next nap?  🙂  

Time—Linear or Circular?

Easter…family together…egg hunt…chocolate bunnies…basket surprises…giant bunny from uncle N….baked ham & bunny cake…fun times…Spring is here! Yeah!

Burst of Spring

We normally think of time in a linear pattern—from young to old, year to year, A to Z–but perhaps someday quantum physics will show us how it really is not in a stepwise order. The life experience seems sort of circular in pattern and perhaps it is…This weekend was a time for family.  As we were reminiscening, I remembered my children and I being like peas in a pod when they were growing up–close together while experiencing daily adventures. Though it has been at least 8 years since my last child left home to begin their own solo life adventure, and though I encouraged their independence, I still miss that closeness.

As other grandparents had already informed me, it is true that being with a grandchild triggers memories that you hold in storage. You remember and relive some of the wonderful moments that you had with your own children…what an amazing gift! And this time, you live with an awareness of how precious these experiences all are—it is like getting a second chance! So, maybe time is more circular than we know…

Some of my latest art pieces have been illustrating the stages of life, infancy through old age, in a more linear manner.

Lifeweaving #3 Unfinished,
Lifeweaving #3 unfinished. Woven cotton. © 2011 Joni Beach.

The top piece of my Lifeweaving #3 art quilt is in the final stages of being woven and basted…I still need to weave in the color silver for the decades of ages 60-the mid-80s and gold for ages mid-80s through the 90s. Joan Erikson, wife of psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, helped develop the life stages as written in The Life Cycles Completed  (1997). They named the strength gained in the stage of ages 60-mid 80s as wisdom. Later, Joan added the ninth stage and identified the strength of the final stage as geotranscendence.   

 Next, I want to explore visually the idea of life being experienced more in circular or non-linear patterns. These are drawings from my sketchbook that shows this idea has been in incubation for awhile!Life, Not a Straight LineLife Circular

The Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) has an on-line Benefit Auction in September. Members donate 12” square art quilts to be auctioned off.–Be sure to check it out!–I am using this as an opportunity to experiment and explore these and other design ideas in this smaller format…stay tuned for that progress and which one will be chosen for donation. I may need your help deciding!

*I’d love to hear your comments…..What do you think about time!? 

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