[fullness] work is not what you get paid for

You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you. -Isadora Duncan

Fullness is showing up for yourself; it is chronicling, making, pondering and exploring. It is doing the work.

It is creating a proverbial container [time and space, tools and materials] for your work.

It is selecting themes and topics for your creative practice and self-directed study — valuing the work and being willing to commit to such projects not as performance but as an investment in the details of your Becoming.

Naming a starting point, and doing so with generous amounts of self-compassion.

I have learned the true work of a creative practice is to focus outside my ego [fear of failure and comparisons] and deadlines and expectations [scheduled/imposed] — and into the space for allowing everyday life to become art.

I have learned to release what no longer serves — along with being intentional about holding on to what is true and real, and beautiful.

Day One after a Full Moon

I have learned to allow for multiple “Day One” opportunities. I have learned to do the worka lot of work.

And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay? -Ira Glass

I have learned that I must determine a container for my work — a scheduled time and creative space and materials.

Without a container — designated time and space, specific parameters, the essential tools and materials, focus and intention — I will merely continue in a cycle of “try hard, give up” followed by self-loathing and shame.
The full moon phase is a cyclical invitation to notice your own personal “fullness” — your wholeheartedness; a time for self-compassion and declarations, self-honesty and clarity.

Remember that your brain is involved in everything you do, every decision you make, every bite of food you take, every cigarette you smoke, every worrisome thought you have, every workout you skip, every alcoholic beverage you drink, and more. ― Daniel G. Amen, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

If you are in the midst of swirly thoughts and emotions about your practice, I hope you will wisely notice your personal cycles and resist being “tamed” into comparisons, or trusting someone else’s beliefs, timelines and formulas.

You are precisely where are you supposed to be, Braveheart.

There is no “behind” only clues regarding your options and new starting points.

Trust your pace.

[kindred conversation//paper wings//red cups] #littlealterseverywhere ❤️ #everydaymagic // 💁🏻 because life is hard, and sometimes love means waiting and accepting silence without tainted expectations …

Your Becoming is your truest, most valuable work; it is not a job, a personal role or what you get paid for — your work is the process of being and doing as you become.

  • Live, create and abide within the conscious surrender of your ego — your expectations and what “they” will think. This is the core work of {you}.

Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it. -Steven Pressfield

Braveheart, I believe art heals — and that art is as simple as abiding outdoors with the morning sky or jotting lists or having a favorite color. I created Right Brain Planner® because I needed a "planner" that offered space but didn't trigger my daily expectations. I needed a planner that was a journal — a place to creatively document my {living} + collect my blurts and random collage. Perhaps you are in need of the same? If so, I hope you will join me via our shared online connections. ♥