Pictured above is another promo image for my new online art store Tropical Shade of Green that launches on Friday, December 10.
I've been quite busy, and truthfully, I've been wanting to do this over the last year. It's just been hard giving myself permission to do it.
This has always been one of my greatest challenges--myself. I might harbor doubts and uncertainty, and I have sometimes let these things stop me from doing something I really want to do.
Luckily, I've not often listened to these doubts. My bucket list grows shorter every year.
There's a part of me that has always loved visual art. In a lot of ways it is not all that different from music. It is just a different form of composition. With songs, I am arranging sounds within a set of verses and a chorus. With art, I am arranging objects within a blank canvas. Instead of a piano, I am using colors. There is a pencil instead of a voice. Under both circumstances, I am trying to convey something.
Maybe someday, I can combine all of these skills to do something more.
Yeah, there's something on the bucket list for that too.
Doubts be damned.
Happy Sunday, folks.
I mentioned a couple of posts ago from last week (a post entitled ME TIME) that I want to get rid of a lot of physical clutter from my life. In fact, I've decided to devote one week out of every month from now on to get rid of clutter.
Honestly, I don't consider myself to be a messy person. For the record, the image above is not of my domain. I just thought it would be appropriate. Though I have to say that when life gets crazy busy for me, keeping an immaculate home falls lower on the priority list. I must also concede that I am not good at throwing things away.
In the past year, I've made great strides towards keeping my home life simple. I've more or less stopped buying new clothes that I don't need. Instead, I treasure the clothes that I do have and take care of them. Once in a blue moon, I'll buy something new, but I make sure that I get rid of an older item to put in it's place.
I've always liked the idea of a bucket list. However, it seems that for so many people a bucket list is simply a collection of things they think would be cool; a fantasy list. I want to avoid the idea that my goals are something that I would like to do but may never get around to accomplishing. I intend to complete everything on this list, whether that's within the next year or before I die.
I asked my Facebook friends for their suggestions on what to call my non-bucket list. I liked all the ideas, but Dan wins the prize for most comical with "pail plan" and Kel wins for most meaningful with "experiences yet to be had."
I've settled on calling my non-bucket list the Past:Present:Future list to emphasize that each of my goals is something that I've already accomplished, something that I am currently actively pursuing or something that I will actively pursue in the future. Nothing on the list is simply a dream.
Accepting that my goals will change, the list found on this page will remain untouched and serve as an interesting comparison to any future version of the list. The constantly evolving list can be found here and is organized by past, present and future: Past:Present:Future