The past two weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. The Art of Earning Live opened me up to the possibility of playing BIG in my life and work. Happenstance has opened me to a few new/old ideas I can play BIG with.
As always I am reading several books, from fiction to philosophy, with some business and creativity on the side. I grabbed up Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon as soon as it came out because I just like the guy, and what a gem it turned out to be. A simple little book, only 140 small pages, chock full of really clever tips on being creative in the digital age.
On page 89 is written:
BUILD YOUR OWN WORLD.
Excuse me, that sounds familiar… Oh yeah, I said almost the same thing last June when my head was exploding with the World Domination Summit. I had written in chalk on a sidewalk on Portland, “Make Your own World.” I remembered writing a post about it and went back to see what I had to say. Guess what, I was onto something that I dropped.
Now, brimming with anticipation for what I believe is my best work, I need to take my own words into account and begin again. Conveniently, my friend Brigitte reposted some of her best oldies in which she encourages us to define our values and create a solid mission statement as a starting point for any venture.
- What is mine to do in the world is to awaken people to other ways of seeing. To inspire hope where there is doubt, love where there is pain.
- I approach the world with curiosity, wonder, and respect.
- I make my choices in life and work with gratitude and reverence for all living things.
- No gesture in kind can be too small. Every thing counts.
- We are all artists when we use our minds to see beneath the surface, when we use our hearts to feel the truth, and we have the courage to express our truth.
- A close relationship with nature contributes to a rich and contented life.
- We must have unwavering faith in our truth and yet remain open to new possibilities.
- We must never stop asking questions and seeking answers in our art and lives, which are one and the same.
- Our best art happens through communication and connection.
- Great work requires the self-honesty to be wrong and the courage to change.
- My experience (art) is unique. Your experience (art) is unique. When we share our experience (art), we learn, grow, and are motivated to new ways of thinking, being, and creating.
- Art has the power to tell meaningful stories, to share deep emotions, to inspire, motivate, and heal.
- Art has the power to change the world. Be the change.
This is the world I intend to build.
I see my responsibility to own my power and use my voice to empower others.
This is a bit of a leap from peddling prints in an online shop, but then again not so much. I have been writing about my environmental concerns, and my belief that art can be more than embellishment, for some time. I keep coming back to the same themes, and suddenly I see a way to make it all come together. I will be revealing this plan as it unfolds on my own site, but I wanted to share this first step here. There will likely be several revisions of this and I welcome your questions and opinions!
Let’s have a conversation.
From the Heart,