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Epiphany Time

I’ve been rushing the last few weeks, rushing to get my next book The Doodle Circle designed, then rushing to get revisions made before the New Year (and our trip to the Rose Bowl), and all the while thinking of all these other things (new workshop ideas, etc.) I should be doing. It was like a big swirl of craziness around my head. It’s possible it’s one of the sources for the excessive heartburn I’ve been enduring the last few days.

While talking with my mom just a little while ago, I realized that I don’t need to rush to get all of those things swirling around my head finished any time soon. I need to stop trying to introduce online workshops that I don’t have ready. I’ve had many new ideas lately, and while that’s good, it can also be detrimental. I begin to feel as if I need to start putting all of these new ideas in motion RIGHT AWAY. Then they swirl around my head (with the ideas that are already swirling) until I get dizzy and overloaded. Enough already.

So, since The Doodle Circle is getting close to wrapping up (still need to do the cover and final edits), I am going to chillax for a few days, at least. I need to concentrate on cleaning out my studio and getting my crap in order. Or my ducks in a row. Or whatever.

And yes, my word for this year is “forward”. But that doesn’t mean I can’t just float in the same spot for a little while, at least until I’ve come down from the tornado swirling around my head.

Reader Comments (3)

My word for 2013 is Forward too, Dawn. And, since I've chosen it I've seen it everywhere! (About 4 or 5 times in different books and blog posts I've been reading.) So seeing your journal page with it written in the middle just put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing, Dawn!

This is me, too! I am trying to collect all my thoughts so they don't make me crazy(er) and found your post via another site where I was looking for journalling ideas (to collect all my thoughts, to dos, and ideas). I, too, commit to teaching workshops that I have yet to create (thankfully I'm a skilled procrastinator) and to showing my work in shows for which I have not done a single painting prior to the moment of commitment. Being a responsible individual, though, I would die before I would let anyone down which just adds to my sometimes overwhelming 'dizziness.' I can so relate to your "big swirl of craziness!" Thanks for sharing!

01.4 | Unregistered CommenterLiz-Anna

You probably ought to just make notes in your Idea Book, so you don't forget. Over time, you may find all the classes have come together, just from your notes!

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