Day #19 of my art challenge video! Suddenly I realize that this art also connects to my brand of turning something ugly into something beautiful … not just the path, or life, or story, or thought, but the art. So this is the perfect artwork to transform, because the day that I posted these lines I had some despair that it wasn’t more beautiful. I even compared it to previous posts that I loved. And then I realized this is my process of owning who I am, including the failures / according to my perfect plan. And so I have to post it. It’s true to my life. I make a decision every day now to shape something beautiful, and I can design my way through it too.
I am grateful today for so many things. The weather couldn't’ be more perfect. I’ve been streaming conversations with others who think big, differently and expanded - Mary Morrissey, Neale Donald Walsch, Lisa Nichols. I especially love hearing about their life paths. G has been walking around saying in perfect voice over form to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s motivational speech, “work your ass off”, which is the phrase Arnold uses in every paragraph. Here are the nuggets of truth I love: Yes, work your ass off. Yes, that we have a greater version of ourselves. Yes, that we can decide about who we are, that every act is an act of self-definition. Yes, that we can decide if we are going to perform on a grade “C” average in our lives, and that C-average is “comfort zone”. And by performing, I mean this greatest version of ourselves, and by great, I mean expanded. … The most important nugget for me is to once and for all, integrate spirituality with my profession. I’m no longer willing to live two lives, my private life and my professional life. There has to be a transparency, and also this word ‘alignment’. No more hiding who I am. I remember listening to a designer at Facebook talk at an event here in SF about her personal life, and was amazed with how open she was about details. And how interesting it was to see the audience hungry for every word that came out of her mouth. Her big word was authenticity. So I’m slowly carving out this space for myself. This designer described this satisfying experience of working at a place where she could be both a designer AND authentic to who she is, and more than than she was actively encouraged and supported to get her authentic and real self out there. I realized so clearly, that’s what I want to be, that’s what I want to have, that’s what I want to feel! I can feel it already. :) So my art for today is about transforming an ugly boring pencil sketch that came out of my night-dreaming, and fit it into my brand which is that surprising new wonderful things happen, even beauty, things you can’t always predict. AND I wanted to just work with the technique of animating vector art into a video. Love love love love.