Mindful Mondays

Here at Handsome and Pretty we believe in starting the week off on the right foot. It is important to be conscious of the trajectory that you are setting up for yourself.

What we all need to realise, however, is that this process has to be a deliberate one. It does not happen by chance. Sorry. It requires a bit of effort. BUT (bear with us!) … This will pay off when all the ground work is done and those once ‘new’ patterns simply become the norm.

We read a very interesting article by Maeg Yosef which really raised our awareness to the strong connection between our artistic lives, and all that run-of-the-mill normal day to day stuff.

Creative patterns and life patterns are connected.

In fact, I’d say they are the same. They’re all woven together. How we do one thing is often how we do everything.

Making the connections is a key part to untangling the whole pattern. It’s like the first tug on the thread that will unravel it all. “

We all want to be working at our creative optimum and yet often we feel we are not. Yosef urges us to look at our creative life and examine what we would like to change, what doesn’t quite work, and what might be holding us back. The key then is to look closely at our ‘life patterns’ and see if the same challenges appear.

” I took a good look at my creative business life. Through some journaling it became clear to me that I was having a crisis of follow-through. I was working hard but only going halfway on some important things, and not getting where I wanted to go this was a pattern woven deeply into all aspects of my life. Down to how I do laundry – I wash and fold, but rarely put away. It’s in how I do the dishes, how I practice yoga, how I renovate my home.

Once the connections have been made – and, no doubt about it, this is a difficult stage which requires a lot of honest, self examination – it is then our duty to firstly befriend, and then ultimately change the patterns.

One thing we have come to terms with is that change is never over night but rather, a process. But what an exciting process to begin. Non?

As artists of all types we can never afford to sit back and become dormant. It is our duty to stand up, be active and constantly examine ourselves.

How do you remain alert as an artist? Do you have a way that keeps things fresh?  We’d love to hear your thoughts. This is the place to share.

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3 thoughts on “Mindful Mondays

  1. Wonderful… Reminds me a bit of this Steve Jobs quote on attention to details:

    “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”

    The reward so often comes from how well you’ve done something rather than the ‘importance’ of the task.

  2. My life is a crisis of follow through! I’m a fashion designer and a dress maker, and I could make mood boards and patterns till the cows come home. But please don’t ask me to to be decisive and actually cut into that 8m of fabric when I’m still not sure if I want it to be a jacket or a cape. I’d rather leave the 8m of fabric folded up in a pretty bundle on my “to do” shelf. And my studio is testament to this on-going indecisiveness, heaving with unused fabric that I’m “still deciding what to do with”.

    So there’s my first connection made… and the first pattern I need to change!

  3. Thank you for your comments. Both are so good. It definitely is an on going process … but once you are aware of it, then the responsibility is yours to change it. And, although it seems somewhat overwhelming at first, it really only is the first step to increased productivity and creative freedom. The first step usually is the hardest. Perhaps we should all choose one thing and focus on changing it. Would be good to see the results! And encouraging to share them with each other. Anyone brave enough?
    Handsome and Pretty x

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