Should Dos

Yesterday, was a day to remember the service women and men we have lost and their sacrifices they have given to us. I’ve been reading a book called Boy Soldier: Coming of Age During World War II by Russell E. McLogan. I met Russell this March at an Arts and Craft Fair.  I was intrigued and inspired by speaking with him.  I bought the book for my dad, but when he finished it; I borrowed it.  I’m really enjoying how McLogan does not glorify war and talks about the hardship of leaving home to head to the Pacific Theater to fight.  I haven’t finished the book yet, but I do recommend it.

I started thinking about life and how short and fragile it is. I continually kept coming back to: life is short so act now! That translates so well into my own work. For those new readers, my work used to look like this:

Now it looks like this:

Big change. At first, when I changed my style, there were murmurs of unhappiness through the ranks. Why are you changing? Can I still get your old colors? I like you old colors better.

I had to change my work. There was a voice in my head that kept saying “I should do this,” but I kept ignoring it. When I could not get my red to turn red in reduction (story for another time) it was the perfect catalysis for change. Making that huge change has made “should-dos” easier now. I should redesign my website. Done. I should redesign all my printed material. Done. I should redo my booth. Done. I was always the person that procrastinated and then waited so long I didn’t have time to do what I wanted so I didn’t. It was a bad habit that I needed to break.

What are some should-dos you have been meaning to do and haven’t?  I still have plenty, and am trying to tackle them one at a time.

 

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