I've been doing some thinking, and some Olympic watching. This thinking has lead to some decisions/ realizations.
I'll never be an Olympic Athlete. I've never been much of an Athlete.
I'm a long track singer, and a short track dancer. I can roller skate circles around people in any direction. I am a marathon sewer. I am a champion textile designer, and an elite printmaker. But an athlete in the Olympic sense, I am not. Nor will I ever be.
I'm ok with that. Here's what I am not ok with. Just because I am not an Olympic athlete does not mean that I shouldn't give the same kind of time, dedication, commitment and endurance to what I do. I am an artist, who wants to be a better artist. There is no competition I am working towards, world title, or gold medal. What I am working towards is a better me, a better product, a better satisfaction, even better recognition.
So, how am I going to do this?
Well, for a start I'm media detoxing for the month of March. I'm cutting out TV, movies, Twitter, the INTERNET, if I used an ipod I'd be cutting that out too. I'm attached to too many shows, too many things that are actually keeping me from progressing... not that I don't enjoy an afternoon long conversation on twitter with my peeps. I do, you know I do. But I need a clear head, and all of these things have become distractions and mind fog. You know it, I know it.
But fear not. I am going to finish watching the Olympics before I unplug and set up some blog posts that will fire off through out the month so you won't forget about me. Also, I have some obligations that I have to tend to, so I will check my email 2-3 times a week. If you have problems downloading the book email me and we will get everything squared away. Also, you can even call me if you have questions about the book or pattern designs or whatever. I'd love to hear from you.
So for the month of March, I am kicking it old school. Acting like I've got dial up internet and one phone line. Not designing on my computer, but doing things by hand. That's why I became a printmaker in the first place. I'm keeping an actual journal throughout the month and I can't wait to see what I am able to get done, and what I will have to show you come the beginning of April.
What can you do to start becoming an Olympic you?
I love love love you all.