I’ve been away from this blog for a while – a good, long while. For a zillion reasons, I just needed to let this sit, let some things percolate. Stillness can be a good thing. It can offer insight and clarity. I have a better understanding about what I’m doing here, what I want to do.
This month I’ve been participating in Quest 2017, a project by Jeffrey Davis from Tracking Wonder. Each year in December, Jeffrey gathers a group of visionaries to instigate creative entrepreneurs to practice “business as unusual” in the coming year.
I’ve been working quietly because of many reasons:
My husband is home on vacation so he is planning things for us to do. And asking if I am hungry? Lunch, a snack, maybe?
And my oldest son was getting ready to head out to Aspen for the winter where he’ll be a ski instructor for the fourth year. So there was glove finding, ski sorting and a farewell steak dinner.
And it’s Christmas time and even though we celebrate a very simple season, there’s still stuff to do. We got our tree, and decorated it. I had to buy glue so I could put the crown back on the Nutcracker. I bought a wreath for the front door after going to two nurseries because the first one only had really flat wreaths. Then I had to find the big, red bow I had stashed away.
Somehow too, I decided, since we were away for Thanksgiving, I would roast a turkey breast and make stuffing. On a Wednesday night.
And did I mention my husband is home on vacation? (As I write this, he just came in to tell me the spatula broke.)
All of this is just normal, everyday December stuff. (Well, not the spatula breaking. That’s different.) Finding time to work on my business is often difficult during this time of year.
One of Quest 2017’s creative instigators is Jonathan Fields, NYC-based lawyer-turned-media producer, best-selling author and entrepreneur. His podcast, Good Life Project, is one of my all-time favorites. When I saw Jonathan’s prompt for the day it really got my attention:
When it comes to the way you live each day, do you spend more time acting or reacting? If the latter, what one commitment can you make to be more intentional in the year to come?
Clearly, I spend a lot of time reacting. I react to what other people want and need. I react to my own whims (Thanksgiving dinner on a regular Wednesday night?) I react to the news. This summer was brutal. The election nearly wiped me out energetically and the bad news keeps coming.
And it’s not just the holidays in December. Every day during the rest of the year I find myself reacting more than acting.
So I sat with Jonathan’s prompt for a while and I realized a few things. That while I have more clarity about my business I don’t always have commitment. I don’t plan my days around my business, I let my days happen and I don’t prioritize my work.
Jonathan asks what one commitment will I make to shift from reacting to acting?
So in 2017, I’m going to make the radical shift to planning, prioritizing and focusing on the daily business of my business. With my goals established and my attention laser-sharp, my business can move forward. I can act with intention instead of reacting to everyday distractions.
Even if my husband is home, a kid is looking for a missing glove, or a turkey needs roasting.
Find out more about Quest 2017 here. You can still sign up for the project and be part of a year-round community of support in your quest as a business artist.