Notes For Creators

cross fit for the creative soul

Don’t drag 2019’s sorry-ass projects into 2020

I know it’s an arbitrary designation in space-time — still — I’m using it as a psychological slingshot, the way astrophysicists use the gravitational pull of a moon or planet to propel spacecraft into a new trajectory. With minimal energy and maximal thrust.

You’ve got two days. Today and tomorrow. The rest of this week if you want to consider this upcoming first weekend of 2020 as part of your slingshot effect.

You can use the New Year to transform your environment.

Consider a 2019 Purge: Cleaning up, clearing out, laying waste to small and large projects that have besmirched your work space and living space with their staying power.

I thank my weekly accountability partner Brian Reekers for this idea. A week or so ago when we were contemplating our next year he suggested a purge of the stuff that’s been holding us back.

Why enter 2020 hobbled by the crap you haven’t dealt with?

I’ve already purged a bookcase lining our dining area wall. It’s zen again!

Same with dead and broken paintings, no-longer-useful shelving units, dried-up paint, and years of Ann’s art studio castoffs. Gone, baby, gone —

Today I launch again into that pile of paperwork mocking me from a corner of my home office desk.

2020 — I want to come to you clean and limber and free.

Won’t you join me?

Clutter is a psychic drag. Unfinished projects are a kind of karmic debt sucking up mental resources. Give in to your urge to purge —

Let’s enter the New Year like newborn babes, utterly transfixed with what’s before us, unhampered by what came before.

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