I am throwing caution to the wind.
Last night I went looking for something on the internet and a couple of hours later found myself off on some tangent a very long way from where I started. This is not uncommon for me. In fact it’s the norm. It’s my preferred state. It doesn’t help when I’m trying to get things done though.
One of the things I really want to do on this site is to interview some of the oh-so-talented creative people out there. More than some. Lots of them. And last night that sounded infinitely more interesting than figuring out my marketing plan. I don’t think I’m alone in this.
On my click fest I came across fabulous art and artists and followed link after link. At one point I passed through Emily Long’s blog, The Happy Poet and saw her post “3 Questions to Help You Prepare for 2010.” But she said Tammy Vitale at Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together started the whole three questions thing so I clicked off there to read her post Guide to a Great 2010. And while on her site I found even more links to follow.
I guess where this story is going is that my little journey ended up at Leah Piken Kolidas’ site Creative Every Day – which I had been to before by the way. Quite a while ago. And I’ve since noticed the badge on other artist’s sites. And I’ve seen the tweets about it in my Twitter stream. I watched longingly, but I thought that I would get to that once I finished all the business-y side of things and setting up sites and writing lots of content and learning about search engine optimization.
But this time I wavered. The “creative every day” thing kind of started to cling. And the voices in my head said, ok you can do that, but wait until after you’ve finished all the business stuff, blah, blah, blah.
It dawned on me that I hadn’t really progressed much since the last time I was at that site.
And then another much more quiet, patient and thoughtful voice said… if not now, when?
It stuck in my head all day today. Like an annoying jingle plays over and over in your mind. And over and over, I couldn’t answer the “when” question.
One of the three questions Tammy asked is, what is your “word of the year” for 2010. “What is the one word that feels just right to get your process going and help you remember all year long what it is you are about for 2010?”
I’ve decided. To answer my own “when” question, my word will be… now.
So, throwing caution to the wind, while I’m getting all that business-y crap done, I am also going to find time to be creative every day.