If not now, when?

by Deb Mallett on December 16, 2009 · 10 comments

in Art, Creativity

Photo by Erlend Schei

Photo by Erlend Schei

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.


1 Tammy Vitale December 16, 2009 at 04:45

Oh! “Now!” Very nice word for the year! Short and sweet and to the point and you can post it on your monitor without taking up much room (Extraordinary is a bit longer – I’m still trying to find a good place for it. =])

Just FYI, I’m putting together a program to jumpstart artists for 2010 for January. Sort of an outline to help you think about things in order…more than that if you wish, but at least a good outline.

I think you had an angel on your shoulder while browsing (don’t we often?!), starting with Emily and ending with Leah couldn’t have been better. Inspiration all around!

And thanks for the shoutout!

2 Deb Mallett December 16, 2009 at 07:50

Thanks Tammy. “Now” will suit me very well for this year to get me going. But “extraordinary” is definitely a word worthy of a whole year. It has something to aspire to and goal planning all rolled up in one. And your jumpstart program sounds very interesting! I will keep my eyes pealed.

An angel on my shoulder is a good way to describe it. It’s amazing who you can meet when you follow links around the internet.

Thanks for visiting my fledgling site Tammy!

3 Leah December 18, 2009 at 09:00

I’m so glad you’ll be joining in this year, Deb!!

I used the word “Now” one year and it was a great one. I hope it’s a fantabulous year for you (I have a feeling it will be!)

4 Deb Mallett December 18, 2009 at 17:44

Thanks Leah. I’m looking forward to it. Starting now instead of waiting – trying to get into the habit. And it’s so good to know the word “now” has a history of success!

5 Cindy Bidar December 21, 2009 at 04:16

I love the idea of a single word to bring your life into focus and keep you moving along the right path. “Now” is perfect for you! I think I’ll do some brainstorming later and see what my word for the year is.

6 Deb Mallett December 21, 2009 at 13:07

Yes, you should Cindy. Knowing you and how busy you are, your word will probably be “yesterday” :)

7 linda woods December 21, 2009 at 19:50

Thanks for visiting our blog and sharing your lunch with us!

8 Deb Mallett December 22, 2009 at 10:36

It was my pleasure, Linda. Your blog rocks – Mixing the Media of Life and Art.

9 Sue January 3, 2010 at 13:11

Now is a great word. I doodled NOW, but haven’t posted the doodle yet. But it’s on my to-do list.
And yea, i understand about the marketing plan writing. im working on mine too. A little diversion is a good thing at times, and you found yourself on some mighty fine sites, as far as I can tell. Thanks for visiting mine!

10 Deb Mallett January 3, 2010 at 14:22

Sue, your doodles are amazing. I’m so looking forward to seeing your Now doodle. If you don’t mind, I will print it and put it up on my cork board right in front of me. And thanks for stopping by!

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