Drawing Your Way to Your Dreams

As a lifelong insomniac, I decided to make a sketch of me sleeping peacefully in the future ūüôā

What if I told you your ideal future starts with a single drawing?

That’s exactly what Patti Dobrowolski suggests in her TED talk “Draw Your Future.” ¬†She says that if you draw the reality that you want, your brain will find a way to make it happen.

Don’t worry about whether you are good at drawing. ¬†Just make the sketch specific to exactly what you want your future to look like. ¬†Remember to draw yourself happy ūüôā ¬†And then color your drawing in with vibrant colors. ¬†Because the more vivid the picture, the better your brain will respond.

The key is to follow these three steps: see it, believe it, and then act on it.

This technique isn’t just for individuals, like artists and entrepreneurs, either. ¬†Big name companies are using this method to get their employees motivated to find solutions for team projects. ¬†It brings new meaning to the phrase “Two heads are better than one.”

What does your future look like?  Draw it and find out!

“The Brand Hand Moment”

We’ve talked about receiving and we’ve talked about asking, now it’s time to talk about giving.¬† But what happens when you give and give and give…receiving nothing in return?¬† Some would say that’s the beauty in giving.¬† But what about when it comes to your career?¬† Should we be willing to work for free?¬† According to Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty, that answer is YES.

But it’s not that simple.¬† He has a great post on his website titled “The Myth of Working for Free.”¬† What he suggests is that¬†when you’re first starting a business or working as an artist, that¬†you should expect to put a lot of leg work in¬†to get your idea off the ground.¬† This means time spent networking, researching, investing, creating, the list goes on and on.¬†¬†And¬†even after you do all this, you might not see the¬†initial return in the form of actual dollars.¬† BUT there’s a silver lining.

Because all this time that you’ve been building, you’ve been creating a name for yourself.¬† You’ve¬†received valuable tools and met just the right people to support you along the way.¬† You’ve discovered your own voice and style.¬† You’ve been given the forum in which to share your talent with others.¬† And then one day…

You suddenly swap roles without even realizing it.¬†¬†Fields calls this “the brand hand moment.”

“It‚Äôs the point where the value of your brand and contribution becomes so self-evident or clearly expressed that it gives you enough power and leverage to start getting paid cold hard cash for the very thing you were paying cold hard cash to do the day before.”

I think it’s helpful to think of everything you contribute to your dream as an investment.¬† Sometimes you don’t see a return right away, but eventually you do, as long as you’re willing to stick with it.

Fields says even people who are¬†well-established can benefit from opportunities to ‚Äúwork for free.‚Ä̬† For example, you might agree to speak at a certain conference without accepting any monetary compensation because you know that key people will be there that can help you expand your business either by getting the word out, teaching you something, or marketing you in such a way that will make you more valuable in the long run.¬†¬†So what you do for free now, could create actual money in the future.¬† Hey, isn’t that one of the laws of the universe ūüėČ

Now, I’m not suggesting we all start working for free.¬† There’s something to be said for simply having a steady job and making money to pay the bills.¬† But if you find yourself starting up your own venture, take heart.¬† You may feel like you’re throwing spaghetti at a wall, but eventually something’s going to stick.¬† And when it does, you want to be there to claim that noodle!

Sketching at the National Gallery in D.C.

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Backyard Art

Recently, my neighbor (the artist) and I had this grand idea to decorate the path between our two townhouses.¬† I thought we should name it the “Rose Path” so we would be able to remember it.¬† My neighbor brought along some fresh and dried rose pedals to scatter, I supplied the rainbow sidewalk chalk, and¬†off we went!¬†¬†Here are some photos of our adventures and the messages we created.

lamppost decorated with rose pedals

scattering rose pedals along the path

Rose Path entrance on my side

Following the Rose Path…

Spotted! Our shadows on the path

Hats off to roses!

our messages: PEACE

our messages: LOVE

our messages: FOREVER

Rose Path entrance
on my neighbor’s side

I’m a big fan of community art.¬† It works on so many levels including beautifying the community and bringing people together.¬† Plus it’s just fun!¬† Of course you need to be respectful when you’re doing it.

Over the summer, my husband and I visited Bayfield, ON.  One of the coolest sights in the town is an old barn turned into an art studio for all ages and levels of art experience.  How cool is that?

Me at Kryart Studio in Bayfield, ON

Want to view community art instead of make it?¬† Check out my post on The Heidelberg Project in Detroit.¬† It brings a whole new meaning to the concept.¬† Artist Tyree Guyton¬†turned the neighborhood where he grew up into a kind of wonderland.¬† It’s a living art exhibit.¬†¬†I was saddened when I heard on the news¬†yesterday that one of the homes, House of Soul, burned down.¬† Arson is suspected.¬†¬†I truly believe artists will be the ones to rebuild the city of Detroit, even if it’s one art project at a time.

We should all support art in our own neighborhoods.  How will you help beautify your community through art?