Today was the fifth day this year that I did not paint. Because I like to keep track of these things, here's the breakdown...
January 21st...I flew to Salt Lake City to attend Alt Summit
March 28...I was at the Hip Handmade Market selling my work
July 25-26...I was camping at the Current River and taking a much needed break
August 7th...I traveled back home after being on a retreat with Thad's work
In a way they were all busy days or good excuses. In other ways, each day I could have painted something had I put my mind to it. I'm starting to realize that pushing myself to paint isn't always the best thing for me. In the beginning it was good to push myself, I needed to build the habit. I needed to push past fear. Now it's not about fear, it's that I need a break. I need time away so that I can come back and be excited again.
In the beginning, I set myself up to take 5 days off of painting this year and I hit that mark today. I can't say that I won't take another day off. I probably will. I can say that I will continue to do something creative every single day. Today it was #drawingAugust. Other days, it will likely be photography or sketchbook work. When you make the rules, you can change the rules. I'm happy with my progress this year. I'm going to just keep doing what I'm doing. :)