The First Step out of Bed — Practice #2

watercolor show

The First step out of bed dedicated to a new activity, practice or goal.

Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Painting Watercolors

Sixteen years ago, I had 2 boxes of unfinished paintings stuffed away in my closet. I considered myself a watercolor artist but I spent a lot of the time not painting. Yes, you read that right, not painting. (Can you relate in any way?)

One night while my kids were out with some friends, I dragged the boxed paintings out and was amazed by all the possibility that I saw in them. I became determined to finish them and to start painting new ones! I needed a change in my life, work was way to routine. A friend had told me about a book called “The Artist Way”. The book is about following your creative passions and getting through mental and emotional blocks. I was inspired once again to dedicate my waking hours to something important to me.

To accomplish my goal I set a daily list of rules that I would live by each morning as I got out of bed.

Here are the 3 rules I set for following my passion of painting:

  1. Directly from bed – paint
  2. For at least 15 minutes
  3. Miss a day, try again

It worked out very well. I ended up with 30 paintings that I was confident to show to the public. A local business owner, who loved artwork, had a large wall in his store dedicated to hanging the artwork of up-and-coming artists. The artist of the month could invite people to an opening night showing where there would be hors d’oeuvres and wine for all the guests. On the night of my opening, I was honored by how many of my co-workers, friends and family showed up to support me and my new endeavor. Thanks to them I sold 10 paintings!

What would you like to dedicate your first step out of bed to?

I encourage you to allow some quiet time to reflect. Truly listen to your heart and what it is telling you. When you are ready to make the change, step you best foot forward.

Next week I will tell you about how I started dedicating my first step to practicing yoga and meditation. Until then I hope you have a wonderful week. Thank you for reading!