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Welcome, 2021!

by Kristen Andersen | Jan 8 | #newyearsresolutions

It’s the beginning of a new year- a time filled with optimism, renewal, and resolutions. 

 

Yet, we all know how this goes… by March, that ambition will have turned into self-reproach. Statistics show that at least 50% of people who make New Year’s resolutions lose motivation after just a few weeks. There are the go-getters of society who are able to create goals for themselves and actually stick to them. However, I believe the majority is like myself– a go-getter in spirit but a loafer in practice. 

I set myself up with great expectations which only leads me down a spiral of disappointment when I inevitably don’t meet them. Then I feel ashamed of myself so I give up completely because I am afraid to face failure yet again.

If you find that you follow a similar pattern, I think I have found a solution: 

 

Lower Your Expectations. 

 

You will be disappointed when you try to imagine how the future should look, how the world should be, how the people around you should behave. You will never be satisfied with the outcome when you’ve already imagined what it should look like. 

 

The same sentient can be applied to your art practice. Before sitting down to begin a painting, I already have an idea of what the end result should look like. As it turns out, my motor skills are not as aligned with my imagination as I thought and my painting never looks quite how I envision it. I get so lost trying to perfect the strokes that I can’t even see that my painting is beautiful just as it is!

 

In short, give yourself goals, goals are good. They give you something to look forward to, something to work for, a reason to get out of bed every morning. But, be easy on yourself! Go with the flow, listen to your body. And most importantly, stay present.

 

Focus on what you can do today, not what you should be doing tomorrow. 

 

I’ll tell you what you can do today– and that is to check out The Art Studio NY 2021 winter class schedule! Keep an eye out for the new virtual art classes and maybe make “take an online art class” one of your 2021 resolutions!