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Nancy Lee Gets Intentional

Some of you may happen to know that I applied for an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant this year. My goal is to further develop the “Pod” small sculpture concept.

Pod I Sculpture
Pod I Sculpture

I had enrolled in a class at the Touchstone Center in Pennsylvania that was to take place the first week in August. I had a replacement lined up to represent me during the IDADA’s First Friday Art Tour on Aug. 6 at my studio in the Circle City Industrial Complex. I even had my newsletter completely written, with me going to the workshop!
AND – the granting organization’s funding has been delayed. Not unusual – many arts organizations are experiencing altered funding these days.
AND – the original class into which I was enrolled has been canceled. So the email newsletter that I send out was rewritten with this updated info. Which led to this blog post…
This entire series of events has helped me get really clear on what I want to create in my life, and to go for it with everything I have. Yeah, I could get a stomach ache and get crazy worried about the whole thing. Ok – I started to anyway.
But then I decided (after some great coaching and a bit of soul-searching) that I could choose how to feel. That I could get really clear on what I really wanted to be true, to the point of visualizing me cashing the grant check, experiencing the classroom, creating the works and showing them. OOOh, even selling ALL of them!
NOW I’m moving forward in trust and expecting to hear soon that the grant will be funded. I choose to believe that I will win that grant, find the perfect workshop, and hold a show next year with the resulting works. That is my intention!
Stay tuned for the next post, when I know more about the grant and the potential workshop.
What do you intend in your life? What do you want to have happen on purpose? Creative ideas or everyday, little things. Either way – post a comment. I’d love to know!

Perfect Imperfection – An Artist’s Encouragement

I’ve been feeling a bit winter-weary lately, and worried that my typically vast power to create seems limited these days. Too much to do and not enough time to do it right, I thought. Then I allowed myself a few minutes to read Christine Kane’s uplifting article – I’ll stop talking now. Please read on for a wonderful lift, then pick up that hammer/paintbrush/tool you use!

By "Sage" at NewYorkAmerica.com
By “Sage” at Newyorkamera.com

Why Becoming an Imperfectionist Makes You Successful and Happy
by Christine Kane
“Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”
~ Julia Cameron
How much stuff do you think about doing?
How many things would you love to try but stop yourself because you don’t know how to begin?
Do you avoid projects because of the pressure to do them well?
If so, feel free to join me and some of my most successful friends in our exclusive club of very special and talented people:
We call ourselves the Imperfectionists!
What’s an Imperfectionist?
• An Imperfectionist is often a recovering perfectionist.
• An Imperfectionist knows that getting something done is better than sitting back and waiting to do it perfectly.
• An Imperfectionist knows that being a Perfectionist is simply an excuse NOT to take action.
• An Imperfectionist congratulates herself for taking small steps.
• An Imperfectionist buys herself flowers when she accomplishes something – even if it’s not quite up to her ego’s high standards.
• An Imperfectionist knows that getting a scary thing done IS the reward. Not the kudos or adoration.
You Might Need to Become an Imperfectionist if…
• You tell yourself you need to get “just a little more information” before you’ll try something.
• You have a case of the “Used-to-Be’s.” (“I used to be so good at this!” Or “I used to be so thin!” Or, “I used to write everyday and now look…”)
• Your mantra to the world is: “I’m just so overwhelmed! There’s too much to do! It’s so hard to be me!”
• You call friends and co-workers to get sympathy for how hard it is to accomplish your goals and dreams. They often agree, citing how special you are because you have been given so much talent – and how it must be quite a burden.
• You spend more than one hour per day on Facebook, watching television, or not fully engaging in other addictive activities.
• At the end of every year, you wonder why you never seem to move any further towards your dreams.
• You are waiting for your POTENTIAL to finally kick in.
Why Becoming an Imperfectionist Makes You Successful and Happy
Being an Imperfectionist is an Intention.
When you become an Imperfectionist, you finally recognize your ego voice exactly for what it is: Your own personal Success Prevention Expert.
When you become an Imperfectionist, you finally realize how many Success Prevention Experts exist in the world.
When you become an Imperfectionist, you lower the bar – or better yet, remove it altogether. You can then create in the moment without any grade or standard. Ironically, this allows for such freedom and joy that you might end up doing a great job. (Or at least having a great time!)
When you become an Imperfectionist, you place your creative attention on the project or activity itself. You don’t waste it on obsessing about the outcome. (This paradoxically leads to a higher chance of greatness, and a definite outcome of happiness!)
When you become an Imperfectionist, you get things done imperfectly. You then learn that you can tweak and fix and try again. This process makes you Unstoppable.
When you become an Imperfectionist, you finally understand that there are no mistakes. Just judgments.
Becoming an Imperfectionist doesn’t mean you don’t become a master of your craft or your passion – but that’s not the starting goal.
How to Become an Imperfectionist
1 – Imperfectly pick one thing you keep telling yourself you want to do.
2 – If you read #1 and think, “I can’t possibly pick just one! There’s too many!” then do not proceed until you have picked just one.
3 – Get a timer, and set it to 55 minutes.
4 – Walk away from your computer right now and spend 55 minutes doing that very activity.
5 – Repeat #4 again tomorrow.
6 – Repeat #4 again every day after that until the item is complete.
7 – Celebrate the item’s completion with chocolate, flowers, or a manicure.
8 – Go back to #1 and start over.
An Imperfect List of Things You Can Do Imperfectly
• Imperfect Writing
• Imperfect Meditation
• Imperfect Yoga
• Imperfect Romance
• Imperfect Hiking
• Imperfect Vacations
• Imperfect Scrapbooking
• Imperfect Cooking
• Imperfect Dinner Parties
• Imperfect Bowling
Add your own items to this list as needed. Find a way to let yourself experience them without judgment. And listen to this recovering perfectionist when she tells you that your success is guaranteed when you live by this principle!
Disclaimer: The preceding article should be ignored by the following people:
Brain surgeons.
Commercial airline pilots.
Please do! Just be sure to include this complete blurb with it:
Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her ‘LiveCreative’ weekly ezine with more than 11,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FRE*E subscription to LiveCreative at http://www.christinekane.com/.
See Christine’s blog – Be Creative. Be Conscious. Be Courageous – at ChristineKane.com/blog.
A note about Sage’s cup: I found this on his blog. I don’t even know his last name, and am not sure about the first name! But you can see and read about his efforts in creating this utterly beautiful silver cup depicted above. An imperfectionist’s finest work! update 3/17/10 his blog is “newyorkamera.com” I apologize for the error!