Number 5 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

I am doing a 10 day blog series on Beth Kempton’s  PDF download titled Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.” This is Day 5.

Beth says, it “is a simple 10-step guide to help you be more present, get quiet and focus. It will help you see more beauty. It will let you travel lighter. And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.”


Courage Along the Path by Lindy Gaskill

Step 5:  FOCUS

For focusing, Beth suggests listing the things you want to accomplish and then categorizing them under a theme and focusing on one theme a week, immersing yourself in that theme and seeing what comes from that. I like that idea.

Journal prompt: Now you have considered this particular theme intensely for a week, ask yourself the following questions:
How do I feel about this theme now?
Do I want to move forward with it?
If not, why not? If so, what do I need to do next?

Focus has been my word for 2013. During the year I’ve been writing in the morning my 3 things I want to accomplish each day. I’ve been mostly good and accomplishing my goals.

I have a few areas of interest in running my business that I am focusing on.

They are:

1. Promotion and art marketing, including my monthly newsletters, emails to my Collector’s Circle and PR including social media, press releases and finding new collectors

2. Invoicing and financial tracking

3. Production, painting and studio time.

4. Keeping my supplies stocked

5. Growing as an artist with community and taking art classes for inspiration

6. Website maintenance and inventory

7. Licensing my art,  printing giclees and greeting cards

8. Online shops such as Etsy and Zazzle

9. Working with my existing clients, private art classes, working with my art galleries

In other areas of my life, I’m also trying to be focused. For example, I’ve been on a health kick and have been doing yoga everyday. It is starting to become routine and something I look forward to. I’ve also been focused on eating healthy foods and taking good care of my mental as well as physical health.

One can compare one’s life to doing yoga. When you fall off the mat, all you can do is get back on.


How’s your Focus?

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