Best Mom Advice Ever

 

“It wouldn’t be so hard if you did it more often.”

My mom has said this about laundry, cleaning my room, doing dishes, dusting and sweeping, mowing and raking, and exercise. Do it more often, and it gets easier.

After writing about habit in a previous post, this bit of Mom Advice occurred to me, and I had one of those moments (everyone has them) where you realize that your mom was right. She knew! How did she know? It also applies to creating!

Towards the end of last semester, I realized that I went days without writing or drawing anything creative. Once in a while, okay, but days? It’s very much like exercise; the longer you spend not doing it, the harder it gets to start again. So I made a conscious decision to make sure I draw (even just a little bit) everyday. To this end, I toooootally rearranged my desk so that my computer AND my hard sketchbook both fit comfortably, and are constantly accessible. (I technically have two desks, to be honest… a cheap one from my school’s architecture surplus and a cheap one from Wal-Mart.) I moved my files, binders, and notebooks to another spot in my room, so just drawing and writing materials are around me (plus some books on Renoir, Cassatt, and Degas). It. Is. So. Marvelous.

In fact, it’s so great that it has me ignoring one of my other good habits, which is going to bed before midnight. I now stay up late to draw, even if I was drawing all day. I write several paragraphs, and each day, the amount that I write grows. Daily practices are super hard to start, and it takes something like 30-40 days for a new habit to form. So what if you made a goal to draw or write for X hours a day?

It would get easier.

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2 thoughts on “Best Mom Advice Ever

  1. Wise words!

    Over the past year or so, I’ve come to realize how absolutely critical it is to have an optimized workstation/studio, if one hopes to be productive and stick to daily practice. We may love what we do, but sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get started (or to keep focused). That effort easily leads to neglect. Having an ideal work area, always ready and waiting, can make all the difference.

    I recently bought a desk that can be raised up or down to standing height. It’s amazing how much easier it is to approach work, when you only need to walk up to it. It may seem trivial, but every little bit helps.

    Great blog, keep it coming!

    1. I have been trying to figure out a way to stand and work! That’s how I was “trained” to draw in school, and it seems like I have so much energy that way.

      Thanks for taking time to comment! I’m glad you enjoy my content 🙂

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