I always go, go, go. And do and go, and do and go for everyone else, hours upon hours for others. For my family, for my friends, for my clients, I just go and do. Until I’m exhausted, my body aches, and I drop at night. I rarely do something for just me. Until this last week.
After a few crazy months of constantly being on the move for some quick and much-needed funding, I put it all aside and did this thing I’ve dreamt of for a few years. I took the road less traveled for a while.
I did an art residency with a friend for 4 full days of nothing but creating, talking, silence, arting, being in nature, being nearly unplugged, just reconnecting. No going, unless I wanted. Not doing unless I wanted. It was all on my terms and it was FRIKKEN awesome.
Art is in my blood, my soul and no one can take it away. It heals me and those who come into its path to learn and feel its peace, power, and place in the world.
I’m in this world to create.
And I’m meant to return to Pointers Ridge on a regular basis to go in the direction I’m meant to go in. If you’re lost in a world of “go go go, do do do”, stop it and take a break. Pointers Ridge isn’t just for visual artists, it’s for anyone to create their happy.
Sign up for email at http://www.designbydayle.com and send me a DM if interested in doing a virtual, free creative, one of a kind workshop to help you uncover and work through feelings in a safe space. I will be posting more information on my Facebook page @DayleSundbergArt in the next few days and weeks.
I want to be able to show up in life for my kids and family, and in order to do that I need to take care of my mental health.
Do you know what it looks like when your mental health declines? Fatigue, relationships suffer, isolation, memory loss, confusion, self-harm, prolonged grief, and the list goes on.
Art is my therapy. It does not have to be pretty or understood or look like anything special. It just helps put feelings and emotions that there are no words for, and expessed in color, shapes, and lines where maybe it can help you find the words or the insight to a feeling to help your healing and health journey.
I am doing a FREE virtual/online class doing and inviting you to join in the journey. You do not need any art skills. You just need to show up for an hour or so, with some random paper, colors, colored pencils, watercolors, markers, or whatever is handy for this class.
Interested in using easy art techniques to help you through your journey of those hard feelings, or maybe grief, depression, or struggles in daily life? Leave a comment, or send a DM, sign for email at https://designbydayle.com/classes/
The change of seasons to Spring is like my creative brain. Renewal, growth, care, and color are all showing up again after a cold winter. And my creative brain is doing the same. The S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) is lifting, the longer days are GOOD for me, and that blue sky with the big ball of yellow heat is even better. It is all leading to growth.
I have ideas, so many ideas growing. I know I might not be able to do them all, but here is the current list:
Start offering in-person kids and adult paint parties again in The Barn during warm weather months; then on-location during cold weather months
6-week Art 101 in-person class for ages 5-10 and 11-18
Themed adult paint/craft events in The Barn on Custer Avenue during warm weather months
Online healing, intuitive Art Journaling 6-week course and monthly membership
DIY, maybe: “Doin’ It with Dayle” membership group, featuring DIY projects, painting cabinets, furniture rehab, fixing items, tool time/introduction to tools, contractor interviews, and a community for your questions for fixing and DIY projects in your life
Private, individual in-person or virtual weekly art lessons (already taking appointments)
Online, virtual paint parties
Art and craft take and make kits
6-week Art 101 online or virtual classes for adults, so you know how to do the basics and we can move into more complex techniques
1:1 Family Story Canvas painting (1 family creates a abstract painting reflecting their stories)
Finishing www.designbydayle.com “Shop” section offering some of the above ideas. Please check it out this new site, and sign up to receive email from me to “stay in the know” with all my creative ideas and what comes up. I always love hearing from you on what you need and want to know!
“Just trust me.” We have heard it one time or another. It might have been from a teenager talking back after you have said they cannot do something, or maybe it is jokingly said by your bestie about daring you to do something silly! It signals to our brain to move towards: towards an action, a person, an experience, a financial deal, a product, or whatever it may be. We want to be trusted, we want to trust, and we need the trust to have the connections with everything.
As a business, you need trust to earn a customers’ investment in your product or service. As an individual, in any type of relationship, you need trust to earn your investment in the person and the future of the relationship. And earning it is just like having a savings account earning interest, the more money you put into that savings account, the more the interest grows it. The more time you put into a relationship, the more it grows. Or not. Put a penny in a savings account at .01% interest and see how long it takes to grow to $100. The more you bank, the better the return.
When the bank account is empty, sitting there with a penny in it, you need to make a daily deposit to make a difference. In “trust” terms, that looks like work, just like a 9 to 5 job where you need to put in your time, show up early, stay late, build teamwork, invest in communication skills, being curious by constantly learning and always improving your performance. And just like a 9 to 5, trust is built with intent, motive, your abilities, showing up for the others to complete the job, your track record, and mostly by your character.
Five factors create trust and when a few are missing or slipping, so does that trust. They are understanding, intentions (are they in it to serve an honorable purpose), abilities (do they have the skills, willingness, and knowledge to move forward), character (traits like honesty, integrity, courage, etc.), and accountability (do they show up, keep their word, follow through?). These factors also need to always be in motion, continually be nurtured with actions that go the extra mile so you can move forward.
So, trust me! You need to add pennies to that account. The next time you see a penny laying on the ground it may be “a penny from heaven” reminding you to make an investment in the time, effort, and move toward someone needing a connection.
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