Bob Ross Would Have Been Proud

21 Jun

Sometimes it’s a sigh of … am I ever gonna get there? Other times it’s a smile that creeps up because the feel-goods take over and I see the possibilities.

I keep looking at my vision board on a daily basis and see the pictures and hope I had for myself at the beginning of this 2019 journey. I’m reminded, another day, another set of possibilities. And sometimes when the day ends I’m not always a step closer to the goal, and sometimes that’s a real bummer.

But when I get a chance to keep the promises I made to myself, the frustration of not reaching certain goals fizzles out. Knowing that I’m keeping my word and committing to new experiences adds substance to my life and keeps the momentum going. Doing something different, something new once a month  provides me with comfort at the end of the day that I’m doing whatever I can to be better than I was yesterday. I’m trying to keep the Yes, Man on a roll because these are avenues I can control and it finally feels like something is going my way. 12 months. 12 new somethings. And number six was pretty cool.

It comes at a time when I desperately needed a turnaround.

As rejections kept floating in, I enjoyed this new artistic experience that put me in touch with artists and their visions. I’d never been to a chalk festival. It was one of those I’ll-get-around-to-it-one-day adventures … and the day finally came. And I was so glad.

 

I got lost in the color, skill, and imagination of all these murals. My intention was to see them create, see what they came up with, and I left feeling inspired to jolt myself passed the slump and find creative awesomeness. They start with nothing absolutely nothing and they come out with these incredible works that make you pause. The talent made you stop, just to admire the hard work. Feeling the artists’ vibe helped get rid of some of the funk that often comes with the lows of writing when the highs are not really working its magic.

It gave me something to look forward to as an independent artist. It helped to know that alternate platforms can also bring you closer to your goals. People discover your art in unexpected places, just have to keep getting the courage to put it out there. At the end of the day I was glad I kept my word, my resolution promises. This new chalk festival adventure helped align my perspective, and appreciate the mural artist even more than I already do.

I think Bob Ross would have been proud.

Buen Camino, my friends!

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14 Responses to “Bob Ross Would Have Been Proud”

  1. ksbeth June 22, 2019 at 3:16 AM #

    you never know where and how things will work out. you have to trust in the unexpected at times. yes, I have no doubt that bob would be proud

    • The Guat June 25, 2019 at 8:32 AM #

      I totally needed that reminder. These artists were so amazing. Independents putting their stuff out there and enjoying the process and finished product. Total Bob Ross moment 🙂 thanks for hanging out

  2. claywatkins June 22, 2019 at 5:06 AM #

    Six new things in a year is impressive, keep it up. That chalk festival looked amazing and a great way to get lost in your thoughts of curiosity and wonder. Keep stepping out and trust that with each new step you continue to grow and get closer to where you’ll be next. Peace.

    • The Guat June 25, 2019 at 8:36 AM #

      Dude. Thanks SO much! You’re absolutely on point. I need to remember to keep stepping out because each new experience helps with perspective, inspiration, and insight, and eventually will lead me to the right door. Good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Sorryless June 22, 2019 at 6:32 AM #

    Cali,

    You’re kicking butt with all these new things you have going on. Keep it to the perspective rather than focusing on a number. New things is always a sign of growth and renewal and strength. That said, six new things is pretty amazing. You’re doing great, girl.

    Those murals are like magic to the senses. From sidewalk to museum quality, which is what these works are. Whoa.

    Happy weekend chica!

    • The Guat June 25, 2019 at 8:42 AM #

      Dude wasn’t that art amazing? I was wowed! And I don’t even say wowed, but it required it. So inspiring. And you’re so right! I’m totally trying to focus on perspective instead of crossing numbers off a list. I completely forgot it was number six until I remembered we were in June. 🙂 But I am enjoying the fact that these new adventures are helping me out when the lows hit. The connection between the people, the artists, and the work was so good to see. Thanks for reading and always for your kind words buddy. Sunshine and waves 🙂

      • Sorryless June 25, 2019 at 5:14 PM #

        You’re doing it the right way for shiz. One of your very best qualities- you have bucco- is that you’re earnest. You bring your heart and soul to an endeavor. I respect that.

        Thank you for providing beautiful posts with which to offer up kind words.

        Sunshine and waves

      • The Guat June 25, 2019 at 10:08 PM #

        Bucco. I like that. I’m gonna have to write that down and keep it in my pocket, and look at it when I need a B12 shot of Laverne-and-Shirley-you-can-do-this-high-hopes. Thanks bud 🙂

      • Sorryless June 26, 2019 at 5:03 AM #

        You rock da casbah Cali.

  4. Photography Journal Blog June 24, 2019 at 2:41 AM #

    I’m glad you found some inspiration!

    • The Guat June 25, 2019 at 8:46 AM #

      It was so amazing! I was still feeling the vibes a after we left it. Such talented artists. I was so glad I made the trip 🙂

  5. susielindau June 25, 2019 at 3:51 PM #

    Manifesting takes time. Looks like you’re using it well. Hang in there. I am hanging in there too!

    • The Guat June 29, 2019 at 12:08 PM #

      Oh man! I’m totally sending you out the good vibes and Ninja-Warrior-grip-strength to hang on 🙂 It’s a tough journey but side trips like this always seem to keep the inspiration from abandoning ship. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • susielindau June 30, 2019 at 11:58 AM #

        Yes! That is so true. It’s all about being open to switchbacks and head walls while steadily climbing upward! Thanks, Guat!

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