Finding my focus (all puns intended ;-))

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Comments (14)

    • January 17, 2018 at 10:26
      I can relate to a lot of what you have mentioned. I probably should complete the same exercise you have and get focussed
      • Isabel
        January 17, 2018 at 10:39
        I can recommend to skip the flu part though ;-) I think many creative people are in the same boat...it is just too tempting to follow all the butterflies. Unfortunately when we do that we end up losing them all...so let’s follow the ones we like best instead and some we have to ;-)
    • January 17, 2018 at 11:26
      I had a maybe similar crushing flu like that in 2016. It made me go flat with persisting 40º fever for a week. It is really an eye opener to the fact that we are not bullet-proof and even something so common can throw us off-track really quickly. Finding focus is very hard, and to keep on having that focus is one of the hardest tasks that I have experienced. I wish you strength to keep focus on what can bring you enough safety to pursue your dreams and balance in life, never letting go of what you like to do. I'm looking forward to see a prosperous journey for your new projects. :-)
      • Isabel
        January 17, 2018 at 13:14
        It was definitely the worst one I ever had and the bacterial “super-infection” gave me the rest...good thing it was the holidays and my boyfriend was home, though also sick just not as bad and for as long ;-) Now that I have found the balance I will do whatever I can to make it work - talking about it helps and makes it more “binding” ;-) So thank you so much for your interest, Miguel! :-)
    • John
      January 17, 2018 at 17:47
      Fantastic that you are finding your balance again Isabel! Reading through it all sounds really positive and focused ;-) and exciting :-) ! I am really looking forward to seeing your new projects! Wishing you a wonderful creative year!
      • Isabel
        January 18, 2018 at 13:58
        Thank you so much, John. I am very positive because I feel I can also achieve something now not just have ideas... Wishing you also a wonderful, creative and successful year!
    • January 17, 2018 at 18:36
      I can so relate with the need to find focus! This was like reading my own story :) I was spreading myself thin this past year with many ideas and projects. I wanted to paint, to take photos and keep my graphic design business afloat which pays my bills. And unfortunately not one of them received the attention it should. Stressing about making a living and at the same time wanting to be able to do more of the creative work (instead of the dreaded scenario of an introvert trying to sell, market, network...) I was finally knocked down with a flu which developed into bacterial bronchitis this December ;) I came to similar conclusions as you did during my enforced rest and can't wait to declutter my life and get some clarity about my goals. What I do for finding focus is journal and go for walks to decompress. Apps don't work for me at all, I need to write things down so that they would sink in. I will have to try mind mapping - looks like a great method for us visuals! Looking forward to seeing and reading about your new projects!
      • Isabel
        January 18, 2018 at 07:41
        Wow...that is nearly scary! I talked to someone yesterday on a podcast (sunny16podcast - I will inform everybody here once it gets published) and she has the exact same, including the final knock-out in December. We think because we love what we are doing we are kind of immune and these things should not happen but we are still human and our mind needs rest as much as our body does. I so agree with what you say, esp. also "not one of them received the attention it should". So funny also that we have the same way to deal with it incl walking which I also love - will also start TaiChi again which helps me to find my inner calm. I feel there is a big difference between writing something in an app or really using a pen to write it into a notebook which to me just feels deeper and more permanent. That combined with the visual qualities of mind-mapping (incl. small sketches) really works for me and I hope will work for you too! Wishing you all the best on your way, Ivana - oh and I love your work! :-)
        • January 18, 2018 at 19:56
          This IS kind of scary! I started QiGong recently (very similar to TaiChi) and I am loving it. Helps to keep me grounded. Looking forward to listening to the podcast and thank you for your kind words :) All the best!
          • Isabel
            January 18, 2018 at 21:04
            wow...! Same to you, great to connect! :-)
    • January 18, 2018 at 20:58
      Take a look at Blurb for your book Isabel. I came across Blurb last year through a webinar they ran with another company. I was interested in producing a book at some point and was impressed that they do different formats and can send you sample papers to give you an idea. You can even place it directly on Amazon to start selling. I too am narrowing down my social media as I find certain platforms aren't working for me and can take up a huge amount of time and energy. I agree its good to take a step back and review your goals with focus, but on the areas for you, and not what the expectation is out there!
      • Isabel
        January 18, 2018 at 21:16
        Thank you, Melita :-) I bought 2 books from Blurb some years ago but did not really like the way toned pictures got a weird colour cast. Maybe that improved and I should do a simple test...I can always do that in parallel to looking for a publisher... Did you publish your book? Yes, Social Media...I already narrowed my use down for the first time last year, stopping basically with Facebook (only keep it as address book for former colleagues and friends ;-)) and G+ and I did not regret it. It feels much better to concentrate on just 2 platforms which also gives me enough time to really interact esp. on Twitter which is my preferred platform as you probably noticed ;-) Yes, we all have to find our own focus areas - nobody else can help us there. I hope you find yours - keep me posted ;-)
    • March 2, 2018 at 16:40
      I'm glad I read this post because it made me realise that being able to focus isn't something I struggle with alone. I hope you're successful in finding focus. Reading this post has helped me realise something else - that I need to take a break from social media in order to stop focussing on others and focus on myself. I've been toying with the idea of deleting all social media apps off my phone (okay maybe I'll keep Twitter) so that I can put myself first and stop comparing myself to others. I think I'm going to seriously consider it now because I've been thinking about it for a while.
      • Isabel
        March 21, 2018 at 07:01
        Sorry for replying so late, but I was completely offline for the last few weeks (see also my post later today). I hope you have found a way to focus. Comparing yourself to others is always tricky. It helps when we use it to improve or find Inspiration but it can easily turn into a barrier that kills our own creativity and voice. I think as artists we might always struggle with finding the right balance. Sending you lots of positive energy - you know where to find me if you need someone to talk to :-)

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