House paint brushes with jewel tone colors piled together.

You Do Get To!

Three weeks ago some friends and I were talking about not having time to do art just for us.  We had the normal excuse of “too much to do.”  In the spirit of solidarity, we each chose a way to add art making into our week.  Even though we purposely chose something doable, there was an undercurrent of doubt and guilt about follow through. 

Tabetha had a marvelous thought, “I get to make art.  I don’t have to make art.  I get to make art.”  Our plans to do art shifted!  It wasn’t another “have to” to add a burden to our week, it was a “get to” that made us feel delighted with anticipation.

You “get” to do things that feed your soul, that make your life better, and that you simply want to do.  Why?  Because:

  • You are valuable and worth spending your time and money on.
  • If you treat yourself well, others will treat you well too.
  • Taking care of yourself is the fuel to do the rest of what you do.

Take a couple of minutes and choose something that you get to do this week.

  1. What is something that you enjoy, something that lights you up from the inside out?
  2. What is a doable amount of time that you can easily give yourself this week?  You are worth every minute, and even five minutes can make a difference.
  3. How much money can you comfortably give yourself to use?  Not everything requires spending money, but remember you are worth every cent!
  4. Choose something you get to do related to your answer to #1 that fits with #2 and #3.  You want this to be fun and something you will look forward to without feeling burdened.
  5.  Plan a day and time, and DO IT!

Here is something I got to do last week that lights me up each time I come into the Creative Life Center.  I found spring flowers on sale at the grocery store and enjoyed looking for something at home to put them in.  Voila!  I’m smiling and feeling good.

Acrylic painting in progress - red and orange roses with green foliage and yellow/orange background.

There are great experiences for you to “get” to enjoy coming up at the Creative Life Center! We are putting the finishing touches on a new small group program designed to connect you to kindred community while giving you support on your path!  The group will meet together once a month for six months to read from and explore their SoulCollage® cards.  Reach out if you’d like to know more, and check out other programs here.

Paint brush photo by RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist on Unsplash