January 27

Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 4

Posted by lori . 12 Comments


I’m reading Creating A Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. I picked this book because I’m trying to figure out the place I want painting to play in my life.

This week…Chapter 3, “Excavating the Future,” leads you through an exploration of yourself by examining memories that involve beauty, strength, and inspiration.

Creating a Life Worth Living Book

I must say that I didn’t spend a lot of time on the exercises, not because I didn’t think they were important, but rather because I’ve done exercises like this before, so I feel I know myself in this regard. I will say that reviewing the things you loved to do as a child, teen and young adult can be very revealing in regards to your talents and passions.

CLWL Part 4

Here’s what I know about myself…

I am most productive in a structured schedule. I need a day job.

I create best in private, and I need a lot of time. I process and work slowly.

The career I’m looking for now is different than a career I might have been looking for when I was in my 20’s. I’m in a position to do more things on my terms (thank you, husband and day job).

I’m comfortable with myself so, in some regards, it’s easier for me to overcome fear and disregard nay-sayers.

I have to continually be learning, growing and changing.

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12 Responses to " Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 4"

  • It is so easy to forget the things we love when we get caught up doing the things we think we should. It is good that you know yourself so well. Happy painting!

  • Sue says:

    Hi Lori, I hope you can do everything you want.

    Someone once said to me, if your flat was on fire apart from yourself what would you save. I said first my dog and if there was no danger my photo albums. Everything else could be replaced. That person then said, ‘see you have more than you really need, as you would only save those two things, everything else is meaningless’.

  • It is always good to set yourself some kind of schedule, I have found for myself anyway, otherwise I will just mess about all day and never get anything done. I must admit, i have been a lot more organised so far in 2013 than I was last year (probably because of your posts about getting organised) 🙂
    Lynne x

  • Wyatt says:

    That sounds like an interesting read. I find, that I get so much more done, when I have a lot on my plate. I’m most creative, when insanely busy with the day job!

    Wyatt’s Mom

  • Houndstooth says:

    I think you are great about sharing your creative process! You sound a lot like me in the way you work. I hope that you find a lot of success with your painting!

  • Gosh … it is just SO important to be doing something creative if you are a creative person, and it’s such a pity that – particularly when I was young – we were all steered (or forced) away from a creative career because it was thought to be risky.

    Well, it seems pretty much any career has turned out to be risky.

    So many talented people are stuck in boring, repetitive or just plain unsuitable jobs and I admire you for taking the bull by the horns and just going for it. I hope the book helps you to decide which way you want to jump, and helps you to do it!

    • lori says:

      So true! I try very hard to remember that when I encourage my daughter. She has to support herself, but other than that, I don’t care what she does or how much money she makes. I want her to be true to herself. Sometimes it’s hard for parents to think like that.

  • Hope your holiday was everything you hoped for and more! Deccy x

  • Fern Reed says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words!!! You are so sweet!!! I am dyslexic you know???? It has been a trouble all my life. I have had people say I was dumb and people see as smart!! When I was young I made most all my cloths and never used a pattern!!! I have trouble following and patterns.
    You are an artist!! I was an artist!!! Enjoy it before the arthritis sets in!!!

  • A person who likes structure and day jobs. I suspect you might be Cushion’s dream lady 😉 Are you going to tell us about your vac? X

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