February 10

Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 6

Posted by lori . 8 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 5, “Neglected Needs: Time, Money, and Desire,” will help you rethink your relationship to time, money, and desire.

Creating a Life Worth Living Book

I feel I’m in a stable place with regards to time, money and desire. For now, I want to paint as a part-time pursuit. I want to do this because…

1. Time – I’ve made creative pursuits a priority in my life, so I set aside time to work on my projects. I’m new at this, so I know I need time to learn and grow. Painting part-time and working a day job part-time gives me a nice balance.

2. Money – I like my day job and want to keep it. I’m very grateful that both my husband and I are employed, so we don’t need my paintings to pay the bills. I work best creatively when I’m motivated but not under intense pressure, so for now my situation supports that.

3. Desire – I want painting to become more and more an important part of my life, but I want to take my time and grow into it. I know if I put unnecessary and complicated demands on myself, it will make painting unpleasant and I certainly don’t want to do that.

Time, Money & Desire

Carol, the author, asks this very intriguing (and important) question: “What does creativity and success actually mean for you?” I think the trickiest part of that question is the word “success.” In my opinion, that is the word we have the hardest time defining for ourselves because most of us are susceptible (consciously and unconsciously) to letting other people and society define it for us. Carol offers a lot of interesting questions that get you thinking and redefining what these things mean to you.

I particularly enjoyed doing two of the exercises. The first was, “Narrate your perfect day from the moment you wake up to the moment you close your eyes. This is a working day–not a holiday…” The second was, “Based on your new understanding of your daily needs, think about what kinds of help you might like from other people.”

My perfect work day would be painting, painting, painting, but when I thought about it from a business point-of-view, I found myself thinking about interacting with customers and people that enjoy my work. That leads me to think about doing art fairs and gallery shows where I can meet people and talk with them.

The second exercise made me realize that I do need to ask for and/or hire help for tasks that I don’t like doing, because without planning for that, I’ll procrastinate myself into inaction. It’s good to know your weaknesses.

Now, for something a little different…

South Asian Challenge 2013 Badge

Last year, I participated in the South Asian Challenge hosted by S. Krishna’s Books. I committed to reading four books, but only read two of them. So, I’m joining in again and will finish the two books I didn’t get read last year.

There are two ways for a book to qualify for the South Asian Challenge:

1.  A book must be by a South Asian author.  For these purposes, South Asia includes the following countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and the Maldives.  There are no limitations on what the book can be about.

2.  A book must be about South Asia or South Asians.  In this case, it can be set in a South Asian country or be about South Asians living abroad.  It can also be a biography or memoir of a South Asian, or of a non-South Asian traveling or working in South Asia.  In this case, the author does not need to be South Asian, as long as the subject matter focuses on the region, peoples, or cultures in some way.

Here are the two books I’m reading for the challenge:

The Lost Flamingoes of BombayThe Emperor of All Maladies

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8 Responses to " Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 6"

  • Daisy says:

    When you start painting just for money…the creativity goes…as well as the satisfaction. Just our opinion.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • It is a blessing not to have to worry about money. As much as I adore my job (I am truly blessed to get to do something I am passionate about), it is my dream to work part time. I am not sure what I would do with that extra time. Perhaps I could explore more of the creative things I don’t get to do.

    Can’t wait for inspiration Monday!

  • Daisy, Bella and Roxy said it!

  • Houndstooth says:

    I agree that relying on your creative outlets for money is something that I worry would make it less enjoyable. I do what I do because I enjoy it, and I’m glad I don’t have to rely on it as income! 🙂

  • Sue says:

    I have to agree with what’s already been said.

  • Madi and Mom says:

    Good morning Indiana….
    Mom was and still is an avid reader…but when she said being required to read certain books in school always took the fun out of reading.
    Hugs madi

  • Kirsten says:

    That is an intriguing question about what creativity and success mean, and very worth exploring. For me it is so important to remember this question every day. Maybe because I live in a place (Washington DC area) where success is so defined in traditional terms like wealth, power, and recognition, and where there are so many people who are highly successful in these ways, I find I can be hard on myself if I don’t realize success in these ways too. When I remember how successful I am on my own terms, and on terms that are meaningful for my dogs and Florian, I am much happier! Thank you for the reminder.

  • Being a little obsessed with India and things Indian, I’ve read quite a few south Asian books. I wish I still had them so I could tell you their titles! But a couple (fiction) that I remember, and that you might enjoy are A Suitable Boy and God of Small Things. Both are very old titles. Don’t forget the classics like Bhagavad Gita and Mahabharata! They may take a month out of your life but are worth it. Indian mythology is great reading and the Hindu pantheon of gods is as exciting as the Greek and Nordic ones. There are heaps of fascinating, insightful, funny Indian culture and travel books as well, like Paul Theroux’s. Don’t forget Salma Rushdie! (Though I personally find him hard yakka.) And since you’re an artist, you might enjoy books on Indian architecture, decor and style ….there could be some at your fabulous local library! They’re definitely worth a flip through. Indian style is colourful and sumptuous! And how about cookbooks? YUM! Sorry, I’m getting carried away 🙂

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