I know it’s been a while, but I’m ready to start this year intentionally!
We just made it to a new decade, new things and promises that will manifest. I’m glad to start fresh and start anew with the things of old, and I mean with intention.
On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, An acquaintance and I went to a watch night service. The sermon that prevailed was based on the scripture Habukkuk 2:2 regarding writing a vision and making it plain. I’ve enjoyed the subject of having a vision, which is being able to see beyond sight. I felt that 2010-2019 was a decade of preparation, and this decade would be a vision of intentionality and manifestation. I also have to be consistent, that includes this blog.
Being intentional with my art
Over the last quarter of the year, I’ve started the 100 Day Portrait challenge on Instagram, right now I’m on Day 83 of 100, so I’m almost at the finish line. The reason I wanted to be a part of this challenge, is to hone my skills with my drawing and training my eyes to see reality. From the first portrait onward, I’ve seen and seeing great improvement. I’m learning to work faster and by doing that, I’m seeing my mistakes faster in order to correct them. About 90% of the time I’m doing these portraits, I am doing it on my commute home. Thus, instead of watching Youtube junk videos, I’m using my time wisely to work on my craft. I realize if I don’t intentionally put the time in, during the workday, I will never get it done. As I near the end of the finish line, I want to continue to utilize that time doing art, writing ideas, doing sketches on my way in order to improve, every single day.
Being intentional with my job
I’ve made the 2 year mark , when I decided to jump out of my last job in faith for the present job I am in. I currently work in sales and during the routine of making calls, making connections, you will get bored. Not only that, you can fall deep into the abyss of complacency doing the same thing over and over again. Especially when it is a time, that you do not meet your target quota, your check seems dismal and you are relying on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ramen noodle soup and eating oatmeal every day until your next paycheck. I know this is only temporary, but I’ve decided to envision making deals and money by having a good attitude on the phone, collaborating with colleagues and finding other ways to grow within the company to keep me on my toes.
Being intentional with my life
Yes, the New Year resolutions are a thing of the past with me. Not that I don’t do New Year resolutions or that I’ve failed to obtain them, but any changes I want to do with myself, I got to do it intentionally with a plan.
During the watch night service, the pastor mentioned about writing a letter addressed to yourself regarding the goals or steps you want to reach in 30 days. On January 1, 2020, I wrote a letter to my future self, and one of those goals, is being able to pursue relationships at all levels, meaning I reach out to a family member, a close friend or someone I have not heard from in a while once a week. Within that group, I make the time to meet up with them for the month. So far, I have been able to reach 6 people, and have been able to meet up with a friend after church. So by the end of the month, I should look like more my future self and keep myself accountable through the written word.
Overall, if you want life to treat you right and you want to see results, you have to put the seeds in your garden of life and nurture it and enrich it with intention. By then, through this process, you will see fruit.
Look forward to writing again for February’s post.
For the love of God and art!