One of my goals is to make art for a living. I’ve got a digital painting on the “canvas” right now, and it’s actual paid work. Getting paid to make art makes me a professional artist; something I still haven’t quite wrapped my mind around. Things were going along fine, until I was hit with some nasty mood swings the past few days. I’m writing about it because one, it’s therapeutic, and two, I also want to be a writer. A painter paints, a writer writes.
Being an eternal optimist, I wasn’t going to let mood swings get in the way of my goals. The emotional hole I found myself in was mucky, but I kept a lookout for opportunities. When opportunity showed up, as I knew it would, it was in the form of rearranging the home office.
Moving furniture around doesn’t seem like much, which was why I’d procrastinated on it for so long. Over the past several months, cord gnomes (you know the ones) had run amok, making the underbelly of my desk a nice place for the Alien to hide.
Technically speaking, organizing my home office while I have a painting in the works is procrastination, but I like to think of it as planned procrastination, which is something like Planned Parenthood minus the Pap smear.
This operation involved organizing my desk and computer, as well as my girlfriend’s. She has a swanky iMac that had a total of one cord, whereas my PC somehow had loops upon loops of labyrinthine cordage. I still don’t know what most of them plug into, as I just Medivac’ed the bulk of them over to my side of the room.
Since this isn’t meant to be a Mac vs. PC debate, I’ll move on to the spring cleaning.
I got a bit of a workout moving the furniture around, and wiping the dust off the neglected areas. A little spring cleaning turned into a makeshift mindfulness meditation. I’d been feeling anxious about my painting, but figuring out where things went had a cleansing effect, pushing the worries from my mind.
It’s as if energy can stagnate in the unused spaces of our homes. Moving things around, making conscious decisions about what to do with the stuff, can get energy and life flowing again.
I like my home office better now. I even got some painting done. Hooray for progress!
Thanks for reading, and remember to make today a better day!