Spruced Up

Dancing Shoes

This week, my roommate filled our apartment with Christmas decorations. Walls have wreaths, doors have bells, and tables have centerpieces. It reminds me just a little bit of home. And now that PaintMo November has come to an end, I have almost 30 paintings I can start hanging to make the apartment even more personal.

Yes, I survived the PaintMo paint-a-day challenge. Sure, I skipped Thanksgiving, but it’s not every day I have so many amazing people in my house.

All in all, I’m proud of myself for painting every day, and for pushing through the “I don’t wanna” stage in order to bring something original into the world. It was more of a challenge than I’d care to admit, but I learned a few lessons along the way. Here’s a few of the big ones I learned along the way.

1. It’s not as hard as it seems – My goal was to paint every day, not to create the next Mona Lisa. Whenever I found myself trying to skip a day, I took a step back and reminded myself that painting a basic shape still counts, even if it will never win an award.

2. Momentum is sneaky – After a week of painting, I found myself thinking of new ideas while riding the subway, sweeping the floor, and going to sleep. Without even trying, my brain shifted into “let’s paint” mode. It didn’t take very long at all, and I certainly didn’t see it coming.

3. Once a day is a big commitment – Besides basic human functions, there are very few things I do every day. Adding something new into the mix required discipline, but I was amazed at how much time I could find once I made painting a priority. It was rarely easy, but it was certainly possible.

Thanks for reading!