Last week we talked about what you do when you don’t know what to do to get unstuck and moving again. And, in the Universe’s perfection, they gave me an opportunity to practice what I preach immediately after writing that piece. (lucky me!)
I got laryngitis. Bad. For most people this is frustrating (myself included), but as a Life Coach and Speaker, it meant I couldn’t do my job. My inability to speak gave me an unexpected 5 days of “not knowing what to do” with myself. I had to re-schedule workshops and clients, and I had to figure out how to communicate effectively with others – most specifically my doctor. (But silent communication is a post for another day. Oh boy, did I learn a lot!)
Today, we’re talking about walking the walk. I re-visited what I wrote last week, what I know about feeling stuck, and I applied my own teachings to my life… and I did anything. (As I mentioned last week, “anything” will get you going again when you’re feeling mired in frustration or indecision. You can re-read that post here.)
My “anything” looked like art.
You see I started painting about 8 months ago. Art had always been in my toolbox, but more as a personal means to relax and meditate (something I’ve taught for years). But 8 months ago, art became a means of expression, a compulsion. I literally HAD to sit down and paint, never having done so before. From there I’ve expanded into drawing and designing. Again, something I always dabbled in, but never thought a great deal about until recently, when I decided art was another way to share my words with others (especially when I couldn’t talk.)
Art was something I could do while I couldn’t talk. Art was my anything – taking me out of my own head (and silent frustration!) and into feeling productive, even with having to change my entire work schedule.
So, as I said last week, anything that gets you moving in any direction is how you get unstuck when you don’t know what to do. And if, like me, you suddenly find yourself with an unexpected 5 days “off” anything can truly be any thing. And it’s even better when it makes you feel good and brings you joy. 🙂
P.S. If you want to see more of my art or feel inspired to bring it into your own home, please visit my page on FineArtAmerica, here. I’ve just started, and I will be adding new things, too, so check back often! Thank you.