The importance of five minutes a day.

Mama said there'd be days like these.  She didn't mention there'd be weeks...

Sometimes you just don't get as much done as you'd like.  Life in all its glorious messiness gets in the way.  I don't regret what I do all day, but like my favorite Jim Croce song, there never seems to be enough time to do the things you wanna do once you find them.  So, what to do about it?  I recently read a quote by author Laura Vanderkam in Reader's Digest.  She said, "People always tell me 'there aren't enough hours in the day to get to everything I want to do!' which is true.  But we don't live our lives in days; we live our lives in weeks.  Think 168 hours instead of 24 hours, and everything changes."   Maybe that will help me keep things in perspective as I climb the mountain of laundry tomorrow.

I heard a lecture once by author Kathi Appelt, and she described the importance of writing for five minutes every day.  I think that's valid for illustrators as well, especially those of us starting out a little further down the road of life with a fuller plate of daily responsibilities.  So, I am working on drawing, even small quick sketches or thumbnails, for five minutes a day.  It's a great loosening up exercise.  Also, when it's late and all you want to do is crawl into bed you can tell yourself, "Well, I can manage to do five minutes." (because getting started is the hardest part).  Often I find that if I can just manage to sit down and start, I can get lost in it and before I know it an hour has gone by.  Then the trick is shutting down the thought processes to get some sleep...

It's going to take me longer to get there then if I had started this at 23, no question.  But I'm further then I was when I started this 7 years ago, and that makes all the difference. Here's my first five minute sketch (that turned into a ten after I decided to ink her).  Keep your head up, and keep moving...

 

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