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The Power Year Project – Documenting my Life Visually

My goal: Produce 1 drawing (or other creative visual representation) each week that documents my current life and surroundings.

The Rules:

  1. Once a week, I will complete a minimum of one drawing. I will call it complete (which is a very hard thing for me to do) and publish it to the internet.
  2. I will set aside a minimum of thirty minutes each day for personal creativity (not work, not pre-ordered FishyFishy business, not extra-curricular organization business…just me, creating something) to be accompanied only be music or silence.
  3. Once a month, on the 11th of the month, I will reassess my priorities and make sure that my drawings have all been published and I have moved on.

The Reason:

I need to regain focus in my life. I have reached the point in my life where other people’s creative pursuits have overwhelmed my life and I need to regain focus on my own personal creative pursuits. Drawing and painting were some of the most important things in my childhood. When I started on the path to become an architect, I didn’t realize that these passions that drove me to the field might be neglected and left behind. So, this project aims to reanimate the passion that has driven so much of the direction of my life. Getting back into the practice of daily (non-technical) drawing has the potential to fulfill a lot of the aspects of my life that are currently unfulfilled, or substituted by unsatisfactory pursuits. I’m hoping that making this a priority and being held accountable will also help me remove myself from some of my commitments that do not contribute as positively to my life as I would like.

The Inspiration:

Like Harold, you create your own destiny by drawing the lines and the shapes of your experiences and surroundings. It’s time for me to get control of the purple crayon again…

 

My friend Tron (aka Megan Quicke) is the type of person who sets clear, ambitious goals and then takes the leap needed in order to accomplish these. She declared 2009 her ‘power year’ and she set out to re-direct her life in a very intentional way towards creative projects that really feed her soul. Her power year, with its clearly defined goals and public presence was very inspirational. Now, with her life somewhat re-focused, she has issued a challenge to others to have their own power year. And since I have such a hard time saying no, I accepted the challenge.

Lately, I’ve been spread really thin, so when Tron announced that she wanted to share her power year concept and that she would facilitate an online ‘power year pledge class’, I immediately thought that sounded like a great idea, but how would I ever fit it into my already over-booked life. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that an intentional power year was exactly what I needed to re-focus my life.

So, being that it is 2011, and 11 is a magical number since I am born on the 11th day, I am declaring this a power year. It seems fitting since 2009 was the worst year ever – then, I vowed to make 2010 ten times better than 2009 by declaring it the year of action and getting things done – and now that there are too many things vying for my time and energy, 2011 will be a year of disciplined re-focusing.

Power On!