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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Walking That Line. Tightrope.

Tightrope  10 x 10

I'm sitting down to write a bit late today. I meant to get up early and take care of this blog post earlier in the day but the hours flew by as I took care of a bit of this or that, a lot of this, and a lot of that.  

The usual suspects.


Hair cut.

Post office.

Painting.  More Painting.

Talking with customers

Paying bills.

Cleaning house.

Cleaning the deck.

More Painting.

I don't know about you, but there are occasions when I feel like I'm walking a tight rope-especially doing it by myself these days.  Who am I kidding, doing myself still for many years.

If I waiver on the line, I'm going to fall, and fall hard.

But if i make it to the other side...oh man.  That's exciting prospect and what an accomplishment.

The tight rope is there in all of our lives. It just looks a bit different for each of us.

Heck, it can look different to each of us by the hour!

If you don't try to cross the tightrope in front of you and make it through something rather tough in your life, than that's a fail in and of itself, even before you fall...and fall you might.

 A lot of my work lately has rocks, boulders, water, stones,  lines, and pathways in it.  It's all about crossing over my own bridges.  Making pathways that make sense to me even if they go in circles from time to time.    There's away out, up, down, and around--the beauty is you get to choose the path.

Life isn't always easy depending on the path you take,  but easy isn't necessarily what I want. I want satisfying, challenging, gratifying and enjoyable.   Not easy.      I've been able to do a lot of work lately because I'm more inspired than I have been in awhile....I've also been at home more than I have been in several months in one stretch. It feels good.  Not that I don't love traveling and more traveling is on the agenda over the next 6 weeks, but I need the touchstones of home and familiarity, too.  In fact, I'd like more of it to be focused and deliberate for a while, not reactive and rushed.

Next year, I'll be teaching in several venues but I'm not going to be teaching a whole myriad of classes, I'm going to focus on a select few and rock it out like no one's business.  There's something to be said about mastering something... I'm going for mastery in this next phase of my career.

The tightrope will still be there every day as I balance home, work, personal life, career, hobbies and more....but there's confidence that's building I can feel it that will allow me to cross each of those bridges with grace and tenacity-working my way through to a better form of me.


For more of my new line of paintings, "Zen Paintings" be sure to check out my Etsy shop!  I'll be listing a few new pieces soon, so keep an eye out for my posts by following my shop!


MB Shaw said...

I like this new-ish work, Jodi. Can't wait to see you next week :)
Totally get what you are saying by the way.....we will talk.

Jodi Ohl said...

Thank you so much MB! I'm looking forward to seeing you and chatting it up! It's been too long! :)

lorraine reynolds said...

love the mojo you got going on there gurl! Keep up the good work!

Jean said...

I love this! And so true!

Sue Marrazzo said...

AWESOME works, and your post hit a chord with me!!

Stephanie said...

love these paintings. lots of tightrope action in my life too.