Enjoy the Journey

I have a, hopefully, quick post today about a simple piece of wisdom that we have all heard. “Enjoy the Journey”.

“Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak.”

~ Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author, lecturer and teacher at Harvard. His is an expert on happiness and has written some of the best books on how to obtain lasting happiness.

What I love most about Tal’s quote is the combination of the goal and working towards it. It’s not enough to just have a goal, you have to make progress towards that goal. Plus you can’t just have a goal and meander around the mountain within constant distraction. We are happier when we are working towards something.

I’m working towards becoming the best artist I can while creating a fully actualized body of work. What are you working towards? How can you break that goal into small manageable chunks and take steps in the right direction every day?

I didn’t do any drawing on on the next Fandom Fitness character today but I did do a lot of research. The next character is going to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A ground breaking TV series that featured an strong female character.

Previous Fandom Fitness Drawing Posts

Warm-up

The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.

Warm-up

Extended Gesture Study

The extended gesture study from the The Natural Way to Draw book is an exercise that I feel I will continue for a long time. Honestly I could use this method as preliminaries for my biggest paintings in the future.

Extended Gesture Study

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Deep into research on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and enjoying the search through the tons of images. I really enjoy the journey, even this part.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Keep focus, stop jumping down rabbit holes, even if you like the thumbnails better. Haha!

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Constantly ask: “What’s important now?”.

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