Do Not Stop

by | Nov 9, 2020 | Beauty Heals Us, Visual Quote

Do Not Stop Quote by Confucius - Visual Quote Arwork by Michelle L Hofer, 2020

It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop. — Confucius

Today I am resuming my encouragement posts here at Birch Tree Studio after hitting pause when my website was hacked in October. There were moments during that ordeal when I really, really felt so overwhelmed and tired, I was ready to quit — throw in the towel on this whole artist thing. Making the decision to work full-time as a professional artist has been a decision I’ve wrestled with countless times: Is this really worth doing?

My husband likes to make make fun of the gray planner I spend time writing in every evening. It’s become my external brain, and I’d feel lost without it. (Ok, I’m probably a bit compulsive about it.) In my planner I write out tasks for my day, week, and month. It helps me focus on what I’m working towards and evaluate what I’ve accomplished. Normally, I set a pretty high bar, but on those days when I feel like quitting I allow myself to simply slow way down rather than totally quit. On those days I may only complete the 2 tasks I have promised to do every day: write and paint. The check boxes for writing and painting are listed on every daily plan in my little gray book. I have found these 2 commitments to be invaluable for simply not stopping.

Is there something you are committed to doing daily?

Have you had moments of wanting to quit?

What keeps you from stopping?

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Michelle L Hofer

Hi, I'm Michelle…

A visual artist traveling the dusty roads of history and tradition searching for ENCOURAGEMENT, HOPE and WISDOM. My writings and art find inspiration at the crossroads of creativity and Divine Beauty.

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