Hello everyone. Today is actually quite gorgeous outside. One of the first t-shirt/short days of the year, so I will try and make this short! I've realized that this week will be the 2 year anniversary of my website. Yay me! I've been doing my weekly Monday blog post since just a bit before that, so I'm sure I've passed the 100th blog by now (I really wish I would've noticed. If anybody has an exuberant amount of time on their hands and wants to dive back and see which post specifically was the 100th, I'll give you a prize). Since not having a real job, the blog is the most consistent thing in my life. Now, as far as the payoff of me doing it every week without fail? Minimal! For now at least. No, I haven't been able to make a complete living by just doing this and only this, but I have not given up hope. It may start paying off this year, it may start paying off next year. Maybe even 5 years from now. The point I'm trying to make today though is that consistency (of the right things) WILL eventually pay off.
In the past, I've talked about a few of my favorite "keys" if you will. Yes, Dj Khaled got that "major key" phrase from me, but I digress. I've spoken before about confidence, and communication being keys, but I have yet to fully speak on consistency, a very important one. One that I probably struggle with the most. As an artistic and creative person, structure is one thing that I absolutely lack. I don't wanna be confined by pretty much anything! Time, schedules, checklists, none of the boring stuff. I just wanna do what I want, when I want, forever all the time. Alas, I have come to find out that being consistent in certain areas greatly helps to organize the creative process just a bit. In addition to writing this blog every week, one of the books I'm reading "The Artists Way", which is sort of like a weekly workbook for unlocking your creative potential, gave the daunting task of what is known as morning pages. Morning pages are basically writing 3 stream of conscious pages in a notebook as soon as you wake up in the morning. Sounds like a lot right? That's probably why I avoided doing them for the first few weeks and immediately stopped reading the book for a while! After a bit of convincing myself I was just being a lazy little brat, I started doing it. Writing every day isn't so bad. I did however tweak it a little bit. I only write 2 pages, and I do mine either morning or night. The point is, I've been doing it every single day now for a few months! Even if I'm super tired, super busy, have nothing at all to say, I write. Every. Single. Day.
How long can I keep this up you may ask? great question! I have no idea, but I have found out that it's inspired a bit more consistency in my previously unstructured lifestyle. I mentioned this in another blog recently, but I've started doing a weekly things to do list. Some of the things are super simple like 'wake up', 'drink water', 'look cute', but adding lots of simple things really does make it easy to get through everything. Consistency is inspiring in itself. Looking at how accomplished you are becoming, it makes you want to keep the ball rolling to be more accomplished. I've started painting every week, doing my crochet work, and even putting out 2 brand new videos! Not having an exact structure in life is difficult at times, but some framework can be done with consistency.
One more thing I want to say about the subject is a bit more vain. As you might have known, in the past I use to have crazy acne (or maybe you might not have known due to my scouring the internet to delete any old and unsavory photos of myself). Since I don't see people that often these days, I decided to start a very consistent routine using mostly natural products; one mild face exfoliator, witch hazel, tea tree oil and olive oil. Occasionally I'll wear a homemade face mask. I make sure to take off my makeup every single night, even if I'm super sleepy (or super drunk). I've tried to do similar things like this before, but I don't know, no routine has been quite right for some reason. The current regime didn't make things worse, so I kept doing it for a while. A while turned into a longer while, and I seemed to sort of forget about it. It became as natural as opening my eyes in the morning. One day last week, I woke up just like any other day. I went to the mirror and my skin seemed to be glowing! It was actually quite radiant if I do say so myself. Had my routine started to work? Were these real results I was seeing?? I was basically ecstatic, so I began to dance around the house to Chaka Khan. Anywho, I realize that doing the right things over time WILL yield results. They may not be immediate, but they will be so worth it. Earlier I mentioned that consistency was inspiring in itself. Well, let me tell you something, even more inspiring is seeing those RESULTS.
In today's world, we all want instant gratification so much to the point where we forget that sometimes slow and steady wins the race. Just because you ate healthy for 3 whole days in a row doesn't mean you're supposed to instantly loose 5 pounds. You gotta do that crap for a while! Just give things some time to work ya know? If it is in fact the right thing for you, it will definitely be worth it in time, just don't give up hope. Start doing something today that your future self will thank you for later.
P.s. Actually, I like Dj Khaled. I heard his book is pretty good, so I may even have to check that out (even though he stole the title for one of the chapters in my book, smh).
P.p.s. Today really is super gorgeous, I almost wanted to play hooky and go to the park instead of writing... blah responsibilities!
P.p.p.s. Oh! I forgot, another thing I use all the time on my skin is honey. Honey is actually a very good spot treatment (just gets all over the place). Works way better than any instant spot remover I've tried to be honest.