1/1/2016: Begin

"This is an invocation for anyone who hasn’t begun, who’s stuck in a terrible place between zero and one.” That’s how Ze Frank’s video “An Invocation For Beginnings” starts and when I embark upon any new project, those words always echo boldly in my head.

It is possibly the simplest, best advice I have ever received or ever will receive: JUST BEGIN. It will never be perfect. The planning will never fully erase the fear (despite our best efforts). We will never know unless we try. And we will never learn unless we DO.

So today, on Day 1 of this little year-long artist adventure, I want to remind you what I am reminding myself, the same thing that Ze Frank so poignantly ends with in his video invocation:

“There is no need to sharpen my pencils anymore. My pencils are sharp enough. Even the dull ones will make a mark.”

Whatever it is you’re dreaming of, whatever it is you want this year to be, I can assure you, your pencils are sharp enough.

Just begin!