Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Living Spherically: Being Multi-Passionate

You have to live spherically, in many directions. 
Never lose your childish enthusiasm 
and things will come your way. 
Under the Tuscan Sun Movie

It's a rainy day, and that suits me just fine.  The world is quiet; all I can hear is the patter of raindrops on the roof.  Rain always makes the world feel intimate and manageable. I find I can concentrate better when the the distractions of the world are muted by soft rain.  

Speaking of distractions: I have a habit of thinking that I have to focus on just one "really important" project at a time.  I get overwhelmed when I have too many items on my to-do list.  I sometimes wonder, if I simplified my life, and put all my energy into one project, would I reap larger rewards than if I worked on many different things at once?  

I'm not sure this is the right way to go about things, though. Wouldn't life become flat and one-dimensional? Surely pursuing more than one avenue makes life more interesting? Why can't we be multi-passionate? I love illustrating; I love writing; I love blogging. I think they all make valuable contributions to my creative life. 

I remember an episode of Dawson's Creek where Dawson was talking to someone about his love for films and film-making.  His bedroom was papered from floor to ceiling with movie posters.  The friend asked if he had any other interests.  

"No," he said, "Films are my life."  

"If you're not interested in anything else, what will you make films about?"the friend asked. "You can't make films about films." 

I guess that means we need to pursue our chosen path with single-minded enthusiasm, but also leave doors open for other interests to enrich our lives (and our creative projects).  Who knows where the next opportunity will come from? 

So, I'm resolving to live life spherically this week.  I will pursue all my passions with childish enthusiasm, and I won't let all these balls I'm juggling overwhelm me.  

What do you think?  Do you think if you have lots of passions you are diluting your energy? Or is having lots of passions a good thing? 

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

P.S.  My fabulous friend Vivika of The Wandering Deer is hosting a giveaway for one of my prints on her blog.  Check it out! You have one week to enter to win a print of your choice from my shop. :-)

And make sure you check out her amazing crocheted animals.  Here's one of them....


  1. I definately find it difficult to balance all of my creative energies. All at once I'd like to be drawing, painting, creating jewelry, blogging, scrapbooking, card making, styling outfits, decorating…you name it. There simply isn't enough time in the day or night to do it all. Ever night when I go to bed I can't get to sleep for hours because I'm thinking of all the great projects I haven't done. It's exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.


  2. Hi, girl! Love your illustrations! Keep up the good work!

  3. I can completely relate being pulled in different directions and trying to find a balance. It's tough. Thanks for another excellent post!

  4. Like you I menage to be more concentrated when the weather isn't too fine. Don't know if life would be simpler with one project at a time but I noticed that sometimes (not always) when you have a lot of things at the same time to think at ,Time seems to expand in some ways and you have also the time to say...and now what can I do more? Sorry for my english,hope it's quite clear to understand.

  5. nice words, cute pics...
    thanks for visiting my blog the other day :)

  6. You so perfectly sum up the rain for me: intimate and manageable. The world always seems so much friendlier when manageable, I feel.

    For me, there is no choice but to live spherically. I could no more focus on 'one passion' than choose what that passion would be. I just love so many things. It does mean that the world feels very unmanageable far too often, but I honestly don't think I would have it any other way.



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