NEW SITE IS LIVE! Goal Setting Time of Year - It's Oh So Serious...

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I was hoping I could send this post out a bit earlier in January as it is on goal-setting, and as I am a bit anti-goal-setting at this time. I found this hilarious audio and had to share it with you. Hope you think it's funny, too!

Stay tuned, more art tips, new paintings, and inspiration to follow. So glad the new site is live because I can finally SIMPLIFY the whole posting process. It got way too complicated.  And my word for the year is SIMPLIFY. So here goes...a fresh start. (Thank you for your patience while I was offline a few months.)


am i the only one who freaks out when it is time to goal set for the year?

January has a way of plummeting most of us mere mortals into serious goal-setting for the year. Take a short pause and listen to* (and read) this...

The incomparable Rowan Atkinson reciting ...

in case vid doesn't show up, try this link.


Sir Marcus Browning: My Lord Mayor, my Lady Mayoress. My lords, ladies and gentlemen. There comes a time when we must all stand up and be counted. I am therefore standing up now and can be counted. One. To each of you I say you are a one. And ones are about to become singularly important. Because Britain is facing the gravest economic crisis since 1380. And you know many of us still remember that day. The eternal torment, worry, exasperation and all manner of (?). And if we are to quit the lights go out on our lives once more (?), we must ask ourselves crucial questions.

Where are we?
How did we get here?
Why did we come?
Where do we want to go?
How do we want to get to where we want to go?
How far do we have to go before we get to where we want to be?
How would we know where we were when we got there?
Why did we leave places to get to where we are?
Where were we before that we had to leave to get to where we before we knew we're going to go to where we want to be?
Where would we end up if we had the choice?
Where would we end up if we didn't have the choice?
What would we choose given the choice?
Do we have that choice to choose?
Or indeed can we be choosy about the choice choosings?
What are the choosings? Choices!
Do we want to stop now? (Rhetorical.)
Or do we want to go right back to the beginning and start all over again.
Perhaps not.
But surely you can see my point.
Because what I'm talking about is life.
Because life is one of those things that most of us find it very difficult to avoid.
In the words of (?) "life is uncertain."
My life certainly has a certain uncertainty about it.
And I'm certain yours does too.
So with my uncertainty and your uncertainty there's certainly a certain degree of uncertainty about, of that we can be quite sure.
So let's buckle down, shall we?
Purpose is what we're striving for.
We must have purpose.
We mustn't be purposeless.
We mustn't exhibit purposelessness.
We must be purposelessnessless.
Because we don't want to end up, do we?
Because we don't want to end up, do we?
Like the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn't there.


It's important to take ourselves lightly once in awhile, don't you think? Happy Goal-Setting!

Blessings and Paint On! ~Joanie