2017 was a very difficult year for me. Indeed, it was the first year since I started this personal blog that I didn’t do many articles.
I could go through a long list of things, but suffice it tay it was the loss of a long time friendship with a person who was very dear to me for 10 years, and then having that replaced by enmity, that shook me up, and had a pretty devastating effect in my Life for most of the year.
But I recovered from that, and it was an experience that showed me a few things I want to share with you.
One of the most important aspects of a Full Life is relationships. For all the good we associate with them, there’s a concept that’s often overlooked in our pursuit of relationship happiness. This one idea can really supercharge your relationships and make them happier and more fulfilling. So let’s talk about it!
Recently, I went to Malaysia to learn horseriding. I’ve loved horses since I was a boy, and to learn to ride and eventually flow with one, has been a dream item on my bucket list. So I’m elated to have started.
I also scored two firsts: tasting mantis shrimp and… undergoing a root canal! A marvelous combo that was! Finally, I made great strides in my meditating, so it was a really great holiday for me.
On the way home, I started reflecting. It’s been a long hard road: from divorce, near-bankruptcy, moving from rent to rent, to where I’m now doing things I want to do, have great relationships, and amazing experiences. And what’s kept everything together for me is what I want to share with you about:
Life Purpose, and how to find it.
Wow time flies! And a quarter has passed!
I’ve been busy on a major personal project that I hope can eventually reach more people with the AA35 message, but here’s just an update on where am I for my theme for 2017.
My original intent to learn to draw a beautiful face by end April, hands by end August, and a horse by end December is taking a lot longer than expected, primarily because of my major project. So I’ll be off a couple months for each.
On the other hand, my colored pencils have been making some progress! First I’m really happy with the Faber Castell Polychromos which for a beginner seems like a splurge, but I’m keen to really get into this, so I prefer to buy quality if I can. The reviews I heard of the Prismacolors were just too serious to ignore, with QC issues, sharpening frustrations, repeated breakages and so on. Not to mention wax blooming.
To ensure follow-through I bought a few of Ann Kullberg’s Jumpstart Beginner series and did these projects.
I thought I was progressing well. Then I took a beginner colored pencil course at La Salle and it was humbling. It was a real struggle and here is I think the main reason.