Though it seems like each day is a bit rushed for me lately, I’m having a blast! Autumn is my favorite season and there are so many exciting things happening on Doodlewash now with our community that even I haven’t had time to sit down and enjoy everything properly. Be sure to check out our Forums on Doodlewash as there’s lots of great information on watercolor appearing there all the time! I’ve been busy figuring out the final big feature to complete this fabulous community, so time has been a bit short lately. And if I find myself distracted, which I often do, I blame the squirrels outside my window. They’re endlessly fun to watch as they scamper about, often rushing off with a too large acorn in their mouths. Sometimes to consume them in a quick bite or to hoard them for winter. I read somewhere that their occasional forgetfulness of where they actually hid them is what helps to keep oak forests thriving. It’s awesome to think that just a little stockpile of acorns can become a mighty oak.
For me, I think I’ve always had a bit of this feeling that something big could happen from just the smallest thing. Each day, I start out not with a to-do list, but a what-if list. The difference is everything. I’ve never liked chores and truly, some of those get pushed to the edges, but my what-if list is always calling me and feels like the perfect place to start. I don’t usually write anything on this particular list down, because I don’t have to. These are the things that are always burning in my heart and my mind all of the time. Those things that I just want to try to see if maybe, just maybe, they might work out and turn into something amazing. That incredible idea might not be fantasy after all! So, what’s on your what-if list? Let me know in the comments below! I know there’s something that immediately jumped into your mind while reading this. I can assure you that there’s no better time than the present to start figuring out how to make that thing happen.
Of course, one should do all those necessary things in life, and not avoid them entirely. But sometimes, in our quest to do all of those things and check them off the list, we put that list of dreams in the background. To me, this seems like an odd way to prioritize. Shouldn’t the things that burn in our hearts the most take priority? Shouldn’t we be able to carve out minutes each and every day to make them happen? Okay, sure, I’m a well-established Peter Pan sort of childish dreamer, but still. Haven’t you ever wondered about what would happen if you actually chased after what you wanted most in life? Your what-ifs. This is something that I make a point to focus on each and every day. While I struggle to make my to-dos happen, my heart is always working toward completing those what-ifs. After all, no matter how impossible something might seem it’s always entirely possible that it can develop into something grand and amazing. Great oaks from little acorns grow.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!