"An atmosphere of growth brings great happiness, but at the same time, happiness sometimes also comes when you're free from the pressure to see much growth." - Gretchin Rubin, The Happiness Project
I love the feeling of pushing myself to do something outside of my comfort-zone.
I also love the feeling of being comfortable and doing something I know I do well.
How does one strike a balance? As artists, we always want to be challenging ourselves in our work... but how much is too much?
Only YOU can know your own limits...and only YOU can motivate yourself to push beyond them...or not.
And how to do all of this in a self-loving way?...Allowing yourself to be where you're at, yet still maintaining the desire and momentum to grow?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Sometimes it is necessary to stop being lazy and get to work... Sometimes it is necessary to stop working and be lazy.
Do what cha gotta do. And be honest with yourself about it.
Can you challenge yourself to do a little bit more today? Or do you need to slow down and do a little bit less?
Both can lead to happiness. Only YOU know which one is right for you in this moment.
"I take no action and people are reformed. I enjoy peace and people become honest. I do nothing and people become rich. If I keep from imposing on people, they become themselves." - 57th Verse, Tao Te Ching