I came across the word, "shoshin," for the first time last year, which is a word that comes from Zen Buddhism meaning, "beginner's mind." And ever since, it's been a concept that's clung to my outlook like a charm.
In the realm of success psychology, Dr. Carol Dweck calls this something else — a growth mindset, which enables us to keep innovating and improving in our lives as opposed to limiting ourselves to a set of perceived beliefs about what we are and are not capable of.
As I get older, sometimes I find myself wondering, "Why keep going? Why keep creating?" But then I return to the joy of it, that natural spark of innocence and inspiration that fuels my imagination and creativity, and I want to keep at it.
Why ask questions like these when creating can feel so good? Why can't I start over again any day, any minute and approach art/life with a new outlook?
Of course we can.
I want to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to you on this one-year anniversary of blogging and joining me on this journey. I am renewing my commitment to keep creating, to staying fresh, awake, and open, and maintaining a beginner's mindset open to learning and growth in this new year.
With this in mind, here are a few blog posts below from this past year to help renew and inspire you on your path in 2018.