What are Your Boundaries?

Episode 268 · March 13th, 2024 · 31 mins 27 secs

About this Episode

What sorts of boundaries do you put around your studio practice? What new ideas are you willing–or not willing—to explore in your work? We all have limited time and energy, so how do you decide where to focus? Which new materials, media, or directions are worth pursuing? It’s a part of learning to sometimes spend time and resources on things that are off track or don’t really suit you. And a basic openness to change and growth is a very good attitude. But, letting yourself be pulled too often in different directions can keep you from committing to deeper involvement. Today we’ll talk about boundaries that are useful and encourage growth, along with thoughts about those that are either too tight or too loose.

When do boundaries make complete sense, and bring about focus and development in one area, and when is it good to let go of some of them and open new phases of our work? The answer is unique to you as an individual, but a key factor is if you have a solid base from which you can branch out. Every creative idea potentially has multiple forms of expression. Is it the right time to explore some new aspects of your work?

Some people are very drawn to whatever is novel. New materials, processes, techniques, and ideas can be a strong pull. But any change in your process takes time and energy, and it's worth giving some time and consideration to whether to take on something new. Are you avoiding commitment and going deeply into your ideas? Or you may be a person who sets very narrow boundaries about what new approaches you will explore. There may be a fear of losing sales or simply of failing at a new venture. A good middle ground is being open to change and willing to follow through on changes that seem worthwhile. Understanding your own position about boundaries requires looking at yourself honestly, and you may find a solid base that you didn't even recognize.

It’s a challenge to find the right balance of being open to new directions and being committed to certain ideas. But that point of balance is also very exciting and rewarding. It means you are heading purposefully in direction you've identified as helpful but there are surprises and good energy along the way. You’re excited by new challenges but also understanding how various ideas fit together, and seeing that the basic connection you have with your ideas is solid.

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