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#9 Practicing Theft | CarlaFay.com

#9 Practicing Theft

Or learning to Steal Like An Artist – 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative from my teacher Austin Kleon of Austin, Texas.

#9 Be Boring (It’s the only way to get work done.)

  1. take care of yourself
  2. stay out of debt
  3. keep your day job
  4. get yourself a calendar
  5. keep a logbook
  6. marry well

I get what he is saying here – you have to get your work done if you are going to do creative work that matters. I have some thoughts about be boring but more on that later. I will do the boring work so I can get to the fun and be here in the best shape possible for my grandchildren. And, yes, I have longevity in my genes. Taking care is getting down to my happy weight, again; incorporating long daily walks into my schedule; continuing my fifteen minute morning meditation and scheduling a dental appointment. We’ve pretty much stayed out of debt since our successful bankruptcy in 1987. Learning about money is an ongoing process. I think the truth lies somewhere between “don’t spend money” and “it’s only money”. My day jobs as of now are caring for my dad and teaching singing. I’ll be ordering my year-at-a-glance wall calendar today to prepare for 2018. I found my perfect logbook to record the best daily moments that happened. I married well and will keep this in mind for my third husband.

Now for my thoughts on being boring: I realize now that it is rude, thoughtless and slightly abusive to be boring in certain situations, like a party. It is much more fun, creative and exciting to be interesting. Henceforth, I will be boring to get my work done and interesting the rest of the time.

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