New Profile Pic and a “Thanks!” to ZuluSix [Day 19/365]

I have to thank Chris at ZuluSix for cleaning up my insignia. It’s SO much more fun to play with now that all the rough edges are off.

I made this picture while playing, and now I’m pretty sure I want it to be my profile picture until I can get a picture up on my wall. And if I want it my wall at home, might as well post it on my digital one, right?

Either way, enjoy my new profile pic!

Sheralyn Pratt insignia eye.

Procrastination and Unforced Errors [Day 18/365]

You know when you miss a deadline you didn’t need to miss?

When life hands you a chance to deliver and you don’t even swing and miss?

You just sit there … thinking. Then you put something off for later that could just as easily be done now.

I did that yesterday. I had plenty of things to do and plenty of options for thoughts I could post to stay on track in my goals, but I got up in my head on other things on my To-Do List and got a bit overwhelmed.

And posted nothing.

And, as I fell asleep last night, this phrase spun in my head as the thought to post first as I play catch up today:

Procrastination is fear saving itself for later.
Day 18 of 365. Sheralyn Pratt

I now need to put the work of 2 days into one to stay on schedule, and I did it to myself because I chose to be overwhelmed instead of doing what needed to be done yesterday.

Isn’t that fun?

(Spoiler alert: It’s not. And that’s why I post this thought for both of us — in case it helps the next procrastination raises its hand like it has a good idea. Just bit the bullet in the moment and don’t let it dogpile stress into the future.)

So I share this thought with you, in case it helps, and wish you the best in whatever you’ve got going. My advice? Do what you can do now, and stay away from the Snooze button.

P.S.: Those of you with sharp eyes may have noticed that Chris at ZuluSix has cleaned up my insignia. I’ll post a larger, clearer image of it in the future, but just wanted to give a shout out to him now and validate any of you who can see the difference even at its current size. So. Much. Better! Thank you, Chris!!!

Growing Pains [Day 17/365]

The first time I say things, it can take an hour. Sometimes, longer.

To make for this, I like to find ways to say things simply the next time around and that’s where thoughts like this come from.

Day 17/365: Sheralyn Pratt
To grow is to leave an old form behind to embrace the shape of something new.

Whether you’re growing as a person or decluttering your home, or trying a new hobby, or doing anything that requires growth, I think it’s good to remember that you need to shed habits, thoughts, and even physical things on the path to getting where you’re going. And there’s nothing sad about that.

It’s all just part of the process of revealing the authentic you.

Merry-Go-Round in Time [Day 16/365]

A critique I get from editors is that I can be a bit too economical when dishing out words. Today’s meme is an example of where I feel I might be guilty of that.

So let me explain.

Based on my life’s experience so far, I’ve always felt that there was a merry-go-round aspect to accepting different challenges in life. If you really need to learn something, you don’t get to dodge it like a bullet and be done with it forever.

No. The universe doesn’t work that way.

If you need to learn something and dodge the lesson like a ninja, that lesson is going to start orbiting until you figure out how to stop attracting it. So, like a merry-go-round, lessons start circling around and keep giving us more riding opportunities.

Sometimes, we learn things quickly. Other times, it takes a couple of tries — or maybe our whole lives — before wisdom kicks in. And, once it does, it’s easy to bemoan that things didn’t happen sooner in retrospect. But the truth is that it took exactly how long it needed for you to accept something new, and nobody knows that better than you … even if you’d wish to alter your learning curve in retrospect.

After all, it’s easy to critique a race when you’re standing on the finish line; it’s quite another to tell someone who’s mid-race to just be done already.

We all like to hurry progress, but it takes the time that it takes to get on and back off the merry-go-round. It just does. Because it takes the time that it takes because everything is learned in time.

Beacons & Harbors [Day 15/365]

Today’s thought is not new by any stretch of the imagination. It’s pretty much evergreen across generations:

Stand tall and shine bright in ways that make it easy to find you.

It’s literally what you’re here to do. It’s what everyone is here to do. We’re supposed to combine our individual glories and work together to find magical ways to build a world we want to live in.

Or … not. We can also be petty, point fingers, hide our beauty behind a wall of defensive tactics, and weaponize our shadows.

It’s amazing how often humanity chooses the latter. It really is. Yet to leave the darkness behind, all we need to do is start shining our light and, like a lighthouse in a storm, be a beacon.

It’s that simple. Now if only it were just as easy 😉

Snow Drops in Red [Day 14/365]

Drawing of snow drops by Sheralyn Pratt. Day 14 of 365

In all my life, this might be my favorite thing I’ve ever drawn — not because it’s oh-so-great that I won’t be revisiting it later in a second draft.

Because I’ll definitely be doing that.

The reason I love this picture is for all the things I learned while drawing it. I won’t lecture you on what that is because what I need to learn and what you need to learn may be different. And the only way to learn and improve is to do the thing and keep doing it.

Just like writing, art takes the time that it takes and there often aren’t shortcuts, just better tools and techniques. And I currently have terrible tools (for what I need) and rudimentary techniques.

Let’s see how much of that changes in the next year, shall we?

If you have any recommendations, feel free to share!

Meeting Strangers [Day 13/365]

Every stranger you meet is a chance to see yourself through new eyes. - Sheralyn Pratt

I don’t talk about it often (although, maybe I should), but I’ve spent an actual year of my life on walkabouts, driving around the United States with a dog and no plan.

Most mornings, I woke up, picked a direction, and went.

Other mornings, I had a place to stay and no urgency to leave, so I explored.

I went all sorts of places and visited dozens of cities, and you know what was common about every place I visited? They were all filled with genuine people doing their best at this thing we call living.

A year on the road as a single female could be a dangerous proposition. I’m sure that is some locations and environments being alone with a dog could have been terrifying.

But it wasn’t for me. Wherever I went, I was safe. Sometimes, I was even overtly watched over. I had countless conversations with innumerable people on topics I never would have explored on my own. And, with each conversation, my view of the world got bigger and bigger, along with my sense of where I stood in that world.

It’s for this reason I say that every stranger you meet is a chance to see yourself through new eyes. Because it’s true.

And everyone you meet has a message for you.

Falling Apart or Coming Together [12/365]

So often we say we’re barely “holding it together” but how often do we stop to examine exactly what we’re holding together, and why?

Things are meant to evolve. To hold things in a constant state actually goes against nature. It’s why clean people have to clean every day — and, often, more than that.

Because things like to be in a natural state; structure must be forced. And some of that structure may serve you and some of that structure might slave you.

So in moments when all your efforts and plans seem to slipping through your fingers, take a moment to ponder this simple question.

Day 12/365 by Sheralyn Pratt
As yourself: Are you really falling apart, or are you finally coming together?

Happy Equinox [Day 10/365]

No lies: If I wasn’t posting everyday, today’s entry would never see the light of day. It’s not what I’m going for, but I feel like it might be a draft that shows me enough of what I did wrong to push me in the right direction.

Sometimes, you’ve gotta do things wrong to see what needs to be changed to make things right, amiright?

So here you go: Learn from me here.

Man, learning to art when you’re older (and have a mental benchmark for how good you should be at something) is challenging. I recommend immersing yourself in art while you’re young and playing with it then — you know, if that’s an option for you. 😉 If not, I hope my attempts make you brave to try something of your own.

Today’s experiment: an image from my neck of the woods of a little spot of vegetation topped off with the 9/22 phase of the moon.

If you don’t know this about me yet, I am far more interested in the luminaries and stars in the sky than I am in the lights and stars of Hollywood, and you will likely see aspects of that in much of the work that I do. After all, what better bedrock is there for world building than the clockwork of the world we already live in?

Sketch of moon with vegetation