Inspiration #1: Are You Sure It’s Impossible?
In honor of her 50th birthday, my friend Colleen Wainwright gave herself 50 days to raise $50,000 for WriteGirls, which is a ten-year old LA-based mentorship program that partners teenage girls with women writers — so far, 100% of the WriteGirl girls have gone on to college so that’s how good this group is…
And here’s been the response: she’s raised over $135,000.
Yep. That’s how big of a difference one woman with a lot of help and a lot of heart can make.
I know…it makes me all puddle up, too.
Inspiration #2: Because You Told Me I Was A Stuntwoman And I Believed You…
I got this email the other day and it, too, made me weep with joy —
I wanted to thank you and share a story with you.
I had a one on one conversation with you back in 2010, that was set up through Connie Costa, where we discussed goals and how I can accomplish certain projects on a daily basis. It was a quick 30 minute conversation – but man was it powerful!
I will be honest, I didn’t believe you at first. You were so adamant about how only 15 minutes a day can help you complete a project……”yeah right” is something that kept coming up in my head. It was that same voice that always held me back from starting any project because I never knew where to start.
Whether I was starting a necklace or a painting, I always felt that if I started it, then I had to finish it right then and there….and that is a lot of pressure, so I would sometimes just shrug off some great ideas that I had. Well I had nothing to lose by following your advice.
I would set the timer on my cell phone, and started a necklace right away. It took me three 15 minute sessions to complete one, but by the end of the week, I had 3 more necklaces than I had anticipated.
I filled in my 15 minutes with production and I started to value what 15 minutes can bring you in a day….or a week…..or a month!….So I decided to transfer this wisdom to my paintings.
Sometimes those 15 minutes would place me in a zone where I dedicated more time, however, if I only had 15 minutes to give to a project, I was okay with it. My project wasn’t going anywhere, and sometimes that gave me more time to think of a more creative way to complete or approach a project.
So what I am sharing with you today is a painting that I started in February of 2011 and I finally completed it August 2011.
This Painting (see attached) is very meaningful and expresses the journey that I have embarked on thanks to you.
The background is a tile collage of different tattoo images that I found in various tattoo magazines (again, this was 15 minutes a day that I would skim through magazines, and I would cut out my favorite images). Soon, I had collected enough to where I felt that I could fill up the Canvas (that again – different 15 minute segments to where I finally glued every corner of that canvas) Once the canvas was filled, on came the painting of the woman. That was a few 15 minute segments – to where I learned how to continually get skin tone shades and I played around with shadows and hair, etc.)
And I will be honest, sometimes those 15 minute segments would be of me just staring at the canvas. I wouldn’t lift a paintbrush – just stare at it and try to figure out what the next move would be.
But those 15 minutes of thought is what helped bring about the spiderweb, the filigree, and the crystals……all of this helped me complete this Painting.
This painting that I call THE STUNTWOMAN, thanks to you. “You are a stuntwoman” is something that you said to me – I have it written down in those notes that I took when we had that conversation back in 2010.
You helped me find a balance in my life….in my career……by just appreciating 15 minutes everyday….So therefore, I dedicate this painting to you….and I can’t thank you enough……
Many Many Many Thanks,
(image attached – The Stuntwoman, 48″x36″, Acrylic & Mixed Media, Artist: Lesley Perdomo)
And when I wrote Lesley to ask if I could share her story with you, here’s what she wrote back:
Of course you can send it out – They are sincere words and I would not omit anything…..I was speaking from the heart….The painting is proof that patience & 15 minutes a day can get you towards your goal. I live in such an instant gratification world that sometimes15 minutes to partially work on a project seems insane – but it is a process….and I work on this everyday…..
I also purchased your book – 365 Reasons to Write– and I substitute the word WRITE with DRAW….I have it here in my cubicle and when I’m having those moments where I feel so defeated, I open it up to a random page and absorb the reason that is presented to me……
I have an office job during the day, and at night I am a tattoo apprentice……In order to be a great tattoo artist, you have to draw, draw, and draw some more….and it is amazing to achieve some breakthroughs, but one day I totally felt like quitting…..I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere…I felt so defeated….
That my day job was enough to get me through life because my passion of drawing was diminishing…..and then I opened up your book…and reason #20 was right in front of me – “20) Your rival is writing” is what it said…..of course, in my mind, I read it as your rival is tattooing.
I immediately snapped out of my pity party and remembered my long term goal.
Well, I am glad to say that those 15 minutes of drawing everyday and my determination have led me to put in my resignation at my day job, and starting October 1, 2011 – I will be full time at the tattoo shop, and considered an official tattoo artist! Wooooooo! I am so excited.
This journey has taken me two years to achieve…..and it all started with the power of 15 minutes…..getting out of my comfort zone….pushing myself…..trusting the process….appreciating time….and looking forward to the next 15 minutes…..I seriously can’t thank you enough Samantha….
Thank you Thank you Thank you. I will be working at HOLLYWOOD STARS TATTOO | 9200 South Sepulveda Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90045. We are 2 minutes away from LAX airport, right across the street from in-n-out burger. It is one of the coolest tattoo shops in town – but even cooler because I wll be there full time starting October! Woooooo! I’m excited and scared all at the same time……but all will be good…..I know it will…..because the world needs my art, right? 🙂
So…what impossible thing would you like to try today?