Stamina is the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort.
That’s the secret to creative success. You just keep doing the thing.
Over and over. Again and again. The process is iterative; it is a slow evolution of learning, adapting, regressing and progressing.
Sometimes you feel like procrastinating. Sometimes it’s joyful satisfaction. Occasionally, there will be breakthrough moments when you take a leap forward or head off on an exciting, energizing tangent. But always: trying, doing, maintaining the effort.
Being creative requires stamina. Curating, editing, designing and publishing a quarterly print publication requires stamina. Doing your art requires stamina. Making a quilt requires stamina. Showing up for yourself and your dreams requires stamina.
And so, a note as much for me as it is for you:
Keep showing up.
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