Challenging Ourselves: learning to paint

None of us ever stop needing to challenge ourselves.


Hey, JoyGenea here, international neurodiversity coach, helping dyslexic and ADHD adults lead brilliant amazing lives. So, I recently had a client ask me a question, and it was, “Do I continue to challenge myself?” You’re a coach, maybe you’ve mastered all of this.” That’s what they said. “Well I would assume you’ve mastered all of this, you don’t have to challenge yourself anymore.” I laughed and I said, “Actually the more you get to know yourself and the more you start to understand things, the more you actually need and want to challenge yourself, because you want to understand more. Right? You get clarity in some areas, and you want to learn and experience more.

So, this weekend is a perfect example of that, and um a friend of mine offered a painting class to four of us and she brought a blank canvas and set that thing in front of me, and man my first thoughts were, I have no idea what to do with this. It was an acrylic painting class. I’ve actually not done a lot of painting even though I come from a family of painters, um and you may have followed me, and I hired a painter to create an amazing painting in remembrance of my father and go through that grief process, so I’ve been around the art. I have not personally picked up a paintbrush more than– less than ten times. I paint interiors of houses with my husband, so I can paint, but not on a white little canvas, and so oh my gosh. I paused I looked at it, great teacher, she just she was like, “We’re just going to do the background,” and she’s like, “here squirt out the paint.” I didn’t even want to squirt out the paint. I was resistant. I was, “Oh I don’t know. That’s a lot of paint, we might waste too much.” All those crazy funny beliefs that live in there, but here’s the beauty of doing the self-development, doing the work, that didn’t last long and before you knew it, I was like, “Well, I might not know what I’m doing, but you know I’m going to learn something and that’s exciting. I know this will be the first of maybe other paintings and that’s pretty cool.”

So, I will unveil to you and to only you, my first attempt at painting, and you know what? It’s not half bad. So, get out there, and challenge yourself and work on some self-development, because you never know how it’s going to turn out, and that’s part of growth, and growth is really important to our neurodifferent brains. We love to learn. Thanks for your time and check back in and tell me some of the ways that you love to grow and expand and some ways that you’ve recently been tested. I Would love to hear about it.
Bye now.

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