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What Makes Us Feel Alive

April is finally here! All around us, the earth is waking up from the sleep of winter. Lately I've been thinking about what makes us feel fully alive, and spring feels like a good season to pursue this idea.

Recently I heard Lisa Congdon interview Jonathan Fields on this topic. It was a rare moment when Fields, founder of The Good Life Project and podcast, was on the receiving end of the interview questions. Congdon and Fields discuss how many of us began questioning the value of our life's work during the pandemic. Many of us have a newfound desire to do work that is meaningful, not just something to pay the bills.

Fields has developed a tool that helps assess the essential nature of work that fills you with meaning and lets you feel fully-expressed, alive with​ ​purpose and absorbed in flow. He describes the tool in the podcast. Listen here.

What makes me feel alive is connecting with nature and translating that connection into visual art. I'm interested in the impressions nature leaves on my mind, rather than the literal representation. So my recent paintings are full of abstract botanical shapes and wavy, impressionistic skies. It is my hope that you will feel that sense of connection in my paintings. Here's to finding the spark that makes us feel fully alive!

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