Doing What You Love
"If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
Thomas Jefferson

“How To Use This Quarantine to Your Advantage” was the title of my April 2020 article where I wrote,
“There are two main ways to use your newfound downtime instituted by your city or state. First, you
can binge on social media or lament the fact that your previous lifestyle has been put on hold, or you
can use this time to transform your life. Improve your skills. Build healthier habits. What if I told you
that a determined person could/can use this time away from bars, restaurants, concerts and sporting
events to come up with some of their best ideas, drastically improve their lives and position
themselves to emerge from the quarantine better than when it started?”  I choose to use my time to
do something I have always wanted to do and here are the steps I have followed so far.

I have had a desire, since I was a child, to be an artist. I drew on everything, yes not always just paper.
I did not pursue this as an option when I went off to college because my well-meaning parents told
me that I was Black and a woman and would never make it in that field.  But, my dream never died
and now I am taken this opportunity, during quarantine, to develop an art business. Not just the
creative process that I love dearly, but actually learning about and developing plans for the business
part of being an artist.
My first step was to determine what feelings I wanted my creations to evoke in the viewer and their environments. I came up with a number of
words, but the three I chose for guidance are: to inspire, ignite and empower the viewer. I am also utilizing a number of the methods and tools I
have written about over the years, including: Meditation to reduce stress, Visualizations where I see myself creating beautiful art, to be found in a
variety of venues and of course, having a great income. I have created and used affirmations to avoid self-sabotage and I have a no-holds bared
list of my ultimate goals (i.e., on a postage stamp). Imagine my surprise when one of my venues became a reality. I am part of a team that is
painting murals for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your
habits become your values, and your values become your destiny.”
— Gandhi

The story we tell ourselves is the story that our mind believes. Our perception creates our reality and our beliefs create our outcome. Therefore,
one the quickest ways to live your dreams is to shift your mindset. Change occurs using mindset shifts to help you live your dream life. The basic
principal behind mind shifts is that, you can decide who you want to become and how you will get there, by removing the mind barriers in your
way. In order to change your story, you must be willing to change and the key is to consistently tell yourself a new story. Yes, this topic deserves a
complete article of its own and it’s coming soon. But for today, I have included one of the mindset shifts that I use often.

“Impossible to I’m possible.” ~ Donna Parker

Believe in What Is Possible is my go-to mind shift pattern to use. The premise is, if you do not wholeheartedly believe you can achieve something,
it just will not happen. Therefore, if you want to live your dream life, you first must believe that is possible.

More specifically, you start by changing your language. Shift your thinking from There’s no way to There’s always a way. From It doesn’t work to
How can we make this work? When you find yourself finding problems, switch to a solution mindset. Next, you visualize the outcome. Our minds
believe what we show and tell them; if you can visualize it happening, your mind will believe you. Imagine your dream life as if it is already real.
What do you see, hear or feel? Put yourself in that state of mind.

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you do not love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve
success is to design a life you love and live it every day. Remember, doing something you love does not have to include big gestures or time-
consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

Here is the reason for my happy dance, I am proud to announce the opening of my Etsy store: @donnaparkergallery

I also reprint all of my Capital City Hues articles and art at:

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford