The past few weeks have been keeping me busy! CTN is coming up, so I'll need to be finalizing plans and preparations. If you are attending CTN this year and want a sneak peak of what I've been working on, hit me up.
As we get closer to the end of the year, we're dealt with all types of stresses: nearing the end of a semester and tackling final exams, solidifying plans and preparations for holidays and convention events, planning when we can schedule vacation time to spend with family and friends, you name it. With stress often comes panic and with panic poor decision making. We always wish for more time, but everyone is granted the same 24 hours in a day. So make that time for yourself.
Learn to make decisions you won't regret.
Of course, you'll never be perfect, but always try to think of the best solution before acting. Even if it's just five seconds, that's five seconds of better judgement than necessarily "gut reaction". If you end up making the same conclusion you would have if you just went with your guts, then at least you have more confidence you made the right decision. Once you've made your decisions, have faith you made the right choice and move on. Do not make excuses for yourself, nor hold yourself back in regretting decisions. Excuses never help you grow, nor do they do anything good for you. At most, they hurt you and your relation with people, particularly those who wish the best for you. This all sounds very straight forward, and is likely easier said than done. But truly, practice this. When you make decisions, you're likely to spend your time more efficiently than otherwise dwindling on the decision whether it was right or wrong.
Learn from every decision made, and its outcome, but don't let it hold you back.
For example, I choose to write articles for this blog every week. That's roughly 30 minutes to sometimes 2.5 hours of writing. That time could be spent making art, but I believe my writing articles is worth my time. I do not regret my decision, and therefore I cannot use it as an excuse of my art skill level. I cannot use my spending time with friends as an excuse because I made that decision. If I spend my time in a certain manner, it's because I see value in how it's spent. I see value with people, events, actions, etc. With that I take responsibility of my decisions.
If you do make a decision you later regret, accept it, learn from it, and move on.
If it's really important that others know, and sometimes it is important to you, then let them know through your actions. Make smart decisions, reflect how the outcomes will turn out in the long run, and move on. Again, no one is perfect and no one is able to make the best decision every time. Only you control how your decisions affect you. Make that conscious decision to be wiser. Be humble enough to accept when you're wrong and appreciate when you've made a right decision. Stay positive, everyone!