Hey there! I’m so glad you found your way here because I’ll bet we’re a lot alike, you and I. Especially if you want to live your life on purpose. .
I’m Aprille Janes, an artist, writer, certified success coach and podcast host.
In my coaching practice I’ve ‘midwifed’ a lot of creative projects, from businesses to books, getting them out into the world. To do this, I draw on my creativity and experience to help my clients birth their vision. In addition I’m also a published writer and a visual artist.
But, like a lot of people, I struggled for a long time, trying to squeeze what was personally important to me (like my art) around ‘real’ life.
Then one day I read this quote from Picasso.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
Up to that moment I wasn’t always the priority in my own life. Somewhere along the way I’d absorbed the idea that art and writing were a frivolous use of my time. Which meant they always took a back seat to everything else, except for those rare days when I had nothing else on my To Do List.
Living a life that left me with no regrets on the last day required a completely new perspective. A huge paradigm shift. It meant measuring my activities, relationships and even my business with a new yardstick.
My priorities shifted as I looked at them through this new lens.
I began designing my life, not just stumbling along hoping that a window of opportunity would somehow magically appear. The things that were important to me like using the gifts I’ve been granted moved to the top of my To Do list. In fact, they are more than a To Do list. They are my life.
Since that moment I’ve practiced living my life on purpose.
It doesn’t always work out as planned. That’s why it’s called ‘practice’. But as Scott Adams said, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
I’ve come to believe there’s no difference between creativity and life. In fact, living life on purpose IS an art and deserves our full attention. And when we reach the end of life with no regrets we’ve created our masterpiece.
Which is why I stopped living my life according to someone else’s rules.
Here on the blog I share what I learn on the journey, musings on real life topics like how to get focused on what’s important and Getting Stuff Done. I share tools you can download, offer webinars and manage a community called The Focus Circle. From time to time I show you what I’ve been up to in my studio.
If your dreams and goals haven’t been getting the attention they deserve, stick around. Join in the conversation on my Facebook page and here on my blog, or contact me directly.
The world needs more creative folk like us living on purpose.