What’s Your Art?

Do you have a passion or side project that energizes you? It could be a different job, a book idea, an art project, an exercise program, a blog, a business idea, a nonprofit you’d like to start.

Whatever it is, one of the most powerful things we can do for our art is share about it. Equally important is the act of encouraging others who share about theirs.

I created this page to give us all a space to do that.

My short book Do Your Art: A Manifesto on Rejecting Apathy to Bring Your Best to the World uses stories and a series of four questions to help you identify your art and take steps toward living it out. To learn more and pick up a free copy, visit here.

photo credit: rremundo via photopin cc

photo credit: rremundo via photopin cc

I’ll go first: my art is a combination of helping writers produce their best work, my own writing, social justice, speaking, teaching, and traveling.

I encourage you to leave a comment about your art. And be sure to check back now and again to encourage others who comment here.

OK, go for it: What’s your art?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I thought my art was website design, then over the course of several years, and many unsuccessful websites, the Lord, changed directions for me to suit his purpose for my life.

    My art now is full filling God’s calling to come out of the darkness and into the full light to share my past experiences living with Child Abuse and Domestic Violence with others. He was calling me to stop hiding away, help others heal in mind, grow in spirit and live more authentically in Christ.

    I blog on The Full Light.com about my experiences, insights and share how God has helped me heal. I’m currently working on writing a book “Out of a Secrete Darkness” to share these past experiences and how God has transformed my life.

    My art is always learning, growing and living life to the fullest potential possible.

    • Linda, thanks for taking the time to share this. You’ve obviously been on a long healing journey–one that will be healing to others too as you share your story. Blessings.

  • “I’ll go first: my art is a combination of helping writers produce their best work, my own writing, social justice, speaking, teaching, and traveling.”

    (I will just copy what Chad said & substitute a few words): my art is a combination of helping (people) (do their own medicine), my own writing, social justice, speaking, teaching, and traveling.

    Find me at http://www.grovecanada.ca

  • cheryl

    I love how God gives us little reminders from random places just when we need them!! Thank you, Chad, for your encouragement!

    My art is in harmony with yours, actually. My passion is encouraging people to create their story by living the life they were created for…and then to tell that story to others in their own unique way!

    I write and speak and do mixed media art. I’m captivated by simply BEing as I discover who I am and stop trying to be who everyone else expects me to be. I want everyone to experience the freedom of being true to themselves as they were created to be!

  • turtlestracks

    My art: Writing. In a time of transition, I’m trying to find God’s place for me in writing. I’ve written a lot of curriculum and teacher resource materials and am now trying my hand at a novel, nonfiction Christian living, and Bible studies. In my free time? I love quilting.

  • Faye

    Chad, thank you for the simplicity and clarity of your book.

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  • Carolina Bolivar

    Hello Chad: I ‘ m very excited and motivated to start writing after reading your commentaries and guidance on how to write a novel. Since I was a young girl I had the idea of become a writer, but my life took me to another road. Instead of writing a novel my life became a wonderful novel itself, interesting, exciting, incredible. During 30 years I dedicated my life to direct a think tank in Mexico, our main goal was to defend and promote freedom and change our country. It did. Mexico is a new country, with lots of different challenges, but I could say that today is more democratic and with stronger institutions. I’m retired and I have the time to write the novel. Life has given me several stories that could become good novels. My language is Spanish. Do you think you could help me? Thank you for your gifts.you made my day and perhaps a new beginning. Regards carolina

    • Carolina, sorry it took me so long to reply. Somehow i missed this comment! Congratulations on deciding to write your novel. Keep after it!

      • cheryl

        I love how God gives us little reminders from random places just when we need them!! Thank you, Chad, for your encouragement!

        My art is in harmony with yours, actually. My passion is encouraging people to create their story by living the life they were created for…and then to tell that story to others in their own unique way!

        I write and speak and do mixed media art. I’m captivated by simply BEing as I discover who I am and stop trying to be who everyone else expects me to be. I want everyone to experience the freedom of being true to themselves as they were created to be!

    • turtlestracks

      How exciting! Go for it! I have a friend whose first language is also Spanish and she recently won an award for her short story. I’m sure your novel will be great.

  • I finally finished my book about the college transition titled: On The Edge: Transitioning Imaginatively to College. It was quite difficult but despite the very real hardship it imposed, it was worth it. Every freaking word.

    http://www.lulu.com/shop/eric-bierker-phd/on-the-edge-transitioning-imaginatively-to-college/paperback/product-21135639.html

    Thanks Chad for your thoughts and friendship…you do great work.

    • Congratulations, Eric, that’s awesome! And I hope it helps a LOT of people!

  • William

    I’m an idealist at heart. I love finding strong ideals and governing principles to positively impact how we go about living every day, whether it’s big things like “Always be the strongest force in your universe” or little things like “Stand at the table when your mother leaves it”. I am also a huge believer in modernized masculinity, and the need to give young men today a clearer picture of what is expected of them.

    I’m also an avid Folk Dancer, and participate in an International Touring company to remind everyone of the heritage they have from their respective nationalities, and of the heritage we all share as children of God.

    Great site, Chad!

    • William, thanks for writing in! I enjoyed reading about your passions. Keep doing your art!!!

  • I’m surprised that I am the first to comment here…I got your “manifesto” and man, I really needed the encouragement. I have already begun to “do my art” however I felt like I was sloping downward. I create meaningful, original works of art that are expressionist based on someone’s story or a Scripture. I have a FB page, a blog and an Etsy shop, hoping/wanting people to commission me. I put myself out there and we’ll see. I just need reminding of why I do it in the first place. It’s not to make money but to encourage, strengthen and inspire others in their relationship with God.

    Thanks for the invitation to share!

    • Thanks, Elaine! I was a little slow in getting this page up and running. Just created it this morning, in fact, so THANK YOU for your willingness to break the ice. This can be lonely work at times, so I’m glad you wrote in. And I love how you’re focusing on your why. You’re right, this isn’t about empire building, it’s about helping and making a difference out there. I’m confident if you keep that as your focus, you’re going to be energized with the results. Keep after it! And let me know if I can be of any help along the way. Take care.