One Last Bit of Quest 2016 Homework

Jeffrey Davis just shared his closing thoughts on Quest 2016 and gave us our final homework assignment–one small project to be completed within the next three months.

To be honest, I have yet to finish a single small project that came out of any of our endeavors: #quest2015, #livethequest, or #daretoexcel, which makes me reluctant to create yet another goal that I won’t meet.

Now part of the problem may have been the projects I chose–at least one of them I picked because I knew the project I was really interested in was too big. But the end result was to drain all the passion from both of them. So this time, I’m going to get a little more vague in the hopes that it will give me enough space to fulfill my desire to experiment wildly with the whole alchemy of integration thing. And so…

Within the next three months I will experiment and play with ways to integrate as many of my core passions as possible–art, writing, personal connections, travel, sanctuary, and healing–into a new form for my art. At the end of that time I will have at least one completed work to share with the group.

I may even share the craziness that happens along the way.

Quest Ending=New Beginning

Quest 2016 has come to its close with the final synthesis of week four and one last question from our gallery of mentors.

The theme for week four was Doing Your Best Work, Not Someone Else’s, and the prompts were:

  • #Amplify–focus on the intersections of key passions
  • #BraveRace–true strength feeds us and others (dare to walk away from that which doesn’t)
  • #2Stories–power, change, hope, connection, art, no more silence

And how will I do my best work, not someone else’s?

  • GROUND (and heal) myself–body, mind, and soul.
  • ALCHEMIZE my art by combining my strongest skills, and deepest passions.
  • (RE)CONNECT with my big life dreams, my tribe, and the earth.

Which pretty much sums up the month for me, and the year to come, but just to recap the most prevalent themes, they were:

  • Minnie MouseArt/Writing
  • Experiment/Play
  • Personal Connections
  • Travel/Adventure
  • Home/Sanctuary/Haven
  • Health/Healing

And even before this new year started, I am already embracing the feel of this new Quest, thanks to a spontaneous road trip to the happiest place on earth (at least for me). Spending a total of 16.5 hours in the car catching up with an old friend. Riding on roller coasters despite a life-long fear. Buying myself a set of Minnie Mouse ears. Seeing new places and meeting new faces. And more than anything else, having so much fun… something that was lacking in my life for most of 2015.

Which brings us to the final question, because this isn’t just about fun, it’s about building a better life.


Visionary: Srinivas Rao

What will you do in 2016 to assure you and your best work are unmistakable?

Two things:

  1. In my life, I will focus on strengthening my foundation–mind, body, spirit, and connections to give me a strong base to build upon.
  2. In my work, I will focus on the alchemy of intersections, the places where the things that matter most to me overlap or interconnect–art, writing, the apocalypse, prepping, healing, home/sanctuary/haven, homesteading, travel, connecting with others. Not only will the unique combination of materials, methods, and experiences create something truly unique, it will also allow me to better focus my energy instead of spreading it too thin to make any impact.

In fact, I’ve already begun.