[“Choices” 30x40, available at 15th Street Gallery tonight from 6-9:00!] I’ve been reading the book “Essentialism” lately and thinking a lot about choices. “Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.” Instead of splitting our energy a lot of ways and only making tiny progress, we choose a few places we want to focus and enjoy significant progress in the things that matter most. Easier said than done, right? But I’m finding the more selective I am about what I say yes to and where I point my energy, the more happy I am because I’m seeing the way that energy pays off in the areas I care about the most. It’s less about FOMO (fear of missing out) and more about the joy of being purposeful. There are so many good options, but knowing what’s best for ME and what makes me the happiest and most fulfilled is so much more rewarding than trying to keep up with someone else’s plan. What do you do to focus your energy on what matters most? How do you simplify everything else? *** This new painting and others will be on display tonight at 15th Street Gallery for their summer group show from 6-9:00 pm. Come stop by and if you see me say hello!