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“Everything always works itself out” – Interview with Molly Sydnor

Molly Sydnor is a fine artist who works in multiple mediums including drawing, painting, textiles, jewelry, and performance art. Today she shares about her inspiration, how consistency and discipline leads her to success, and the advice she thinks about all the time.

Molly

Molly “dancing on heaven at sunset” at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico – Photo via Instagram (@mollymargaretdesigner), provided by and used with permission from Molly Sydnor

Name and website:
Molly Sydnor

Fun fact about you:
I am an artist with a BFA in fibers

Funner fact:
I am an athlete

Funnest fact:
I have a heart condition requiring a pacemaker

What do you think has been essential to your success so far as an artist?
Continuing to make work even when I do not have the inspiration or desire to do so.

What was something that surprised you about art?
The connections you can make from being inspired by other artists and creatives!

If you had to describe your art in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Color, texture, bright, fun, body, experimental

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the body and human experience. I’m also inspired by color and textures. I get inspired everyday by different artists both famous and found on Instagram.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
To travel the world!

If you aren’t doing anything related to your art, what are you doing in your free time?
I like to work out in my free time.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My dad always tells me not to worry so much because everything always works itself out. I pretty much think about that advice all the time for both little things and big things.

Readers: Join me in thanking Molly for sharing her time, stories, and advice with us! If you want to learn more about her, check out her blog and Instagram (@mollymargaretdesigner).

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Daily vs. once-in-a-while choices

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”
-Gretchin Rubin

In general, I think this quote is true. Daily habits do matter more than single choices when you’re talking about healthy eating or taking steps toward a life goal. You can’t just say that because I eat a salad every once in a while, I eat enough vegetables. It has to be more often than that. On the other hand, just because you ate one meal of a greasy quadruple bacon cheeseburger, extra-large milkshake, and enough fries to feed a small country, it doesn’t mean you aren’t eating healthy in general.

However, I can’t help but think that the flip side is also true. Single decisions could be remarkably important or affect your ability to continue doing the things you want to do. Doing something you know you shouldn’t “just this once” can have consequences for the rest of your life (or, if we’re being dramatic, can end your life). Doing something you’re afraid to do or nervous about doing (like giving a presentation or asking someone to marry you) can open up new opportunities for the future.

So maybe this is a good all-purpose reminder to have discipline to move forward to my goals, to not beat myself up if I have a set back, and to be consistent and careful about what I choose to do, because every choice is important, even everyday choices.

What do you think? What does this quote mean to you?