Mockup of "Focusing on your Dreams" painting by contemporary expressionist painter Layla Messner, shown above a coffee table. 10 x 10 inches acrylic painting depicts an abstract eye surrounded by fire.
Mockup of "Focusing on your Dreams" painting by contemporary expressionist painter Layla Messner, shown on a dresser. 10 x 10 inches acrylic painting depicts an abstract eye surrounded by fire.
Mockup of "Focusing on your Dreams" painting by contemporary expressionist painter Layla Messner, shown beside a couch. 10 x 10 inches acrylic painting depicts an abstract eye surrounded by fire.
Mockup of "Focusing on your Dreams" painting by contemporary expressionist painter Layla Messner, shown in an office. 10 x 10 inches acrylic painting depicts an abstract eye surrounded by fire.
Mockup of "Focusing on your Dreams" painting by contemporary expressionist painter Layla Messner, shown next to a beautiful dark haired woman. 10 x 10 inches acrylic painting depicts an abstract eye surrounded by fire.
Mockup of "Focusing on your Dreams" painting by contemporary expressionist painter Layla Messner, shown above a kitchen table. 10 x 10 inches acrylic painting depicts an abstract eye surrounded by fire.
Mockup of "Focusing on your Dreams" painting by contemporary expressionist painter Layla Messner, shown over the living room sofa. 10 x 10 inches acrylic painting depicts an abstract eye surrounded by fire.
A red and gold abstract expressionist painting of an eye by contemporary artist Layla Messner.

Focusing on Your Dreams

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A neurodivergent client requested this piece to help him break the habit of putting his own projects last. He said he struggled with procrastination and lack of stick-to-it-ness, when it came to his own goals. He had no problem getting things done for other people, but when it was something he cared about, he didn't have the tenacity he wanted. 

What came to mind as an antidote for this was fierce self-love, a focus on one's own goals, and a willingness to put oneself first. 

I grew up in a harsh environment where prioritizing my own needs was treated like a crime. In response, developed ironclad devotion to my own goals and became a self-care expert. So I knew I could paint the fierceness required to put oneself first. 

A lesson I learned early is that no one is going to give you permission to care for yourself or pursue your dreams. You have to just go ahead and do it.

So I made this painting, not to give him permission to put himself first, but to help him connect to the fiece self-love and self-commitment within himself.