When I started design school a few years ago, an established artist I know told me oh, so you're going to learn how to be an artist! I looked away uncomfortably and said something dismissive. He gave me a great piece of advice: make sure you do your work. I now am just starting to understand what he meant. Making time to do my work is often the easiest yet conversely, the most difficult thing I can do for myself and my process.
I found the epitome (for me) of discipline in the arts: an en pointe ballet slipper. It was forgotten and lost on the street and somehow, it flashed at me like a mirror in sunlight. An embodiment of pain, beauty, form and function.