Friday, 26 July 2013
Work-life balance and getting it right
Recently I've been pondering my seeming lack of time to be creative. I knew at the beginning of this year that it was going to be a busy one, with three major events in the first three months and also working extra shifts at my day job to pay for our big Canada holiday. I knew in my heart of hearts that I wasn't really going to be getting as much studio time as I had this time last year but it was all in a good cause. Due to circumstances unforeseen Canada is now postponed until another time.
Being the kind of person who does believe in 'silver linings' one of the positives of this change of plan is that this means less pressure to take on extra shifts at the day job and more time for the studio and my creativity. In reality I don't seem to have done this quite yet. I'm conscious that the year is passing quickly and I keep wondering when I'm actually going to pick up a pen and make some new work. It seems every moment I have had for the studio over the past few weeks has been taken up with other jobs, such as meetings, appointments, admin, endless to-do lists and anything else you can think of in between.
It just makes wonder if anyone else feels like this? That constant battle with the work-work and work-life balance, when you feel as though the scales are tipping in the wrong direction and you are feeling creatively unfulfilled by the lack of time you are able to dedicate to your business? Does anyone else feel as though there are just not enough hours in the day or days in the week? Or should we all just be giving ourselves a break, quit putting ourselves under so much pressure, stop being so hard on our selves and our own perceived lack of activity, enjoy what we have achieved and be more mindful of the present? Is there ever really a perfect balance or should we just be more accepting of the way things actually are and just go with the flow? I wish I knew the answers... I'd love to hear your thoughts on this as it is something I've been pondering for a few week
Aside from that, I may not have picked up a pen and made any new work for a while but I did take a few creative snaps on holiday last week. A week in the Cotswolds on the sunniest week we have had for ages has helped recharge the batteries and we are feeling rested and relaxed. I just need to make sure I plan some creative time in for the next few months to make sure I am prepared for the upcoming fairs, exhibitions and shows from now until the end of the year.