It’s been some time since I’ve posted.
No, I haven’t jumped ship, been run over by a truck, nor fallen off the face of the earth. I made the decision to take a short time away from painting. Here’s the story….
The past month or so, I’ve really been dragging. Feeling tired and wiped, and feeling guilty about not being more efficient. Very unfocused.
By the time December hits, I usually start thinking about goals and resolutions for the upcoming new year. After reading Alyson Stanfield’s ArtBizCoach. com newsletter about acknowledging what you’ve done, it got me thinking about how my 2008 has panned out. You can’t figure out where you’re going until you see where you’ve been.
Looking back over the year, I’ve made strides in my art career. I’ve learned more about painting in the last 12 months than I ever knew in the 45 years previous. I finally feel like my work is just starting to have it’s own voice. I’ve had quality shows and made my work available for more people to see. I worked with some wonderful non-profits. I’ve also got a different mindset about what the direction of my work will be, and a better picture of the marketing to be done. Suffice it to say, there was more on the list of accomplishments than I realized!
No wonder I was feeling sluggish and wiped. Not only had I accomplished more than I had originally thought, but I also noticed I ‘ve been pretty much all work and no play. Someone asked me recently what I did for fun, and I struggled to come up with something; I really had to stop and think about it! How sad is that?
I haven’t had much of a sense of balance in my life the past few years; there’s not been a proportionate amont of work and play. All work and no play makes Tracy a dull girl.
Many times I had too many projects going the same time, and feeling guilty I was never devoting enough full attention to any of them. Making mistakes. Taking longer to process and problem-solve. Frustrated that work wasn’t getting done, personal things were slipping.
When those symptoms happen on my computer, I shut it down. Step away from the desk. Let rest do it’s healing. After sufficient time has passed, reboot. Why don’t I do that for me?
Lori Woodword Simons recently wrote about getting back to what’s important as a guest author on Clint Watson’s Fine Art Views. In her own friendly, eloquent way, she speaks about storms taking out the power for a few days and how it caused her to see life and the use of her time a little differently. (And much happier for it!) She was forced to recreate balance in your daily life.
I’ve got some things in store for 2009 that I’ll share as details become firmed up.
Until then, I plan on making the most of my holiday time reconnecting with family, friends, and the concept of play. I hope you do the same: take time to check your own balance. Take the oppurtunity to reboot yourself.
Best wishes to all this Joyful Holiday Season!