12″ x 9″
oil on panel
©2011 Tracy Wall
Here’s a favorite large mug, just perfect for Sunday morning steamy coffee.
As part of the shifting in my life to balance things out, I am adjusting my schedule to more closely match the vision I have of the life I want to live.
Though there’s times and situations I like walking to the beat of a different drummer, it’s been a wish of mine to actually have some off time when much of the rest of the world takes time off: Sundays.
For almost 11 years, I’ve worked on Sundays. As most rested, I always toiled for the almighty dollar to help make ends meet. Used to be I worked a long day from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm every Sunday. A year or so ago I finally brought it down to a more reasonable 5-6 hrs of Sunday work commitments working for others.
Well, enough is enough. I decided to let go of a work shift on Sunday. Part of TOJ (the other job) involves committed times to work every week, working for someone else. That was my last remaining obstacle.
This is the year to make my life what I’d like it to be. So I’ve given the work shift up. Let it go. I’ll still work for myself one Sunday a month or so for just a few short hours. Sometimes TOJ, sometimes my art. But I’ll have control of the choice as to what’s right for me that week.
The last few Sundays I’ve had minimal work commitments, and the world didn’t fall apart. (oh my!) And I got to lay around in bed for a lazy morning. And I had a Sunday brunch or two. And I’ve visited museums. How lovely! Who knew?!? :)
Another benefit: I didn’t realize how much I’d anticipate it during the week. It’s the whole concept of knowing I have a planned day (or even just a portion of a day) to shut down and make it off limits to work. Even if I love my work (as I do), in order to have the balance I seek in my life, it’s still important for me to step away from the easel now and again.
Although it seems like such a small step, this one was huge for me.
Do you have regular planned days off?