Monday has come again. It’s been awhile since I’ve felt this happy and at peace with myself and my art. Improvement really does happen naturally when you remain consistent and keep practicing. Lately I’ve just started going at my own pace again and it has been refreshing to say the least.
I’d been finding myself getting wrapped up in the whirlwind of schedules and weekly deadlines I had set for myself when it came to my blog. creating new artwork, and YouTube videos for both art and my Young Living business. When I first started this life of entrepreneurship and being a full-time artist back in September, I needed a structured daily schedule to keep myself occupied and to make sure I spent a good chunk of the day being productive rather than not knowing what to do with myself and my newfound freedom from my old 9-5. It worked really well for a few months and I have been very consistent and disciplined with my work schedule.
As time went on, however, I kept adding to my schedule and weekly routine and made changes as I saw fit. I spent nearly every waking hour of the day working and trying to get something accomplished. This has worked well because I naturally have a very strong work ethic, but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been losing a bit of momentum as of late. When we focus so much of our attention and energy on our work, it’s easy to be left feeling drained if not given ample amount of r&r.
I love my work, truly I do. I wake up every day excited to get to work and to see what the day will bring. The past few days I have started to slow things down again and have started tuning into my mental and creative needs. I hadn’t uploaded a video on YouTube purely for the sake of meeting my weekly requirement and it felt so good. I realised that I am in full control and that I have every right to give myself a break every now and then. I’m not saying that I’m done with my current content schedule and throwing it to the wind, but I’ve remembered that I’m the one that’s in charge here and that it’s not the end of the world if I miss an upload for the week. Forcing myself to create new content and videos purely for the sake of meeting a deadline only leaves room for rushed work and a lack of quality; neither of which I want my art to be associated with.
What inspired this change of pace? I’ve been working on a commission for an amazing client. The experience has been just what I’ve been needing and has been a great way to help remind me of why I started painting in the first place. I wanted to inspire people with my art and to bring something new into the world that others would value and appreciate in their own homes and spaces.
This piece is still in the works and most of it is still in the first layers, but I’m hoping to have it completed by the end of this week. I’ve been dabbling in colors and saturation that I haven’t dealt with for months and have been really enjoying the color palette. If you remember from about a month or two ago, I have been holding a resentment toward working on canvases due to a painting going wrong. This commission has also helped me to forgive myself for the mistakes I made at that time-to both accept and move on.
If any of my fellow creatives out there have been feeling a similar sort of way, remember that first and foremost, in order to be productive and produce quality work, you need to be in the right headspace. Take care of yourself and your needs above all else and the creative work will follow-trust me. Take the time and remember why you decided to do what you do in the first place. We creative and artistic entrepreneurs are few in number because let’s face it, this is not easy work and there’s never a guaranteed or set income in the beginning. Because of this, it’s crucial for us to remember why we decided to take the road less traveled.
All in all, seek out your inspiration, remember why you started, and know that it’s okay to take a few steps back when you feel like your stuck. Take it from a workaholic, you need a break and there is nothing wrong with that. Thanks for tuning in today. You guys are all so amazing and I appreciate you so much.
I hope inspiration finds you all this week. As I always say,