Today I am feeling quite melancholy, I think I am coming off the high of a great Open Studio Tour, some unexpected sales and a successful talk. Exhaustion has settled in and I am sharing my vulnerable self. The studio has become a working place more than a creative space. I have several pet portraits in various stages of development for customers, but I have not found time to create for me.
When I begin to feel overloaded like I do today I turn toward reflection. A time to look back and ponder how I got to this place. It is not always easy to consistently be up to the task of growing a business. Especially at my age, people say why haven’t you retired. The answer to that is simply, I like what I do. I find purpose in my mission of spreading joy and happiness to those who stumble upon my work. I love spreading positive energy through my workshops, talks, and paintings. I love collaborating with other positive people and bringing something new and different into the world. I thrive on that spark of creativity.
It becomes more difficult each year as my energy drains faster than my ideas. So I have learned to pace myself, say NO when I have to, and pick what is important and let the rest slide. Now is the time to nurture my soul and talk to my kids and let them know how much I love them and go on a much-needed date with my husband.
Journeying through the ups and downs of life one painting at a time…