In a bid to not be one of those Busy people, I stopped work yesterday to go see my pal, Amy T. She is having a screening this weekend (details at the bottom of this post) and though we both have deadlines and such looming, it was pretty ace to stop work, just sit down and have a chat and get ourselves out of our respective office/ studio/ workspaces.
Freelance life means that you are always having to be flexible, and that work seeps into every part of your life. The moment between breakfast and getting kid to kinder, could I be working? The moment between the after lunch chores and just before dinner preparation time, could I be working? Bedtime, could I be working? Weekends, could I be working? Should I get up at 5AM to get some work done? (No, because if I did, the child would get up also and that would make the day harder!)
I think I am starting to get a grip on it all, though. I say no, I negotiate better (with clients, my family and myself.) I am much better at recognising that life stuff needs to happen also, and I can only do what I can do. Work isn’t everything, and nor should it be. I find that I am much more productive now that I get this. I will get so much more done, and done well, when I can balance things successfully.
Of course, there are days when it all goes ass over tit and I have to accept that also!
I am starting to grow and care for plants. I have never been much of a gardener – something I have written about before – but so far, so very good. Most of our plants are thriving. I love them in the house and outside under our little shaded area. They bring so much to a space. The first photo is of a plant that belonged to my father in law – we have inherited a lot of his plants. This one was not doing well at all and now it’s taller than me and growing a flower. I admire it daily – I don’t even know what it is called.
These are our outdoor babies, we recently bought a tomato plant and kangaroo paws – kid and I admire the paws in other people’s gardens all the time, so we decided to get our own. We water them all daily with grey water.
Cat face brings us much joy. She’s the nicest cat I have ever had, so friendly and affectionate – and really very funny. For a while there, I was uncertain that this would work – but now she is part of the family.
I am also doing yoga and going to a gym. Which is just such a release. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to do all of this stuff. I am super out of shape and don’t fit into any of my favourite clothes. But I can already see the benefits of this physical activity. It’s also my me time. I aim to do it 4 to 5 times a week, depending on what is realistic. My husband just found out about a new job on Saturday morning, which was to begin the following Monday. So, that has thrown everything out, I am kind of used to it. I guess.
So today is a kinder day, I get just under three hours to do some work. I also have to figure out what the heck to do for dinner, probably do a few other things, because there are always other things needing to be done.
New artwork will be shared here super soon – until then, here are the details for Amy T’s event this Sunday, it is a film screening: