After the crazy pace that I had been working the past couple of weeks, I spent yesterday slowing things down a bit. While I still have plenty to do, I know that if I step back and take a breath, I would be in danger of feeling ‘burned out’ and over done.
I often receive emails from people who wonder how I avoid feeling overwhelmed and burned out. They see the amount of time that I put into my work and they warn me of not taking enough time out to enjoy life. I realize that to an outsider it may seem that I am working all the time, but what I like others to remember is how much I love what I do and how it doesn’t feel like a burden to me at all. If I do get frustrated in regard to all I need to get done, all I have to do is think back to a couple of years ago when I wasn’t doing as well and I had little ambition. For a while there, I was going through some personal things and I had a difficult time motivating myself to do just about anything. It was not a good time in my life, but I think it was necessary in some ways. I believe that feeling like there is not enough time in the day to do everything is far preferable to worrying about bills and money and wondering if I would have work to do at all, and not having the drive or the ambition to change things. Those bad days will never be far enough behind me to forget them, and I can honestly say that there isn’t a day that goes by that I am not grateful for where I am now.
I spent much of the early part of the day reorganizing and doing a quick clean up. It is easy for things to get out of order in our small place, especially when we are busy. Taking the time to tidy things up and put everything where it belongs is a good feeling and before long we had a place that was neat and clean again.
The day started out with some cloud cover, but soon the sky cleared and it was a beautiful and warm day. I sat on the deck with Pancakes for a bit and thought how nice it would be to just go for a ride. One thing about being busy – it left little time for recreational driving and it was over three weeks since I had to put gas in the tank of my car and there was still a quarter of a tank left. The idea of a short ‘road trip’ came to mind and I was able to corrupt Keith into coming with me and taking the trip to Yarmouth.
We took the car for a quick wash before we left and put the top down and hit the road. It felt good to be driving with the sun shining on us and as soon as we got on the road, I knew that was just what I needed to recharge my battery. We hadn’t left until after 1pm, and we had a late lunch at one of our favorite little cafe’s in town. We then spent a couple of hours just poking around in town and picking through the stores. We didn’t buy much, but it felt good to be out and in a different environment for even a couple of hours. By the time we headed back, it was after 7pm and we were both getting quite tired (at least I was!)
Upon arriving home, there were lots of emails to read. Among them was an email from my contact from the Artist’s Club and she informed me that at their meeting they decided to accept BOTH of the new kits that I designed for the next catalog – The Christmas stocking ornament set AND the Christmas packages! I was very pleased and excited, and I was especially happy because the past couple days of pushing myself hard really paid off. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with them again, and it will be wonderful for me to have a presence in their catalogs throughout the fall and holiday season.
So it is back to work for me today. I now need to get busy on the pattern packets for both of the projects, which will involve repainting the pieces so that I can take the step-by-step pictures and create the pattern packets. I also have the other things that I mentioned the other day that I need to accomplish, as well as develop my new patterns. Once again, the story of ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ comes to mind. It is going to be a very busy summer, and that will hopefully lead to a wonderfully successful fall and winter. I couldn’t be happier.
I wish you all a wonderful day! (Is it Friday already? And JUNE??)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"