There are so many excuses why not to make art. It's easy to settle down on the couch after work and watch television. Hours later, you're now into Law and Order. What happened? Where did the time go?
Take back your time! You are the one in control. You manage your time, time doesn't manage you.
Photo of Painting I'm working on.
I decided I didn't want to die without anyone knowing the real me. We all have a limited time here on earth. Do you want to be remembered as a great housekeeper? I can do things I enjoy and still be a good mother.
For example, I have a great friend, whom I love, she is a great cook, housekeeper and mother. She gives endlessly to everyone else.
Rarely, does she give anything to herself. She never does what she loves. She does what she feels others want her to do. She feels guilty if she takes any time for herself.
I tell you this because, being around her makes me feel like I should be doing more. It makes me feel guilty, a little bit like I'm wrong in living the way I live. When I start comparing myself to her, it makes me feel selfish.
Thinking about how my friend is also made me realize that when I do what I want, it frees other women to do what they want. Some women have no problem doing what they wish. This post is not for you. It's for those women who like me, have a sense of not being good enough. If we are not taking care of everyone else, we don't exist.
I set myself free...
Keep your art out and set up. Set up your easel or craft table. Keep your supplies handy. If your art is available, you're more likely to make art.
It's possible. Just do it!
If you have toddlers, of course it's harder. You may be better off taking a class or having a seperate room for art.
Be creative in how you organize your supplies:
I have art materials stashed in the draws of our entertainment center, on a table next to the couch, in an antique trunk in the living room.
I have an artist box filled with all my oil paints and brushes that can be transferred easily to any place I decide to set up.
Keep a sketch book next to your couch so that you can sketch while watching T.V.
YOU ARE WORKING TOO HARD, TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
YOU ARE WORTH IT
Don't hide your creative self...
Make your life a life worth living...