December 23, 2012

How Do You Find The Time?

A lot of people ask me “how on earth do you find the time?” And my response is always the same… I just make the time, I can’t afford not to.

When you’re truly passionate about something, you can’t imagine or fathom it not being part of your life. Over the last couple of years I have come to find a balance between my family, my 9-5 career and my art career.

I thought it would be a difficult thing to do with a young family and to some extent I wondered if it was selfish, if it was something to just give up on. After all how many people do you truly see  making time and room for their passion in life… very few. But it’s a necessity… and shouldn’t that be an example I put forth to younger generations…  People are genuinely happier when they pursue a passion and that feeling of positivity spreads to those around them.

I’ve gotten to the point where I can often remove things from my life that disturb this balance… In other words I’ve become better at saying “No”.

381598_413747992029065_2071707569_n The start of a great night:
My favourite magazine and Macadamia Brittle
Häagen-Dazs ice-cream covered in Captain Crunch

While most people choose to relax in front of the tv after a long day at work, I’m painting, writing, reading and doing what I love. You give me a spare moment and best believe I’ll know how to use it. You will even find me standing in front of the stove cooking while tweeting to my fellow creatives or posting a Facebook mssg on my art page. I might even sneak in a a few strokes on the easel or begin drafting a blog post somewhere in-between washing the dishes, dinner and story time… Where there’s a will there’s a way!

Sometimes when I grab an art book off the shelf, my little one will grab one of her books (on the below shelf) and snuggle right next to me… though we’re not sure whose books have the prettier pictures yet. It’s still to be debated! A few years ago I wouldn’t have even considered sharing my artwork with so many people let alone pushing my art to this stage but over time I’ve gotten more fulfillment from it and I’ve stepped into a new stage where I want it to be more than a drawing every month or so in a sketchbook.

Have you made the time to discover and pursue your passion? You only live once ya know!



  • Katherine December 23, 2012

    You’re speaking my language with this post…
    The effort and time that you put into developing your own interests and pursuing your passion will be a wonderful example for your children. They see you doing what makes you happy and a happy mom is the best thing you can give them! Your art is so beautiful. In each piece I can see how much you love to paint. Merry Christmas!

    • Vanessa June 16, 2013

      I hope so Katherine! I would just hate to have lived for years only to realize that I never truly “lived”. Since we only have one shot at this I figure I better find a way to squeeze in my passions.

      And oh yes you just gotta try ice cream and cereal if you haven’t already… it’s the hotness!! LOL!!

  • Lyn Asselta December 31, 2012

    Vanessa, I LOVED this post…it’s a fabulous reminder at the start of a new year! Sometimes I think the better we are at learning to juggle, the better our art gets, if for no other reason than we’ve made the decision to make it just as important as everything else in our busy lives. Great thoughts here! And, if I haven’t said so before, Captain Crunch and ice cream…brilliant idea!!!!!

    • Vanessa January 13, 2013

      Hi Lyn! So glad you stopped by. Hope you’re having a great weekend. Indeed finding time can be so difficult but I find that the little time I do get, I’m very appreciate of it and I’m more focused because I know I need to “make it count” per say.

      Oh and you just gotta try the captain crunch ad ice cream, it’s divine!!

  • Raziya January 1, 2013

    I admire you Vanessa! You are awesome! Thanks for inspiring me Chica!!!!

    • Vanessa January 13, 2013

      Thanks for passing through my spot Raziya and leaving such kind words! My fellow creatives, such as you, are such a great source of motivation. Hope you’ve had a great weekend 🙂

  • Kellee December 19, 2013

    Oh Vanessa! You took the words right out of my mouth. I few years ago I had no idea I would be doing this now, either. And let’s face it, it is hard when the kids are little and we feel so responsible for their well being that we forget our own. But I didn’t want to wait until they were gone like so, so many women I know. I wanted to start now! So, I find the balance and everyone in the house is happier for it. So glad I have a virtual friend I can share in these feelings. Keep it up!

  • Vanessa December 30, 2013

    Exactly Keellee! Why wait all those years right? It’s difficult to find a balance but more importantly it’s possible! But we never know until we at least try. There are some days where I can’t get much of anything done but usually there is time. I hope 2014 allows us both to keep doing what we love Keelee, wishing you all the best.

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