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”.
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!