This is my post from three years ago today, from my old blog. It’s kind of fun to see where I was and how much has changed (or hasn’t!):
“I am enjoying some (very rare) quiet time. DH was supposed to take the girls for an overnight trip, but one is sick so he took the other and our son instead… which means I am getting a lot of stuff done in a QUIET house. I finished sewing my sweater together, read a chapter in “Nurture Shock” (great read, btw), looked up the cost of plane tickets, and painted some wood pieces that I am going to turn into magnets.
I joined the “100 Drawings” group on Flickr, and was doing keeping up with my 3 paintings/drawings a day (it’s a small sketchbook, so they are fairly manageable), but when I hit about 40 drawings, my back started to act up again. I realized I was putting too much pressure on myself. The point was to kick start my creative output, and it worked. I will still get to 100 drawings, but not in a month. That’s ok, because then I won’t need to upgrade my Flickr account (ha!). It’s a real struggle for me to figure out how to balance motherhood with creativity. I don’t want to do just one. But I also want to do both really well. I almost wrote perfectly, but I really don’t want to be perfect. I want to be great. Most creatively inclined moms that I know are creating once the kids go to bed. Seems reasonable, but sometimes I am too tired (or so I tell myself). Actually, that’s just an excuse. It’s quite easy to fit in even just 1/2 an hour of painting time before bed, and usually by then I am involved enough to not realize how much time has passed.
SO… my goal is to get some things created for the November buying rush – preferably smaller, more affordable things like my painted magnets. I have a friend who asked me to have some things ready that he could show in his office space (which is in a gallery environment). I am going to do this! It’s exciting!
In the meantime, since I have been adding things to do to my life… my 101 List hasn’t been looked at for a little while, so I will check and see if it needs updating. There are definitely some things on the list that won’t be going on next time. I am really finding it difficult to do the reading on the list, especially since I keep buying more books I want to read. As soon as I get a new book, the one I was previously reading goes down in the stack. And so on. I would like to work my way back to some of the books I only got half-way through.”