Art and kids don't mix - or do they?
I'm always wondering why and or how I can keep the balance between art and motherhood. Most days, if I'm being really honest, there is very little art making when I compare it to the time that I need to spend with my family. I have two kids under the age of four, obviously they need a lot from me right now and they are home 90% of the time, (99% feels more accurate). So how do I get anything done? Well here are 5 things that have been working for me lately.
There are a lot of things I’ve learned over the years about goals. I like thinking about and setting goals because something about that process makes me feel productive and inspired. BUT, I also set goals that are way too ambitious, and I often achieve things that I didn’t set out to do. Things that are nowhere near any goal that I have set, but opportunities come up, things change, and I’m somewhere new.
What should be the point of setting goals? Even now I look back at the goals I set for last year and I think, well, I achieved 1 out of 6 goals. Does that make me a failure or did I waste my time creating goals in the first place? The process looks different for everyone, but here are 3 elements I make part of my goal setting every year.
Things that I'm NOT good at:
Keeping in touch with people
Trying new things
Being social in a large group, or sometimes even at all
Can you relate to any of these?
Make those mistakes. Make them all the time. Make at least a few every day. Make mistakes part of your practice.
Recently I decided to re-read ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho. The copy that I have happens to be a 25th anniversary edition and has a forward written by the author about his experience writing and publishing his book years ago. I don’t think I read this the first time I read the book so when I read the forward, I was surprised by his story.
Oh Hey! it's me, Amy
These are stories about my art, experiences I've had in my career, and some other fun stuff too. I will probably overshare, sometimes I can't help it. Enjoy!