I could have slept in this morning...but my dog Alexis was bound and determined that it was time to get up. (It's 5:30 AM on a Saturday...do I really need to say more?) She is her happy morning self and I'm still looking forlornly at the bed!
It's been dark and dreary here in Illinois the last few days. They say the lack of sunlight effects one's disposition. I'm here to say I think it's true. I definitely woke up with 'attitude'. If this were my daughter as a young child I'd be saying "straighten up"...so, I guess that is what I need to work on.
My attitude didn't start because of the weather, although I do feel it has contributed. After all, gotta blame something or someone....this ATTITUDE can't be all my fault!
I've simply been tired lately. I've allowed everyday life to steal my creative time in the studio and it makes me angry at my self. Even with my new evening job there is still time for the studio...I just need to learn how to be more protective of it and make an effort to use my time more effectively.
For me, my studio time is like an appointment with the therapist. When I sit down to paint or draw I begin a conversation with that piece of paper...it's a private conversation that is emotionally cleansing. I loose all thoughts of reality and time. Of late I've allowed (no one else) my studio time to be squandered.
The "time thief" has taken up residence and today I'm kicking him out! I miss my studio time, I've learned from this experience that my studio time contributes to both my mental and physical health..actually more than I ever realized. I said that I've been tired lately...I'm not physically tired, I'm emotionally tired because of the lack of 'therapeutic' time in my studio.
I've heard it said that "We are worn down less by the mountains we climb...than the pebbles in our shoes". I haven't had to climb any mountains lately but I have certainly "had pebbles in my shoes".
So I ask...Is there a "Time Thief" in your life? What is your secret for protecting your studio time? Do you feel depressed when days pass without creating your art?
The "Chat Line" is open...I look forward to your comments and please feel free to comment on what others have to say. Remember...when you share, others are blessed.
My Final Thoughts: From now on "studio time" will be a scheduled part of my week. I intend to protect and nurture this private time...letting some other things go if need be.
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