Where have I been???
Wow! Has it really been this long since I last posted? When I’m busy, I’m too busy to tell about it and when I choose to slow down, there just isn’t as much to tell! January has been a lovely respite from the craziness that is my life from October through December. I had several holiday art show events either in my studio or out, that I pedaled my wares at. I took on many wonderful custom orders for the holidays. I organized and directed the Winter Break Art Camp in the Arts District. I traveled to see family at the holidays. And then I got sick. So, now it’s time to take a break. Re-group, Re-organize, Re-energize! The steps I have been taking include:
1. Read a book or two- I have recently finished Death in the City of Light and In the Garden of Beasts.
2. Start finding time to knit for myself- I’ve picked back up the lace table cloth that I started knitting (and have been knitting on and off again) on over 14 years ago. I am almost finished with it by the way!
3. Find more time for exercise- I’ve gotten back to Derby Lite skating each week this month after missing 5 weeks over the holidays. I could feel the burn the first day, but it’s been feeling wonderful, especially the fun of our Rave Night skate last Thursday complete with mirror ball and glow sticks!
4. Take a class for myself- I’ve been going to Whispers From the Moon’s Art for the Soul Series on Friday mornings. There is nothing like tapping into the creative energies of a group art class. Lisa at Whispers takes you on a journey to touch your soul’s deepest message through the process of setting an intention and following the creative path. I’m always amazed by the insights I come away with from her workshops as well as the peace I feel after a morning being creative with no goal other than to enjoy the process.
So, I’ve been trying very hard to be a little lazy. That is easier said than done however. In January I have gotten caught up on paying bills, reconciling bank statements, cleaning at home and the studio, getting some overdue electrical work done, setting doctors appointments for myself and my kids, taken my son back to college, taught several classes and birthday parties in the studio, put together a new list of studio classes, set budgets for 2012, and planned for Summer Art Camp. But it has been at an easier pace. I’ve also, slept in a little later some mornings, stayed away from my computer and email, let the bathrooms stay dirty and not gone into the studio every single day of the week.
So, now it is getting near the end of the month. I feel a little like I’m falling behind. I have several projects for customers that I need to get completed. I need to really get moving on the plans and organization for the Summer Art Camp in the Arts District. I need to get the income tax stuff off to the accountant. I need to, need to, need to. So , that is my plan for tomorrow. Get it all done! Then I will still have a few days left in January to goof off. And oh yeah, February has an extra day this year to play!