Hi there! It’s been awhile.
My computer was under the weather for a bit (a virus) but seems to be doing better now.
One of the main reasons I started this blog was for it to serve as a way to a) hold myself accountable in creating art every day, and b) to share those creations with you along with any information about the subject in the hopes that, in some small way, it encourages you to do the same. That doesn’t mean that your art has to be the same as mine – your art may be completely different – it may not even be art at all…but the point is to “inspire” you to do whatever it is you find inspiring. And to make time for it because it is important.
Sometimes we hear about what another person is doing and, even though we never plan to actually do what that person does, it does broaden our horizons just a tad…kind of like living vicariously through someone else or it simply offers a different perspective. Either way…its a good thing, I think. Keeping our minds open to possibilities keeps our minds flexible and open. No one wants a stiff, closed mind.
I created this piece this weekend – its an encaustic. I was trying some new techniques and I like how it turned out. I titled it ‘Life, hanging in the balance’ which reminds me of a topic that seems to be on everybody’s mind’s these days: work/life balance. Also referred to as “WLB”. Apparently its a hot topic and for good reason. It seems there is a shortage of it.
How do we get back that work-life-balance?
I think the reason we feel so compromised these days, is because there is no longer a ‘start’ and ‘stop’ time to our work days.
The work day now begins BEFORE we get to work, it continues through lunch (if we even get a lunch break) and follows us home, to the grocery store, to dinner, to parties, to ballgames, to social gatherings, to exercise class…each and every day of the week. Vacations are no longer off limits.
And when work isn’t following us; we’re following it. We check for emails and messages each time we pick up our phones to make sure nothing has slipped past us.
It never stops.
24/7 is the new work week.
And until that schedule changes….and I don’t see that happening anytime soon – we’re going to have to figure out how to make it work for us.
About the only way I know how to do that is to ‘work in’ (no pun intended) little ‘vacations’ during the 24/7 time frame; mental vacations that open up those clogged neural pathways – to let some fresh air in.
And my way of doing that is making sure I get creative in some way each and every day – and then, telling you about it.
I’m back on duty!