I have a guilty admission to make. Even though I am co-creator of Gauche Alchemy and our focus is to inspire people to express themselves creatively, I have a lot of trouble making time for art.
I have my own reasons and challenges that tend to create this situation, but what it comes down to is that I have not been making time for myself to create. As you may know from reading my last post, I believe that creative expression is a necessary element in a holistic life… so why do I have so much trouble practicing what I preach?
I’m going to sidestep that question because, really, the way it’s asked sounds suspiciously like the snarky tone of my inner judge, and frankly, I’m trying to drown my inner judge in the toilet at the moment. Instead of saying I should make time for art and creativity (I’m the master of shoulding all over myself – you too?), I’ll say, “I could make more time for art.”
And here’s the question that encourages that response: What might I do to show love for myself? (Doesn’t that feel so much better than “Why do I have so much trouble practicing what I preach?”) And the answer might be, “I could make time for my creative self to play.”
What do you do when every day seems shorter and shorter? What can you do when you’ve got so many obligations and interests pulling you every which way? I don’t know about you, but I am often tempted to all-or-nothing attitudes. I think, “Well, if I can’t spend [x] amount of time doing what I want to do, then I don’t even want to start.”
So, here’s what I’m trying to wrap my head around these days – small projects. Partial projects. Spending 10 minutes if I have it and truly want to use it for creating, rather than waiting until I’ve got a block of a couple of hours and also have the energy to actually do it. When I feel that urge to create, when I find myself thinking, “I wish I had time for that today…” what’s to stop me from taking TEN MINUTES to do SOMETHING that makes me feel good?
Well, aside from this, I mean:
OMG. I can’t believe I just showed you that. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is my studio. I’m lucky enough to have an area to create that is all my own, and… well… *ahem* pardon me, I need to go put my boot on the face of my inner judge, who’s contemplating climbing out of the toilet for another round. (Now, if your studio or living space looks this bad, you’ll know you’re not alone. If it doesn’t, don’t you feel so much better now?)
Okay, so other than the fact that when things get this piled up, I don’t have a surface to work on, what’s my excuse? I can grab an envelope and a set of Sharpies and make a piece of mail art. I could do that. Or, you know, I can still get to my sewing machine and a big-ass pile of paper scraps. I could do that.
I’m not very good at this whole taking-small-bites-of-things thing. Not yet. I’m working on it. I created this card in 10 minutes as I was waiting on a neighbor/friend with whom I was going to a women’s “goddess group.” (No, we didn’t chant and dance around a fire naked… hopefully next time… but I digress…)
Here’s the back:
Not bad, eh? It’s a start… and now I’ve got something to put in that Sharpie-covered envelope, right?
So, tell me – how do you make time for art? What ideas do you have for the rest of us? What are you working on letting go, either in attitude or in a too-full schedule so that you have that time to love yourself through making time for what you love? I really want to know! Please, oh please… ohpleaseohpleaseohplease leave me some comments, faithful readers. I can use all the pointers I can get! 😉
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