Recharging the Batteries

January has been a very busy month, and it’s not even half over yet. I’m finding it hard to find my balance after the holidays; I can’t seem to juggle my wife and mom duties with the house keeping, and then trying to run a full time business at the same time?

I’m getting burned out.

Don’t get me wrong, I loooove having so many projects to work on! Boathouse Book 2 is making fantastic progress, I’m working on two drawings, and trying to stay on top of the Etsy store, paperwork and new products….it’s just hard.

In order to try and stay on track and feel like I’m managing it all, I’ve planned out what I’ll be focusing on each day (one day is Boathouse, the next day is photographing and editing product pictures, then the following day is commissions, etc), and then taking each day and scheduling my time into one or two hour sections for each item on my list in hopes that it will all get done.

Well, somehow my Facebook memories app knew what I was going through. A year ago earlier this week, my sister-in-law Jen sent me a post about recharging your batteries. The author talks about sometimes it’s best to just put the to-do list aside and just do what you’re in the mood to do in order to get yourself back and ready to tackle that list.

After thinking about that article, I reworked my schedule to incorporate what I wanted: a morning in my studio to paint.

I don’t remember the last time I got to paint in my studio. I think it was over 7 months ago.

And that’s not okay.

Yesterday was my recharge day.

And it was amazing!

Just having the freedom to create what I wanted to create was so relaxing.

I won’t go into full detail about what all I painted, mostly because nothing is finished, but here are some sneak peeks at what I spent my time on:

 

I did a lot of experimenting yesterday and prepping an experimental piece (hence the tissue paper on a canvas).

The cloud piece is almost finished; there are some tweaks that are needed to be done to it before I’m okay with calling it done. That piece was done in a completely different style than normal, and I’m really happy with it! I’d say more, but I don’t want to give it away until the final reveal 😉

 

How do you recharge your batteries when you’re feeling overwhelmed and burned out?

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