The joy of creating in the busyness of business

Are you a “starving artist”? In today’s economy that phrase has taken on a whole new meaning. With the immense number of retail outlets, internet sites, and “cheap” mass-produced items, selling your lovingly, and expertly, created items can be overwhelming, if not almost impossible. Add to the needs of creating, listing, and selling, we each have another life off-line.  Family, friends, cooking, housework, you get the idea.  So how do we find balance?  How do we keep the joy of creating in the midst of the busyness of maintaining and increasing our business?  Here’s a few tricks and tips that I have tried, and continue to use, for my own sanity.

Handmade Calendar Make a schedule!  I know that some people think that you can’t “force the muse”, but for me, I have to.  If I don’t make time for art, I find that at the end of the day, no art. Cry  So grab a calendar like this Painted Ladies by Brenda Miller desk calendar for 2013, and write down at least one thing you want to have accomplished by the end of the day.  But don’t make the list too long, or you will only disappoint yourself.

Handmade Ceramic Mugs Now that you have a goal for each day, time out your day, because the fact is, if you sell on-line, you need to spend time on-line.  But if you’re not careful, you can get caught up on needless sites on-line.  I personally have a spread sheet on my lap top, so every morning I grab a cup of tea and work in my pj’s for about 4 hours.  My favorite mug is chipped, so it’s time for new mugs like these Emerald Green Mugs from RiverRockArt. On my spreadsheet I have listed each site I sell on, and every team/committment I have on each site.  Plus all my social media sites that I use to get my items out there for the world to see.  So actually 4 hours a day is not a lot, but if I don’t turn off my pc after lunch, nothing else gets accomplished.  And then at the end of every day, I grab another mug of tea, and get back on-line to finish what I may have missed in the morning.  And I’ve learned the hard way, that if I don’t get something finished, it’s not the end of the world.

Vinyl Wall ArtAnd lastly…(for this post) find and keep your priorities.  Remember what is important to you.  If it’s family, make time for family.  If it’s faith, make time for God.  What ever it is, you don’t want to wake up one day to find that what brings you happiness has passed, and you missed it.  That’s why I like this personalized family wall art by vinylexpress.   Because you can be the most successful artist in the world, and still be miserable.  If you can’t love what you do, you can’t do what you love.  And I’m sure our artists on the east coast will agree, that life here is fragile, and we need to remember what is important to us, and enjoy life.

Debbi

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