|"Frosted Berries" by strawberrypaintbrush|
Yesterday I took the afternoon off to clear my head and spend time with my sister. We met for coffee, split the most delicious sandwich at Old World Deli, and talked for three hours.
Yes, three hours. We didn't shop or even window shop; just sat there refilling our coffee mugs and shared what was going on in our lives.
I love down times when deadlines don't hang over me, and the pressure to keep those wheels turning backs off for a while. I'm fortunate, in that I don't have to brave the weather and office politics to generate income. I realize that the life of a freelancer is often misunderstood, though--especially when I blog about a leisurely lunch and time to chat for three hours. What you don't see here is the mad scramble to meet a deadline, or the middle-of-the-night wakefulness when I'm stepping too far ahead on the next project.
A freelancer's life doesn't end when the clock or the sun says it's time to stop. It takes grit to know when to begin and when to pull the plug on a day. Finding that fine balance sometimes takes years. I'm both a writer and a photographer, and sometimes my heart stretches in the direction of work because I love it so much. Half the time it doesn't feel like work at all, and that's the problem!
I'd love to hear from fellow artists and writers, as to how you have reached that place of balance. Tell me when you realized it was a problem, and what you do to step away from your art and enforce a schedule that brings balance AND refreshment to your life.(If I see a middle-of-the-night timestamp on your post, I might wag my finger in your direction, so don't say I didn't warn you.)
Now, on with Friday Showcase. Here are six wonderful artists whose work made me sit up and take notice. Isn't it fun, discovering these talented people? I hope you'll visit their shop and let them know you appreciate their work.
Visit my Etsy shop for Fine Art, Gifts, and Home Decor
|"Window Shopping" by folkartprintcards|
|"Magical Dreamy" by inmostlight|
|"Isabella and the Bear" by dkjarts|
|"Strawberry" by selenavallejo|
|"First Snow at the Lake" by lucysnowephotography|