Graphic designed by me, original botanic drawing by Joan Ducore
At the beginning of the week, Trina and i had an interesting discussion about finding our passion, living the creative life and setting our priorities. That only had me thinking, how when having more than one interests like me, can make your life a chaos and be all over the place like i used to be.
We're about to say goodbye to the first month of this year, and i'm proud to say i kinda have surprised myself. I usually get passionate and excited about new tasks or commitments to myself, but once life gets real, all the excitement vanishes and i get back to my old habits. I guess i'm growing more mature. I've been sticking to all my new health / exercise / daily chores routines.
Even more than that, i realised than when i straightened out my priorities there was suddenly room for everything, peace in my mind and joy in my heart. When living a creative life, you definitely have more than one passions, so how do you stay in your deadlines, keeping up with everything, and still enjoying what you do? Isn't something in the end going to stay behind?
When it came to my priorities i used to have none. I would do whatever pleased me, whenever it pleased me and in the end always stressing out about deadlines. Does it rings any bells? When setting out your priorities, you really have to be honest. What's the most important thing on your to do list that needs to always be on top?
Juggling between being a graphic designer, having a jewellery shop, a blog and writing a book at the end of the day always something was staying behind (usually my brain). There are mornings that i just wake up, and i want to just start blogging, but if only it was that easy, and we could do anything we wanted! Setting up my priorities now, goes something like: Morning (8 - 2), working on graphic design clients. Afternoon (3 - 5), working on the blog and jewellery shop. Evening (5 - 7) working on my book. And at the end of the day, there is some room to rest and see my husband :)
For me, it's all about staying honest between what you have to do, and what you want to do. Realise the difference between those two and be strict with yourself. It might be repressive at the beginning, but once you realise that you can make room for everything, be stress free and still passionate about would you do, it's gonna feel much more liberating.