How Do You Do It All?

This question came up this week on a group I am a member of. How do you do it all?

Remember this IS from the art angle but life creeps in sometimes no matter who you are.

When asked this question on the list there were many different responses. Some replied they had a system that worked well for them most of the time. Most being the operative word, the system in place they admitted did not work all the time. Some  struggled with doing it all and freely admitted that fact. There were also those that had not even started thinking of how to do any of it much less ALL of it.

The one thing that all of the responses had in common was that life often was the thing that distracted or deterred them every time. How do you deal with life I mean who can plan for the illness or loss of a family member, loved one, or close friend. What about the furry friends in our lives? Loosing one of them can some times be worse than a family member ….depends on the family member lol. I digress……

In this economy you also have to factor in your hours being cut, or even loosing your job or the company closing without notice.

How do you do it all?

First you have to decide what is important to you. I asked my 14-year-old to name the 5 most important things in his life,  I wanted a young perspective. After he tried and failed with his best reasons for not answering the question here are his answers:

1. Laughter

2. Happiness

3. Friends

4. Mom not asking me questions like this and forcing me to answer them! (Okay I did get 3 good ones out of him so at this point I was prepared to take anything for number 5).

5. lightbulbs / girls

Number 5 light bulbs was to escape by completing the task. He left the room and then came right back in and requested I cross out lightbulbs and change it to girls. Okay so I got 4 out of him he did great!

My Turn

1. Health

2. Family/ friends

3. Happiness

4. Money (we are getting close to retirement and this is a big concern especially in this economy)

5. To be successful as an artist

Numbers 1,2,and 3 were easy. Number four took a while for me and 5 I am not so sure how much of me is talking and how much of that is me realizing I am doing a blog about art and it should be there somewhere.

Hubby only came up with two. He says health, and happiness are all one needs. I think he didn’t want to answer my questions any more than my son did.

I was surprised at how similar our answers were given the age gap. You have to have friends and happiness!

I urge you to do the same and see what you come up with for your top 5. Then choose what parts of the five directly relate to your art and how you can become better at it. Remember what YOU want to achieve with your art is going to be different from where I am right now. Honestly where my focus is right now can and probably will change in a short time. Most of the changes I will have to deal with are directly related to how technology is affecting us at such a rapid pace, and the sales aspect of it all.

So what are your top 5?

How do you do it all?

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