Friday, 21 November 2014

treat yourself

Friday, 21 November 2014
I did something for myself recently. It was indulgent, but it had purpose too. I purchased an online course on how to make money from your art. Now I haven't done art (seriously) since my first child was a toddler.

The most recent attempt was after I had my second child, back in 2013:


An old piece


That particular picture is still sitting in the spare bedroom, waiting for me to finish it. I haven't been trying to ignore it, but having babies and raising them takes a lot of energy. We're also embarking on a move in around 12 months time, so why on earth would I start something new?

Well, life is never going to allow me the perfect moment to act - it will just allow me to act. So I am. By the time my son is ready for school in 2 1/2 years time, I want to be ready to move with a specific plan in mind.

Investing under $100 in this course, was about starting my plan to do the things I've always wanted to. But its also more than that. Perhaps all you parents can understand this, but after so many years of giving to your children, its nice to acknowledge the moment you gave something back to yourself.

I was glad to touch base with a little of "myself" in the future - away from teens and toddlers growing up, away from moving houses and making hard financial decisions. I think its easy for adults to lose track of themselves with so much to be responsible for.

Life is a little gruelling sometimes, yeah?

So what inspires you - what's the magic moment, that makes you remember the truly great things about being you? My two influences are creating and gardening - which, I'm not entirely sure are separate processes either. I create in the garden and the garden creates something in me. Those moments are what inspire me.

12 comments:

  1. Chris, I guess mine are growing food for the table which is new to me since I retired from work as hubby always used to do all the gardening. I also like to do craftwork and sewing and am becoming interested in photography since starting my blog last year and with the offer of a DSLR camera from my brother have booked into an online course.

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    1. What a generous gift from your brother and a fortunate way to discover the wonderful world of photography. I do like the pictures on your blog, and I'm sure the online course will help even more. Good on you, for taking a leap into the unknown. Was it hard for you to book that course?

      I know I procrastinated for half the day, wondering if I'd really get value from the course - but I was hungry for new, specific information, so went for it anyway. I'm enjoying it so far and haven't regretted my decision. I hope you get a lot from your online course too.

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  2. I hear you! I'm hoping to do a Permaculture Design Course next year through a community house if I can wangle a babysitter. It's something to benefit us all but that I get to do once a week by myself. :) We had 3 kids in 3 years and we home educate so time to myself is precious and rare. A whole day every week to learn and focus on what I love is pure luxury!

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    1. Permaculture Design can be an art form of its own. Instead of a blank canvas, you're working with a living system which will grow and change, even beyond what you'll initially plan for. Indeed you're brave to physically take time out, to do a course because I know they are very group orientated and hands-on. Bet you'll love all that adult company too!! Bring on the babysitter. ;)

      The fact its something you're really passionate about too, will make it all the more worthwhile. Good on you for taking that plunge. I know as a mum with young children its not easy to deliberately make that space for yourself. My toddler has not appreciated my new computer time to study and watch the tutorials. He's been protesting which can make me feel a little guilty sometimes.

      But given we'll never live in a perfect world, we have to attempt to strike a balance - or at least go mad trying, right, lol? Glad to hear about your plans for the future.

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  3. I really love that piece of yours and can't wait to see where you are taking it!
    As you know, art inspires me. I was fanatical when my children were young-I would set the alarm for 4 am and paint for two hours before I had to get back to my reality of life with children.
    What brings me to myself has always been art-whether its doing it, collecting it or studying it.
    You know, there is never the "right" moment. But you have to grab time by the horns and make it work for you. Its alot of pressure when you have young ones, I know. Because next to time there is energy!
    And I know what you mean about gardening creating something in you-art and design have made me a creative problem solver which is how I know what to do in my garden, sewing, daily world. And vice versa probably.

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    1. Wow, 4am starts are really keen. But you probably needed that creative space, so as needs must. Actually come to think of it, I got up at 3.30am the other morning (not my usual wake-up time) and did more of the online course - just because I was up and thought I could make use of the kid-free time.

      You've always been keen about art and I'm glad you stuck with it. I always learn something new from your blog - in fact, its one of the things which inspires me too. :)

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    2. Thanks Chris. If you asked what people inspired me, I'd say my grandmother, my children and you! Thats why I am so thrilled that you are still blogging and even more thrilled that you are delving into art too. We can be partners in crime!
      I think that if you don't carve out space to do what you love to do-despite the good and bad obstacles-then you are doing yourself a disservice. I was lucky to have good teachers/mentors who refused to take my excuses and kept pushing me on. I think we all need that from time to time.

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    3. Aw, thanks. :)

      Good teachers/mentors, friends and family (even other bloggers) we're fortunate to have such support! It was fantastic to read how everyone was inspired in their lives too. The ripples in this pond are spreading...

      Thanks to everyone. :)

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  4. That's a beautiful piece of work. I remember it...you've posted it before. I hope the course is of benefit and you can earn something for your work. Far better way to earn money than cooped up in a office all day simply pushing paper around.

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    1. Its a shame I cannot show I did more to it, but its there to remind me not to be such a slacker next time, lol.

      I have administration skills, so yeah, don't want to be pushing paper for a living - not unless it has a pretty picture on it. ;)

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  5. When my kids were small I longed to do some things for myself but reminded myself that the time would pass all too quickly. And it did. Looking back I've never regretted that. It's so good you can do some preparatory and learning now. Enjoy that too!

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  6. Thank you for reminding me of that. When I get impatient I have to remember my kids time is all too short in the scheme of things. Savour and breathe - it will all work out in the end. :)

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