One of the very few paintings created since quitting my job!
I’m now on week 7 of being a full time artist, and to be honest, I’ve found myself floundering, not sure how to move through my new unstructured life.
Although grateful beyond words to finally the time to create anytime I wish, I’m surprisingly not creating very much.
Why you ask?
It’s a question I’ve been asking myself over and over, and over!
Here’s the thing. I became really good at fitting art into ALL the nooks and crannies of my on-the-road, full-time employee life. When I left my job in December, I envisioned that I would float through my days like a free-as-a-bird artist, creating art whenever I felt inspired.
Yet with so much unscheduled time, I have found myself unsure of when or even what to create.
I have found a million excuses for NOT doing art – everything from I need to take care of sick relative (actually a good excuse) to needing to buy more art supplies (I have plenty already). Anything not to sit my butt down and create art, the one thing I love doing more than anything else.
Oddly enough, I created more art with a job because I had a daily ritual that I followed religiously.
So even though I love to float through my days without a schedule (consistent with my MBTI type of ENFP), I actually thrive when following a daily routine, including a set time for creating art every day.
After taking a couple weeks to create what my new daily ritual could look like, I’m giving it an initial test drive this week. Once I tweak it a bit, I’ll share it in detail, but until then, here is a sneak peak of what I’m doing each day.
- I’m starting my days at 5 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, and at 6 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on the type of exercise I have planned. Art making starts around 9am. I’m giving myself weekends to float through my day anyway I wish, and to focus on my marriage and community. There are many more parts to this daily ritual, which I promise to share as soon as I work out the kinks!
What is YOUR daily ritual? How do you navigate through your week? Please share in the comments to inspire us all to find more effective ways to find time for our deepest hearts desire.