Don’t you find yourself saying the same thing each year? “It’s Christmas already”. December is filled with holiday festivities, fun and joy. It’s also filled with great smells from the kitchen and get togethers that either turn out to be fun or not.
Stress is a biggie here too and it’s not fun to shop because you feel you MUST, rather shop because you feel generous. If you dislike shopping, why not adopt a family, a soldier, feed the homeless or randomly gift someone.
It’s the spirit of this season, no matter what you celebrate, that creates the stress or the joy in all of us. If your perception of the season is a drag then it will be. It it’s filled with thoughts of spending time with family and friends, then that’s good too.
If you are an artist, and many of my friends and followers are, gift a painting. Create some artwork, wrap a bow around it and put it in front of someone’s house, or gift a church, a school or your local baker. I makes no difference. It’s about how it makes you feel.
My nephew and I made this huge gingerbread house about 5 years ago. We had started with little ones and over the years we graduated up to this; lights and all. It’s a great way to bond and it’s fun for that Christmas gathering.
So enjoy the month and stretch out the spirit.
It’s a fact that most people believe that Self-Care means being selfish. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Actual self-care means that you know what you need to function physically, mentally and emotionally and you are certain to get what you need.
Remember that everything is a choice and if you believe you can’t “afford” to take care of yourself you are so wrong.
We tend to think of our achievements and goals all the time. We work ourselves to the bone. My beautiful artistic and creative friends can often be the worst at this. Being busy isn’t being productive and working till 2 and 3 a.m. isn’t going to make your work any more valuable.
We constantly expect so much of ourselves with little faith that we can work smarter and less hours for what we want. Eventually we tolerate discomfort at our own expense.
Self-Care is also an ongoing deal peeps. Madeline, I don’t have time. YOU DO. Everything we do is a choice. Everything we do is a step to the next and just as we have bad habits, and who doesn’t, we can cultivate good ones.
Our mind, bodies and mental capacity all need to be nourished and taken care of. Each and every thing that you do is an accomplishment so start with small things
You’ve got this and you are enough.
Most likely you are aware of all of this, but we constantly need to be reminded. The following 6 tips will help you save energy and be more productive so you can run your art business.
Talking to someone, anyone, means looking them in the eye and connecting. Clients, agents, manufacturers and every person you talk to. This gains trust. However, when you stop to check a text or answer a call, it’s the biggest downer and shows that you are not actually in the present with that person. This can ruin your chances for a contract and for that relationship to grow. When someone does that to me, my red flags pop up. Don’t sabotage yourself.
We are all guilty of this at some time especially when we get really busy and this harms our productivity. Short-wavelength light is important to our moods. This blue light affects our energy and sleep quality and it’s found in sunlight. It makes us feel awake. Makes sense, right?
Therefore, at night, when we need to prepare our creative brains to be silent and sleepy, tablets, phones and computers, which emit that same light in shorter wavelengths disrupts the ability to fall asleep. You don’t reach those deep levels of sleep and you will not be as productive as you would like. TV, when you are far enough away from it is not quite as bad. I know so many of us love Netflix.
The Internet has become what I see as a drug. I will admit that there are times when I have not realized how long I was on and there goes productivity. Then I am upset with myself and I’m on the hamster wheel of regret. Not good on any level.
Fifteen minutes into any project we are in a state of flow and once broken by interruptions it takes us that much time to get back into our project. The dings and bells and clangs of notifications, the phone ringing and the clinking sounds of texts coming in all break our concentration.
Turn it all off and/or make it silent.
You must learn that only you can take the accountability that you need for your self-control and say, “no” in a diplomatic manner. “I would love to do that another time, however, right now I am not able.” Remember too, that excuses are almost always unnecessary.
Saying yes to a client when you know you have no time can ruin that interaction. We have all been there. It needs to stop so that we can give only our best to those we are working with at the time.
You do not need to go to everything that is going on. Showing your face for a few minutes might work and allow yourself to leave early. Take control of your time. No, is a powerful two letters. Why stress out while you are there while you are doing something half-mast. It turns it into negativity. “Let me think about” is a great buffer. Stick to your choices.
The Gossip Grip
Stop. It is the worst form of lost integrity. There is so much to talk about rather than another’s life or misfortune. You are not perfect and with luck, no one is talking about it. If you are hearing it from someone, you know it’s going to be a rinse and repeat with you.
Of course we talk about people and it should be in a good way. That energy sends our energy into a better space. When someone starts gossiping, just tell them you are not comfortable talking about them because they are not there. It will stop it and everyone can move on.
You will find that if you take responsibility and control over your own life, you will attract others who do the same. It’s one thing to tell someone on FB that you are happy for them when they have a win and it’s truly something else to FEEL it and mean it.
ART LICENSING FROM my PERSPECTIVE