It feels so good to be designing again. I took some time out of the studio- about seven months- trying to decide what I wanted to do "next." I had worked myself into a place where the joy started to wane and I hit a block. For years I've struggled trying to finding that perfect balance among work, home and relationships. I've made resolutions. I've written about it. I've talked it through with friends. The creative stuff always wins. And eventually, I burn out.
So in May, I happily closed my Etsy store, thinking that it was time to move on. I didn't participate in or host the usual array of seasonal shows. I enjoyed a sense of freedom that I hadn't felt in a while. In the summer I gardened. During the holidays I enjoyed having extra time for family and friends. It really felt good to take back control of my life.
But then I found myself spending more time in the studio....considering new ideas, feeling the creative process taking a new form. What I'm beginning to understand is that I always had control. Deciding how much time to spend designing, working outside, or being with my family was always an option. The fact remains that I am happiest in the studio. Ideas hatch. Time flies. Things happen.
So I'm experiencing all of this again as I get back to work. Getting my head around the idea that I can spend as much or as little time in the studio is a paradigm shift. Realizing that I can step back and regroup, and allow my creative energy to ebb and flow is something I'm trying on for size. I wonder whether my yoga practice will help me re-navigate the process?
I'm curious how you create balance in your life. How do you find that harmony and parity? Is it something you've learned over time, does it come naturally to you?