I used to feel overwhelmed by wearing multiple hats all at once, but in the past year, there has been a shift. Now, I think I actually function better when all cylinders are firing. It makes me feel more ALIVE, and all of my pursuits seem to benefit one another. Getting back to dabbling in painting has been great for my design work; in turn, graphic design has helped me define my aesthetic as an artist. Delving into photography has helped me appreciate the time and practice it takes to develop skills for taking great photos (something I’m definitely still working on). I’ve learned to be a little more patient with myself.
Life is busy! But, for me, it’s MUCH more of a life when there is that constant pull. Trying to find time to get everything I want to do in can still be frustrating at times, sure. Overall though, I’m a happier gal when my days and nights are full, and I can look back and say “whoa, I accomplished a lot today!”. The balancing act has taught me to work better, faster and I’ve developed more discipline and better time management skills. Being busy can keep things exciting and challenging in a good way – if you let it!
I think one of the biggest modifications I’ve made that has helped me feel this way is to only keep myself occupied with activities that I truly love. Trim whatever you can that is holding you back, and fully engage yourself in your passions. Then the chips will start to fall into place!
( photo, Melvin Sokolsky for Harper’s Bazaar )