3 Little Life Reminders.
So as promised I will share with you 3 little life reminders that I couldn’t ignore anymore when I went on my unforeseen break. Very often you realize certain patterns after the main event is over, but because the reminders below are things I often struggled with, it became more a case of accepting them and not working against them.
Without further ado, let’s start!
1. Indulge in going with the flow.
For me, this is not as easy as it sounds. I’m a curious dragon and almost everything intrigues and gives me ideas. If you have to make a living with what you’re doing, this is not super efficient.Going with the flow can be seen as “I’ve no clue what I’m doing”. Whether it was for college or work, going with the flow, wasn’t an option. I’ve always tried to be rational with my time and the tasks I had to do. When I became an illustrator, I had to look at this differently, because you bump against a lot of things that will force you to re-adjust your sails and to find ways to make things work for yourself. You can think of slow work flow or not knowing whether you project ideas will be successful.
So as soon as I noticed that the work was slow and project ideas didn’t go as planned , I decided to trust my gut feelings and just painted what I felt I had to paint. There were plenty of days where I felt I was going backwards and not being “proper business-like”, but it was needed. Trees emerged, videos were recorded and more trees with different elements appeared. I also reconnected with my love for storytelling and books. I can NOT believe that I lost this. Books were my sidekick when I was a very little girl and this was even before I started to draw. So, to realize that I lost this was a shock.
Yes, I ramble and yes, I’m known for being whimsy & quirky, but I never truly shared how much of a story I really see and feel when I create art. Maybe I feared how it would come across? This wouldn’t be strange as I feared this when I was younger and it’s why not many knew I wrote and that I read books. I already felt like an outsider, this would make me feel even more like one.
But I started to share more of my rambles on Instagram as the trees stir my imagination and I can’t keep this hidden. It is SO VERY magical to see how many of you chime in and share your imagination with me.
2. You will notice where you will have to make changes and what you need to let go.
I let a bunch of stuff go, like Facebook. Don’t worry, the page is still up, but I just wasn’t enjoying it as I used to. The only thing I kinda regret is not doing an update when I realized I wasn’t using it. So again, I’m very sorry for all my Facebook fans that I suddenly hid behind a veil. A lot of you followed me on Instagram and I’m very happy to see familiar names pop up every now and then.
While I did mention my Facebook frustrations to a few friends, this was another thing that snuck up on me. I’ve always been “everywhere” online and Facebook has been a consistent way in sharing my art and connecting with others. However as we all know, Facebook is ever changing with its algorithm and the interaction got less and less. I found myself constantly looking for the “best time” to post and re-sharing of my art to my personal page. It took way too much time out of my day. So I knew it was time for break for Facebook (and Google+) as I value everyone’s time and comments and I want to reply to you as much as I can!
At the moment, Instagram is my to-go-to playground. If you’re there, do say hiiii!
3. Accept that things will take time.
THIS. I struggle with this. A lot. I felt so pressed for time on some days and with a huge to-do list this is not always a fun feeling. But I did force myself to slow down. This meant that I wasn’t always working on my website as I wasn’t home a lot. I took more breaks, watched more movies etc. And when I had to do work, I was being more efficient with my time and I could create a lot more art. This process is still not perfect, but I’m working on it. It takes time for changes to happen and for them to settle in. I always have a part inside of me that hopes for immediate change and results, but most of the time, this is not the case, haha.
So these are the three reminders that twirled around me during this site/blog hiatus and I allowed myself in indulgence and acceptance. There has been a lot of shifts in how I work at the moment and I’ll probably do little blog post about this in the near future. It could help some of you creative out there too!
I will admit one final thing though. By being an online person, I sometimes really struggle with what to share and what not (like if I’m a bit sick and therefore not responsive on emails etc.). With most things I know if I want to share it or not, but when I’m confused about my own steps I don’t always feel the urge/confidence to share this with my audience. I think this is the perfectionist side of me. And while I know that some of you are genuinely intrigued about how the entire process goes, others just want to stare at pretty picture, haha!
If you have any other life reminders, do share them with me. I’d love to hear your rambles!
Hope you’re having a wonderful day!
Ps. These little forests are all designs for bookmarks. They’ve already flown to a new home, but you can always order your own Dreamy, Spirit or Shadow Forest. The latter is my latest edition and I looooove them! ^_^