7/05/2010

Working from home.


Never having ever had a “proper job” I have always been fortunate to work from my home studio – ok, my dining room/studio! This has been something of a mixed blessing, ideal when my children were little as I was always at home with them and was able to work around school times, bed times etc. However there have been times when I have thought how nice it would be to go out of the house and shut the door on the domestic chaos that so often prevails.

This week has been no exception, I have so many jobs that need my attention and life seems like one long juggling act, which I am sure a great deal of you will identify with. The weekend was spent visiting my elderly parents, supermarket shopping, catching up with my family and bargain hunting in the big city so all the jobs which were earmarked for the weekend are still undone. I sit at my desk and look out at the garden, the hedge needs trimming, the flowerbeds need weeding, the roses dead heading. I venture into the garden and decide that, as the weather is good maybe I should get the laundry done and have the luxury of hanging the sheets out in the fresh air. I go upstairs to sort the laundry, ignoring the fact that the stairs could do with a good hoovering and remember that I need to dash to the shops to catch them before they close and whilst I am in the village I might as well post the Etsy shop order at the same time, so maybe I should finish packing that first? All the time feeling that I really should be getting on with some illustration work, not to mention updating my blog and reading yours and now if you will excuse me I have to dash, there is someone at the door…. and the phone is ringing….and the dog is barking….. and where the heck did I leave my glasses?

19 comments:

  1. I understand completely... Life and our duties to household tasks can really get in the way of creating.

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  2. Oh I sooo hear you! During the months when I teach at the university, I find it easy to let go of a lot of "shoulds" because I just don't have time and feel like I have accomplished much in my work. But during the summer, I often have lists way longer than is practical. Is it because I am on my own schedule that I feel I can get much more done?

    Good luck with finding balance and BEAUTIFUL bird drawing!!

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  3. AHA SO RIGHT - WE ARE LEADING PARALLEL LIVES! X

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  4. Sounds just like days I remember when I had to juggle a family! Life is very simple now it's just me - I can ignore anything I like!!!

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  5. I'm living that life too! But I'm sure it suits me better than a day that starts and ends with a long hot and tiring commute.

    It's easy to feel selfish when you work from home and put the work first.

    All the best
    Celia

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  6. Valerie, first may I tell how much I like the drawing you are working on. It is exceptional!

    And as for the juggling. I also raise my hand in recognition of the challenges.

    Guess the thing is just to do what you can and try to keep some quiet time available each day.

    xo

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  7. You have made me smile, Valerie - I know exactly what you mean - I'm always trying to do several things at the same time and sometimes can't do anything when trying to work out what to do first. We found a baby magpie in our pond the other day, sitting on a stone, terrified - I think it had just fledged - we put it in a tree in the hope its parents would find it - I hope they did. Your drawing is wonderful:)

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  8. Lovely drawing! I looked at it up close to admire it even more.

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  9. So very true . . . don't you hate it when every day tasks get in the way of creating.

    Off to do a load of laundry!

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  10. Exquisite little drawing Valerie in spite of being rushed. That is the story of my life too and I am supposed to be retired! The trouble is that I find it very hard to do anything creative if there are jobs around the house staring me in the face.

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  11. Oh yes, very much identify with all that!! The bird drawing is just beautiful, nice to see a shot of you working on it too... Lovely...

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  12. Thanks for sharing a day out of your life!!! Makes me feel better to know that there is another friend out there trying to juggle everything. Big hug to you!

    Heather

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  13. like a tightrope.
    balance is key.
    i feel your out of balance joy of working from home.
    pve

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  14. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. Your work is just gorgeous :)

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  15. I agree wholeheartedly, but I wouldn't change a thing! It's such a luxury to be able to work a while, then get a pot of soup brewing, attend to a few chores and pick right back up with the project - I love working from home!

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  16. Good grief, I've lost my glasses again too! Oh there they are, atop my head, along with the sunglasses that I put on to go outside and water the garden(weeds),before I fed the chickens, swept the porch and brought in the groceries. Now, what was I doing in here?? Oh yeah, back to the drawing board, I need to finish this picture before we pack the van, to drive 4 hours to set up another art show,,, WHEW! I can relate.

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  17. Life is a constant juggle of things to be done and things that can be left undone a bit longer. I bet you are achieving the balance better than you think Valerie. I am always amazed by where dust comes from when a room is not used and there is no-one providing dead skin cells. Does it just fall our of the air?

    I really admire your bird drawing. I love my rapidographs too.

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  18. Valerie, I will join in the chorus.. I work at home too and understand how it is much more complicated than one would ever think... good writing...

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  19. Your post makes me smile. Always so many things to juggle while attempting to live the creative life. Do you have any tips on how to manage this juggling act? Maybe that would make another great post! :) I love your work.

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