Do you have difficulty finding balance between life’s demands, your needs and your wants? It seems no matter how many systems I put in place or how powerful my good intentions are, there will always be times when my life tips off kilter. Just one more reminder of the saying, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making plans.”
Studio Time is a High Priority
My plans each week are to devote Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to working in my studio. Admittedly, it is a very rare week when I manage to spend the full day, without being disrupted by a meeting or other obligation, on all three days. However, I am fairly good at balancing my priorities and getting a decent amount of studio time in. I have learned to be creative with time and assertive about what I will or won’t schedule on my sacrosanct studio days.
Well, life happened this week and the schedule shifting demands kept on encroaching on my studio time. I was incapable of navigating a path to balance. So be it. My days were chock full of family visits, rare because everyone lives an hour or more away and multiple SAQA meetings required as a Board member and officer. Time to take the long view. It is by looking over the year that peak weeks filled with interruptions may be viewed as rare and I can see how many weeks of solid studio time I am gifted with. In truth, I need it all. My family, SAQA and friends are my community. I am grateful for my overall balance, even if I can feel close to the tipping point at times.
Studio, Family & Community Balance
I accomplished three studio/art items this week. First up, was my personal commitment to making a my orange blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I only needed two and they are both done! Second, I helped my granddaughters, aged 8 and 10 with their very first sewing project involving “adult” tools. They are very proud of their scrunchies. Finally, SAQA’s annual benefit auction is around the corner. This a key fund raiser for the organization and underscores its mission to promote the art quilt. There are 430 12″ x 12″ art quilts in the auction made by SAQA’s global members. I was thrilled to see that my submission, Lola on the Stairs, features heavily in the promotion.
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