This contributor post was written by Vanessa of Thrift Core.
You might be like me, in limbo. You’re still working full-time as a creative for “The Man” while your handmade business is growing out of control.
Assignments at work have to get done, meanwhile, opportunities are coming up left and right for your dream job. You struggle to do both, but just like weeding a vast lawn you’ve neglected all summer, the task is daunting and seemingly impossible.
During these hard times, I center myself. I remember to enjoy the “now”. In this internet-era we’re used to instant gratification and we want to hit our long-term creative business goals NOW, NOW, NOW; but we can’t. We can’t get where we want to be with our business goals TODAY, so we need to relax andenjoy the journey.
If all of the deadlines are driving you crazy; stop working. You can’t make good art while you’re stressed, anyway.
Take a break: Brew yourself a cup of tea and do something effortless. Take notes, read a book, or write a less ambitious to-do list ;). Reflect on how far you’ve come and remember to enjoy the success you’ve already created.
Do this and you’ll work more effectively than if you try to power through with stressed-out, negative energy. (And talk to your boss and to get a day off when needed. These are busy times, they’ll understand!)