One of those Life Updates.

I don’t write these kinds of posts often, mostly because I don’t want to bore you with details of my personal life. Wouldn’t you rather be interested in art or design or comics? That’s what I thought. But every once in awhile, I figure it’s okay to give you a little behind-the-scenes look into my life and give you an update on what kind of trouble I get myself in to.

Working Away Life: MUST. STAY. BUSY.

My attention lately has become focused less and less on design. This is both good and bad. Good because I am finding myself being drawn back into more traditional forms of art and the outside world, but bad because I still have a few projects I need to wrap up AND because doing freelance design has always been an extra source of income that my large family needs. I’ve started trying to do everything all at once – color this picture now, quick write that post, jump on coding that design now now now get it done TONIGHT – but this ultimately has led to several nights where I want to pull my hair out because I don’t feel like I have enough time to pack everything I want to do in. And then I’ll pass out for several hours and not want to do anything at all the next day but sit on the couch and read. Thankfully, this is going to change.

Where is the Balance: Finding Organization

Que Rachael Acklin, Superhero and Creative Coach extraordinaire. She has started up this fantastic project: Creative Rockstar Coaching, and let me tell you, we’ve only had one session so far, but I’m beyond motivated and inspired by this woman. I managed to get one of the free slots Rachael had going for her Rockstar List (go sign up for the mailing list) and, you can ask her, I was so thrilled I could barely write.

With Rachael’s help, I’m going to get organized and make the time to do everything I want – without getting burnt out. I’ve already started on a schedule of how I want my weeks to go and I cannot tell you the weight that is slowly rising off my shoulders. It feels good, knowing that breathing will be easier soon. I can do this. I can do this. I’m a Rockstar. I can do this.

Traditional Artist: Coloring Orangutans

I love drawing comics. The Family Menagerie is doing well right now and I’ve got so many sketches already finished, I think I’m good on those for a few months. My love for traditional styles is more alive than ever too, since I cracked out my markers and colored pencils. I love pulling out my sketchbook sitting at my drawing table, listening to good music, and just getting into that zone where there’s nothing but me and the paper in front of me. It’s a beautiful feeling and it makes me feel so happy and good. I love working with my hands, and, maybe this is just me, I love the smell of my colored pencils. They remind me that this is ME doing what I LOVE. If I could spend all day doing nothing but coloring and working on art, I would in a heartbeat.

My current project, other than The Family Menagerie, is a series of illustrations for a children’s book a friend of mine is writing. She currently works at a zoo up in Wisconsin and her stories are all centered on the animals that live there. This first book is about Max the orangutan. At first, I almost gave up and told her to find someone else to do this because I could not for the life of me figure out how to draw orangutans. But thankfully, I finally settled on a style and I’m loving my orangutans. I’m pretty good at them if I do say so myself. If you ever need a picture of an orangutan, just call me. *cheesy grin*

Taking Back Life: Breathe Deep, Seek Peace

Of course my life is hectic for other reasons. We’ve twenty three animals that we feed and take care on a daily basis, with several of them currently on medication for one thing or another (mostly allergies). Ash and I are still doing almost weekly (it’s slower in the summer) volunteer runs with Central Texas Feline Rescue, and trying to keep both of our cars alive long enough to get new ones. We’re also talking with a lender about possibly buying a house in a few months and boy let me tell you, that right there is enough stress to have me hiding under my desk. Money is extremely tight, time is limited, and there is always something that needs to be done.

Life is absolutely crazy, but you know what? Things always get better. They always do. Patient is a virtue and I just have to remember the wise words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” So now it’s your turn. What have you been doing lately?

One response to “One of those Life Updates.”

  1. Meg says:

    I’m so glad you’re getting your life organized, and not letting all the stress and multiple obligations get to you. That’s kind of how I feel right now, even without a job. Or maybe that just makes it worse. I feel like I should be writing, and I want to do more digital art, but I’d also like to spend tons of time on my style blog… oh and also watch all those shows I’ve missed out on! So yeah, I know mine are all just stupid “fun” things, but it really is stressful not knowing which creative outlet to focus on. I think you’re doing just fine. And don’t worry about my blog design right now; just get to that if and when you feel like it and have time. Love you always Nikkipants! <3

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