I am very behind with my blog posts, it’s something I find hard to do, or do I make it harder on my self by overthinking.. Mmm let me think about that.
At the end of last year I had made plans and had some sort of idea of what I was going to be doing in 2016, at the beginning of the year it all that changed.
The job that paid my bills and allowed me the time to establish my self as an artist, was taking its toll on my mental wellbeing , I noticed I was becoming sad and the things I was experiencing at work where playing on my mind, then one Sunday after a particularly hard shift I broke down and cried.
I knew then it was time to change, I was signed of for stress at work. I knew if I had carried on I would have had a break down and that would impact my life dramatically, 3 months on and I am no longer doing that job. I have realised that in life things just happen,sometimes they don’t impact much but other times it changes everything, first it throws you into turmoil but once you look at the bigger picture and realise it’s time to take that leap of faith and make your dreams reality. So I am leaping, not landed yet but I know the ground is there.
During the last few months I realised for me how creativity and good mental well-being go hand-in-hand and how important my art has been in supporting me through this topsy-turvy time. I found my self sitting on the sofa and just drawing in my sketchbook I call them my sofa doodles. Half the time I would be drawing before I had even realised but it helped calm my mind and relaxes me.
I have been meditating on and off for over a year and know the benefits but decided that i at this time it was important for me so I have the Headspace app and now do this daily and it helps me loads.
Daily practice is key as even through all of this I have still kept up my daily drawing and this year its sketching people, I was quite daunted at first but unlike last year I have given my self up to an hour a day, it’s now part of my day, my confidence in sketching people has improved, even been to life drawing classes,first time for years.
My plans have been altered,but change is good and I am going with the flow with a smile on my face and with a happy heart I take my next steps. If I get a bit lost on the way I have the support of family and friends, and my online creative network is wonderfully supportive and helpful.
So look out world I am here and will finally be setting up my Etsy shop over the next few weeks. Staring with prints of my work, this is the next big step for me of getting my art out there.
Amanda Claire Designs