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Give Yourself a Pat on the Back
Artistic talent and business skills are only part of the equation for a healthy art career. Stamina is an essential ingredient - and not just for making art.
Most artists have a studio in the home, so the divisions between life and work roles can get pretty thin. Single or married, in good health or not, many of the artists in the A.C.T. community have multiple responsibilities that vie for the time and attention.
Artists in the "sandwich generation" may be raising their own children or grandchildren, while also caring for elderly or ailing parents. Juggling the needs, wants and demands of work and family is not something you can put off for another day. And still, you need to make art in the midst of your life.
Member Lee McVey has these words of encouragement for you:
"A while back we had an email discussion about keeping on when life gets in the way of our work. For years, upon Aletta's suggestion, I've been keeping an end of the year list of accomplishments.
"This year, I decided to take it a step further. I plan to make a list of my accomplishments month by month. This way, it will be done by the end of December and all I have to do then is look back over it. But most importantly, it will be encouraging as I write each month's list. Sort of like pats on the back.
"I've started January's list and wrote down just the art and art business related things I've done so far this month. I listed only those things that took blocks of time to do, from things that took me half an hour to a few hours or days to accomplish. I have 28 things on my list and there are still 5 days left in January!
"This was so gratifying! I have some chronic health issues that interfere far too much for my liking and feel I don't get enough done. Well, in spite of that feeling, I really do get things done. Not as much as I'd like, but I do get important things done! I can't tell you how gratifying it is to know that.
"Maybe you will want to keep a monthly list of accomplishments, even if you don't have road blocks along your way?"
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