When I had a baby i knew that I had to reinvent the way that I worked in the studio. I wasn’t sure exactly what it would look like, but by now, I have some good ideas.
Planning small helps. During the day when I am in charge of caring for Max, I can’t do big projects, but while he naps I can do production like things ie, stamping cards, making paper packs, finding images for buttons. I can’t plan big or i find myself frustrated for sure.
Don’t work in the studio during the day. I bring little boxes of stuff to work on upstairs and while he sleeps, i take it out and do it. When he wakes everything goes back into the box and it goes back downstairs.
Be flexible. This is the most important thing. There are days when I don’t get anything done. I must remember that taking care of a baby is a lot of wonderful work and if I don’t have the energy by the end of the day, it’s okay to take a break from the studio.
When in studio breath and have fun. Wednesdays and weekends are my time to have in the studio along with some evenings. Dave comes home and we all eat together and then I go to work. Somehow, having a baby and a limited time in studio really makes me focused, which i love. I can get more done as long as I go down, and breathe and do a quick meditation. It’s amazing, how much more I can get done on such a short amount of time compared to how little I used to get done when i used to have unlimited time. Unbelievable!
As i continue to grow as an artist and as a mother i will figure this all out. It’s all such a gift. Creation. Wow.