I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately. Not really a bad feeling; just a feeling of wanting to slow down. To take a moment to re-think, re-plan. Review goals. I know some of that feeling is due to new work opportunities. It was so good to get such amazing feedback on my portfolio at the recent craft trade show, Stitches. It’s meant new opportunities and some real dream come true moments. However, it’s also shown me that I really am a multi passioned creative.
I tend to think that I can only do one thing. Work in one industry. To focus on one area of design. The truth is I’m a creative that loves to do lots of things. It’s about creative expression. I love to share what I know and hopefully inspire others in their creative endeavours. I want to write more and maybe even write my own book one day.
Part of my problem is that I try to pigeon hole myself into a specific area – I’m a graphic designer, I’m a digital artist, I’m a blogger, I’m a 3D content designer and so on. I’m all of those things and more. And that’s ok. It’s the reason I work from home. I’m exploring new ways that I can do more of what I love. Use more of my skills and natural talents. I overthink far too much. I worry that I should be doing what “the world expects”. So stupid. Being me is what I’m good at ha!
And so this overwhelm feeling has meant that I’ve taken time out to slow down. It’s on top of feeling pretty unwell. Exhausted. Tired. All. The. Time. It’s ok. I know why and it’s ok. It just meant that I needed to readjust a little bit and step away in order to get back on track with work (and life). It’s meant a bit of a shift in priorities and a few changes in most areas of my life.
I took time out to visit my family. A long train journey to Kent gave me time to think and plan new designs and projects. To figure out what changes needed to be made. My grandson had his 7th birthday while I was there and we celebrated Mother’s Day all together.
When I got home to my beloved hubby and Cornwall, I realised that being with my family, my grandchildren and just having a small break away was enough to help me re-evaluate. Even though it feels scary to step away when there’s so much work to do, it actually brings more inspiration. It sheds a new light and perspective. It gives a renewed energy. Yes, I’m still tired. Yes, I need to rest more but I know I’m going in the right direction and it all feels fresh and new again.
Lots to think about about and plan over the next months or so.