Posted on | January 27, 2012 | 2 Comments
Celia is the artist behind bedeliadesigns.com where meticulous ink drawings rule the hours where she should be sleeping (for Pete’s sake.)
I don’t mean to lose sight of you,
it’s just so beautiful outside right now.
This drawing so accurately reflects my attitude toward work lately that it’s amazing it’s finally done. Those bright orange leaves blowing in the door? I drew this while the colour on the trees was still drifting to the ground. Now the season has turned; we’ve been tossed through Christmas and have stumbled into a new year. The leaves are frozen piles of mulch, and still, this drawing sat unfinished.
And sure, we’ve spent a lot of time outside, in the forest or at the beach, but it hasn’t all been fun and games around here. The truth of it is that after moving to a new house last Fall, I had a really hard time getting back to work. The annual Celia Calendar was due and the pressure was on to get some serious work done. 2011 was supposed to be the year I finally started selling calendars in earnest, but my blog and website were getting further behind as the months zoomed by. Time was running out, I had to DO IT ALL RIGHT NOW!
And that was it! My head was exploding, my mood atrocious, something had to give. So I took a time out and spent December unwinding and mostly ignoring the holiday mayhem. The break was awesome. I highly recommend it.
I realize now that I had set myself a rather large goal, and given myself an arbitrary date by which to achieve it. It might be good to mention here that I set these goals before the birth of our youngest boy in April. Turns out parenting two kids is harder than I thought! (Doesn’t help that the older one closely resembles a tornado.)
So what if it didn’t all come together in 2011? All I can do now is try again this year, and perhaps learn to strike a better balance between work and play, because as fun as it is to dance the days away, life gets a little boring without a good challenge.
Visit Celia’s site and bookmark it to get your calendars for 2013!
(Is it here yet?)