Balancing Your Creative Life

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Though running your own creative business is an exciting venture finding a balance between life and what you love to do is sometimes hard to find. Sometimes its too easy to become engrossed in putting loads of time into your creative venture to start building things up from your portfolio to your website , however in your pursuit for quicker results this can often lead to becoming frustrated with what you draw and feeling things just aren’t panning out right (believe me I’ve been there). This is why balancing out your creative life is important, working too hard or intensely on your creative practice can wear down your idea’s and prevent you from creating things you are happy to shout about and share with others. So here are 3 tips to balancing out your own creative life;

1. Find time to do the other things you love

Finding time to do things you love that’s outside of the business is important, this can be anything from sport to other creative activities and though  I know how much you may love to design , stitch , doodle and paint taking the time for yourself  will just give you not only space to chill out but also gain new ideas and inspiration from other places.

2. Find time to do things to wind down the creative trail of thought

Repeat after me “I’m going to relax , slow down and put my feet up for a minute” , if like me you’re the biggest culprit for not relaxing then hopefully this tip will help quite a few of you .  If your mind and body are active all the time you can easily wear yourself out both mentally, emotionally and physically. So for example  yoga  is a great activity to do on a daily basis to just really wind down your mind and body not to mention its good for your health , although if yoga’s not your thing there are other things you could try to chillax and wind down.

3.  Socialising with people you know

 Being creatives we love feeling cosy in our own personalised creative spaces, although there is one catch working from your home studio can be a little isolating unless of course you rent a studio space situated with other creatives . So it’s important to get a break away from your work even for a little while to share thoughts with other like minded people or  close friends  giving you food for thought or breathing space to recharge your batteries before getting back to work.

At the end of the day it’s important to remember that your creative business will only work at its best when you yourself are at your best aswell. The key thing is to just have fun with every project you do but also have fun outside of the business at the same time because finding your own personalised creative balance is sure to help it grow. Image by designer Vicky riley you can find more of her work here .

Posted by Kate Leonard on 07/06/14 under business
2 Comments

  • http://autumnlanestudios.blogspot.com Yvette Head

    This is wonderful advice! Recently, I began a part-time job working in my first career, doing hand drafting for an interior architectural firm. It pays some of the bills which puts me at ease, as I build my other part-time job as an artist. It gives my life that perfect balance right now, since both jobs feed that creative outlet I need!

    • http://www.kateleonardillustration.com kate

      Hey Yvette thanks for commenting :) believe it or not I work a little job on the side myself to keep me ticking over whilst I pursue my creative life as both a blog writer and illustrator . My biggest challenge since starting out last year though was finding that balance between life and the creative business so I’m so chuffed you found your perfect balance between both your jobs but be sure to have abit of you time to keep the batteries charged ;) x katie

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