Artist hand creating mixed media painting in an art journal

…or maybe it is as boring as it sounds? But you know what’s not boring? Getting to do the work you love. Having the time and space and energy to dedicate yourself, for a string of moments, to the thing that animates you; to your own personal brand of soul food. Do you know what gets you that time/space/energy?….you guessed it! Proper time management. I believe that bringing presence to your moments is the first step on the path to proper time management. I talk about this a lot because it’s that important. I mean, above and beyond all the spiritual benefits, if you can keep this one kind of monumental task in your periphery, your productivity is sure to increase.

If you have littles at home, the housework can probably take a backseat, right? I could draw you a triangle here. On each corner it could say: tidy home, happy children, art time. I could tell you that you can pick two, but it is a rare moment that you can acheive all three things at once. We’ve got this one life to live… and I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer to spend it loving family, making art, and soaking up new experiences. I know, I know…I say that a lot, too. But it’s true. We have but this one, singular lifetime that we are currently aware of. And if you’re aware of past lifetimes, coolness…you’re still only working with this one. Who’s to say you’ll get another? Live a life you’d be proud of if you were to die tomorrow. I doubt you’ll be thinking how great it was to have clean baseboards when you’re transitioning from this world to the next.

Live a life you’d be proud of if you were to die tomorrow. I doubt you’ll be thinking how great it was to have clean baseboards when you’re transitioning from this world to the next.

If your children are too small for school and/or you homeschool, eeking out time to explore one’s creative side takes a little strategy. And that’s ok, you’re creative…you’ll find a way to make it work for you. That time might mean not starting that new Netflix series, or losing an hour or two of sleep…making it work is all about compromise. There already aren’t enough hours in your day (I know those words have come out of your mouth at least once this year and it’s only February).

The pendulum swings; let go of worry and allow space for the pulse of the universe to guide you.

There already aren’t enough hours… you’re already behind on your to-do-list. You can answer with an emphatic YES! to your heart’s calling to you to create, just rememeber to keep grounded and present in your moments so you can work from the flow and tend naturally towards balance. Be here, now, so when things do, as they inevitably will, swing too far out of balance, you are quick to notice and steer yourself back onto course. Make an agreement with yourself…don’t forget it’s no less important to be a man/woman of good word with yourself as it is in any dealings with anyone else… make an agreement with yourself, each morning as you get out of bed, to do what can be done for the day and let go of the rest. Trust yourself; trust that you will work hard from the heart and not from some internal shame or coercion. Trust that you have the best interests of the family and it’s individual members in mind. The pendulum swings; let go of worry and allow space for the pulse of the universe to guide you. The balance between the needs of the caregivers and the needs of the dependents is truly an art form; I’m still charting a course through the rough waters of bringing balance to so many needs and desires.

I’m hoping to spark an ongoing discussion on what that looks like from as many perspectives as possible. We all have alot to learn from one another and a lot to share…. If you could share one piece of advice on balance/time management, what would that be? Share in the comments!